The Center for Vascular Medicine at the Shifa Heart and Vascular Institute focuses on the non-invasive diagnosis and treatment of all problems involving the circulatory system outside of the heart. These problems may involve:
  • arteries, which deliver blood from the heart to the tissues
  • veins, which deliver blood back to the heart
  • lymphatic system, which transports lymph fluid back to the circulation


Commonly encountered conditions in the field of Vascular Medicine include:

  • peripheral arterial disease / claudication – blockages in the leg arteries; may cause pain with walking
  • carotid artery stenosis – blockages in the neck arteries; may lead to a stroke
  • renal artery stenosis – blockages in the kidney arteries; may contribute to high blood pressure and/or chronic kidney disease
  • abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) – a bulging of the aorta that may cause it to rupture
  • venous problems such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and chronic venous insufficiency
  • Raynaud’s, vasculitis, lymphedema, and other less common vascular conditions


Non-Invasive Diagnosis: Vascular Imaging

Vascular ultrasound remains the cornerstone for the non-invasive diagnosis of vascular disease.
Our non-invasive vascular ultrasound laboratory at the Shifa Center for Vascular Medicine offers a comprehensive range of vascular ultrasound services including:
  • Non-Invasive Flow Studies (NIFS)
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Abdominal aortic ultrasound
  • Venous and arterial ultrasounds