Promoting Vascular Health
The Vascular Medicine Program works hard to help patients with arterial and venous diseases.
Peripheral vascular disease affects 12 percent of the population and up to 20 percent of people over the age of 60. It causes severe limitations in walking ability, independence, and social and occupational activities.
Henry Mayo’s patient-centered Vascular Medicine Program offers a clinically integrated approach to help patients with complex arterial and venous disease, and is staffed with a highly skilled and extensively trained team of physicians, nurses and technologists.
In addition to the multidisciplinary environment comprising radiology, surgery, endocrinology, podiatry and wound care, the Vascular Medicine Program provides a supervised walking program.
Such programs not only benefit patients in the reduction of claudication, or leg pain, while walking, but also offer personalized education that addresses each individual’s health needs.
“The goal of this program is to improve stamina and strength, improve confidence and well-being, and lessen the physical and emotional burden of living with vascular disease,” said Rosella A. Dolan, Cardiovascular Nurse Navigator.
Henry Mayo offers free Heart Health Fairs quarterly, with the opportunity to check cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure, and speak to members of the clinical staff.
Factors that put a patient at risk include diabetes, smoking, age, genetic predisposition and a sedentary lifestyle. Information is provided to patients in treatment and those identified as being high risk at screenings in an effort to put them on the path to better vascular health.
“Prevention through community education is of great importance here at Henry Mayo,” Dolan said.