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The Vascular Center is a group of three vascular departments (vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, and cardiology), to provide top-class diagnosis and treatment to patients with vascular diseases. SMC’s Vascular Center is made up of professional and experienced medical staffs who are dedicated to provide appropriate treatment for patients suffering from vascular diseases. The Vascular Center collaborates with various other centers within the Heart Vascular Stroke Institute to provide the most effective treatment for systemic vascular diseases.

Major areas of treatment

The Vascular Center specializes in all vascular diseases (diseases of aorta, veins, or lymphatic vessels), except coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease.

1. Arterial diseases

  • arterial occlusion
  • thoracic/abdominal aortic aneurysm/dissection
  • carotid artery stenosis
  • diabetic foot
  • Buerger's disease

2. Vein diseases

  • varicose veins
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • pulmonary embolism

3. Other vascular diseases

  • vasculitis
  • angiogenesis
  • congenital vascular malformation
  • lymphedema

Strengths

  • Mainatins a 24-hour aorta team for patients with acute aortic diseases such as ruptured aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection
  • Runs the nation’s largest vascular imaging facilities
  • Applies hybrid surgical techniques to patients with vascular diseases with complex lesions
  • Runs a world-renowned vascular malformation clinic
  • Runs a Marfan clinic where we diagnose and treat 40% of the Marfan syndrome patients in Korea

Diagnostic tests

Noninvasive vascular imaging tests including vascular ultrasonography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and invasive angiography

Latest treatment methods

  • Surgery: Aortic replacement surgery, vascular bypass grafting, carotid endarterectomy
  • Procedures: Percutaneous angioplasty, stent insertion, stent-graft insertion, sclerotherapy/embolization for vascular malformations, laser treatment for varicose veins
  • Medications: Management of risk factors for atherosclerosis, anticoagulation, thrombolytic agents

Other

The vascular laboratory is staffed with personnel certified by the American Society of Vascular Ultrasound Radiologic Technologists, so we pride ourselves on the quality and accuracy of our vascular ultrasound diagnosis and services. Our nurse practitioners provide counseling services for vascular patients, adjust their treatment schedule, and support the Vascular Center’s QA activities, treatment, and research.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.

Patients’Responsibilities

1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.