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What is vascular disease?

When our blood vessels, arteries or veins don’t work as well as they should, it can lead to vascular disease. 

We offer treatment for the following types of vascular disease:


Aneurysms are bulges in blood vessels that can form anywhere in the body. If undetected and untreated, they can rupture or clot.
Aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in your aorta, the main artery from your heart to your chest and stomach. Small aneurysms may never cause a problem, but large ones can weaken and burst.
Carotid artery disease

Carotid artery disease occurs when the artery carrying blood to the brain narrows, which can lead to a stroke.
Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of your body. DVT is most common in the legs. But, it can happen anywhere in the body, including your arm, abdomen or around your brain.
Peripheral artery disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when the arteries in the legs are narrowed, limiting blood flow to your muscles. It’s a common circulation problem that typically develops in the legs and is caused by fatty deposits (plaque) that build up in the walls of your arteries.
Renal artery disease

This happens when the arteries that deliver blood to your kidneys stiffen and become narrow. Because your kidneys receive less oxygen-rich blood, it can make them work harder than normal.
Varicose veins

Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins often found in your legs and ankles. They’re easily visible on the skin’s surface and can be a cosmetic concern.

Vascular conditions and treatments

You deserve the most advanced treatments available to recover from vascular disease. That’s why we conduct research and offer the newest, most leading-edge technologies and procedures.

Our specialists offer treatment for the following vascular conditions:

Vascular disease care at Geisinger

Our vascular specialists are dedicated to providing personalized care and helping you feel your best. With the area’s largest vascular medicine program, our specialists are available 24/7. We offer:

  • Advanced diagnoses – Primary care doctors (your main doctor) often send patients to us because of our advanced vascular labs. Here, we can perform many noninvasive diagnostic tests, helping us refine your diagnosis and determine the best treatment.
  • Minimally invasive surgery – We use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. This means smaller surgical incisions, shorter recovery and a faster return to your daily activities.
  • High-tech endovascular suites – Our state-of-the-art operating suites include the imaging capabilities of a catheterization lab. This allows our surgeons to perform procedures that require both vascular surgery and image-guided techniques simultaneously. So not only can you have multiple procedures at once, you’ll only have to undergo anesthesia and recover once.
  • Leading expertise – We are a national leader in researching the genetic factors linked to aortic aneurysms. This research is helping us identify people who may be at risk so they can get the treatment they need. We also have specific expertise in carotid artery stenting and perform more of these procedures than any other program in the region.
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