Kansas Vascular Medicine
Dr.  James A.M. Smith, D.O.
(316) 425-5016
Frequently asked endovascular questions
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    Temporal arteritis
    Temporal arteritis is characterized by inflammation and damage to the blood vessels that supply blood to the head, neck, upper body and arms. It is also called giant cell arteritis.
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    Peripheral artery disease
    Peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. When plaque builds up in the body's arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. P.A.D. usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach.
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    Blood thinners
    Anticoagulant medications, often referred to as blood thinners, help prevent clots from forming in the blood. Anticoagulants are used in the treatment of some types of heart disease and to prevent dangerous blood clots. Novel, or new, oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now available for treating some conditions where there is a risk of blood clots forming.
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    Non-healing wounds
    A wound is a disruption of the normal structure and function of the skin and underlying soft tissue. Acute wounds in normal, healthy individuals heal through an orderly sequence of physiological events. When this process is stalled, a chronic wound may develop and this is more likely to occur in patients with underlying disorders such as peripheral artery disease, diabetes, and other problems.
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    Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
    When blood flow to part of the brain stops for a short period of time -- called transient ischemic attack (TIA) -- it can mimic stroke-like symptoms. These symptoms appear and last less than 24 hours before disappearing. TIAs are a serious warning sign that a stroke may happen in the future and should not be ignored.
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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but may occur without any symptoms.
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    Swollen legs
    Leg swelling caused by the retention of fluid in leg tissues is known as peripheral edema. It can be caused by a problem with the circulatory system, the lymphatic system or the kidneys. You may also experience swelling due to fluid buildup after sitting or standing for a long time.
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    Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell.
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