Vascular Disease An Overview
What is a vascular disease?
Vascular disease is any form of abnormality of the arteries, veins, or vessels. Vessels are needed to circulate blood throughout the body. The arteries pump oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other organs in the body. Veins carry the blood back to the heart. If the veins or arteries are abnormal, patients may experience severe complications, including stroke, heart attack, or even death.
Vascular disease may lead to narrowing or blockage of the arteries, causing reduced blood flow to the arms, legs, aorta, brain, or other major organs.
Visiting Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute
Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute offers diagnostic testing for patients with various types of vascular and arterial diseases. Our facility is home to multiple board-certified physicians who are specially trained in identifying, diagnosing, and treatment of vascular, arterial, and related concerns.
Vascular Disease What to Expect
Vascular Disease Risk Factors
All types of patients are at risk of developing vascular disease. Your chances of developing vascular disease may increase depending on various factors.
- High cholesterol leaves
- Obesity or excess weight
- Unhealthy diet or poor nutrition
- High blood pressure
Common Types of Vascular Diseases
Vascular disease can weaken certain areas of your blood vessels, or even lead to blockages or narrowing. The most common types of vascular disease include:
- Carotid Artery Disease: Carotid artery disease occurs when the arteries leading to the brain become narrowed or blocked. In advanced cases, carotid artery disease can lead to stroke.
- Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries. When plaque buildups in the arteries it can cause narrowing or blockages. In advanced cases, atherosclerosis can lead to heart attack or stroke.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: the aorta is the leading artery that transfers blood from the heart to other parts of the body. If the aorta is damaged, patients may develop an aneurysm. If an aneurysm ruptures, patients can experience life threating complications.
- Peripheral Artery Disease: Peripheral artery disease, also known as P.A.D, is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries. P.A.D can increase a patients’ risk of stroke, heart attack, and coronary artery disease.