Vascular Cures is here to help those living with vascular conditions. We offer this list of resources to help patients navigate through some of the questions and challenges that may arise when managing the complexities of vascular disease.
Vascular Surgeons, Vascular Medicine Physicians, Interventional Cardiologists and Interventional Radiologists are specialists in treating vascular disease.
- Vascular Surgeons are specialists who treat patients with vascular conditions who may or may not need surgery. They are trained to use all types of surgical procedures for their patients who need that kind of treatment. Many patients do not need surgery and can be treated with medication or exercise.
- Vascular Medicine specialists treat and diagnose a wide range of arterial, venous and lymphatic disorders.
- Interventional Cardiologists open up or treat blocked arteries using nonsurgical catheter-based treatment techniques
- Interventional Radiologists use X-rays, CT, MRI or other imaging guidance to navigate small instruments, like catheters and needles, through blood vessels and organs to treat a variety of diseases
Find help to prepare for your visit to your doctor and encouragement to be your own advocate. The Way To My Heart works to improve the quality of life for patients with vascular disease through education, patient engagement and empowerment.
- Show Me PAD is a self-directed, research-based website centered on enhancing your knowledge about PAD.
- We understand that sometimes it can be challenging to communicate all your symptoms during your doctor’s appointment. Stand Against Amputation offers a PAD assessment quiz that you can print and bring to your next MD visit. Find out more here: Symptom Quiz.
- Exercise Resources
- Steve’s Story – Walking Helped Me Avoid Surgery for my PAD
- Exercise as Medicine – Article from the Society for Vascular Medicine
- Smoking Cessation can help you save your limbs—The Untold Story of Smoking and Vascular Disease
- Diabetes Management
- The Patient Advocate Foundation is a non-profit that provides direct services to patients with chronic, life threatening and debilitating diseases to help access the care and treatment recommended by their doctor. Their services include case management assistance, an education resource library and co-pay assistance: https://www.patientadvocate.org
- RxOutreach.org is a non-profit pharmacy that can help with affordable medications.
- The Patient Advocacy Network (PAN) work to help underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatments they need by assisting with their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability. Use the search tool to review the ever-evolving list of disease funds, which may include vascular diseases: www.panfoundation.org
If you need assistance paying for your medications, you may find help via these organizations.
- Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for the program (Some restrictions apply.)
- The National Council on Aging Benefits Checkup is a free service that can help you find possible cost savings on your prescriptions.
- Find additional assistance programs that may be available in your state via RxAssist.org and NeedyMeds.org
One way to get involved in vascular disease research is to participate in a clinical trial. What is a Clinical Trial? Learn more here:
The ClinicalTrials.gov web site provides current information about clinical research studies to patients, their families and caregivers, health care professionals, and the public. Each study record includes a summary of the study protocol, including the purpose, recruitment status, and eligibility criteria.
- Learn how to find a clinical trial: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/help/how-find/basic
Vascular Cures is not sponsored by the organizations or websites listed on this page and is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. Health-related information on this website including text, graphics, images, and other material is for educational purposes only and therefore not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.