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Diseases of the Vascular 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

Vascular Disease includes any condition that affects your circulatory system, such as peripheral artery disease. This ranges from diseases of your arteries, veins and lymph vessels to blood disorders that affect circulation.

 

You are more likely to have vascular disease as you get older. Other factors that make vascular disease more likely include:

 

  • Family history of vascular or heart diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Illness or injury
  • Long periods of sitting or standing still
  • Any condition that affects the heart and blood vessels, such as diabetes or high cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

 

    Some of the common signs and symptoms of Vascular Disease include: Skin Discoloration, Decreased or absent pulses, Pain (during exercise) which worsens as disease worsens and Rest Pain (pain that occurs when lying down).

 

Prevention:

a) Tip No.1: Don't Smoke:If you do smoke now, quit and change this habit. If you don't smoke, never start. I mean it's struggling for some people, but the fact is: In the first year of quitting smoking, the risk of heart attacks can drop by 50 percent. Within 5 years, the risk of stroke is eliminated of quitting this bad habit. After 10 years persistence, the ex-smokers will have the same heart attack risk as those who never smoked.

b) Tips No.2: Having Healthy Diet: Heart friendly Diet means eating foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt. This is integral to maintaining a healthy heart and circulatory system thus do great to avoiding cardiovascular diseases.

c) Tips No.3: Exercise Regularly: Exercises helps a lot to make us feel better. It can relive our stresses, burn extra fat, lowering blood pressure and strengthens our immune systems. We all know the athletes’ have lower heart rate than normal people. This is because their cardiac muscle is better than normal people.

d) Tips No.4: Avoid Excessive Stress:Don't push yourself too hard. Stress will definitely raise your blood pressure and adding burdens to your heart. Try to look things from bring side, for there's no big deal other than our healthy body.

 

Sources:World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/topics/cardiovascular_diseases/en/) http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/vascular/whatis.aspx

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