Vascular Care

Minimally Invasive Care

Not all cardiovascular problems involve the heart. Vascular care includes the diagnosis and management of disorders involving the arteries, veins, and the lymphatic system. Treatment may involve medical therapy, minimally-invasive procedures performed using a small tube called a catheter, and surgical reconstruction.

Treatment of artery and vein diseases using minimally invasive procedures is rapidly replacing major surgery. In many cases, these newer procedures provide outcomes that are comparable to traditional surgery, with the advantage of short hospital stays and increased patient safety.

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Our Services

The conditions we treat typically fall into two main categories: vascular and vein.

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Vascular Conditions

Circulatory system diseases can take many forms and Grady’s vascular care specialists have treated them all:

  • Aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection. An aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart through the chest and torso. Aortic aneurysms can dissect or rupture when the force of pumping blood splits the artery wall, allowing blood to leak.
  • Chronic arterial insufficiency is a common condition affecting mainly older patients. It normally involves the lower limbs and leads to leg numbness or pain.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when your leg veins don’t allow blood to flow back up to your heart. This can cause blood to collect (pool) in your legs.
  • Peripheral vascular disease is a slow, progressive circulation disorder caused by narrowing, blockage, or spasms in a blood vessel.
  • Diabetic foot ulceration is an open sore or wound that occurs in roughly one of seven patients with diabetes. It is commonly located on the bottom of the foot.
  • Carotid artery disease occurs when fatty deposits (plaques) clog the blood vessels that deliver blood to your brain and head (carotid arteries). The blockage increases the risk of stroke.
  • Venus stasis ulcers are wounds on the leg or ankle caused by abnormal or damaged veins. Abnormal veins can be hereditary. Veins can also be damaged by blood clots, injury, aging, and obesity.
  • Renal artery stenosis is the narrowing of one or more arteries that carry blood to your kidneys (renal arteries), which can compromise the kidneys’ ability to filter waste.
  • Mesenteric artery stenosis is the narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the intestines, which can result in pain, weight loss, nausea, diarrhea, or bleeding.
Vein Conditions

Healthy valves inside your veins ensure that blood flows in one direction. If the valves are damaged, they may not close completely, allowing blood to flow in both directions. If the valves cannot hold the blood, this can cause pooling of blood or swelling in the veins. Several conditions can result:

  • Varicose veins are bulging, swollen, purple veins, seen just under the skin.
  • Venus stasis ulcers are wounds on the leg or ankle caused by abnormal or damaged veins. Abnormal veins can be hereditary. Veins can also be damaged by blood clots, injury, aging, and obesity.
  • Leg swelling is caused by the retention of fluid in leg tissues. It can be caused by a problem with the venous circulation system, the lymphatic system, or the kidneys
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Locations and Directions

Grady Memorial Hospital
80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Heart & Vascular Center - 2nd Floor

Emergency Care: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Outpatient Care: Monday-Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

(404) 616-1000 (Main)
(404) 616-1000 (Appointments)

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Why Choose Us

Grady is equipped with state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms/interventional suites. A hybrid operating room is an advanced procedural space that combines a traditional operating room with an image-guided interventional suite. The combination allows our vascular surgeons to perform complex, advanced surgical procedures.

However, if it becomes necessary to convert a minimally invasive surgery to an open procedure, these hybrid spaces allow for a smooth transition by providing all the needed technology and expertise in one space. The result is that Grady can use the latest procedures to provide more options for patients with complex conditions.

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Appointments and Referrals

Grady’s Heart & Vascular Center accepts new patients with referrals from either primary care providers or other specialists. Please ask your provider to use our patient referral checklist and email us the details. We will contact you to schedule an appointment.

If you are an existing Grady patient and have a MyChart account, visit MyChart or call our scheduling line at (404) 616-1000, to make an appointment.

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Our Doctors

Every hospital treats patients. At Grady, we strive to treat them better, more efficiently, and more effectively. Our mission to care for all who need us attracts cardiovascular specialists from across the nation. They are drawn here by the knowledge that we test the limits of medicine by innovating existing standards of care, researching cutting-edge drugs and therapies, and exploring novel treatments.

Our zeal for innovation has given Grady a national reputation for medical advancement in areas like cardiovascular disease, cancer, burn, stroke, diabetes, infectious diseases, women’s health, sickle cell, and other conditions cared for by specialists in our centers of excellence. Access to all of these accredited practices is available to every Grady patient and our collegial environment means that specialists routinely help to care for their colleagues’ patients.

Dr. Jamie Benarroch-Gampel

Vascular Surgery

Dr. Ravi Rajani

Surgical Critical Care, Surgery

Dr. Christopher R. Ramos
Dr. Christopher R. Ramos

Vascular Surgery