About Vascular Disease
As many as 15 million Americans are estimated to have some form of vascular disease, but most people experience few if any symptoms. Vascular disease is the leading cause of amputations. The disease often develops over time as fatty deposits or plaque consisting of cholesterol and calcium build up along the vascular wall and block blood flow. This process is called atherosclerosis.
Vascular disease is a progressive condition. While most anyone can develop vascular disease, certain lifestyle and genetic factors can increase the risk. Vascular disease mainly affects people with the following risk factors:
- Family History of atherosclerosis or heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Inactive lifestyle
- Over the age of 45