• What is Vascular Disease?

  • vasc7.jpgVascular 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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