If you have been referred to a vascular care specialist to evaluate the possibility of a medical condition, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of your body’s vascular system. The vascular system refers to all of the blood vessels in your body, including your coronary arteries that lead to your heart. It also consists of your veins and capillaries. Vascular care specialists diagnose and treat medical problems that concern the blood vessels.
Types of Vascular Problems
There are many different types of vascular problems and they are all too common in the U.S. One example of a vascular problem is a blood clot, which often forms in the deep veins of the legs. If a blood clot breaks free, it can travel to the lungs, causing a life-threatening condition known as pulmonary embolism. People with blood clots are also more likely to suffer a stroke or a heart attack. Another type of vascular problem is an aneurysm, which refers to a weakened area of a blood vessel that can rupture, causing internal bleeding. Atherosclerosis is a common problem diagnosed by vascular care specialists. It refers to the buildup of plaque within the arteries, which can lead to coronary artery disease (CAD).
Risk Factors for Vascular Problems
There are many risk factors that can contribute to the development of vascular disease. For example, your risk increases with age. You are also at a higher risk if you have a family history of vascular disease or heart disease, or if you are pregnant. Obesity and smoking increases your risk, as do any medical conditions that have an effect on your blood vessels and heart, such as high cholesterol. You are also at a higher risk if you have a job that requires long periods of sitting or standing. Fortunately, you can work with a vascular care specialist to manage any underlying conditions and reduce your risk of vascular disease.
The vascular care specialists at South Bay Hospital look forward to meeting you and discussing your unique healthcare concerns. Residents of Sun City Center and beyond can learn more about vascular care or get a referral to a vascular care specialist by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595. Our hospital remains committed to offering exceptional patient care.