Vascular disease includes conditions that affect the circulatory system. As the heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels called the circulatory system. The vessels are elastic tubes that carry blood to every part of the body. Arteries carry blood away from the heart while veins return it.
Vascular disease ranges from diseases of your arteries, veins, and lymph vessels to blood disorders that affect circulation. One of the most common forms of vascular disease is peripheral arterial disease, when arteries outside your heart develop atherosclerosis (plaque) that narrows the artery and limits blood flow to the body.
A vascular surgeon specializes in operative procedures on the vascular system – the arteries, veins and capillaries that move blood through the body and to and from the heart. They treat conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral artery disease.
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