September is National Vascular Disease Awareness Month - How Much Do You Know?


Vascular disease is an umbrella term used to describe any condition that affects the circulatory system - the amazing network of arteries and veins that keep your body moving. There are two primary types of vascular disease: arterial disease and venous.

And these conditions are more common than you might think! In fact, peripheral artery disease (one of the most common vascular conditions) affects over 200 million people worldwide. 

Because your body's circulatory system is so vital, untreated vascular disease can result in serious complications - including limb amputation or even death. That's why September is recognized as National Vascular Disease Awareness Month - to shed light on these all-too-common conditions so that you can protect yourself and those you love. 

Understanding Vascular Disease

There are two primary types of vascular disease: arterial (affecting arteries) and venous (affecting veins). Within these categories, you'll find various conditions like varicose veins or peripheral artery disease. 

Then, there are other types of vascular disease, such as blood clots, aortic aneurysm, and lymphedema. 

Let’s take a closer look at our two primary categories.


What is Arterial Disease?

Arteries are an important part of the body's circulatory system, responsible for safely transporting oxygen and nutrients to our vital organs. However, when these arteries become blocked or narrowed due to fatty deposits, it can lead to arterial disease.

Common types of arterial disease may include:

  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Renal Artery Disease
  • Popliteal Entrapment Syndrome
  • Carotid Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease, which usually occurs in the limbs, is probably the most common of those listed. Left untreated, it can cause a slew of uncomfortable symptoms such as tingling or numbness in the affected limbs, painful cramping, developing sores or other slow-to-heal wounds, and more. 

Arterial disease is a serious health issue, as it can interfere with the flow of blood and even lead to a heart attack or stroke.  Fortunately, there are now more treatment options available than ever before so that patients can experience swift relief. 

What is Venous Disease?

Venous disease can occur anywhere in the body but is most commonly found in the legs, where your body’s veins have to work against gravity to pump blood back to the heart. Examples of venous disease may include:

  • Varicose Veins
  • Spider Veins
  • Venous Insufficiency

These conditions can be a nuisance, morphing your veins into twisted, unsightly versions of their former selves, but they’re nothing compared to what might happen if you don’t intervene. Untreated venous disease can quickly develop into something more serious like deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Who is At Risk for Vascular Disease?

Vascular disease can happen to anyone, regardless of sex, gender, or race - though there are a few outstanding factors that could influence your probability of getting one of these conditions. Here’s a list of the most common:

  • Obesity
  • High Cholesterol
  • Family History of Vascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Being Over the Age of 50
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure

All of these factors can increase your chance of getting vascular disease, so it’s important to recognize what steps you should take to stay healthy if any apply to you.

What Vascular and Interventional Partners is Doing to Combat Vascular Disease

At Vascular and Interventional Partners, we specialize in treating vascular disease non-surgically. By using advanced image guidance, our doctors are able to diagnose and treat a wide array of arterial and venous conditions in a minimally invasive way. 

Our areas of expertise include the following conditions:

  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
  • Varicone Veins
  • May-Thurner Syndrome
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Aortic and Brain Aenurysm
  • And More!

To view a complete list of treatable vascular diseases, please visit our online directory. If you're seeking top-notch treatment for vascular disease using minimally invasive methods, Vascular and Interventional Partners has got you covered. 

Why Awareness Matters: Getting the Care You Need

As we observe National Vascular Disease Awareness Month, it's crucial to understand that these conditions require prompt attention and treatment. Don't let your condition worsen before seeking the care your body needs!

Untreated vascular disease can lead to serious complications, putting patients at risk for: 

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Blood Clots (and Associated Complications)
  • Limb Ischemia
  • Gangrene
  • Reduced Mobility
  • Open Sores
  • And More!

Fortunately, many of these conditions are preventable. By eating well, avoiding cigarettes and other harmful substances, and exercising regularly, many patients will be able to keep vascular disease at bay.

But for those who can’t, whether due to underlying conditions or genetics, Vascular and Interventional Partners will be here for you every step of the way.

This September, we urge you to take a few moments and assess your vascular health. If you notice any concerning symptoms, reach out to us at (480) 435-9100 or visit our website! Together, we'll develop a treatment plan that will have you back on your feet in no time.

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