Vascular disease is the biggest cause of mortality across the United States. However, many people are still confused about what vascular disease is and are unfamiliar with the all-too-common warning signs that, if identified, could save your life. On this episode of Patient Power, host Andrew Schorr is joined by Dr. Benjamin Starnes, chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center to answer questions about prevention and treatment for different vascular diseases.
From peripheral vascular disease to aortic aneurismal disease, learn first all you can do to prevent the onset of particular vascular conditions and second which symptoms, if experienced, to discuss immediately with your doctor. Dr. Starnes goes on to define endovascular surgery and explain the evolution in this area of medicine over the past several decades. With less invasive surgery, doctors are able to treat patients, particularly the elderly, that have otherwise not been candidates. There are also innovative treatments, such as the hybrid approach, that are making shorter recovery times and less risk for patients when it comes to treating these conditions. Dr. Starnes goes through the diagnosis and treatment of claudication. He speaks to the importance of screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and suggests which types of tests people should be asking their doctor for. The key with all of these vascular conditions is early detection. It is much easier for a doctor to perform a surgery to prevent a rupture than it is to address the rupture once it has happened.
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Benjamin Starnes, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, Harborview Medical CenterDr. Starnes is Chief of Vascular Surgery and Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center. His clinical expertise includes endovascular surgery, ruptured aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, and limb salvage. Dr. Starnes received his medical degree from Jefferson medical College in Philadelphia, and he is board certified in surgery and vascular surgery. more >