Vascular surgery deals with diseases affecting the vascular system including diseases of arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels. We can refer you to our Consultants for specialist tests and interventions where necessary. Sometimes patients referred to a vascular specialist do not require surgical or radiological intervention. Our vascular surgeons can give advice on important lifestyle changes which can help like losing weight or taking regular exercise. Prevention of the risk of future vascular conditions developing e.g. heart disease and stroke is also very important. They may prescribe antiplatelet and lipid-lowering therapy or medication for blood pressure control if appropriate.
Smoking is, of course, a major cause of vascular disease and over 80 per cent of vascular patients are current or ex-smokers. Nurse Nicky Dennis has many years of experience in running a Stop Smoking clinic if you would like help with this. Pharmacy stocks many nicotine replacement products too.