Vascular disease is a collective term for any condition affecting the blood vessels and typically impairs circulation. Arteries, veins, the heart and lungs, and many other parts make up your circulatory system and work to transport oxygen and other nutrients throughout your body. Your arteries and veins must both be healthy in order to keep up with the task of moving nutrient-rich blood away from the heart (arteries) and returning used blood back to the heart for re-nourishment (veins). Therefore, any disease that hinders your blood flow in your arteries or veins can be serious, although some conditions are more severe than others.
What does a vein expert in Nashville want residents to know about the perils of vascular disease?
Arterial disease causes more deaths than venous disease. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and atherosclerosis, which is when the arteries harden, are two of the most common killers. In PAD and atherosclerosis, a blockage or blood clot can cut off blood flow to major organs, resulting in heart attack, stroke, organ failure, and amputation. Another dangerous form of arterial disease is abdominal aortic aneurism, a condition in which the arteries in the abdomen swell, sometimes to the point of rupturing. Carotid artery stenosis is a type of mini-stroke that can lead to a full stroke over time.
Of the diseases that affect the veins, one stands out as particularly severe. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when blood clots form within the deep-lying leg veins that run directly to major organs. Much like peripheral arterial disease, DVT can lead to stroke, organ and tissue death, as well as pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT/PE results in more than 300,000 fatalities annually in the US. Other types of vein disease, such as severe cases of varicose veins, can lead to disability.
Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to seek a screening from a Nashville vascular doctor. In fact, Dr. Tif Siragusa and the team offer complimentary evaluations at our vein clinic in Nashville and Hermitage. Schedule yours today at 615-777-0744. It may just save your life.