Angiology

Angiology

Angiology (from Greek _gr. ἀγγεῖον, "angeīon", "vessel"; and _gr. -λογία, "-logia") is the medical specialty which studies the diseases of circulatory system and of the lymphatic system, i.e., arteries, veins and lymphatic vases, and its diseases.

Most leading causes of death in the modern world are related to blood vessel pathology. The field of vascular medicine (angiology) is the field that deals with preventing, diagnosing and treating vascular and blood vessel related diseases.

Arterial diseases include the aorta (aneurysms/dissection) and arteries supplying the legs hands, kidneys, brain, intestines. It also covers arterial thrombosis and embolism; vasculitides; and vasospastic disorders. Naturally, it deals with preventing cardio - vascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Venous diseases include venous thrombosis, chronic venous insufficiency, and varicose veins. Lymphatic diseases include primary and secondary forms of lymphedema. It also involves modification of risk factors for vascular disease like high cholesterol, high blood pressure.

Cardiovascular risk factors such high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and others fall under the specialty of vascular medicine. Hence a vascular medicine specialist should be able to address most of the major diseases in our age in a comprehensive manner, using a unique perspective.

Currently there is a shortage of practitioners in this field, mainly due to lack of training programs and lack of awareness in patients and physicians of this as a distinct medical specialty.Fact|date=February 2007 With an increasing burden of vascular diseases in our aging population, the establishment of a critical mass of physicians with interest in vascular diseases is paramount.

In 2005, the first vascular medicine boards were administered by the American Board of Vascular Medicine.

ee also

* Medical ultrasonography - Doppler sonography

References

* [http://www.vascularboard.org American Board of Vascular Medicine]
* [http://www.svmb.org Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology]
* [http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/meetings/workshops/vascular-med.htm National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute]
* [http://www.vas-int.org VAS - Vascular Independent Research and Education - European Organisation]


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  • Angiology — An gi*ol o*gy ([a^]n j[i^]*[o^]l [ o]*j[y^]), n. [Angio + logy.] (Anat.) That part of anatomy which treats of blood vessels and lymphatics. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • angiology — [an΄jē äl′ə jē] n. the study of blood vessels and lymph vessels …   English World dictionary

  • angiology — /an jee ol euh jee/, n. the branch of anatomy dealing with blood vessels and lymphatics. [1700 10; ANGIO + LOGY] * * * …   Universalium

  • angiology — noun The branch of anatomy dealing with blood vessels and lymphatics …   Wiktionary

  • angiology — The science concerned with the blood vessel s and lymphatics in all their relations. SYN: angiologia. [angio + G. logos, treatise, discourse] * * * an·gi·ol·o·gy .an jē äl ə jē n, pl gies the study of blood vessels and lymphatics * * *… …   Medical dictionary

  • angiology — study of blood flow and lymphatic system Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • angiology — n. branch of anatomy dealing with blood vessels and lymphatic vessels …   English contemporary dictionary

  • angiology — an·gi·ol·o·gy …   English syllables

  • angiology — an•gi•ol•o•gy [[t]ˌæn dʒiˈɒl ə dʒi[/t]] n. med the branch of anatomy dealing with blood vessels and lymph vessels • Etymology: 1700–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • angiology — /ændʒiˈɒlədʒi/ (say anjee oluhjee) noun the branch of anatomy that deals with blood vessels and lymphatics. {angio + logy} …  

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