The vascular system is made of the body’s network of blood vessels and includes the arteries and veins. Arteries pump oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the organs and limbs while veins carry the blood back to the heart. Vascular disease is any condition that affects this network and your circulation.
Vascular disease is common but can become very serious if not treated properly. However, you are more likely to develop vascular disease if you have a family history of vascular complications, have diabetes or high cholesterol, are pregnant, or obese. Losing weight, eating healthy and staying active can reduce your risk.
Types of Vascular Disease
- Aortic Disease: the aorta is the largest artery in your body and any insufficiencies or irregularities in the aorta may cause aortic disease.
- Carotid Artery Disease: occurs when plaque builds inside the carotid arteries, which can cause a stroke.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis: occurs when a blood clot forms deep in a vein, normally occurring in the legs.
- Peripheral Artery Disease: is a build up of plaque reducing blood flow.
- Renal Vascular Disease: affects blood circulation causing damage to the kidneys or high blood pressure.
- Upper Extremity Vascular Disease: a blockage in the vessels that travel between the chest and the hand.
- Vascular Pelvic Pain: chronic iliac pain, usually seen in women.
The Center for Vascular Medicine is leading the field of vascular disease, providing comprehensive screening, diagnosis and treatment options. Our talented physicians and clinicians are highly trained to treat all types of vascular disease. Many of our treatment options can be performed in a comfortable outpatient setting at one of our many Maryland locations.
If vascular disease is left untreated, more serious medical concerns can develop. If you would like to be screened for vascular disease, schedule an appointment at one of our multiple locations with our experienced vascular team!
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