Vascular Disease Types and Symptoms

Are you at risk?

Blocked arteries in the legs can lead to heart attack and stroke, just like clogged arteries in the heart. This is called peripheral artery disease (PAD). Learn more.

Vascular disease can take many forms. The signs and symptoms vary depending on which blood vessels are affected, the suddenness of symptoms and how much of the vascular system is affected. Because symptoms can widely vary, receiving an accurate diagnosis is critical for ensuring proper treatment.

The University of Kansas Hospital offers the latest diagnostic tools and advanced treatments for vascular disease in Kansas City. To schedule an appointment, call 913-588-1227 or toll-free 844-323-1227. Or, request your appointment online.

Types of vascular disease

Our specialists treat all forms of vascular disease. Learn more about the symptoms and risks of each disease below.

Accurate diagnosis for better outcomes

The University of Kansas Hospital offers the most current imaging tests to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment. Your vascular specialist will determine the best diagnostic test depending on your symptoms and their onset.

  • Diagnostic vascular ultrasound
    Also called a Doppler ultrasound, this procedure involves placing a small probe on your skin and using sound waves to make an image of your blood vessels on a computer. The image lets your doctor see any abnormal structures or functions. Your doctor can read the test on the same day.
  • Minimally invasive angiogram
    Your physician inserts a small catheter from your groin area or arm into the arteries that have blockages. The catheter delivers a dye that shows up on an X-ray. This test allows your doctor to measure the width of your arteries and detect any narrowing.
  • Peripheral vascular imaging
    This is another way to describe the diagnostic vascular ultrasound. A technician places a small probe on your body and uses sound waves to make images of your blood vessels. This test may look at your neck, kidneys, arms, legs or stomach area.
  • CT coronary angiogram
    A CT, or computerized axial tomography machine, uses X-rays to make a detailed picture of your heart and blood vessels. An iodine dye (contrast material) may be injected to see your heart more clearly. The University of Kansas Hospital has one of the most current scanners.
  • Cardiac MRI
    Our physicians use the latest cardiac MRI equipment. This new machine allows cardiac stress testing without radiation. It also helps diagnose obese patients, who may have had problems with other tests.

Advanced certification

We offer certified imaging services at several convenient locations throughout the metro.

  • All nuclear imaging labs are certified by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories.
  • All our nuclear technologists are certified in nuclear cardiology.
  • Our echocardiogram technologists hold certificates from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography and Vascular Laboratories.