Who is at Risk of Vascular Disease?

by | Jan 30, 2023 | News, Vascular Disease

Vascular Surgeon in Knoxville, TN

Vascular disease isn’t an uncommon issue. It occurs when there is some condition that affects the way your circulatory system functions. This system includes all of the blood vessels in your body, including your veins, lymphatic system, and arteries. Though the term vascular disease could describe a number of conditions, many of these result in poor circulation, which can strain the function of your heart, kidneys, and other organs.

Are You At Risk?

Many people are at risk for vascular disease and don’t know it. Some of the most common high-risk people for vascular disease include those who:

• Smoke
• Are obese or overweight
• Suffer from diabetes
• Have high cholesterol
• Have high blood pressure
• Live a sedentary lifestyle (not physically active each day)

There is also evidence to suggest that there may be a genetic link between these conditions. That is, if you have a close family member who has had vascular disease, such as a parent or grandparent, you may be predisposed to it as well. That doesn’t mean you’ll get it if you work to minimize the above risk factors.

Also, even if you do not have a family history, you could develop this condition.

Common Symptoms to Monitor

You may wish to meet with a vascular surgeon as soon as possible if you notice any of the symptoms of this condition, such as:

• Severe pain in the back or abdomen
• Cramping in your legs
• Leg pain that occurs when walking
• Leg or foot pain that occurs when at rest
• Development of leg or foot sores that do not heal
• Areas of skin discoloration on your foot or leg

Keep in mind that your symptoms will depend on the type of vascular disease you have, such as carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, and venous disease.

Set Up a Consultation to Discuss Your Needs

Turn to the region’s largest team of Board-Certified Vascular Surgeons at Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center in Knoxville, TN to diagnose and treat your vascular disease. Our trusted and experienced vascular surgeons are committed to treating and helping you manage your vascular disease.

We look forward to serving you! Give us a call at (865) 588-8229 or visit https://www.premiervascularveincenter.com/book-online/ to request an appointment.