What is Vascular Disease?
Vascular disease is a buildup of plaque in the arteries outside your heart that reduces the flow of blood. As a result, some parts of your body don’t get the oxygen they need. Some of the most commonly affected areas are arteries in the legs, arms, neck and kidneys.
Vascular disease can present itself in several ways, some of which are life threatening, including stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), deep vein thrombosis, aneurysm and varicose veins. You can find out more about each of these conditions in our Heart and Vascular Library.
Peripheral artery disease symptoms
- painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activities like walking or climbing stairs
- leg numbness or weakness
- coldness in your lower leg or foot
- sores on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal
- a change in the color of your legs
- no pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember stroke symptoms.
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Speech difficulty
- Time to call 9-1-1
- Sudden, extremely severe headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stiff neck
- Blurred or double vision
- Sensitivity to light
- A drooping eyelid
- Loss of consciousness
Find out your risk
Take the Stroke Aware Assessment
How to reduce your risk
- living a healthy lifestyle
- quit smoking
- control diabetes
- get high blood pressure under control
- lower your cholesterol
- eat a healthy diet
- get your weight under control