Vascular disease is any abnormal circulation condition of the blood vessels, arteries and veins.
What does a healthy vascular system do?
The vascular system is your body’s network of blood vessels. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart. Veins carry the blood back to the heart where it is replenished with oxygen. Capillaries connect the arteries to the veins. The walls of the capillaries are thin to allow for an exchange of materials between your tissues and blood.
What is vascular disease?
Vascular diseases affect your vascular system. Vascular diseases include aneurysm, atherosclerosis, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, coronary artery disease, stroke, varicose veins, and vasculitis.
Common vascular diseases
The most common vascular diseases are stroke, peripheral artery disease (PAD), abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), carotid artery disease (CAD), pulmonary embolism (blood clots), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), and varicose veins.