Vascular Conditions

Atherosclerosis, sometimes interchangeably referred to arteriosclerosis, is the build-up of fatty deposits which form plaque along artery walls. The continued build-up may eventually restrict blood flow.


Claudication is a symptom of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and presents as a weak, painful or tired feeling in the legs during activity. The cause of claudication, like many arterial conditions is often plaque build-up in the arteries that provide oxygenated blood to the leg muscles. Lack of oxygen delivered to the muscles causes them to feel heavy and painful during exercise or normal activity.


Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease occurs when the iliac arteries (the arteries that branch off of the abdominal aortic artery and deliver oxygenated blood to the lower limbs) become blocked or narrowed due to a build-up of plaque. The reduced blood flow to the legs and feet can cause numbness, heaviness, pain and weakness in the legs, along with sores and dry, scaling, cracking skin on the feet and toes.


Renovascular conditions occur when the arteries and veins of the kidneys become narrowed or blocked, preventing the kidney from performing it waste cleansing duties. The various conditions including renal artery stenosis and renal vein thrombosis, can lead to conditions like high blood pressure and kidney failure. Symptoms include abdominal, leg or thigh pain, blood or protein in the urine, an enlarged kidney, fever, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, sudden severe leg swelling, and breathing difficulties.


Plaque build-up in the arteries of the neck can reduce blood flow to the brain. Unfortunately, in some cases the first symptom of CAD is a stroke. A precursor to stroke, however, called a transient ischemic attack (TIA), may present with any of the following symptoms:
  • numbness, tingling and weakness on one side of the body
  • inability to control arm or leg movement
  • loss of vision in one eye
  • confusion or inability to speak clearly
The presence of any of these symptoms should be addressed by a healthcare professional immediately, as time is crucial in the treatment of stroke or any serious vascular disease.


The abdominal aorta, normally up to an inch in diameter, is the main artery that supplies blood to the lower body. When a weakened area in the abdominal aorta bulges, it is known as an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). Symptoms include a pulsing, “heartbeat” like feeling in the abdomen, severe sudden back or abdominal pain, and in rare instances pain, sores and/or discoloration of the feet and toes. The bursting of an aortic aneurysm is life-threatening and requires emergency medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an aneurysm that has burst are intense weakness, dizziness, pain and loss of consciousness.


Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is the term for the presence of a blood clot in one of the most interior veins which feed directly to the vena cava, the largest veins in the body that lead directly to the heart. DVT can lead to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, which occurs when one of the blood clots travels through the veins and becomes lodged in the lungs, blocking blood flow to the heart and lungs.
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