Protect Your Arteries, Know Your Heart
The body’s blood vessels can fall prey to vascular disease. Arteries, which carry blood from the heart to the brain, arms, legs and other organs, and veins which return blood to the heart from these areas, can harden, rupture or clot.
Some venous conditions, such as varicose veins, are very common, while the blood clots of deep vein thrombosis can be deadly. Some patients find themselves struggling with venous insufficiency or a decrease in blood returning to the heart.
Know the warning signs and know where to find the latest therapies and treatments to restore blood flow — Lexington Medical Center.
Living with Vascular Disease
- See your doctor regularly.
- Quit smoking or using tobacco which damages vessels and makes it easier for blockages to form.
- Control diabetes and/or high blood pressure.
- Eat a low-fat diet and follow your doctor's orders.
- Know vascular disease symptoms if you have heart disease or a family history.
- Get routine checkups if there’s a family history of abdominal aneurysm and have an ultrasound of the area by age 50.
- See your doctor if you have pain, swelling or dilated veins in the arms or legs.