Mercy Vascular Center
The Mercy Vascular Center is a multidisciplinary team of expert physicians, technologists, nurses and others who provide diagnostic procedures, education, medical treatment and surgery to treat vascular disease.
Vascular disease affects millions of people. This disease knows no social, racial or age barriers. Many of those that are affected are not aware of existence or severity of the problem, frequently there are no symptoms to the presence of severe disease. Vascular disease has been referred to as the "silent killer" because many times the first symptom is a catastrophic event like stroke or hemorrhage.
Diagnostic Services :
The Vascular Laboratory offers non-invasive diagnostic procedures that are typically pain free and uses no needles or dyes. Most procedures are performed with ultrasound and take less than one hour to complete. In addition, the Vascular Laboratory provides low cost screening tests designed to identity the presence of vascular disease. Early recognition of vascular disease aids physicians in determining a treatment plan that is right for you.
The Radiology Department performs procedures such as CT scan, MRI, as well as angiogram are performed as needed to assist with the detection and grade the severity of disease.
With the advancement of minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty and graft placement many significant vascular diseases can be treated without major surgery. Conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm and severe arterial disease of the arms or legs can be treated by the introduction of a catheter into the arteries. The surgical site is very small and recovery time is dramatically reduced. When necessary, surgical procedures are performed by a world class team of surgeons and medical staff in a specially designed facility, with the latest equipment.
The Surgery Department recently completed design and construction of a dedicated vascular surgery center which is equipped with the latest instruments to enable performance of the most sophisticated surgical procedures in vascular surgery.
The Wound Care Center at Mercy is available for patients suffering from chronic non-healing or slow healing wounds. Vascular disease is frequently a significant factor when a wound does not heal at a normal rate. The Wound Care Center team of physicians, nurses and staff are there to provide education and development of a treatment plan for poorly healing wounds. This program has proven to speed up the healing process for wounds.
To prevent the occurrence of vascular disease or reduce the worsening of existing disease, the Vascular Center offers educational programs for patients and family members.
Community Education Programs are offered throughout the year. These are advertised through newspapers and radio spots.
The Diabetes Education coordinator and staff recognizes the seriousness of diabetes. It is well understood that diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing vascular disease. The Diabetes Education Office provides both inpatient / outpatient and family education programs about diabetes.
The Smoking Cessation team understands the link between smoking and tobacco use on the development of vascular disease. Smoking and tobacco use is known to increase the incidence and severity of vascular disease. The Smoking Cessation coordinator develops programs that are designed to help patients and family members overcome their addiction to tobacco products.
The Peripheral Vascular Exercise Program offered through Mercy’s Sports Medicine Department offers exercise programs that are individualized by specially trained therapists. These exercise classes are designed to help patients with known vascular disease regain their ability to engage in physical activities required to live a full and functional life.