The heart is a tireless organ that pumps blood throughout your body via the circulatory system, a complex network of blood vessels. Vascular disease is the term used to describe one or more medical conditions affecting portions of the circulatory system. Afflicting many Americans, these serious, non-cardiac medical conditions include peripheral artery disease, as well as aneurysms and various types of heart disease.
A person can have one of these potentially life-threatening circulatory diseases and not be aware of it. Oftentimes, there are no symptoms during the early stages of the disease. While an aneurysm is potentially fatal, heart disease can lead to high blood pressure and stroke. A major cause of various disabilities, a stroke is also a leading cause of death in the country. An arterial blockage may also result in skin ulcers or the amputation of a limb. It is important that you monitor your health and advise our doctor if you notice any symptoms of vascular disease.
Vascular Disease Symptoms
It is critical that you be examined and treated for vascular disease and related medical conditions as soon as possible. Vascular disease can lead to serious complications, such as heart attacks and stroke. If you notice any of the following signs or a cluster of these symptoms, speak with our doctor. These could be signs that you are developing vascular disease. These include:
• High blood pressure
• Unexplained, persistent abdominal or back pain
• Pain, swelling or inflammation in your veins
• Changes or discoloration on the skin of your lower legs
• Pain, swelling, achiness or numbness in your arms or legs
• Cramping in your legs, especially when you walk or exercise
• Leg or foot wounds that will not heal
Early detection of vascular disease can help prevent life-threatening complications and possible long-term disabilities. For that reason, vascular screenings are recommended to help detect the condition before it has the opportunity to inflict serious harm.
Get Tested and Treated
As a preventative diagnostic tool, vascular screenings are used to detect the early signs of the disease. The non-invasive test checks the circulatory system for fatty deposits accumulating in your vessels. These deposits can narrow or block the movement of blood and oxygen through your arteries. Ultrasound technology is used to identify possible locations of narrowing or blockages in patients who otherwise do not show any outward symptoms. The full extent of the problem can be evaluated with additional diagnostic tests.
Thankfully, many types of vascular diseases, when detected in the early stages, can be effectively treated. When you visit Rejuveination in Cincinnati, we will perform a comprehensive evaluation, answer any questions that you may have and recommend an appropriate course of action. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!