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Director:  Robert P. Hebbel, M.D.

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Vascular diseases are major health problems and encompass the leading causes of death and disability.  This category of clinical disease includes:

*  states of cardiovascular risk such as hyper-cholesterolemia, hypertension, and diabetes;

*  the systemic features of atherosclerosis, such as coronary and peripheral artery disease, and cerebrovascular disease and stroke;

*  conditions for which angiogenesis plays a role, such as wound healing and cancer, and retinal disease in diabetes, atherosclerosis and sickle disease;

*  disorders of endothelial dysfunction and vascular dysregulation, as occurs in shock, sepsis, Raynaud’s disease, and migraine;

*  primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension;

*  the sickling disorders;

*  thrombophilia and thrombotic complications such as stroke, arterial or venous thrombosis, fetal wastage, and pulmonary embolism;

*  abnormal bleeding due to inherited or acquired states such as hemophilia and disseminated intravascular coagulation;

*  inflammatory diseases that involve participation of blood and vessel wall.


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