Vascular Disease Symptoms

Vascular Disease Symptoms

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Vascular Disease at MedStar Montgomery

MedStar Montgomery works in collaboration with the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, which is a national leader in research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. With more than 140 physician specialists across nine MedStar acute-care hospitals, we are consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top cardiac programs by U.S.News & World Report and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and have been the premier destination for cardiac care in the region for more than 55 years.

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and Cleveland Clinic

In January, 2013, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute entered into a unique, first-of-its-kind alliance with Cleveland Clinic, the #1 heart program in the nation, resulting in enhanced access to advanced, innovative cardiovascular care and research throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Your vascular system is your network of blood vessels that includes your arteries and veins. When your vascular system is healthy, blood travels freely through blood vessels, carrying oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body.

Any condition that affects your blood’s circulation is considered vascular disease—whether your vessels harden and narrow from a buildup of plaque, a condition called atherosclerosis, or they swell and their walls become thin and rupture.

Slowed, interrupted, or decreased blood flow can reduce life expectancy by causing a host of problems, including:

  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Ruptured blood vessels, secondary to aneurysm formation
  • Kidney failure due to restricted blood flow
  • Limb loss

Vascular Disease Symptoms

An estimated eight million to 15 million Americans have vascular disease, and at least half do not experience symptoms. Symptoms, such as leg pain, may be mistaken for other conditions, such as arthritis. In many cases, vascular disease has no symptoms until it results in a stroke, mini-stroke, or ruptured aneurysm.

Risk Factors

Several conditions and lifestyle factors increase a person's risk, including:

  • High cholesterol and lipid levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of atherosclerosis
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Sedentary (inactive) lifestyle
  • High-stress lifestyle
  • Over age 50 or post-menopausal (though it can occur at any age)

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Learn more vascular disease at the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

Make an Appointment

For information or to schedule an appointment with a vascular specialist, please call 888-354-3422.