Subclavian Steal Syndrome in Phoenix, Mesa, and Payson

Subclavian Steal Syndrome is an occlusive, meaning closed off or blocking, disease that reverses the flow of blood from the internal thoracic artery and vertebral artery due to a narrowing of the subclavian artery.

With many years of extensive vascular experience, the highly trained vascular surgeons at Western Vascular Institute specialize in diagnosing & treating subclavian steal syndrome. Western Vascular Institute’s three conveniently located vein and vascular clinics in Phoenix, Mesa and Payson, AZ, house the most advanced and innovative surgery centers and diagnostic imaging capabilities for our valued patients. We will help discover the best treatment plan for you and your lifestyle. For more information, schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons, at one of our vein and vascular centers in Phoenix, Mesa and Payson, Arizona.

What Are the Risk Factors of Subclavian Steal Syndrome?

According to Medical News Today the most common risk factor is atherosclerosis, which is a condition where a person arteries are blocked and narrowed due to plaque buildup.

Here are several other risk factors that can increase the chances of developing this syndrome:

  • Age
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Genetics


What Are the Symptoms of Subclavian Steal Syndrome?

Subclavian steal syndrome (SSS) is a rare condition that occurs when the blood flow in the subclavian artery, which supplies blood to the arms, is reversed. This can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Numbness in arm
  • Tingling in the fingers
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Gangrene in fingers
  • Blindness
  • Ocular disturbances
  • Decreased blood pressure on the side of the blockage
  • Occipital headache
  • Muscle wasting

How Is Subclavian Steal Syndrome Diagnosed?

Medscape went over some studies and test that a patient performed for patients with symptoms of subclavian steal syndrome, which are:

  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Angiography

How is Subclavian Steal Syndrome Treated?

The treatment for subclavian steal syndrome (SSS) depends on the severity of the condition and the symptoms that the individual is experiencing. Here are some of the treatment options that may be recommended:



Anti-cholesterol hypertension drugs

Surgical Intervention

Surgical Intervention

Angioplasty of upper extremity and/or Stent upper extremity

Schedule an Appointment for Subclavian Steal Syndrome Treatment in Arizona

If you have been experiencing symptoms of subclavian steal syndrome it is important that you schedule an appointment with one of our highly-trained vascular surgeons. They will diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you. For more information about our Vascular Surgery Center in Arizona, please call (480) 668-5000 to schedule your appointment today.

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