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The Link Between Kidney Disease and Swollen Legs Nov 11th, 2021

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an underrecognized public health crisis, causing more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer. It affects some 37 million people in the US (more than 1 in 7 adults), of which about 90% don’t know they have a problem, as the disease is asymptomatic in...

Should I Be Concerned About My Ankle Discoloration? Oct 1st, 2021

If your ankles are discolored, especially if they’re an orange-red-brown combination, you’re probably dealing with poor circulation that’s reached the advanced stage called venous stasis dermatitis. Fortunately, treatments exist that can help the problem and prevent it from progressing further. At Comprehensive Vascular Care, with convenient locations in Southfield and...

What to Expect After Spider Vein Treatment Sep 6th, 2021

You’re probably familiar with varicose veins, those bulging, ropey, colored protrusions on your legs, but you may not be familiar with spider veins. In truth, they’re very similar. Spider veins are caused by the same circulatory system problem as varicose veins, but they occur in the small capillaries near the...

5 Types of Vascular Ultrasound Aug 8th, 2021

Ultrasound tests are used in many fields of medicine. One of the best known, perhaps, is when a pregnant woman has an ultrasound to check on the health and development of her baby. Ultrasound, though, can also be used as a screening and diagnostic tool for vascular conditions. At Comprehensive...

The Role of Your Carotid Artery Jul 7th, 2021

Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood from your heart to the rest of your body. The carotid arteries are two large vessels on either side of your neck that supply the large, front part of the brain with blood. This region controls thinking, speech, personality, and sensory and...

Is DVT Dangerous? Jun 23rd, 2021

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside the tissues, usually in the leg. Sometimes it produces characteristic symptoms, but sometimes there are no obvious symptoms, meaning you’re not aware you need treatment. Left untreated, though, your risk for developing life-threatening complications increases...

Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease May 14th, 2021

Over 8 million people in the United States who are 40 years and older have peripheral artery disease (PAD), sometimes also called peripheral arterial disease, which affects the circulatory system. In people with PAD, the arteries that carry blood to the body’s tissues become narrowed, decreasing blood flow to the...

2 Types of Aortic Aneurysms Apr 14th, 2021

Arteries are the part of the circulatory system that carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the body’s tissues, and the aorta is the body’s largest artery. The part of the aorta that runs through the chest is known as the thoracic aorta, and the part that continues down into...

Common Causes of Spider Veins Mar 10th, 2021

Spider veins are small, visible veins (usually capillaries, the smallest type of veins) found on the legs and sometimes on the face. They get their name because they appear in clusters and look like a delicate spider web. Unlike varicose veins, their larger cousins, spider veins don’t affect the texture...

Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency Feb 15th, 2021

Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a circulatory system condition that affects the veins in your legs. It’s estimated that up to 40% of US adults suffer from some form of CVI. At Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, our team of board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists...

Winter Is a Great Time for Sclerotherapy Jan 15th, 2021

Varicose veins are a common affliction, affecting about 1 in 4 American adults. These bulging red, blue, or purple veins are generally more of a cosmetic issue than a medical one, but not only can they make you self-conscious, they can also be uncomfortable and cause skin rashes, so you...

Learn the Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis Dec 8th, 2020

To understand the seriousness of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition where a clot forms in a deep vein, you first have to know something about veins in general, and venous insufficiency in particular. At Comprehensive Vascular Care, with locations in Novi and Southfield, Michigan, our expert team of board-certified...

Why You Should Not Ignore Swollen Legs Nov 30th, 2020

Leg swelling is referred to as edema. It’s a common problem, and it represents more than half of new referrals to vascular medicine practices. Edema results from fluid buildup in the tissues, which can happen suddenly or develop slowly, lasting for months or even years. Most cases of edema occur...

5 Factors That Increase Your Risk of Developing Spider Veins Oct 15th, 2020

If you have a family member with spider veins, you might wonder if you’re destined to develop them too. It’s true that about 90% of individuals with spider veins have a family history of them, but genetics isn’t the only risk factor. If you have spider veins and don’t like...

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Sep 12th, 2018

When the wall of a blood vessel weakens, a balloon-like dilation called an aneurysm sometimes develops. This happens most often in the abdominal aorta, an essential blood vessel that supplies blood to your legs. FAIRLY COMMON Every year, 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm...

Non-Invasive Vascular Tests May 15th, 2018

Ankle-Brachial Index or ABI Test A non-invasive test that uses inflatable cuffs to gauge circulation (blood flow) and measure blood pressure in the arteries at various locations on the thigh, calf, foot and toes. Done in an outpatient clinic or vascular laboratory.Minimal, brief discomfort, similar to what you feel while...

Vascular Conditions Mar 18th, 2018

Vascular conditions affect the veins and arteries in your body, which conduct oxygen to every living cell. Think of your veins and arteries as expressways or rivers. When there are traffic jams or road construction, or when dams break, trouble ensues. But in most cases, vascular conditions are highly treatable,...

What Is Vascular Disease? Jan 23rd, 2018

Most Americans are familiar with heart disease and with the consequences of blockages in the vessels that carry blood to and from the heart. But few people realize that blockages caused by a buildup of plaque and cholesterol affect more than coronary arteries. Arteries throughout the body carry oxygen-rich blood...

What Do Vascular Surgeons Do? Dec 7th, 2017

What do vascular surgeons do? Vascular surgeons are specialists who are highly trained to treat diseases of the vascular system. Your blood vessels –arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood and veins carrying blood back to the heart — are the roadways of your circulatory system. Without smoothly flowing blood, your body cannot...

What Is Arteriosclerosis? Dec 6th, 2017

Your vascular system is made up of vessels that carry your blood throughout your body. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. Your blood leaves the left side of the heart and is pumped out to the rest of your body....

What Makes A Great Surgeon? Jun 10th, 2015

Great surgeons are a breed apart. They’re a rare combination of exceptional intelligence, outstanding education and training, respected skills and expertise, and a sense of humanity that puts their patients at the center of all they do. The surgeons at Providence are those things and more. Backed by a fantastic...

Dr. William Oppat Discusses The Treatment Of Spider And Varicose Veins Jun 9th, 2015

Dr. William Oppat, vascular surgeon, Providence Hospital, appeared live on FOX 2 Detroit News discussing the treatment of spider and varicose veins. Watch Dr. Oppat remove a spider vein from Deena Centofanti’s leg.

Boston Attack: The Injuries Doctors And Patients Are Facing Jun 9th, 2015

Watch as Dr. Nolan describes the type and severity of horrific injuries sustained by Boston Marathon bombing victims on Fox 2 News Detroit. View the video here. Dr. Kevin Nolan, the head of vascular surgeries at Providence Hospital, knows what types of injuries doctors and patients have in front of them after...

Sclerotherapy Treatment For Spider Veins May 1st, 2015

When you’re ready, come and get these veins taken care of! A sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins takes about 30 minutes and is done in both of our offices!Give us a call or click here for more information.

Southfield Surgeon Provides Hands-on Support For Troops Dec 11th, 2014

Kevin D. Nolan, MD February 22, 2011 3:46 PM For two weeks, vascular surgeon Kevin Nolan of Southfield volunteered to treat wounded American soldiers transported from Afghanistan and Iraq to the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Nolan said he volunteered recently (as well as back in June...