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How We Can Help Your Dialysis Experience

One in seven American adults has chronic kidney disease (CKS), a condition that can lead to kidney failure and the need for hemodialysis. Before you start dialysis, you need dialysis access. That’s where we can improve your dialysis experience.

Aug 26th, 2020
Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.

Aug 28th, 2020
Welcome Dr. Patrick Coffey, DO!

Vascular Specialists of Tinley Park is pleased to welcome Dr. Patrick H. Coffey, DO, to our practice. Dr. Coffey earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy at University of Scranton, then graduated Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from ...

Aug 4th, 2020
Welcome Lindsey Dockemeyer!

Vascular Specialists is pleased to announce Lindsey Dockemeyer, FNP, has joined our Tinley Park practice. Lindsey earned her Masters of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, at Chamberlain College of Nursing after achieving a BS in Nursing and ...

Jun 26th, 2020
Please Read Before Visiting Our Office!

We care deeply for all our patients, and we are committed to treating patients who need care while keeping well patients safe. Please read our Coronavirus policies below and call our office at 815-824-4406 with any questions.

Mar 16th, 2020
Is Open AAA Repair Right For You?

Your abdominal aorta is a blood vessel about the size of a garden hose that runs downs the middle of your torso to supply blood to the lower half of your body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm, or an AAA, is a weak spot in your aorta that bulges ...

Feb 20th, 2020
The Itsy-Bitsy Spider…vein!

Spider veins can be indeed itsy-bitsy and very few – or they can be quite visible, turning your legs into a web of purple, blue or red lines. They can appear as thin lines, threads, tiny branches or webs, giving spider veins their name.

Feb 1st, 2020
Vascular Specialist’s New Facility In Tinley Park Is Open!

We’ve just opened the first facility dedicated to vein and artery disease in the south and southwest Chicago suburbs. This state-of-the-art facility will help our patients in the Chicago southwest and south suburbs access university-level vein and ...

Jan 2nd, 2020
Holiday Season Is Stroke Season

The holidays are packed with family, food, cocktails – and more strokes than at any other time of the year. In fact, of the nearly 800,000 stokes in the United States each year, more occur between November and February than during any other 4-month span.

Nov 22nd, 2019
Wasn’t Vaping Supposed To Be Good For You?

It seemed like a great idea to begin with – a device that mimics smoking a cigarette to help people quit smoking altogether. Vaping also seemed safer as there was no tar, no tobacco smoke and no smell, just water vapor.

Sep 25th, 2019
Major Breakthrough In Treatment Of Carotid Artery Disease

Have you been told carotid artery surgery or stenting is too risky for you? A new, FDA-approved procedure to treat carotid artery disease dramatically reduces the risk of stroke during and after carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS).

Aug 30th, 2019
A Seismic Shift In Access Creation

Vascular Specialists now performing groundbreaking new procedure for those facing dialysis. For decades, patients facing hemodialysis have had few options for access creation.

Jul 31st, 2019
Did You Know…?

You may think that veins and arteries are pretty straightforward body parts, just 60,000 miles of tubes moving blood around your body. However, your vascular system is actually a wonder of function and structure.

Jul 1st, 2019
A Healthy Vascular System Means A Healthy This!

Blood flow is your body’s life force. Oxygen-rich blood that travels through flexible, clear arteries to reach to the very tips of your fingers and toes keeps your organs, muscles, bones, tissues, ligaments – everything! – healthy and well.

May 31st, 2019
Not So F.A.S.T. Can Still Mean Stroke

May is World Stroke Awareness Month and here at Vascular Specialists, our medical professionals are committed to helping you avoid this life-changing health challenge, or to make sure you recover as much as absolutely possible in the event of a stroke.

May 23rd, 2018
Eleven Reasons You Need A Vascular Surgeon

You have a family doctor, a dentist and perhaps an eye doctor, all working together to improve or maintain your wellness, your quality of life and help you better understand how you can control your own good health.

Apr 27th, 2018
Springtime Special Vein Offer From Vascular Specialists!

Don’t spend another summer hot, sweaty and uncomfortable because you’re hiding your legs in long pants. Now is the perfect time to start sclerotherapy and vein treatments to get rid of spider veins and varicose veins.

Mar 25th, 2018
Is Red Wine The Answer?

For many years, we’ve been told that red wine, about 4 ounces a day but no more than 7 drinks a week, can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Resveratrol, the ingredient found in grape skins, is linked to lowering your “bad” cholesterol ...

Feb 19th, 2018
How To Avoid The ER This Holiday Season

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year From All Of Us At Vascular Specialists! Are You Following Us On Facebook And Twitter? We’re Talking About A-fib Right Now; Please Join Our Conversation!

Dec 22nd, 2017
Have The New Guidelines Given You High Blood Pressure?

Your blood pressure readings haven’t move single digit but as of Monday, you may suddenly have hypertension. The American Heart Association (AHA) has changed the guidelines for healthy blood pressure, to possibly include as many as 50% of American adults.

Nov 17th, 2017
Vascular Specialists Welcomes Alex Del Real, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Eugene Tanquilut is pleased to announce that Alejandro Del Real, Nurse Practitioner has joined the Vascular Specialists team. “In the few months since Alex has joined us,” said Tanquilut, “he has contributed to our practice with his expertise ...

Oct 24th, 2017
I Need An Angiogram! What Does That Mean?

Diagnostic tests, even non-invasive tests like a simple X-ray, can put us all on edge. Being recommended for an angiogram can cause even more anxiety. Here, Dr. Tanquilut, Dr. Pradhan and Dr. Alhalbouni take you through why ...

Oct 18th, 2017
If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?

