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Vascular Services

The vascular system is made up of the blood vessels outside of your heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, and veins bring blood back to the heart. If the flow of blood becomes abnormal, it can lead to problems.

We care for these vascular conditions:

  • Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Varicose veins/Venous insufficiency/Vein ulcers
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)/pulmonary embolism
  • Mesenteric ischemia - blocked arteries of the intestines, causing weight loss and pain in belly
  • Renal artery disease - blocked kidney arteries, causing uncontrolled high blood pressure and sometimes kidney failure
  • Small vessel disease - narrowing of the small arteries in the feet and hands, including conditions such as Raynaud’s and Buerger’s disease
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Based on the health problem, our team of experts will manage the condition through changes to lifestyle, medication, surgery or minimally-invasive treatment. Through our multidisciplinary approach, we make it easy for you to connect with the right specialist from beginning to end of your care.

Diagnosis and treatment are supported by St. Cloud Hospital’s advanced technology and imaging capabilities, including vascular ultrasound, CT scans, MRI and endovascular operating rooms. We work closely with St. Cloud Hospital’s nationally recognized Stroke Center.

What are common signs and symptoms of vascular disease?

  • Fatigue when walking or climbing
  • Heaviness or pain in the arms or legs during activity
  • Pain in the finger, hand, foot or leg when at rest
  • Pale or blue skin on the arms or legs
  • Cooler temperature in one arm or leg
  • Poor nail or hair growth
  • Sores or wounds that heal slowly

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO