We offer advanced, total care for conditions of the arteries and veins

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine features advanced care for the circulatory system delivered by skilled vascular specialists on the medical staff.

Issues affecting blood flow can be complex and difficult to treat. Our Grapevine vascular team has the tools and experience needed to deliver the right diagnosis and care plan to help keep both common and rare disorders of the arteries and veins in check.

While we take a range of forward-thinking approaches to care for each patient’s vascular condition, the goal is always to get blood flowing better, for a better quality of life.

Addressing vascular disease of all types

Board-certified vascular surgeons on the Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine medical staff offer a full spectrum of treatments for vascular disease—from medical management to minimally invasive endovascular treatments with balloon angioplasty and stent placement to open bypass surgery.

The goal is to deliver quality outcomes for every patient regardless of how common or uncommon their condition is.

Vascular conditions we treat here in Grapevine include (but are not limited to):

  • Acute arterial/Venous occlusion/Embolism
  • Aortic dissections
  • Carotid artery disease/Stenosis
  • Dialysis access complications
  • IVC filter placement/retrieval
  • Mesenteric/Intestinal ischemia
  • Popliteal artery aneurysms
  • Subclavian steal syndrome
  • Vascular-related trauma
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Aorto-iliac occlusive disease
  • Dialysis access placement
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • May-Thurner syndrome
  • Peripheral arterial disease (all forms)
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Venous insufficiency and varicose veins

Carotid artery disease

The carotid arteries deliver blood from the body to the brain. Carotid artery disease is when a blockage begins to form in one or more of the carotid arteries, which run along the side of the neck up into the brain.

The blockages are made up of plaque–fatty cells that can build up over time, raising the risk of stroke. A stroke prevents the brain from getting the oxygen it needs and is a leading cause of death and disability.

Vascular specialists can detect suspected carotid artery disease using a combination of physical examination and advanced imaging techniques like:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT
  • MRI

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside the body. DVTs almost always form in the legs but can happen in other body locations as well.

A DVT can occur due to a medical condition, injury, or after long periods of sitting or lying down (bed rest). The condition becomes extremely dangerous if the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, heart or brain.

Deep vein thrombosis symptoms may include pain/cramp in the leg, redness/swelling or a warming sensation.

Deep vein thrombosis treatment includes:

  • Compression stockings: special leg stockings that help stop blood from pooling and clotting and help prevent DVT-related swelling.
  • Medications: blood thinners can keep clots from getting bigger while clot-busting drugs can help break-up severe clots.
  • Vena cava filter: a minimally invasive procedure to insert a filter in a large vein to prevent any DVT clot that breaks off from going to the lungs.

Aortic aneurysms

An aortic aneurysm occurs when a weak spot in the aorta, one of the body’s largest blood vessels going from the heart to the top of the hip, begins to bulge.

An aneurysm can happen anywhere along the aorta.

If the aneurysm is not caught and repaired in time, it can tear (called an aortic dissection), which can quickly become fatal.

Potential aortic aneurysms may be uncovered during a routine physical exam or medical tests, and then formally diagnosed with an ultrasound, echocardiogram, MRI or CT imaging procedure.

Types of aortic aneurysms

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: occurs in the part of the aorta that passes through the stomach/abdomen area.
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm: occurs in the part of the aorta that passes through the chest.

Peripheral artery disease

Caused by a narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the limbs, peripheral artery disease (PAD) or peripheral vascular disease reduces the amount of blood flowing to the legs and sometimes the arms. This narrowing is usually due to build-up of plaque (fatty deposits) in the arteries. PAD can increase the chances of heart attack and stroke.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain/cramping when active
  • Change in skin color of the legs
  • Wounds that won't heal
  • Slowing hair or nail growth

There are several tests and studies available that vascular specialists rely on to diagnose PAD—from tests that measure blood pressure in the limbs to imaging procedures to blood tests.

In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, other peripheral artery disease treatment options are available:

  • Medications that control blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and blood clots, as well as manage the symptoms
  • Thrombolytic treatment wherein a clot-busting drug is injected at the site of the blockage/narrowing
  • Surgery that either uses a catheter and balloon to open the artery or uses a blood vessel from elsewhere in the body to bypass the narrowed artery