Many times, the sight of blood is the first indication that we’ve injured ourselves. We may not feel that scratch, that bite or that little puncture, but when a foreign object breaks the skin, we bleed.

Sep 18th, 2017
50 Years Without Doctor Visit Results In Near Amputation

Eugene Tanquilut, D.O., “worked A Miracle” To Save Leg, Function. Fifty years is a lifetime. In 1967, fifty years ago, Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, gasoline was 29 cents a gallon and ...

Aug 9th, 2017
Is This The Reason Your Blood Pressure Is So High?

Hypertension can be caused by genetics, diet, tobacco use or weight gain. In these circumstances, a combination of lifestyle changes and medication can bring blood pressure numbers back into a normal range.

Aug 7th, 2017
New Offices To Serve Patients Better

Fellowship-Trained Dr. Saadi Alhalbouni And Nurse Practitioners Roach And Ruffalo Join Vascular Specialists Practice, New Offices To Serve Patients Better. Vascular Specialists, LLC is expanding both medical staff and office locations to better serve ...

Jul 17th, 2017
After The Stroke, It’s Time To Move.

The stroke itself was terrifying. The uncertainty of “how did this happen to me?”, the rush of physicians, specialists and discomfort of medical treatments were often overwhelming.

Jun 12th, 2017
How Garry Shandling Died

On March 24, 2016, Garry Shandling died. Initial reports speculated a heart attack, but his personal physician refused to sign the death certificate, not agreeing with the coroner’s conclusion.

Jan 3rd, 2017
Your Health Back Faster With Our Quick Attention

Here at Vascular Specialists, we are especially proud of our quick response time. We’ve heard many stories of patients who’ve had to wait months for an appointment after being referred to other specialists ...

Nov 30th, 2016
Chicagoland Vascular Surgeon Eugene Tanquilut, D.O.

Chicagoland Vascular Surgeon Eugene Tanquilut, D.O., Included In Trademark Who’s Who Top Doctors Honors Edition. The patients and peers of Dr. Eugene Tanquilut of Vascular Specialists have long recognized his compassion and expertise.

Sep 21st, 2016
Get Your Legs Ready Now For Your Winter Vacation

Whether it’s a quick trip to Florida or an extended vacation to the French Riviera, you’ll probably want to wear a bathing suit this winter. And if you’ve stayed out of shorts this summer because of VARICOSE VEINS, it’s really time to ...

Sep 1st, 2016
Is Your Aorta Healthy? Your Life Depends On It!

While we here at Vascular Specialists think all your veins and arteries are amazing, there’s one in particular that does a simply super job – and your life quite literally depends upon it.

Aug 3rd, 2016
Vein Troubles Don’t Practice Ageism!

Often, we think of vascular diseases as something that occurs as we age, affecting those in retirement years and beyond. While it is true that many diseases need decades to become a problem ...

Jul 1st, 2016
What Exactly Is A Stent?

You’ve probably heard it a dozen times about friends or family; “he’s got a stent now.” While we know that means the patient has been treated surgically, do we have any idea what a stent really is?

May 31st, 2016
What Does 120/80 Really Mean?

When Dr. Tanquilut or Dr. Pradhan measure your blood pressure, they record two numbers. If those numbers are above 120/80, you’ll be told you have high blood pressure. If they are below 90/60, our doctors will be concerned that your blood pressure is ...

Apr 29th, 2016
Think F.A.S.T When You Suspect A Stroke!

“Time is brain” when a stroke occurs. Each moment that the brain of the stroke victim is without oxygen, the more damage to the victim’s long term health and abilities the stroke will inflict.

Apr 4th, 2016
Should You Worry About Stroke?

There are few medical conditions that can strike fear into hearts as much as a stroke. Experiencing a stroke can be life-changing or, for nearly 130,000 American each year, suddenly life-ending.

Mar 2nd, 2016
60,000 Miles – Inside Your Body!

It’s just amazing. If you laid out all the blood vessels in your body in one line, those vessels would circle the world more than four times, totaling about 60,000 miles long. Keep in mind that those vessels would be working 24/7 too ...

Feb 1st, 2016
Get To Know Your Carotid Arteries

While we here at Vascular Specialists believe every vein and artery in your body is important, we know that the health of your carotid arteries play a vital part in avoiding life-altering, or life-threatening, stroke.

Jan 2nd, 2016
“Quit Smoking” Resolution Is One To Keep This Year

For many people, each January 1st is a new chance to finally keep their resolution to quit smoking. These smokers may have tried for years to kick the habit. They know it is expensive, they know it stinks ...

Dec 30th, 2015
Facing Dialysis? Which Access Is Right For You?

As soon as you know that dialysis is in your future, you’ll need to discuss an access with your physician and with us, your vascular surgeons. Time is a significant deciding factor in the choice of access that will be created, along with the size and ...

Dec 1st, 2015
My Toes Are Blue!

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can turn your toes blue – and lead to lost limbs. Dr. Tanquilut and Dr. Pradhan of Vascular Specialists are here to help you better understand the symptoms that can indicate PAD.

Nov 2nd, 2015
Are You Thinking About Your Veins Today?

Keeping your veins and arteries healthy means you’ll keep your whole body healthy. Your vascular system supplies every muscle, every bone and every organ in your body with everything needed to keep functioning at optimum levels.

Sep 30th, 2015
Avoiding Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Should I be concerned about DVT (deep vein thrombosis)? If you are experiencing varicose veins, you may be at a higher risk for life-threatening DVT, a blood clot in your deep veins, usually in your legs.

Aug 31st, 2015
The Truth About Spider Veins

The causes, symptoms and treatments for those thread-like clusters of veins can be misunderstood. Dr. Tanquilut and Dr. Pradhan are here to help with honest information!

Aug 3rd, 2015