Patient Education and Prevention
Vascular disease refers to any disease of the blood vessels or circulatory system. There are three types of blood vessels that carry blood throughout the body: arteries, veins and lymphatics. When one of these is affected, it can cause problems with the heart or other parts of the body.
Risk Factors for Vascular Disease
- Having a family history of heart/vascular disease
- Being obese
- Having high cholesterol
- Having high blood pressure
- Lack of physical activity
Vascular disease is not always symptomatic, especially in the early stages, but there are symptoms for its complications, such as heart attack or stroke.