The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) at UPMC Hamot offers the same advanced, comprehensive, world-class care in cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery found in Pittsburgh right in the heart of Erie.\nPaul Lajos, MD, the newest vascular surgeon to join the UPMC Hamot team, is board-certified in general surgery, cardiac and thoracic surgery, and endovascular\/vascular surgery. He specializes in vascular disease with clinical and research interests that include thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and aortic stenting.\nDr. Lajos offers a glimpse into the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot, with information on vascular disease and the services available for patients.\nQ: What does a vascular surgeon treat?\nA: Vascular surgeons are specially trained to treat conditions of the vascular system. Some of these conditions include varicose veins, aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, and peripheral artery disease. Many of these conditions arise as complications of smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other risk factors. The vascular surgeons at UPMC Hamot are trained extensively to aid in the treatment of these diseases.\n\n\n\n\nQ: What types of services are offered at the HVI at UPMC Hamot?\nA: The HVI specialists at UPMC Hamot Flagship CVT Surgeons provide advanced, comprehensive tertiary care in the fields of cardiac, vascular, and thoracic surgery. Vascular surgery is a rapidly changing area of medicine. Many of the vascular procedures performed are interventional and minimally invasive approaches that help patients avoid traditional open surgical procedures, which can result in less scarring, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker recovery.\nQ: Do I have to travel to Pittsburgh for testing and treatment?\nA: No, UPMC Hamot offers a full-service vascular surgery department, meaning the same procedures and testing that are done in Pittsburgh can be done in Erie. We have the expertise and technology to do great things to help so many people.\nQ: What can I do to prevent or lower my risk of developing vascular disease?\nA: It\u2019s a good idea to talk with your doctor about steps you can take to lower your risk of vascular disease. Making healthy lifestyle changes like eating properly, exercising, taking the proper medication, and getting the recommended health screenings are some of the things that can help.\nQ: How do I learn more about vascular disease and the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute?\nA: For more information about the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Hamot, please visit UPMCHamot.org. To schedule an appointment, please call 814-456-8980.