Vascular disease affects the arteries, veins, and blood vessels that make up the vascular, or circulatory, system. When one or more of these areas is damaged, it can reduce the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body. While many vascular problems, such as varicose and spider veins, are not a serious cause for concern, things like abdominal aortic and brain aneurysms can be life-threatening.
Some vascular diseases are preventable, but almost everyone has a certain risk during their lifetime of having a vascular disorder. Fortunately, innovative treatments and therapies exist to address all types of vascular disease in Central California.
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Vascular Disease Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of vascular disease are dependent on the location and type of the blood vessels that are affected. Some vascular conditions have no symptoms until the disease has advanced so far that it causes a sudden, life-threatening problem. Other conditions may cause only mild symptoms, such as leg pain after exercising or unsightly varicose veins. Still others can affect the entire body and cause symptoms, such as fatigue, which can be hard to recognize.
To rule out other causes and determine the right diagnosis, doctors at Dignity Health Central California use diagnostic tests to evaluate symptoms of vascular disease. We offer these services at outpatient care centers and hospitals, including:
Vascular Disease Causes
The primary causes of vascular disease include:
- Birth defects
- Heart disease
- Structural problems with vein and artery walls
- Poorly controlled diabetes
- Autoimmune disorders
Many medical conditions can play a role in the development of vascular disease, as well as certain environmental factors, such as unhealthy diet and smoking.
Vascular Disease Treatment at Dignity Health Central California
Treatment for vascular disease focuses on stopping the disorder from getting worse, minimizing symptoms, and treating any underlying conditions. At Dignity Health Central California, our doctors may recommend lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery.
The best way to prevent vascular disease is to take steps to lower your risk factors. This includes:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Not smoking
- Getting regular exercise
- Eating a heart-healthy diet
- Not standing or sitting for long periods of time
Together with these lifestyle choices, you and your Dignity Health Central California doctor can create a personalized prevention plan that suits your preferences.
Specialists at Dignity Health Central California diagnose vascular disease symptoms in Bakersfield and Stockton, CA.