Specialty Care for Mesenteric Ischemia
Mesenteric ischemia occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the small intestine, usually due to low blood pressure, constriction of a blood vessel or a blood clot. The small intestine will become inflamed or injured over time due to ischemia.
As a leader in comprehensive cardiology services for the communities of northcentral PA, UPMC is dedicated to the health of patients of all ages.
If you’d like to learn more about how we diagnose and treat mesenteric ischemia in Williamsport, PA or the surrounding areas, Find a Provider at a location near you.
Mesenteric Ischemia Symptoms
Mesenteric ischemia is a progressive condition and may cause different symptoms depending on the stage it is in.
- Severe abdominal pain
- Blood in stools
- Widespread abdominal and belly pain
- Decreased bowel motility and abdominal bloating
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, make an appointment with an experienced cardiologist to receive the right diagnosis. Together with your doctor, you can decide on a customized treatment plan that fits your needs. UPMC Susquehanna Heart & Vascular provides complete care for mesenteric ischemia in Williamsport, PA.
Mesenteric Ischemia Causes
The main cause of mesenteric ischemia is a narrowing of the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the intestines. This narrowing from atherosclerosis occurs in the same way that coronary arteries narrow with heart disease. Another cause is a blood clot. If a blood clot is present in the narrowed artery, it can interrupt the flow of blood through the artery. This is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Treatment for Mesenteric Ischemia in Williamsport, PA
At UPMC, your cardiologist will determine the treatment that is best for you based on your age, health, medical history, extent of the condition and symptoms.
Treatment for mesenteric ischemia may include:
- Angioplasty—A minimally invasive procedure to open narrowed arteries
- Artery bypass—Surgery to reroute blood flow
- Endarterectomy—Surgical removal of fat and cholesterol buildup or clot affecting artery
- Medications—These lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce swelling and prevent clotting
UPMC provides expert care for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mesenteric ischemia in Williamsport, PA, as part of our heart and vascular services.