• What is Vascular Disease?

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    Vascular disease is the general term for a variety of problems affecting the blood flow throughout the body's blood vessels. The cause of arterial diseases or problems are wide-ranging, but most vascular disease result from artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Other causes of problems of the arteries include congenital malformation, trauma, and diseases of the arteries.


    Risk Factors of Vascular Disease
    Cigarette smoking
    Older than age 50*
    Obesity
    Diabetes
    Heart disease
    High Cholesterol
    High-stress lifestyle
    High blood pressure
    Family history of aneurysms
    *Over age 65 if no other risk factors exist


    Symptoms of Vascular Disease
    Leg pain that goes away with rest
    Numbness of the legs or feet at rest
    Impotence in men
    Cold legs or feet
    Muscle pain in the thighs, calves, or feet
    Loss of hair on the legs and/or feet
    Change of color of the legs

     

    If you have symptoms of vascular disease, contact your physician for examination and possible testing.

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