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What is Angiology?
Angiology is a medical and surgical specialty dedicated to the study, prevention, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of vascular diseases, that is, circulatory system diseases. Its scope covers both organic diseases and functional disorders of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems. Only the heart and intracranial arteries are excluded from its field of study.
What conditions can an Angiologist treat?
Acute limb ischemia due to embolism or thrombosis
Aneurysms and dilatative arteriopathy
Cerebrovascular insufficiency of extracranial origin
Chronic lower limb ischemia
Degenerative and/or peripheral obliterative arteriopathy
Dilating venous disease
Inflammatory arteriopathy and vasculitis
Thoracic operculum syndrome
Trombosis venosas y síndrome postrombótico
Vasomotor and mixed symptoms
Venous thrombosis and post-thrombotic syndrome
Prevention saves lives!
Some symptoms such as heavy legs, a burning sensation, cramps, frequently swollen ankles, and tingling during long periods of immobility indicate a malfunction of the veins. But despite the discomfort produced, they are not a matter of urgency. However, if the leg is notably swollen and it hurts, and some areas are reddened and have a burning sensation, then it is necessary to see a specialist given that these may be early indications of phlebitis and/or thrombosis. Additionally, frequent pain (especially cramps) in the legs while walking may be a sign of vasculitis, and in that case, it is equally recommended to visit an angiologist, especially if the patient is a smoker.