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Vascular Doctors – What You Need to Know

Posted Jan 09 2013 8:03am

Society has all but forgotten how important it is to stay healthy and doctors, athletes and health professionals fight a losing battle everyday. In their lifetime, they understand the meaning of Life and Death, much like soldiers, but in a different way.

They understand the value of Life – doctors really do because a lot of them don't complain when they're called in the middle of the night to perform a surgery, and much like our soldiers, do it wholeheartedly.

And one can't help but show their gratitude and respect to the men and women of these professions and the sacrifices they make!

This attribute of service makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside [no sarcasm meant at all]. A feeling that you would lose its meaning if your heart and circulatory system doesn't work.

An Introduction to the Circulatory System

Speaking of the circulatory system, the body will not be able to sustain a stable internal environment  or fight off disease as it does.

The circulatory system is not just about transporting blood around the body through its vast network of veins, arteries and capillaries (collectively known as blood vessels) but also plays a key role in maintaining the pH levels while also regulating temperature in the body.

When these blood vessels work normally, the blood circulates the entire body in 20 seconds while the veins carry blood to the heart and the arteries carry it away.

In the situation where blood vessels don't function, thanks to circulatory system diseases such as angina, arrhythmia, chronic venous insufficiency, peripheral vascular disease.

Yet that's not all – since the circulatory system is connected to almost every organ in the body, there are other diseases such as endocarditis, acute coronary syndrome, conceptual apraxia, thrombophlebitis, ventricular tachycardia among others.

And if it isn't obvious enough, if these diseases are not treated in the right manner or ignored completely, the results can be fatal to the patient.

Of course, you wouldn't go to a general physician in order treat these disease but would require the expertise of those health professionals who are widely regarded as vascular doctors .

What Vascular Doctors Treat

How vascular doctors differ from those who treat general illnesses is obviously their years of study and practice spent in curing diseases related to the  human circulatory system as mentioned earlier. Of course, this involves treating vascular diseases not only by means of surgery but also administering drugs as well.

If you're interested in pursuing this path, then it must be said that four years of medical school isn't enough. One route that is taken by doctors who wish to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease is to complete a five-to-six year residency in vascular surgery or work as a surgeon in general surgery before moving on to a two year fellowship in vascular surgery.

If you must know, in order to gain credibility as a vascular doctor, you must pass an examination from the American Board of Surgery, which tests your skill in vascular surgery.

In Closing

Are you practicing vascular doctor? Do you have any tips for people who aspire to be a vascular surgeon? If so, please feel free to share.

Also, read this article on another complex form of treatment that involves immune suppressants .

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