Professor Ramon Varcoe

Subclavian Artery Disease

We each have two subclavian arteries. They are branches of the aorta that arise in the chest and supply blood to the arms and also the rear portion of the brain.

Narrowing of these blood vessels occur mostly at their origin and is usually the result of arterial hardening and plaque formation. Symptoms may occur as a result of these narrowings and include pain in the corresponding arm upon exercise or even blackout and falls. These serious symptoms must be addressed and treated when they occur.

Professor Varcoe prefers stents to treat these narrowed arteries but uses surgery under certain circumstances. The treatment is individualized to you and your particular symptoms.