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Why Diagnosis and Treatment Are Important

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Vascular disease is slow and progressive and there are often no symptoms until a heart attack or stroke happens. That's why it is important to have regular checkups. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital.

There are different types of vascular disease, including:

  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid disease
  • Venous conditions

If left untreated, vascular disease can result in:

  • Heart attack, blocked blood flow to the heart that damages the heart muscle. 
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), a temporary interruption in the blood supply to the brain
  • Stroke, interruption of the blood flow to the brain that can cause lasting paralysis, brain damage and death.
  • Limb amputation due to tissue death in the limb. 

Family history and risks like obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol can contribute to vascular disease.

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