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Vascular Clinical Care

Clinical care team The Vascular Medicine Program provides a clinically integrated approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of patients with vascular diseases. This approach is distinct from many vascular specialty approaches that are procedure-based. Vascular medicine is, by definition, based on an internal medical perspective. Such a perspective values equally: prevention, diagnostic accuracy, and treatment choice, linked to efforts to sustain patient autonomy and self-efficacy.

 

 

Our Priorities

Cross-Specialty Treatment Approach

Cross-Specialty Treatment Approach

Vascular medicine’s emphasis on “vascular holism” requires the collaborative input of all vascular health care professionals so that health is continuously optimized. Vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, interventional radiology, vascular nursing, cardiac and PAD rehabilitation, lymphedema therapists and wound specialists are often required for optimal health to be sustained. Vascular medicine coordinates care that would otherwise be complex.

Patient Literacy

Patient Literacy

The program provides patients who have diagnosed or suspected vascular disease with the opportunity to achieve a high level of vascular disease health literacy. This is important so that each individual, supported by their family, can fully participate in their own vascular health care decision-making. Great health is achieved by effective clinical partnerships. Such partnerships mandate close communication between the patient, vascular specialist, and referring physician.

Coordination of Heart and Vascular Care

Coordination of Heart and Vascular Care

Note that many adults, with or without PAD or venous disease, will face heart health challenges. Cardiac and vascular care can often be coordinated via a single vascular medicine specialist. If you have associated heart disease, be sure that is known to the scheduling staff if both heart and vascular care treatment are needed.

Creating a Better Vascular Future

Creating a Better Vascular Future

Our current health care successes are due to the volunteer help of patients and physicians who provided leadership before us. We are dedicated to continuing this tradition.

The University of Minnesota Vascular Medicine Program designs and participates in major clinical studies that evaluate new diagnostic approaches, lifestyle interventions, medications, and devices to treat vascular diseases. When appropriate, patients are always provided information on their potential candidacy for clinical trial participation. Without the altruistic participation of patients today, our friends, community, and children cannot enjoy the benefits of better future health provided by excellence in clinical research.

Tracking Outcomes to Improve Care

Tracking Outcomes to Improve Care

The University of Minnesota Vascular Medicine Program independently follows the outcomes of patients who are evaluated for vascular diseases. While treating patients, we carefully document how they respond. These tracking systems ensure that we deliver quality care during any treatment and throughout a patient’s recovery.

Patients and family members can feel confident that our team is always striving to provide the best possible outcome.

One Call Coordinates Care

One Call Coordinates Care

Our dedicated nurse coordinators are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00pm to take relevant information about your condition and symptoms, and to make a timely appointment with the most appropriate specialist. Call 612-365-5000 to reach our nurse coordinator or request an appointment online.

We strive to see patients as soon as possible and assign every patient one vascular clinician to organize care between members of our multidisciplinary team. From diagnosis to treatment and follow-up, our physicians guide patients through the care system and treatment process.

Creating a personalized treatment plan, coordinated with your primary physician:

As adults, we may face health challenges beyond vascular diseases. Primary care clinicians are trained to be your “quarterback” and to provide you the most effective resources to coordinate the totality of your health concerns. Vascular medicine specialists understand this because most, including Dr. Hirsch, have had extensive training and experience in primary care. We believe teamwork and communication excellence are central to an effective vascular care plan.

The University of Minnesota Difference

The University of Minnesota is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our ranking is based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 different specialties. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you can receive the best care at all points during your visit. Contact Us