Is Vascular Disease Curable?
Did you know that if lined up end to end, your blood vessels could wrap around the world several times? All those arteries, veins, and capillaries play a crucial role in our health, and it’s estimated that at least a third of Americans have some form of vascular disease. Is vascular disease curable?
Arteries, veins and capillaries have the important task of transporting oxygen throughout the body, and then returning blood to the heart. The term “vascular disease” is an umbrella term for the many diseases that can affect the physical structure of blood vessels or the flow of blood. Aneurysms, blood clots, coronary and carotid artery disease, varicose veins, and strokes are all vascular diseases. Some vascular diseases are genetic, while others are symptoms of other health problems such as heart disease.
There are many underlying risk factors for vascular disease, such as age or family history, but lifestyle can also put you at increased risk. Sitting for long periods, smoking, obesity and getting little exercise can all lead to vascular disease. The good news is that many vascular diseases can be caught and treated through screening or testing done through a family physician. Early detection and diagnosis is critical to future vascular health.
While the symptoms of vascular disease can be treated through medical intervention and lifestyle changes, vascular disease is not curable. Vascular disease can be managed, but it will never permanently go away. Treatment options vary depending on the type and severity of disease. Lifestyle changes can improve symptoms and prevent further damage to the blood vessels. Medication can enhance blood flow by improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Surgery can correct and support the physical structure of the blood vessels or remove blockages.
Healthy blood vessels are critical to the rest of your health and well-being. At Westgate Family Physicians, we offer several types of vascular testing and screening to diagnose and treat abnormalities of the blood vessels. To discuss options with one of our physicians, call (864) 574-0070.