Cardiac Thoracic & Endovascular Therapies, S.C.

Vascular Problems

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD): PVD occurs when arteries become narrowed or blocked by plaque, which decreases blood flow.  It is most commonly found in the legs, feet, and toes of the lower limbs.  If left untreated, it can cause severe leg pain and even lead to amputation

Carotid artery disease:  It occurs when the carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain, develop a build-up of plaque.  This condition can lead to a stroke if left untreated.

Aortic aneurysm:  This is a ballooning of the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart.  Without treatment, the aneurysm can rupture, often resulting in death. 

If you are at risk for vascular disease (see RISK FACTORS chart), your doctor may order a medical imaging test such as a sonogram, angiogram, CT or MRI scan to see “inside” your arteries.

If you are diagnosed with vascular disease, Dr. Williams is a vascular care expert who can offer the latest minimally invasive treatments, including endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms.  Endovascular procedures offer significant advantages over traditional “open” surgery, including fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, less discomfort and better outcomes.

Venous occlusion or insufficiency:  Venous insufficiency is described as abnormal blood flow through veins that can cause local damage, damage to affected legs, or death. 

  • Varicose veins result from high pressure transmitted to larger, more superficial vessels of the leg.
  • Spider veins result from high pressure within the vessels of the legs.
  • Blood clots to lungs occur when veins clot; the clots break off, and migrate to the lungs.  This can be life threatening and is treated with a device called a vena cava filter.

Arterial problems:

  • All aneurysms excluding those located in the brain
  • Arterial insufficiency
  • Lifestyle limiting
  • Potential limb loss
  • Vascular access creation and salvage
  • Minimally invasive techniques to treat obstructions or aneurysm

Peripheral Vascular Disease

From James B. Williams, M.D.

"I consider it a great honor and priviledge to serve the people of this region as your cardiovascular surgeon. I will strive to deliver the best and most current cardiovascular care."

- James B. Williams, M.D.

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Cardiac Thoracic & Endovascular Therapies, S.C.
2420 West Nebraska Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604
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