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What are vascular diseases?

13 March 2023

Vascular diseases disorders that affect the body’s circulatory system, which is made up of arteries, veins, and capillaries.

Generally, vascular diseases tend to affect blood flow due to a blockage, weakening of the blood vessels or damage to a valve.

Although there are different causes and types of diseases in a vascular disorder, heart attack (coronary artery disease), stroke (cerebrovascular disease), and peripheral vascular disease (loss of a limb or loss of use of a limb) are some of the main causes of death in people who suffer from them.

It is important to attend a vascular disease clinic to properly monitor this condition. Among the information provided, it is useful to know what cardiovascular surgery is.

Know the vascular system

Although generally, when we talk about the vascular system, we refer to the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues via the arteries, veins, and capillaries, there is another vascular system which is the lymphatic system. This system transports lymphatic fluid and helps protect the body’s liquid environment through the filtration and drainage of lymph in each part of the body.

The circulatory and vascular system, in addition to guiding and transporting blood and its components, also supports other body systems such as the respiratory system, the digestive system, the renal and urinary systems, and control temperature.

What is vascular insufficiency?

Within vascular diseases, we can find vascular insufficiency or venous insufficiency, which is a condition where the veins have problems recovering the blood that has been sent to the legs and returning it to the heart.

How to prevent vascular damage?

Different modifiable risk factors have been related to the appearance of some type of vascular disease, among these are:

  • Having diabetes
  • Having high levels of fat in the blood such as cholesterol or triglycerides
  • Smoking
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Obesity and/or overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • High intake of saturated fat in the diet

Although these factors increase a person’s risk of experiencing a vascular disease, they do not necessarily mean that you will have one of these diseases. Talk to your doctor if think you may have a vascular disease and receive the proper care.

At ABC Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Center, we can provide you with specialized care. Contact us!


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