Vascular Disease

Vascular disease includes any condition that affects the circulatory system. As the heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels called the circulatory system. The vessels are elastic tubes that carry blood to every part of the body. Arteries carry blood away from the heart while veins return it.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Vascular disease ranges from diseases of your arteries, veins, and lymph vessels to blood disorders that affect circulation. In addition, Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a condition where blood vessels outside the heart and brain can spasm, narrow, or become blocked. The following are conditions that fall under the category of vascular disease.

Uterine fibroids are benign masses that grow on the outside or in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids press on the endometrial lining causing irritation and bleeding that can cause severe symptoms such as pain, cramping, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Women that experience severe fibroid symptoms often do not wish to wait to see if the fibroids disappear during menopause.

Varicocele

A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins within the scrotum, similar to a varicose vein that can occur in the legs or in the female pelvic area. The resulting backup causes the veins to widen (dilate) which lead to mild to severe pain in the scrotal area and possibly damage to the testicle.

A varicocele is an enlargement of the veins within the scrotum, similar to a varicose vein that can occur in the legs or in the female pelvic area. The resulting backup causes the veins to widen (dilate) which leading to mild to severe pain in the scrotal area and possibly damage to the testicle.

Varicose Veins

Closely related to chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin. The veins often appear bulging or twisted and are generally larger than three millimeters in diameter. Varicose veins affect one out of two people over the age of 50, and women who have had children are particularly susceptible.

Non-healing Ulcers

Non-healing wounds are often caused by problems with the circulation in the arteries or veins. Wounds around the foot and heel may result from the build-up of plaque in the arteries stopping blood from reaching the area that needs healing. Similarly, the swelling and backwards flow of blood in the veins cause intense pressure on the skin leading to wounds on the legs and ankles.

Pelvic Venous Congestion (PVCS)

Pelvic venous congestion syndrome, also known as ovarian vein reflux, leads to chronic pelvic pain is in the lower abdomen often caused by dilatation of the ovarian and/or pelvic veins (rather like varicose veins, but in the pelvis). This causes the blood to pool resulting in enlarged, bulging and knotty veins inside the pelvic area.

Pelvic and Labial Varicose Veins

Pelvic varicose veins and labial varicose veins are forms of venous insufficiency in which women’s pelvic, labial, or vulvar veins become enlarged and dilated during pregnancy and continue after the baby has been delivered. The primary problem is reflux (abnormal reversal of flow) in the veins of the deep pelvis through veins near the vagina into the labia and surrounding tissues.

Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

A DVT is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in the deep veins, most commonly occurring in the legs. This thrombus disrupts the normal flow of blood from the legs or arms back to the heart. The clot could move to your heart or lungs causing serious and sometimes fatal complications. A suspected DVT must be diagnosed and treated immediately.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) develops when the arteries in the legs build up plaque, obstructing and narrowing the arteries and preventing blood, oxygen, glucose from flowing properly to tissue. This lack of blood-flow causes pain, cramping, and swelling in the legs as the muscles and tissue starve for blood and if untreated, can lead to amputation of the toes and/or foot.

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