In our ageing population, vascular disease is a common cause of disability and mortality. There are more and more people affected by vascular diseases. The good news is that the range of diagnostic tests and treatment is also increasing.
Vascular disease or disease of the blood vessels can be categorised as
Most of the diseases affecting the arteries are associated with atherosclerosis or thickening of the artery walls due to the deposit of fats. This may cause a blockage of the affected vessels resulting in a decreased blood supply to the organs or parts of the body that are supplied by these vessels.
Depending on which parts are affected, you may end up with:
Diseases affecting the veins - These include:
A vascular surgeon uses his specialised clinical skill to assess and treat vascular diseases. He is supported by vascular physicians, vascular radiologists and vascular technologists who are skilled in the different aspects of vascular diseases.
Vascular technologists carry out non-invasive vascular tests
Invasive vascular investigations
Other imaging investigations include:
Symptoms depend on where the vascular diseases occur, examples are
Other forms of treatment