The Vascular System
The vascular system a network of blood vessels that carry the body’s blood to and from the organs, ensuring that they have enough oxygen at all times. As such, the vascular system is also called the circulatory system, and it is made up of arteries, veins and capillaries, each of which has specific circulatory tasks.
The arteries are responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the tissues and organs, while the veins carry blood and waste products back to the heart. The small arteries and veins are connected via capillaries – or tiny blood vessels – that enable exchange of materials between the tissues and the blood.
Any potential irregularities within the vascular system leads to vascular diseases that can be both common and serious. Metro Vascular Centers addresses vascular diseases through a wide array of safe, effective, and minimally invasive arterial procedures while focusing on providing the best and most compassionate care for those who suffer from them. Its team consists of board-certified surgeons who have over two decades of experience within the field.
Along the same lines, there are several risk factors for vascular disease that are disease-specific. Some of the more common risk factors include increasing age, obesity, pregnancy, lifestyle (smoking, sitting or standing still for long periods of time, lack of exercise), family history, vein-damaging infections or injuries, conditions that affect the cardiovascular system (diabetes or high cholesterol), and genetics.
Causes of Vascular Disease
There are several causes behind vascular disease, depending on the type. These include things such as genetics, heart disease (e.g. high cholesterol and high blood pressure), infections, injuries, and medicines such as hormones. Metro Vascular Centers’ physicians are cognizant of the wide array of causes and therefore varying patient-specific symptoms. As such, the standard initial procedure consists of several non-surgical diagnostic methods in order to determine the best individualized treatment plan for each patient.