Fibromuscular Dysplasia Program

Helping You Manage Your Symptoms

Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) affects the arteries. It most commonly involves the renal arteries in the kidneys and the carotid arteries in the neck. We help you manage the symptoms and complications of this nonatherosclerotic, noninflammatory condition.

Fibromuscular Dysplasia Symptoms

FMD can occur in men and women at any age. It typically occurs in women around age 40. 

Hypertension is the most common symptom. Other signs of FMD include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Strokes 

If your FMD affects the renal arteries, you are at risk for renal artery stenosis, elevated blood pressure, and worsening kidney function.

When FMD impacts the carotid arteries, you could develop carotid artery dissections and stenosis, coronary artery dissections, aneurysms, dissections, and stenosis of other arteries.

Understanding Fibromuscular Dysplasia

So far, we don’t know the genetic cause of FMD. Some evidence supports autosomal dominant inheritance in families in a small number of FMD patients. 

The condition may present with features like connective tissue disorders like Ehlers Danlos syndrome. 

A genetics evaluation and genetic counseling help us asses your risk for other connective tissue conditions and the likelihood of your passing the condition to your children.

Learn more about FMD from the Fibromuscular Dysplasia Society of America.

Fibromuscular Dysplasia Services

There is no cure for FMD. We create a care plan to manage your symptoms and avoid complications.

Treatment options include:

  • CT and MR angiogram
  • Duplex ultrasound
  • Genetic evaluation/testing and counseling
  • Lifestyle and risk factor modification
  • Medication
  • Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)
  • Vascular surgery

Fibromuscular Dysplasia Experts

Our multi-specialty team provides comprehensive, coordinated care for you.

Our physicians bring expertise in:

  • Cardiology
  • Diagnostic and interventional
  • Genetics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Radiology
  • Vascular medicine
  • Vascular surgery

Meet our team:


Make an Appointment with Emory’s Fibromuscular Dysplasia Program

To make an appointment, please call 404-778-7777.

Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, please call 404-778-7777.