Vascular disease


Vascular disease includes conditions that affect the circulatory system. These are diseases of the veins, arteries and lymph vessels, as well as blood disorders that affect circulation. Vascular diseases include:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Aneurysms
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms


Vascular disease can affect many organs and cause a wide variety of symptoms including:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Leg pain or cramps
  • Renal artery disease
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Blood clots
  • Bulging, swollen, purple or ropey veins
  • Swelling in the arms or legs


Vascular disease can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Genetic disorders
  • Damage to veins from injury or infection
  • Pregnancy and hormones
  • Long bedrest or immobility
  • Conditions that cause slowed blood flow or thicker blood