St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center provide comprehensive personalized care to people with vascular health conditions and diseases. At both locations, patients have access to specialists from vascular medicine, cardiology, vascular surgery and nursing.
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Vascular disease is a term for a range of conditions that affect the vascular, or blood vessel, systems of a person’s body. Vascular disease can affect the following body organs:
- Heart – Symptoms include chest pain (angina), a heart attack or heart failure.
- Brain – It can cause strokes, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes) or dementia.
- Kidney – Symptoms include kidney failure, which means kidneys can no longer rid the body of waste products or fluid.
- Arms and legs – Poor circulation can lead to leg pain, skin changes and wounds or skin ulcers that are slow to heal.
Vascular diseases are often classified by their blood vessel type or location in the body.
Both St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center have skilled teams of specialists who offer expertise in diagnosing and treating vascular conditions. The team includes: cardiologists, vascular medicine specialists, vascular/endovascular surgeons, vascular physician assistants and nurse practitioners, cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists and neuroradiologists.
These care teams address:
- aneurysms of the abdomen, chest, brain and limbs
- carotid artery disease
- peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
- deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- varicose veins
- dialysis access.
St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center offer technology that allows for the visualization of blood vessels with great clarity. The three common approaches include:
- diagnostic non-invasive lab testing (blood flow and ultrasound tests)
- MR angiography
- CT angiography.
Managing Vascular Disease
Care teams will work with patients individually to create personalized plans that include a variety of treatment options. Treatment options include:
- lifestyle changes
- risk factor management
- medication therapy
- traditional vascular surgery and endovascular techniques such as angioplasty and stent placement.
Individual treatment plans are designed to preserve independence and prevent complications while slowing vascular disease progression. The services provided:
- education and support services, such as COURAGE and the Vascular Circulation Clinic
- prevention programs
- nutrition counseling
- diabetic care
- lymphedema therapy
- wound treatment, which includes the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber
- Vascular Circulation Clinic.
Affinity Health System Vascular Care Providers
Corbin Asbury, MD
Rob Garofalo, MD
Noam Littman, MD
Dan Macksood, MD
Tom Murphy, MD
Todd Peebles, MD
Ben Smith, MD
General Vascular Surgery
Ken Bruder, MD - Appleton
Deidre Flanagan, MD - Appleton
Michael Foley, MD - Oshkosh
Robert McDonald, MD - Oshkosh
Christopher Wagner, MD - Appleton
Robert Weber, MD - Oshkosh
Issam Al-Bitar, MD - Oshkosh
Donald Brescia, MD - Oshkosh
Anna Christian, APNP - Appleton
Ken Geller, MD - Appleton
Patrick Gregory, MD - Appleton
Ladonna Henslee, APNP - Oshkosh
Fredric Hildebrand, MD - Appleton
Wojciech Nowak, DO - Appleton
Patrick O'Brien, MD - Appleton
Gregory Reiser, MD - Oshkosh
Christine Weibel Lynn, APNP - Oshkosh