Angiology deals with diseases of the vessels in general. These diseases
may affect big, so called arterial vessels which lead away from the
heart and which supply the internal organs with blood. One example for
arterial diseases is the peripheral artery occlusive disease which
causes circulatory disorders in the legs and as a result, patients are
only able to walk a short distance. Furthermore, even smaller blood
vessels might be affected, in the course of chronic inflammations of the
body for instance. Blood circulation disorders affecting the hands are
one example for this. In addition to that, angiology also deals with
venous diseases such as thromboses or varicose veins.
purpose of a precise diagnosis, angiologists can resort to a broad range
of methods. Apart from medicinal and physical treatments, the number of
catheter-assisted (interventional) procedures has been increasing
In catheter assisted procedures, the interventional
angiologist works closely together with the vascular surgeon in order to
determine the best and most gentle treatment for every single patient.