Angela Gucwa on Common Vascular Problems

Angela Gucwa is a fellow in vascular surgery, currently completing her training in the Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina. As a vascular surgeon, Angela Gucwa treats a range of conditions. Vascular conditions are those conditions that affect the arteries and veins of the body. Some of these conditions are relatively minor, while others are extremely dangerous. Dr. Angela Gucwa explains some of the more common conditions.

Angela Gucwa
Angela Gucwa

Varicose Veins: Varicose veins are an extremely common problem, particularly among women. These veins can be spotted because they are very swollen and raised, and therefore visible beneath the skin. According to Angela Gucwa, these veins typically appear to be bulging and twisted, and when seated or standing, they can cause blood to pool in the legs, which can be very dangerous.

Pulmonary Embolism: When a blood clot forms in a vein, there is always the possibility that it may become lodged in the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and it is extremely dangerous, says Angela Gucwa. A pulmonary embolism may manifest itself as high blood pressure, anxiety, feeling short of breath, or chest pain. If not diagnosed rapidly, pulmonary embolisms can result in death.

Carotid Artery Disease: According to Angela Gucwa, your carotid arteries are the arteries in your neck that carry blood to your brain; they become diseased when plaques build up inside them. Blockages in these arteries are common in older adults and can cause a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, says Angela Gucwa.

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