Minimally Invasive
Vascular Therapy

Introduction: A Revolution in Medicine

Minimally invasive, catheter-based therapies -- balloon angioplasty and stenting -- have revolutionized the treatment of coronary artery disease.

Using the body's highway of blood vessels to perform procedures that once required open surgery has great advantages for patients -- often less pain, less risk, quicker recovery and lower cost.

The accumulation of plaque that occurs in the coronaries is an on-going disease process that can occur in blood vessels throughout the body. (In fact, many patients treated for coronary artery disease already have or will develop blockages elsewhere.)

Less invasive therapies are now being used to open blockages in the vital carotid artery that leads to the brain, to remove blockages in the renal arteries that jeopardize kidney function, and to treat painful blockages in the peripheral arteries of the legs.

Catheter-based procedures increasingly are being employed not only to treat atherosclerosis throughout the body, but also to deliver new, targeted medications. For example, medications are coated on drug-eluting heart stents to reduce restenosis and inflammation.

Catheters, thread through the arterial system, are also being used to perform complex procedures in hard-to-access parts of the body, such as repair of aortic heart valves, treatment of brain aneurysm and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm, a life-threatening condition.

This is a rapidly evolving field and it is expected that there will be many exciting new applications of minimally invasive treatments in the future.

Why This Site?

Vascular therapy entails not only new types of treatments, but in fact represents a new field of medicine. Vascular therapists breach traditional disciplinary boundries: cardiologists, surgeons and radiologists all are beginning to perform endovascular procedures. New medical technologies will require innovative thinking and collaborative change in the professions.

vasculartherapy.org
will provide information and news about break- throughs in the rapidly changing field of endovascular therapy. Our goal is to give physicians and patients access to the latest research, provide information about treatments and techniques, and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges presented by these new less invasive technologies.

Click here to view a video clip in which interventional cardiologist Gary Roubin discusses his view of how the specialty of cardiology is expanding from the heart to "total vascular care" (RealPlayer required to view)
Click here to view a video of vascular surgeon, Dr. Michael Marin, discussing the trends in surgical medicine toward less invasive interventional procedures. (RealPlayer required to view)

Vascular Pioneers: Evolution of a Specialty
Vascular Pioneers DVDClick here for more information about our documentary detailing the revolution in vascular therapy. The DVD features exclusive interviews with the physicians who pioneered these procedures, tells the dynamic history of this young field of medicine, and presents a lively discussion as 20 influential interventionalists and vascular surgeons address the controversies and potentials inherent in the adoption of medical innovation.


Visit Angioplasty.Org, our companion site on interventional cardiology. Founded in 1997, it's the most popular and respected public site on angioplasty and stents. Along with the history of interventional cardiology, we've provided news and educational support to over 1 million physicians and patients.
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Coming Soon
reports on:

  • Renal Angioplasty
  • Carotid Stenting
  • Aortic Stent Grafts
  • Peripheral and Iliac Stents

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