Vascular & Vein Resources
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
The abdominal aorta serves the entire lower half of the body. Nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. each year are diagnosed with an AAA, which can be deadly without treatment.
Carotid Artery Disease
The carotid arteries supply blood to your brain. Up to 3 percent of those older than 65 have carotid artery disease, which increases the risk of stroke.
Cholesterol and Vascular Health
When it comes to vascular disease, cholesterol is Enemy No. 1. Bad cholesterol narrows the insides of blood vessels, leading to vascular disease, strokes, heart attacks, aneurysms and other life-threatening problems.
Too much blood sugar in the blood can cause atherosclerosis. Learn more about diabetes and your vascular health.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
If you get leg cramps when you walk, it may be a sign of PAD. Learn more about keeping your legs healthy.
Physical Activity and Vascular Health
Exercise can benefit vascular patients in many ways. It may reduce the risk of stroke, helps those with PAD avoid interventions, and decreases the growth rate of AAAs.
Smoking and Vascular Disease
Cigarette smoking accelerates the hardening and narrowing of arteries. In smokers, that process starts earlier and blood clots are two to four times more likely.
What is Vascular Disease?
Heart disease can occur when the arteries are clogged with plaque and cholesterol, but that same problem can occur in any artery of the body.
Up to 40 million Americans have varicose veins. Left untreated, the veins may become worse.