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San Antonio Vascular Surgeons and Cardiovascular Services

Whether you need a vascular screening, one of San Antonio’s finest vascular surgeons or our award-winning emergency stroke services, Baptist’s cardiovascular specialists provide the best in vascular care in South Texas and beyond. Keeping your blood flowing and your vascular system healthy, that’s our goal – That’s Baptist Care.

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Vascular Services

At Baptist, our vascular and stroke specialists deliver state-of-the-art health care without losing sight of what’s most important – you. From prevention efforts to surgery for peripheral vascular disease to emergency stroke treatment to rehabilitation, we provide comprehensive, compassionate vascular care close to home. Read about one woman’s healing experience at Baptist.

Get back in circulation.

We want to be your first choice in vascular and brain health, and that’s why we offer:

Baptist Health System was the first in San Antonio to earn the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award for achievement in stroke care and the first in Texas to earn a place on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. And, all of our facilities are certified Stroke Care Centers by the Joint Commission, a national accreditation and certification organization with high standards for quality patient care.

These honors recognize our commitment to your brain health. Every minute counts when it comes to stroke and we do everything we can to treat you quickly, adhering to scientific protocols, to secure the best outcome for you. Commitment and quality, two of the many reasons Baptist is your first choice for stroke and vascular care.

Vascular care to help keep you on your feet.

Velma Covarruvias, a 69-year-old bingo lover, was knocked off her feet and out of her social routine recently by the side effects of diabetes and chronic high blood sugar. Her arterial problems threatened to escalate and could have meant amputation.

“I was scared to death,” she says.

Dr. Lyssa Ochoa, a vascular surgeon with Peripheral Vascular Associates at Baptist Medical Center, said Covarruvias’ condition affected the small blood vessels in her legs, feet and toes. “It’s a challenging condition to treat,” says Dr. Ochoa.  “But the new technology coming out in vascular surgery is phenomenal,” she says.

When medical therapy isn’t enough, patients with blocked blood vessels can go to the cath lab and get dye injected so doctors can better visualize what’s going on inside the leg. Vascular specialists can then use sophisticated imaging to pinpoint where to thread wire to open the blockages and restore important blood flow.

If less-invasive procedures like those in the cath lab aren’t enough, patients may need vascular bypass surgery. In this procedure, vascular surgeons can build new blood vessels to save patients’ limbs. Patients’ own healthy vessels can be used, or if that’s not possible, peripheral vascular surgeons can replace unhealthy vessels with man-made versions. 

Covarruvias is back on her feet and in the swing of things thanks to the vascular surgeons at Baptist Medical Center who performed a vascular surgery to bypass blockages in the blood vessels of her legs, feet and toes.

But Covarruvias’ care didn’t end with surgery. “We follow our patients every three months after surgery,” Dr. Ochoa says.  “We do ultrasound and we evaluate: Is the vessel getting worse, is it getting better, is it staying the same?”

Four months after her vascular bypass surgery, Covarruvias’ prognosis is good and she has vowed to take better care of herself, including better monitoring of her blood sugar.

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