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Your body is comprised of more than 60,000 miles of arteries, veins and capillaries that have to be maintained for good health. This means that within one human body there are enough blood vessels, that if laid end to end, would wrap around the earth two and a half times.

The cardiovascular system is complex to say the least, and that means its care requires many different skill sets. For instance, the heart is a muscle that works as a pump, but it is also an electrical generator that must be maintained. And then there are the major and minor vessels that have to remain healthy and capable of allowing blood to flow through every part of the body.

To keep up with the demands of the job, heart doctors have to branch off and focus in different areas of expertise. Here are some cardiovascular specialties.

Vascular Surgeon

A vascular surgeon is specially trained to operate on arteries and veins anywhere in the body where vascular disease may occur. Patients who see a vascular surgeon do so because a surgical approach is required to manage such things as peripheral artery disease, non-healing wounds, and to avoid the loss of a limb due to poor circulation. Some conditions a vascular surgeon may treat include: blockage in carotid arteries, abdominal aneurysms, circulation problems in the lower extremities, and diabetes-related foot salvage. List of Bellin Health’s Vascular Surgeons.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

A CT surgeon is trained to perform major heart and valve surgeries. They also treat both diseased and injured organs that are located in the thorax, including the esophagus, trachea, the lungs, pleura (membranes that cover and protect the lungs), diaphragm, and the heart and major blood vessels. List of Bellin Health’s Cardiothoracic Surgeons.


A cardiologist is a physician who is specially trained and certified to treat heart and vascular problems. List of Bellin Health’s Cardiologists.