Institute for Vascular Medicine and Surgery

The Institute for Vascular Medicine and Surgery

The Institute for Vascular Medicine and Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has a team of specialists and services that offer a full range of diagnostic procedures and treatments for vascular disease (clogging and hardening of blood vessels) including heart attack and stroke.

Vascular disease refers to the hardening of blood vessels, primarily arteries and veins. Generally, a blood vessel hardens because of a clogging build-up of plaque that can eventually block or impair the blood flow through the blood vessel to or from the organs and limbs of the body. Unfortunately, plaque build-up is cumulative and, for that reason, vascular disease is common in people over sixty. People who smoke, have diabetes, or have high blood pressure are also at risk. Also unfortunately, accumulation of plaque can impair blood flow in virtually any part of the body and put the body at risk. Some of the more common vascular diseases are listed below:

  • Cardiovascular Disease (hardening of blood vessels to or from the heart with risk of heart attack)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease (hardening of blood vessels to or from the brain with risk of stroke)
  • Renovascular Disease (hardening of blood vessels to or from the kidneys with risk of kidney failure)
  • Peripheral Extremity Arterial Occlusive Disease (other clogging and hardening of arteries that blocks blood circulation with risks that include gangrened or lost limbs as well as dangerous ballooning of the body's main artery, called "abdominal aortic aneurysm")
  • Diseases of the Veins (including varicose veins, spider veins, and leg ulcers, all of which are caused by problems of blood circulation)
  • It is very important that anyone with reason to believe they may have or be at risk for any kind of vascular disease consult a physician as soon as possible. It is crucial that anyone experiencing or observing signs of heart attack or stroke call 9-1-1 immediately and without delay.

Because vascular disease is a common cause of death or disability in people over the age of sixty, providing easily accessible and comprehensive prevention, diagnosis, and treatment is a priority for NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

The Institute's team includes specialists in vascular surgery (surgery related to blood flow), neurosurgery (surgery related to the brain and nervous system), radiology (imaging technology), and neurology (medicine related to the brain and nervous system). Our state-of-the-art, on-campus Vascular Laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. Because of the close relationship between vascular disease and cardiac (heart) disease, physicians affiliated with the Institute for Vascular Medicine and Surgery work closely with physicians affiliated with NYPBMH's Institute for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.

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Vascular Medicine and Surgery Programs

Stroke Center

NYPBMH's Stroke Center offers rapid evaluation of stroke patients and advanced treatments that can reverse damage

Vascular Laboratory

The Vascular Laboratory offers patients high quality, painless diagnostic studies and provides referring

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery includes a range of procedures to relieve the effects of blocked blood vessels.

Other Vascular Medicine and Surgery Services

Emergency Stroke Care

New York State has designated NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital a stroke center. This means we have advanced technology and highly-trained stroke doctors and nurses available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

AngioVac System Removes Blood Clots

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital became the first hospital in Brooklyn to use a new, groundbreaking catheterization system for en masse blood clot filtration.

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