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Vascular diseases are conditions that affect the blood vessels — arteries and veins — that carry blood throughout the body. Our vascular disease screenings can help detect different vascular problems and help determine treatment.

Arterial Disease

Vascular disease that affects the arteries is most often caused by atherosclerosis, a process resulting from a buildup of fatty deposits (plaque) on the inner lining of the arteries. As the buildup progresses, blood flow can become restricted or the artery may dilate and become aneurysmal.

THREE SIMPLE TESTS THAT DETECT VASCULAR DISEASE AND CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE / Call 631-444-2683 for Information about Our FREE Public Screenings

Narrowing or blockages of arteries can occur in the arteries near the heart (cardiovascular disease), or in arteries farther from the heart, such as those in the arms, legs and the brain.

Click on image for information about
our free Vascular Screening to be held
on September 27, 2014.

The most common forms of vascular disease are abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), carotid artery disease, and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) — all serious and life-threatening, often occurring "silently" without any symptoms. That's why early detection and treatment are crucial.

Our online appointment request form allows you to evaluate whether you should be screened for AAA, and also enables you to arrange for a free-of-charge screening.

Please click here to learn more about our screenings for arterial disease, which include abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease, and peripheral arterial disease, and who will benefit most from screening.

Venous Disease

Are you suffering from painful swollen, ropey veins on your legs? Our free-of-charge varicose vein screenings provide an examination of the lower legs for venous insufficiency.

Varicose veins are blood vessels, usually in the legs, that become permanently dilated (widened) and twisted. They may include superficial veins, deep veins and veins that connect superficial and deep veins.

Symptoms of varicose veins may include vague discomfort and
aching in the legs, especially after standing; and fatigue

The signs of varicose veins are enlarged, disfiguring, snakelike, bluish veins which are visible under the skin upon standing; they appear most often in the back of the calf or on the inside of the leg from ankle to groin.

The Stony Brook Vein Center offers evaluation and treatment for all aspects of venous disease. To learn about upcoming screenings, please click here.



Learn about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Watch this WABC-TV "Long Island Viewpoint" segment (7:30 min; following ad) in which Dr. Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, chief of vascular surgery, talks about abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), and describes its complications, risk factors, detection, and treatment:



Click here for information about abdominal aortic aneurysm provided by Stony Brook Medicine University Physicians.