Modern Vascular in St. Louis, Missouri is the first clinic in Missouri and the 15th for the company. Dr. Wande Pratt is a board-certified vascular surgeon and the managing physician of this clinic. Dr. Pratt began his work with Modern Vascular at the clinic in Southaven, MS. Recently, he served as the interim managing physician for Modern Vascular in Fort Worth, TX. The team is well-equipped with modern technology and clinical expertise to diagnose and treat endovascular conditions.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Modern Vascular has a specialized interest in treating patients with peripheral artery disease. The main goal of the organization is to preserve limbs for patients that have PAD. Considering risk factors and symptoms is the first step towards developing a diagnosis. There are also other tools, such as duplex ultrasound, intravascular ultrasound, and multiple types of angiography, that can help the physician understand the severity of the condition. Making adjustments to your lifestyle, such as exercising, eating healthy, and quitting smoking, can improve your condition. There are also minimally invasive endovascular procedures available that can be used to treat peripheral artery disease and reduce or eliminate the effects of the symptoms.
When the veins are unable to pump blood back into the heart blood can pool in the blood vessels, causing them to become enlarged. Another common name used to describe the enlarged, gnarled veins that are the result of venous insufficiency is varicose veins. There are valves inside of the vein that keep the blood flowing towards the heart. When those valves become damaged or weakened, the blood can flow back and pool up inside of the vein. There are minimally invasive procedures available to treat varicose veins by closing the vein with the damaged valves and routing the blood to healthier veins.