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Our clinicians are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of visceral vascular disease, the narrowing or blockage of arteries that supply blood to the intestines (mesenteric vascular disease) or the kidneys (renal vascular disease). We offer patients comprehensive care that includes a full range of medical, surgical and minimally invasive treatment options.
The Massachusetts General Fireman Vascular Center is one of the only vascular centers in the country with specialists in every area of vascular disease. Our Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease Treatment Program brings together a team of clinicians from multiple disciplines to provide care from many perspectives, including:
We work together with the patient and referring physician to coordinate personalized treatment plans for all patients.
To accurately diagnose renal and mesenteric vascular disease, our team includes full-time specialists who are specifically trained to detect abnormalities in the vascular system and whose practice focuses specifically on vascular disease. These vascular imaging specialists are board certified in medicine, surgery, or radiology and fellowship trained with additional specialization in vascular care, including procedures to restore blood flow to these narrowed arteries.
Depending on the patient, we may use one or more techniques to diagnose visceral vascular disease, including:
All of our diagnostic tests are also available at our convenient Waltham location.
Specialists in the Fireman Vascular Center practice at Mass General and at our convenient location in Waltham. Mass General Waltham offers outpatient services for people with vascular conditions, including imaging, consultation and coordinated care with multiple specialists. Free garage parking is also available.
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Our approach to treating visceral vascular disease involves developing a personalized treatment plan for each patient that focuses on easing symptoms, managing hypertension (a possible complication of renal vascular disease) and restoring organ function.
Additionally, we collaborate with the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and the divisions of Nephrology, Cardiology and Endocrinology to offer a Resistant Hypertension Program which specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of patients with resistant or difficult to treat hypertension. Treatment is determined according to a patient’s symptoms, coexisting conditions and the severity of visceral vascular disease.
Part of a world-class academic medical center, Fireman Vascular Center clinicians are leaders in their field. Our decades of experience researching and managing renal and mesenteric vascular disease allow us to recognize when to use medical, rather than interventional, therapies. Our clinicians often recommend medications and lifestyle changes to manage high cholesterol and high blood pressure – two conditions that may contribute to visceral vascular disease. For example, we have expert nephrologists who work closely with patients to control high blood pressure caused by the effects of renal vascular disease on the kidneys.
Our vascular specialists also guide patients through smoking cessation and other lifestyle changes and may refer them to cardiologists at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center for related cardiac conditions. These dedicated physicians follow patients throughout their lives to ensure ongoing support and further treatment, if needed.
Clinicians in the Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease Treatment Program are national leaders in using endovascular and surgical therapies to treat patients with visceral vascular disease. Such interventional treatments include:
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At the Massachusetts General Hospital Fireman Vascular Center Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease Treatment Program, our clinicians use innovative approaches to diagnose and treat visceral vascular disease, the narrowing or blockage of arteries that supply blood to the intestines (mesenteric vascular disease) or the kidneys (renal vascular disease).
The Fireman Vascular Center has a long tradition of excellence in clinical care; and our clinicians are national leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of visceral vascular disease. All of our physicians are at the forefront of new research and serve on many national and international professional boards and societies, including:
Physicians within the Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease Treatment Program are also committed to education: many of the physicians share their perspective with other medical professionals through national and internation conferences.
Our dedicated nurse coordinator is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to take relevant information about your condition and symptoms and to make a timely appointment with the most appropriate specialist. Call 877-644-8346 to reach our nurse coordinator or request an appointment online
We strive to see patients as soon as possible and assign every patient one clinician to organize care between members of our multidisciplinary team. From diagnosis to treatment and follow up, this physician guides patients through the treatment process.
Physicians from the Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease Treatment Program participate in national clinical studies evaluating new technologies and devices to treat mesenteric and renal vascular disease. This allows us to bring our patients promising new treatments as quickly as possible. Some of these studies include:
Patients interested in participating in clinical trials can browse online for open trials.
The care team at the Fireman Vascular Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about vascular conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.
Atherosclerosis is a thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a build-up of plaque in the inner lining of an artery.
Renal vascular disease is the name given to a variety of complications that affect the arteries and veins of the kidneys.
Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.
When you exercise, you'll breathe faster and more deeply. This maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood.
Many vascular conditions can be improved by changing certain lifestyle factors. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of many factors. If you are trying to make heart-healthy changes to your diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition, starting with the components of food.
Diseases caused by smoking kill more than 437,900 people in the United States each year. Around 35 percent of these deaths were cardiovascular related.
A good indicator of how much fat you carry is the Body Mass Index (BMI). Although it is not a perfect measure, it gives a fairly accurate assessment of how much of your body is composed of fat.
The medical community has made great strides treating coronary and carotid artery diseases and reducing mortality associated with myocardial infarctions and strokes. While as many as 3 million Americans have renal artery stenosis (RAS)—a condition that narrows or blocks the vessels that supply blood to the kidneys—RAS is often overlooked and underdiagnosed.
When Richard Horgan, age 72, was vacationing with the family at Disney World, he began to speak haltingly - with a slight stutter. Before the week was over, Richard would be diagnosed with stroke, serious kidney problems, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Fireman Vascular Center physicians and scientists participate in international research and lead more than 70 clinical trials that evaluate current therapies and investigate new devices to treat vascular disease. These research efforts have led to a number of groundbreaking firsts, bringing innovative new treatments to the patient’s bedside.
Vascular Center at Waltham52 Second Avenue, Suite 2100 Waltham, MA 02451 Phone: 877-644-8346 Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Learn about our convenient Waltham location
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