Upper Peninsula Superior Vascular Interventional Specialists (UPSVIS) is a private practice that specializes in the field of vascular and interventional treatments. UPSVIS is operated under the direction of both Dr. Christopher Mehall and Dr. Michael Ouimette, Vascular & Interventional Radiologists. Interventional radiologists have additional training and experience to specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across many specialties. Interventional Radiologists use X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today interventional radiologists treat many conditions that once required major surgery. Some conditions that Dr. Mehall and Dr. Ouimette treat include: vascular disease, cancer, varicose veins, and chronic neck and back pain. Together they have over 50 years of medical experience. UPSVIS utilizes state-of-the-art treatment options, combined with initial consultation, dedicated imaging techniques, patient education and follow-up care, to provide simpler alternatives to traditional surgical therapies. This may allow patients to return to everyday activities with minimal recovery time and discomfort – so important to patients in today’s modern world. Of course, not all patients will be candidates for minimally invasive therapies and consultation with Dr. Mehall and Dr. Ouimette may provide patients with peace of mind, knowing that the treatment option they decide upon is best suited for them.
Pulmonary Embolism: Pulmonary Embolism, or PE, is the most dangerous and most feared complication of DVT when left untreated or treated improperly. PE occurs when a portion or the entire clot in your deep vein is broken off the vein wall and travels up towards the heart. This clot will eventually reach, and block, the vessels that supply your lungs with blood. Once these vessels are blocked to a significant degree, your lungs will not be able to provide your blood with enough oxygen. This will cause too much strain on your heart and may end in acute heart failure. Similar to DVT, symptoms of PE are subtle, warning signs include:
- Sharp chest pain (especially with deep breathing)
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart beat
- Loss of consciousness
Pulmonary embolism occurs in about 600,000 new patients each year with about 1/3 of cases causing fatality. If treated correctly, your chance of survival will be much higher.