An ounce of prevention is true!
As was mentioned in our review of What is the Vascular System, one of our two circulatory systems is the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is a condition characterized by swelling in an extremity resulting in impaired lymphatic flow and swelling.
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a broad term that encompasses three related syndromes that involve compression of the nerves, arteries, and veins in the lower neck and upper chest area and cause pain in the arm, shoulder, and neck.
Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition resulting in a distinguishing pattern of discoloration usually of fingers and/or toes after being exposed to changes in temperature or emotional stress. It can be either primary Raynaud’s or secondary Raynaud’s
An aneurysm is an abnormal widening of a portion of an artery due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is when the large blood vessel (aorta) that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs becomes enlarged.
There are two carotid arteries, one on each side of the neck, that supply blood to the brain. It is when a blockage occurs in one or both of these carotid arteries that a STROKE can occur or you may experience a TIA (mini-stroke).
As we age, our arteries tend to thicken, get stiffer and narrow. Narrowing of the arteries in the legs (PAD) can result in your having numbness, pain with walking or climbing, and sometimes tissue death known as gangrene.
Blood clots can form in an artery or a vein. They are healthy and lifesaving when they stop bleeding. However, blood clots can also form abnormally causing a DVT, heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical problem.
Venous reflux disease, also known as venous insufficiency, affects the circulation of lower extremities.
Ulcers are breaks in the layers of the skin that fail to heal or keep returning and may even become inflamed. Three types of ulcers discussed here are: (1) venous (stasis) ulcers, (2) arterial (ischemic) ulcers, (3) diabetic (neurotrophic) ulcers.