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Blood Vessel and Vascular Health: What to Know

by | Jun 21, 2024

Access expert care for blood vessel and vascular health at our specialized vascular clinic in Singapore. Our experienced vascular specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, provides advanced treatments for varicose veins, arterial diseases, vascular malformations, and other treatments for optimal vascular male health and female health

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Introduction to Blood Vessel and Vascular Health

If you’re looking to stay well, it’s crucial to manage your blood vessel health and your vascular health. Let’s learn more about how to manage your blood vessel and vascular health, through managing blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol.

Blood Pressure

Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels is crucial if you want to maintain healthy blood vessels. When you let your blood pressure get out of control, and you contract hypertension, you are putting the health of your brain at risk – you don’t want to put yourself at risk for a stroke or a brain aneurysm.

 

How to Monitor Blood Pressure

What your target blood pressure is will vary based on several factors, but if you’re not a diabetic and otherwise healthy, it is typically best to have your blood pressure sit around 120/80. For those with diabetes, it is best for your blood pressure to sit around 130/80.

    Hypertension causes high blood pressure when the force exerted by the blood on the artery walls is too high.

    Strategies for Managing High Blood Pressure

    If you find yourself with high blood pressure, there are several ways that you can manage it, so don’t worry immediately. There are many factors that increase your risk of having high blood pressure, like age, genetics, diet, and other lifestyle factors. So, if you want to lower your blood pressure, do the following:

    • Eat balanced meals full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins, dairy products, and nuts, seeds, and beans.
    • Reduce the amount of sodium you consume.
    • Take supplements or vitamins to lower blood pressure (Coenzyme Q10 or Vitamin C, for example).
    • Exercise.
    • Limit your stress.
    • Quit smoking.
    • Sleep more.

    Of course, if these remedies don’t work, you should talk to a healthcare provider about whether or not medication would be the right choice for you. Anti-hypertensive drug treatments for hypertension can often be helpful for those people with high blood pressure.

     

    Diabetes

    Know that diabetes can heighten your risk of cerebrovascular and brain health problems, because the condition can affect your blood vessels. With that, always keep in mind the correlation between diabetes and blood vessel health and work to manage your diabetes.

     

    Importance of Regular Diabetes Assessments

    If you’re at risk for diabetes – and even if you’re not – it’s crucial that you talk to your doctor about getting regular screenings so that you can catch your diabetes as soon as it happens.

     

    How to Manage Your Diabetes

    Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you must understand how to manage the condition. To achieve a healthy HbA1C level, you can do the following:

     

    Non-Medication Approaches

    • Take a hemoglobin A1C test. If your test reads at 5.7% or below, it’s normal. If your test reads over 5.7%, there is an issue.
    • Make lifestyle changes, such as changing your diet, losing weight, and exercising more.

     

    Medication-Based Approaches

    • Talk to your doctor about what medication would be right for you. Some people with diabetes use medications such as Metformin or Ozempic.
    • It is crucial that diabetes patients have regular appointments with their doctor, and it’s also important that diabetes patients have treatment plans in place.

     

    Keeping Your Cholesterol Managed and Monitored

    There are several types of cholesterol: your LDL and your HDL. Your HDL is commonly known as your “good cholesterol” and your LDL is commonly known as your “bad cholesterol.” When you have high cholesterol, plaque can buildup in your blood vessels, which can lead to heath issues in your brain and your heart.

     

    Importance of Regular Cholesterol Assessments

    There are usually few or no symptoms that come with high cholesterol, so you should always check your cholesterol so that you know if your levels are high. If your LDL cholesterol is higher than 190, you have high cholesterol. Cholesterol levels are measured through a blood test, so you’ll need to get your blood drawn to check your cholesterol.

     

    Managing High Cholesterol

    To manage high cholesterol, you can do the following:

    • Change your diet to limit your saturated fats and increase fiber-rich and protein-rich foods.
    • Exercise more.
    • Take medications, like atorvastatin or whatever your doctor prescribes you.

     

    Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic Encourages You to Care for Your Health

    If you’re trying to find the right doctor and vascular specialist in Singapore who can help you improve your quality of life or help you manage your vascular conditions, reach out to our team at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic. We invite you to call or contact us here and arrange your appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja

    The Vascular System and Diseases

    Discover the essentials of the vascular system, including its vital functions and structure, and explore common vascular diseases. Learn about conditions such as atherosclerosis, aneurysms, and varicose veins.

    Consult a Vascular Specialist in Singapore

    From family and internal medicine to specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja is the best in the field. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist, Dr Manish Taneja looks after peripheral vascular diseases, peripheral arterial diseases, aneurysms, dialysis interventions, and venous diseases. He is also competent in performing newer endovascular procedures such as uterine artery embolization, prostate artery embolization, genicular artery embolization, and erectile dysfunction interventions.

    Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.

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    Other Health Conditions

    The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our vascular specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.