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Vascular Surgeons Suffolk County, NY
Suffolk Vascular 
& Vein Center

329 East Main Street 
 Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 979-0222

About SVA

Vascular Surgeons in Suffolk County, NY

About SVA

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Robert M. Pollina, Suffolk Vascular Associates specializes in innovative solutions for traditional surgical procedures to minimize discomfort for our patients.

Our mission is to prevent disease through early detection. If you have a family history that includes diabetes, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, make an appointment and let our physicians try to prevent vascular disease from starting.

We have four experienced physicians on our staff who are committed to patient-centered treatment that makes our patients feel comfortable and safe while still providing the treatment they need.

At Suffolk Vascular Associates, prevention of life-threatening cardiac events or stroke starts by screening at-risk patients for vascular disease.

At Suffolk Vascular Associates, prevention of life-threatening cardiac events or stroke starts by screening at-risk patients for vascular disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of Americans are at risk for an array of vascular diseases. Statistics show that aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and stroke result in more deaths each year than cancer.

Specialists at Suffolk Vascular Associates utilize leading-edge screenings and noninvasive diagnostic techniques such as vascular ultrasound to detect vascular issues in their earliest stages, reducing patients’ risk of the diseases becoming debilitating or even fatal.

“For many patients referred to us for vascular screenings, their conditions have the potential to become major or even life-threatening events before any symptoms are even present,” says Robert M. Pollina, MD, FACS, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and founder of Suffolk Vascular Associates. “However, early detection through simple testing in patients with risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or family history can also help prevent vascular disease from starting.”

Vascular Disease and Neurologic Health
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease offers new evidence suggesting a direct correlation between certain vascular diseases — such as atherosclerosis, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease — and risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Leading researchers point to early detection and proper management of vascular disease as potential boons to the fight against dementia, further underscoring the importance of screening.

Seeking Out the ‘Silent’ Killers
Every 33 seconds in the United States, a person dies of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure or another cardiovascular disorder, according to the CDC. Dr. Pollina notes that, as the population ages, more and more people become at risk for vascular disease.

“Anyone older than 65 who smoked should be screened for vascular disease,” he says.

Suffolk Vascular Associates offers three primary types of vascular screening exams:

Carotid artery screenings identify critical signs and symptoms of carotid artery disease, which can ultimately result in stroke or atrial fibrillation. A carotid duplex ultrasound scan transmits high-frequency sound waves to arteries in a patient’s neck and can detect thrombosis, stenosis or other blockages in the carotid arteries.

Abdominal aortic screenings use ultrasound technology to measure the size of the abdominal aorta. Predominantly occurring in men older than 65, an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rarely presents any symptoms and often goes undiagnosed until it ruptures. Dr. Pollina says men who smoke or have a family history of AAA should consider regular vascular screenings.

PVD scans, or Doppler exams, identify blockages in the arteries of the lower extremities that can cause PVD. According to the CDC, an estimated 8 million Americans have PVD or atherosclerosis caused by plaque buildup that decreases blood flow to the lower limbs. Impaired circulation due to severe blockages can necessitate amputation.

Dr. Pollina says Suffolk Vascular Associates welcomes referrals from primary care physicians who do not offer vascular screenings at their practices. It also encourages members of the community who may be at risk for vascular disease to seek help.

“We want our community to be as healthy as it can be,” Dr. Pollina says. “Vascular screenings save lives, and the good news is these tests are affordable and accessible to all patients.”
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