“Vascular Disease Awareness Month”

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“Vascular Disease Awareness Month”

Vascular disease is a broad umbrella term for a large variety of conditions that affect the body’s network of blood vessels, including the arteries, veins and lymph vessels, often leading to ischemia or insufficient blood flow to the tissues and potentially life-threatening complications.

Some of the more common conditions include:

  • aneurysms (bulges in the wall of a blood vessel)
  • peripheral artery disease (narrow or blocked arteries, which lead to the risk of a heart attack or stroke)
  • blood clots or deep vein thrombosis
  • lymphedema
  • Raynaud’s disease  and varicose veins; and  vasculitis (an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation of the blood vessels).

Many vascular diseases are not well understood and there is an urgent need for greater awareness and further research to develop treatments in this area. Some vascular problems may not be recognised or treated quickly enough by medical professionals, leading to very serious complications such as limb amputation or even death. Vasculitis can, for example, lead to bleeds in the brain, which can cause permanent brain damage if left untreated.

Vascular Disease Awareness Month brings attention to one of the major causes of disability and death. Vascular disease and its associated conditions such as peripheral artery disease, chronic venous insufficiency, blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and varicose veins are both major and growing health concerns.

Vascular disease is any abnormal condition within the extensive network of the arteries and veins in the body. Everyone is at risk and as the population ages, vascular diseases are becoming epidemic. Certain conditions such as obesity and type II diabetes also contribute to further risks and complications.

Vein disease can present as spider veins—a cosmetic embarrassment—but if they are associated with fullness, a pressure sensation, and possibly fatigue or a slight tightening in the lower leg as the day progresses, there may be underlying venous disease which can cause swelling and skin changes in the future.

Ideally, vein disease should be treated before the signs of advanced disease occur. This can be done now without painful surgery and days–to–weeks of recovery. Laser technology lets us treat veins from within by closing them, not removing them. This, combined with the use of ultrasound, allows us to direct the injection of a foamed sclerosart into veins which aren’t visible in a quick, relatively painless procedure with no significant recovery time. Combining these procedures with compression stockings gives enduring results. Technological advances in compression, as well as their availability in “fun” colors, mean stockings and leggings don’t have to be drab and dull.

So, if you have noticed any of the symptoms or signs mentioned above—now you are aware—don’t procrastinate. Get yourself checked by one of our doctors, Vascular Surgeon in American Spine Center.

AMERICAN SPINE CENTER
Timing: 9am until 9pm, Saturday to Thursday.
Contact us: 800-100-999
Location: Al Razi Building 64, Block F, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, UAE.

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