It may seem at first glance that Cardiologists and Vascular Surgeons perform the same function, but their roles are distinctly different. Dr. Irfan Siddiqui, a leading Cardiologist at the Institute of Florida, explains the differences between a Cardiologist and a Vascular Surgeon.

Cardiologists

According to Dr. Irfan Siddiqui, cardiologists are specialized medical experts who diagnose heart or cardiovascular system diseases. Dr. Siddiqui continues to explain that cardiologists can prescribe medications, provide dietary advice, and treat heart and cardiovascular conditions. Cardiologists diagnose and treat heart disease, including genetic heart diseases which may be present at birth as well as heart diseases which…


Vascular pain — or pain caused by blocked arteries and veins in your body — can be extremely painful without proper treatment and management, according to Dr. Irfan Siddiqui, a leading Cardiologist at the Institute of Florida. Vascular pain develops where there is an interruption in blood flow to a tissue, organ or nerves.

Vascular Pain Causes

According to Dr. Irfan Siddiqui, vascular pain can be caused by a whole host of diseases and injuries, including vasculitis (or, inflammation of the blood vessels), coronary artery disease, circulatory problems, vascular ruptures (called breakages), blood vessel spasms, or Peripheral Vascular Disease (or…


Many people do not realize that the arteries in your legs and feet can become blocked, just as the arteries and blood vessels of the heart. When this occurs, it results in less blood flow to your lower extremities — or legs. This is also known as Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD.

PAD affects approximately 8.5 million Americans, and greatly increases a patient’s risk factors for heart attack and stroke. The disease is most common in smokers, or those who do not participate in physical activity. …


The vascular system comprises a system of tubes that transport fluids around the body. These tubes include those that transport blood (arteries and veins) and those that transport fluid (the lymphatic system). When discussing vascular health, it is important to keep in mind that it involves the entire vascular system, not just those that transport blood.

When the vascular system is unhealthy, it may lead to mild to serious health problems. Some of the common problems that affect the vascular system include peripheral artery disease, venous thromboembolism, and aortic aneurysms. Dr.


When Does One Need Vascular Surgery?

Vascular surgery is recommended in instances where other types of treatment are deemed ineffective to resolve the issue at hand. For example, a doctor may prescribe blood-thinning medications for blood clots but may opt for surgical intervention if there is a large enough clot that may pose a threat to the patient.

Before undergoing vascular surgery, however, says cardiologist and founder of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Florida, Dr. Irfan Siddiqui, your doctor will perform extensive tests to understand the nature of your vascular problem. …


What is Vascular Pain?

The vascular system comprises a series of tubes or vessels that transport blood and fluids (lymph) around the body. Including the heart, the entire system is called the cardiovascular system or circulatory system.

When something goes wrong with the vascular system, says Dr. Irfan Siddiqui, a cardiologist based in Florida and founder of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Florida, vascular pain may ensue.

Vascular pain is any pain originating in the vascular system. Identifying vascular pain is usually done through a physical examination, an abdominal ultrasound, ankle-brachial index (ABI), carotid artery ultrasound, among other tests.

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Irfan Siddiqui

Irfan Siddiqui is a cardiologist in Florida. He received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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