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What is vascular disease?

Vascular disease is an abnormal condition of the blood vessels, affecting nearly one out of two people in their lifetime, and can occur if your blood flow changes, becomes blocked or abruptly stops.

Vascular disease typically affects older individuals or those that:

  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Have a history of smoking
  • Are obese
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have high blood pressure

Early detection of vascular disease is key

Identifying vascular disease in the early stages is key to improving long-term outcomes. The vascular laboratory provides advanced diagnostic tests seven days a week and is staffed by board-certified vascular surgeons and registered vascular technologists. 

Meet the Teams

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Our goal at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is to achieve superior results for all of our patients and to help them return to normal activities while improving their overall quality of life.

Vein Center

The Northwestern Medicine Vein Center offers multiple locations close to where you live and work. Board-certified interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons collaborate to provide you with the highest quality vein care.



Vascular Disease Clinical Trials

Zfen+ The Zenith® Fenestrated+ Endovascular Graft Clinical Study will assess the safety and effectiveness of the Zenith® Fenestrated+ Endovascular Graft (ZFEN+) in combination with the BeGraft Balloon-Expandable FEVAR Bridging Stent Graft System (BeGraft) and Unibody2 for the treatment of patients with aortic aneurysms involving one or more of the major visceral arteries.
Principal Investigator: Andrew Hoel, MD 

Locations & Contact Information
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked No. 7 by U.S. News and World Report in Heart and Vascular.

    Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    The No. 7 heart and vascular surgery program in the United States and the highest-ranked in Illinois for 17 straight years.

    Make an Appointment

    At Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, we are dedicated to delivering leading-edge, comprehensive heart and vascular care.

    Make an appointment today.

    Looking for a Heart or Vascular Second Opinion?

    We offer second opinions for heart and vascular conditions. You can schedule a virtual visit or an in-person visit at one of our convenient locations.

    Complete a short form to have a nurse contact you by phone or email. They will suggest a physician for you to make your second opinion visit with.

    For the Cardiovascular Professional

    Learn more about physician referrals, AI technologies, CME, clinical trials and news from Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.