There are numerous signs of vascular disease that an individual should be aware of in order to avoid future complications. A variety of arterial conditions and diseases can affect the vascular system, resulting in vascular disease, which occurs when blood vessels become smaller and slow down or stop the normal flow of blood through the body. The skin, muscles and organs can become damaged when your body does not get enough oxygen or important nutrients found in the blood. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of vascular conditions and diseases include:
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) – PVD is caused by a build-up of a sticky substance called plaque inside the arteries of the lower extremities. Signs and symptoms of this vascular disease may include:
For more information about signs and symptoms of vascular disease, or to learn about more about harmful arterial conditions and disease, visit our Heart and Vascular Institute. Our specialized staff provides a variety of Atlanta-based vascular screening services to determine risk factors for vascular disease.
Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital treat a variety of arterial conditions and diseases that result in serious vascular disease. Our comprehensive vascular screening services help patients identify signs of vascular disease in order to provide prompt, effective treatment. Other vascular conditions and diseases include:
Carotid Artery Disease (CAD) - This arterial disease is caused by plaque that narrows or blocks the carotid arteries, which are located on either side of your neck and carry blood to your brain. Plaque can either completely obstruct flow to the brain or a piece of the plaque can break free and travel to the brain, causing a stroke. The greater the severity of the plaque that narrows the carotid arteries, the higher the risk of stroke. Signs and symptoms of this vascular disease include:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - An aneurysm, which is swelling or enlargement of a blood vessel, affects the part of the aorta (the largest artery in your body) located in the abdominal area. There are often no tangible signs of vascular disease or arterial conditions associated with the development of an aneurysm. Therefore, patients may not be aware they have an aneurysm until it ruptures. When an aneurysm ruptures, it causes severe back and/or abdominal pain and can cause loss of consciousness. Seventy to ninety percent of patients with a ruptured aneurysm will not survive. Signs and symptoms of this vascular disease may include:
If you have any signs or symptoms of vascular disease, speak with your doctor immediately. If you don't have a primary doctor, contact us, as there are many qualified physicians at our Heart and Vascular Institute. For more information about signs of vascular disease or to learn more about arterial conditions or disease, call 404.501.1851. We provide a host of Atlanta-based treatments for vascular disease.