What is Vascular Disease?
A vascular disease is a condition that affects your vascular system, including your veins, arteries, and vessels. Because your vascular system carries blood from your heart to your organs and other parts of your body, conditions that block or restrict blood flow can be serious. Symptoms of vascular diseases include:
- Muscle Atrophy
- Numbness in Hands or Feet
- Otherwise Unexplained Pain or Swelling
- Wounds that Don’t Heal
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What Causes Vascular Disease?
Like other many other diseases, your risk for developing a vascular disease increases with age. However, there are other risk factors as well, such as:
- High Cholesterol or Blood Pressure
- Poor Diet
- Sedentary Lifestyle
Common Types of Vascular Disease
There are multiple types of vascular diseases that impact different areas of the body.
PAD is caused when plaque builds up in the arteries and restricts the delivery of blood and oxygen to the limbs. This can cause difficulty walking, loss of limb function, infections, and more. PAD is a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Similar to PAD, when the carotid arteries become clogged with plaque, they can severely limit the delivery of blood to the brain. This blockage can lead to a stroke.
AAA is a bulge or enlargement within the aorta, the body’s primary blood vessel. It causes a weakening of the aortic wall, allowing the aneurysm to continue growing. If it ruptures, it can cause significant internal bleeding.
Vascular diseases can also include various blood clotting disorders and lymphedema, which is caused by issues with the lymph nodes or lymph vessels.
How Middle Georgia Heart Can Help
At Middle Georgia Heart, we’re experienced in dealing with the severity of vascular disease. Through expertly administered in-office tests, we’ll determine your precise condition. Once we’ve obtained a clear diagnosis, we’ll develop a comprehensive plan to combat the condition. Along with skilled medical treatment, we provide advice and direction for lifestyle changes that can help improve your vascular condition.