Heart & Vascular Disease Overview
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States - of both men and women. It affects many people at midlife as well as in old age. The good news is that heart and vascular disease is preventable. You can take action to reduce your risk by focusing on your lifestyle and risk factors.
Vascular diseases include any condition that affects your circulatory system, including diseases of the heart, blood vessels, and lymph vessels, along with blood disorders. Among the most common:
- Stroke which is thought of as a "brain attack," is a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts or is either blocked by a clot.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis commonly referred to as "DVT," occurs when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in the large veins of the legs or pelvic area. Some DVT's may cause no pain; others can be quite painful.
- Vascular Conditions encompass an array of conditions of the heart and blood vessels.