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Heart & Vascular Institute

Peripheral Venous Disease Program

Temple’s vascular specialists diagnose and treat peripheral venous disease (PVD) and its underlying causes, as well as other peripheral vein problems such as chronic venous insufficiency. We focus on early diagnosis and integrated treatments that help stop or slow disease progression and reduce the risk of disability, stroke, and other potential issues.

Wide-Ranging Therapies for Vein Disease

Peripheral venous disease (PVD) is a condition in which the veins that return deoxygenated blood from the extremities to the heart become blocked or narrowed. This causes high blood pressure in the area and can lead to discomfort and increase a patient’s risk of stroke, pulmonary embolism, or even limb loss. PVD is often caused by blood clots (called deep vein thrombosis or superficial vein thrombosis depending on location). Temple physicians can deploy numerous therapies to treat these clots, from blood-thinning medication to emergency thrombolytic therapy, to insertion of a filter that prevents fragmented clots from traveling to the heart and lungs. For severely damaged or blocked veins, our surgeons can perform vein bypass to allow blood to move around the problem area.

Blood clots often occur when the valves that help move blood through the veins don’t function correctly or when veins lose their elasticity, causing blood to pool. Temple’s vascular team also treats this condition, known as chronic venous insufficiency or varicose veins, with a variety of leading-edge surgical and nonsurgical options, including sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation.

Specialists in Vascular Care

The Peripheral Venous Disease Program is composed of highly skilled and experienced specialists who conduct research on the newest methods for treating vein disease. They work together to help patients understand and manage their condition, reduce risk, and alleviate symptoms. Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgeons
  • Interventional Cardiologists
  • Interventional Radiologists
  • Podiatrists
  • Wound Care Specialists