Donate to Fibromuscular Dysplasia Research, Patient Care and Education

Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is a disorder that causes the narrowing of the arteries, due to the growth of fibrous tissue. As a result, blood flow is restricted through the arteries increasing the risk of stroke. FMD typically affects arteries supplying blood to the kidneys, but also can affect the carotid artery. It is found three times more in women than in men, and hormones, genetics and tobacco are risk factors that increase the chances of developing the disease. Physicians specializing in neurology at Northwestern Medicine Neurosciences program can provide patients with education, support, advanced diagnostic testing and a comprehensive treatment plan. You can be a pivotal part of this process with your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation.

Symptoms of fibromuscular dysplasia depend on the artery affected and the severity of the trauma. People with fibromuscular dysplasia of the carotid arteries may experience dizziness, headache, neck pain, transient ischemic attack, and stroke. Restriction of kidney arteries may result in high blood pressure, kidney failure, abnormal kidney function and shrinkage of the kidneys. Medical professionals at Northwestern Medicine are highly trained in recognizing symptoms to make appropriate recommendations for diagnostic testing.

There is no cure for fibromuscular dysplasia. Northwestern Medicine is eager to take a closer look at fibromuscular dysplasia through advanced clinical research. By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will be opening the door for a breakthrough in the quest for a cure for fibromuscular dysplasia.

Specialists at Northwestern Medicine offer a number of treatments used to help manage the symptoms of fibromuscular dysplasia. Treatment options will vary on the severity and location of the FMD. Lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and stress management techniques, can help lengthen and improve quality of life. Other treatments for fibromuscular dysplasia include:

  • Medication: Medications can be used to lower blood pressure, prevent stroke and treat headaches.
  • Angioplasty: A catheter with a balloon tip is inserted into an affected artery. The balloon is inflated and a stent is placed to protect the artery wall.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be used to treat an aneurysm if angioplasty is not successful.

Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center offers patients advanced diagnostic testing, treating and rehabilitation for people with fibromuscular dysplasia. Members of the stroke team collaborate with Shirley Ryan Abilitylab to develop an individualized plan for care after discharge. Your gift to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help maintain and further develop these services for people with fibromuscular dysplasia and other cerebrovascular diseases.

Fibromuscular Dysplasia Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

A patient’s fibromuscular dysplasia journey is not easy. Frequent pain, continual medical intervention and the constant risk of complications can make life with FMD scary and daunting. Northwestern Medicine is devoted to the continual research and development of effective treatments needed to improve the quality of life for those with fibromuscular dysplasia. Your donation will go a long way in making this mission possible.

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