Vascular Medicine

Vascular conditions are problems of the blood vessels (arteries and veins). They can range from unsightly varicose veins to life-threatening aortic aneurysms. If you have a vascular condition, you want expert, personalized care to help you look and feel your best.

Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute has the only vascular medicine program in the region. With multiple clinics in the area, you can find expert care close to home. Our dedicated vascular medicine team treats a wide range of vascular conditions, from the routine to the complex.

Vascular Medicine: Why Choose Vanderbilt

We offer:

  • Leading vascular care: Vanderbilt has the only dedicated vascular medicine program in the region. We offer a wide variety of treatments, from lifestyle modifications to surgery. Our providers are board-certified cardiologists who have additional training and certification in vascular medicine. 
  • Comprehensive vein treatment: We provide the full spectrum of treatments, from medication to advanced surgery, so you can get back to enjoying your life.
  • Advanced diagnostics: Our advanced imaging lets your doctor get a better picture of your blood vessels.
  • Minimally invasive procedures: We use the latest medical procedures and technologies to reduce the need for intervention and surgery.
  • Multispecialty teams: Our care team includes vascular medicine specialists, interventional cardiologists, general cardiologists and surgeons. Together, we develop a personalized treatment plan for you.
  • Locations close to home: With more than 20 heart clinics across Tennessee and southern Kentucky, you don’t need to travel far for comprehensive, expert vascular treatment.

What Is Vascular Medicine?

A vascular medicine specialist takes care of your blood vessels. Since your blood vessels affect organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain, vascular doctors collaborate with many other specialists.

Treatments for vascular diseases may include:

  • Medication
  • Angiography and minimally invasive repair, so we can learn more about your condition or try to treat it without surgery. Learn more about our approach to interventional cardiology.
  • Vascular surgery, depending on your specific condition. Our experienced vascular surgeons are leaders in the field.
  • Cardiac catheterization, a procedure using thin tubes called catheters to treat many vein disorders
  • Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, a small device we implant in the major vein below the kidneys to prevent a pulmonary embolism
  • Venography, a specialized X-ray that shows how the blood is flowing through your veins, which helps us find blood clots and guide treatment
  • Peripheral endovascular intervention, a minimally invasive approach for treating vascular disease

Vascular Conditions We Treat

Vascular conditions include problems with:

  • Leg veins: We treat conditions such as varicose veins. We use the least invasive approach to treatment, beginning with lifestyle changes and medication. If those approaches aren’t working, we can perform minimally invasive catheterization procedures.
  • Peripheral arteries: Your blood vessels carry blood to your extremities (arms and legs). Our vascular medicine specialists can develop a treatment plan for blood circulation problems.
  • Aorta: Vanderbilt is a referral center for treating aortic aneurysms and dissections. Doctors from elsewhere send patients requiring advanced care to our center.
  • Blood clots: We help patients manage conditions like deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism to lower their risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Carotid arteries: We treat conditions involving the main arteries leading to the brain.
  • Uncommon vascular disorders: Our providers are experienced in the treatment of patients with uncommon vascular disorders such as spontaneous coronary artery dissection and fibromuscular dysplasia.
  • Temperature-related disorders: Our experts diagnose and treat conditions that cause color changes in response to cold and heat, including Raynaud’s disease, acrocyanosis and pernio.

Read more about vascular disease.

Vascular Medicine: Patient Stories

Jessica Biggs was scared to go to sleep at night. At 32, she had her first heart attack, then a second, third and fourth within a few months. The Smith County schoolteacher couldn’t find answers about the underlying cause until she came to Vanderbilt. See her story.

Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Locations

Our experienced team of doctors may see patients at additional locations. To find the location closest to you, call (615) 322-2318.

Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2318
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One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Ln., Suite 22100
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 322-2318
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