The cardiovascular, or circulatory, system is made up of blood, blood vessels and the heart. As one of the body’s most vital systems, it is very important to keep it healthy. Blood moving away from the heart – through the arteries – delivers oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body. Blood moving back to the heart – through the veins – carries deoxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs.
For an increasing number of people, vascular disease has become a serious health issue. Vascular disease is a blood vessel disorder that affects the body’s arteries and veins, impacting millions of Americans each year. In fact, more people die each year from vascular-related diseases than all cancers combined. Allegiance Vascular Health is ICAVL accredited and focuses on education, early detection, treatment and prevention of vascular disease.
Vascular disease does not always bring recognizable symptoms:
- In the carotid arteries (located on either side of the neck) a gradual buildup of cholesterol deposits, or plaques, can narrow or block the blood vessels and restrict blood circulation, which can cause a stroke.
- In the abdomen, vascular disease can appear as an aneurysm, or weakening in the wall of the main artery. The weakened area fills with blood and can stretch to the point of rupture, causing a vascular collapse.
- In the legs, vascular disease can be a simple cosmetic problem or a painful and potentially serious condition involving the arteries or veins.
The professional staff at Allegiance Vascular Health can help you treat or avoid all types of vascular disease.