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Dr. Steve Kagan

Vascular Surgery
Raleigh, NC
32 years experience male

Locations

Carolina Vascular

Raleigh, NC

Address

3713 Benson Drive, Raleigh, NC
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

9192353401

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

Medicaid

Medicare

About

Bio

I am a board-certified Vascular Surgeon practicing in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am originally from Massachusetts. I trained in General Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. I trained in Vascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for (6) years; I was Director of the Endovascular Surgery Program. I received (3) distinct awards for Teaching Excellence I moved to Raleigh, NC in 2003 to join Carolina Vascular

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Vascular Surgery

Doctor Q&A

87 Answers
44 Agrees
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Bad sprain: Sounds like a bad sprain or tear (discoloration implies bleeding or bruising)...Go back to your orthopedist for a re-check.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Venous congestion: The DVT may be causing the veins in the arm to become congestion due to "back up" of venous blood flow. He should stay on blood thinners, elevate the ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Reduce pressure: Varicose veins are caused by venous valve dysfunction which leads to venous hypertension (elevated pressure in the veins). Compression stockings reduc... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
No: A small amount of vitamin e oil on a scar is ok.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Blood flow: Reversible ischemia means that an area of your heart muscle is not getting adequate blood flow (at times) but then the blood flow "catches up" (i.e. R... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Range of symptoms: Mild blockage may cause no symptoms. Moderate blockage can lead to muscle cramps when walking or exercising. Severe blockage can lead to constant pain... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
U/S: Start with a duplex scan of the popliteal space - it will identify any venous or arterial disease (also, baker's cysts can be detected).
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Raynauds: Possibly raynaud's phenomenon or raynaud's syndrome - in a nutshell, blood vessel spasm alternating with dilation (hands can be red, white or blue in ... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Lots: Lots of good safe choices...Sulfa drugs, quinolones etc. See your doctor.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Vein valves: Once you have had clots in the veins, the valves are often "messed up" even though the clot is gone. Swelling is common...Wear your stockings daily. C... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Vascular Surgeon: Don't let the name scare you...Vascular surgeons (unlike cardiologists and radiologists) are trained in all aspects of PVD management (not just surger... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
No: Alcohol is a vasodilator...Just the opposite!
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Xray: Ap = front to back picture lateral = side-to-side picture.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
See below: There can be blood in the alveoli (air cells).
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
No: Swollen ankles and feet can be due to fluid overload (among other conditions) - the opposite of dehydration.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Sometimes: Smoking can lead to hyperinflation of the lungs (COPD) and other patterns consistent with cigarette use. However, some longtime smokers can have norma... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Possible infection: Leukocytes can mean infection; protein in the urine is not normal - see your internist for a urinalysis, culture and full evaluation.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Many things: Inflammation of the lymph nodes (infection, cancer etc) and lead to enlargement of the nodes and their appearance on xray see your doctor.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
No: See your doctor...You don't want to take the risk of the infection spreading into your upper urinary tract.
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Muscle atrophy is common after surgery due to lack of exercise. Ease back slowly using the muscles again.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Avoid high sodium: High sodium foods increase water retention and can raise blood pressure. It's okay occasionally if your kidney function is normal.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Many reasons: Some people are just prone to prominent veins, but others may have an underlying vein problem. Would recommend seeing a vascular surgeon in your area.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Try to drink as much as you can to avoid dehydration. 1 liter of fluid = 1 kilogram of body weight = 2.2 lbs. If your weight decreases by 2 lbs, your ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
It depends...: Lymph nodes less than 1 cm in size are usually not concerning. Smokers are at increased risk of lung cancer. See your doctor and follow this lymph nod... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
See below: Generally (unless you are dieting), carbs represent approximately 30% - 50% of your caloric intake. Complex carbs must be broken down to simple carbs ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Irritation: Blood cells outside the vascular system cause inflammation and pain...Should resolve with time.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Blood vessels: Vascular problems are related to blood vessels (blood flow, blood clots, hardening of the arteries etc).
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Dilation: Ntg dilates your blood vessels (i.e. Makes them bigger).
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Hbot is safe in patients with AAA - the AAA should be monitored by a vascular surgeon to determine if it needs to be repaired.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Avoid heavy lifting: Heavy lifting or straining leads to increased blood pressure - this can put pressure on the inside of the aaa.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
6-12 weeks: Most "dissolvable" sutures are made of polyglycolic acid...Takes 2-3 months to dissolve.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Controversial: The science is questionable, but I have had trigger point injections with success (was it real or in my head - who knows).
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
'Cloudy': A pneumonia can appear like a dense cloud on an xray or can appear as a difuse 'grainy' process - this is a very brief answer that can't possibly desc... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Painful varicose veins should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon...Treatments nowadays are much less invasive than the old days of vein strppings.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
See below: 'hardening of the arteries' means that calcium is deposited in the wall of the artery. This calcium can sometimes appear on x-ray and can indicate 'b... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Discolored skin: Venous insufficiency ("leaky vein valves") or vein blockage can lead to increases in venous pressure in the legs. As a result of this, the skin can be... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Venous congestion: Anything that affect the venous drainage from an organ can cause the veins to become engorged (i.e. Filled with blood) and more visible.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Stockings: Medical grade compression stockings (properly fitted and measured) can provide decent relief of vv symptoms. Try them for 90 days and then see a vascu... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Blindness: Arteritis can cause blindness if not treated.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
See below: If you have severe heart, liver and kidney failure, your outlook is poor...Sorry!
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Complicated answer: So many factors affect this...Nature and degree of blockage, type of stent, diabetes, smoking, medication...See your cardiologist for a more detailed ... Read More
A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Avoid hypertension: Avoid situations that elevate your blood pressure (like a steam room).
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: Ulcers are the result of the loss of the normal protective lining...Permeability will increase until the ulcer heals.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Vascular disease?: You may have peripheral arterial disease or venous insufficiency. See a vascular surgeon in your community.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
???: Impossible to know without more info...See your regular doctor for a complete history and physical exam.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Could be: A physically fit person can have a heart rate in the 40's - 50's.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Difficult Q: You are very young (age 28) to have had a blood clot in your lung (pulmonary embolism) and be taking coumadin (warfarin). I'm sure you are followed by... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steve Kagan
Vascular Surgery 32 years experience
Coach class syndrome: I'd be worried about DVT (deep vein thrombosis) after prolonged sitting...See your doctor or go to local er asap for an exam and possibly ultrasound.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kagan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kagan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you for your answer. I use to be very physically active, slowed down since my heart surgery. Not as active.
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Ty and yes I am I have had 5 pe's im being tested for sle pulmonary hypertension and thrombophillia now it has been scary and hard to deal w
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you so much I will call my doctor ASAP

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Wallace P. Ritchie Award Temple University 2001
W. Emory Burnett Award for Teaching Excellence Temple University Hospital 1997
Hewlett Packard Award for Academic Excellence University of Massachusetts Medical School 1990

Affiliations

Society for Vascular Surgery
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