The Vascular Patient
Vascular patients tend to be older and sicker than other hospital patients by the time that vascular treatment is necessary.
Vascular patients typically require treatment and monitoring on an ongoing basis, sometimes for decades. Long-term relationships with patients are necessary because vascular disease relates to long-term conditions which may involve co-morbidities and complications. Vascular conditions can be the result of, or are exacerbated by, other conditions such as diabetes, obesity, smoking and coronary artery disease.
These factors drive the importance of:
• Long term follow-up, in some cases with periodic imaging
• Use of discharge medications, unless contra-indicated
• Consideration of both surgical and medical treatments for vascular health
• The value of an on-going relationship with a vascular specialist to identify risk factors
The Society for Vascular Surgery also provides detailed Clinical Practice Guidelines for specific vascular conditions.