Arteries and veins form a network of blood vessels that create the vascular system in the body. The blood vessels carry blood throughout our bodies. Arteries pump blood out from the heart and veins return blood back to the heart. Vascular disease occurs when the blood vessels become abnormal.
Serious vascular disease can cause thick and stiff arteries, blocking of blood vessels by blood clots, or bursting of weakened vessels leading to internal bleeding.
Vascular disease takes the lives of more people in the USA than any other diseases combined. It is often a silent disease until a person suffers a heart attack, stroke, or ruptured aneurysm.
Vascular disease is treated effectively when detected early with the use of simple, noninvasive, and painless screening tests.
Screening for vascular disease is important if you are/have:
- Over the age of 55-60
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- History of vascular disease in your family
Vascular disease is treated through vascular surgery, a specialized surgery. Vascular surgeons are specialized in the treatment of blood vessels, except the vessels of the heart and brain. Vascular surgeons who lack experience or use poor judgment can cause serious injury and even death to the patient.
According to the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS), a ten-year study of open abdominal vascular cases showed fifteen patients died and ten patients were severely disabled. Legal proceedings were brought against vascular surgeons within their first three years of practice.
All medical procedures involve a certain degree of risk. However, medical errors or mistakes that cause injury because of negligent treatment may result in a lawsuit or even a wrongful death lawsuit if the medical error causes death.
Many injuries associated with medical errors are very serious injuries and often require additional surgeries or extensive medical treatment, causing more pain and suffering for the patient.
Contact us today 312-375-6524 if you think you have been the victim of a medical error or mistake.