As a medical professional, I cannot stress enough the vital importance of maintaining excellent vascular health. Your vascular system, comprised of arteries, veins, and capillaries, is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout your body while also aiding in the removal of waste products. These everyday tips will go a long way to make sure your vascular health is well. l give an overview of vascular diseases and spotting the warning signs.
Reasons to Maintain and Improve Your Vascular Health
The vascular system, also known as the circulatory system, refers to the blood circulatory and lymphatic systems. This network comprises vessels that carry blood and lymph fluid through the body. The blood circulatory vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries) transport blood (containing nutrients and oxygen) throughout the body.
The arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart, while veins bring blood back to the heart from the body. Arteries branch into small tubes called capillaries, which distribute the oxygenated blood to the cells. Optimal functioning of the vascular system is necessary for your health and wellbeing.
Vascular health is crucial for transporting oxygen, nutrients, removing waste products and carbon dioxide from the body, regulating blood pressure, and preventing cardiovascular diseases. It also supports brain health, overall well-being and longevity by ensuring proper circulation and function of the blood vessels. However, various conditions can disrupt vascular function and cause health complications. Continue reading to learn how to improve vascular health and wellbeing.
Ways to Make Sure Your Vascular Health is Well
A disruption in vascular functioning means oxygen and nutrients do not reach all the body organs and parts as they should. Not only does this deprive the body of essential nutrients to function optimally, but it can weaken the immune system, compromising its ability to fight infections and diseases.
Maintaining your vascular system health is thus vital for your health and overall wellbeing. Below are some tips to optimize your vascular health.
- Quit smoking: Smoking compromises your vascular health in multiple ways, including causing plaque accumulation in the veins and fatty deposits in the arterial walls. This limits blood flow and destroys blood vessels. When there’s a blood circulation problem, vascular diseases such as peripheral arterial disease may develop.
- Walk: Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, running, jogging, swimming, and cycling are good for vascular health. Walking at least 30 minutes daily or 50 minutes three or times a week is particularly recommended as it increases and promotes blood circulation while promoting the growth of new blood vessels. (Find out more about recommended exercises to prevent and reduce varicose veins in our “How to Prevent Varicose Veins: Best Practices to Follow“.)
- Lose weight: Excessive fat impedes optimal circulation by blocking the blood vessels. When blood does not flow smoothly, the risk of vascular diseases increases. Being overweight can lead to diabetes and heart disease as well as deep vein thrombosis in the legs. (Learn more about the relationship between stroke and diabetes in our “How to Prevent Stroke: Causes and Risk Factors” blog post).
- Eat a healthy diet: Choose a healthy diet to keep your vascular system healthy. Especially, avoid foods with saturated fats to prevent plaque buildup in the blood vessels.
- Control your blood sugar and cholesterol: High blood sugar narrows the blood vessels and increases the risk of vascular diseases such as peripheral arterial disease, heart attack, and stroke. Keeping your cholesterol and blood sugar in check through treatment is necessary for maintaining vascular health.
- Manage your blood pressure: Hypertension (high blood pressure) can damage your blood vessels and increase the risk of conditions such as heart failure, stroke, and heart attack. If you have hypertension, talk to your doctor for appropriate treatment to keep it in check.
What is Vascular Disease?
Vascular disease refers to a condition affecting the circulatory system (arteries, veins, and lymph vessels). It can damage the vein valves or weaken blood vessels inhibiting smooth blood flow, leading to multiple health complications. Possible causes of vascular disease include blood clots, atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque), inflammation, injury, and genetic factors.
Types of vascular diseases include:
- Aneurysm: Is an abnormal bulge in an artery wall. (Understand the types of aneurysms in our other blog post and our clinic’s aortic aneurysm treatment options.)
- Stroke: Happens when blood fails to flow to the brain due to rupture or blockage of a blood vessel (Discover the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic Stroke treatments in Singapore including stroke management and prevention as well as stroke screening.)
- Peripheral arterial disease: PAD is caused by blockage of blood circulation to the legs
- Heart attack: Occurs when there’s inadequate blood supply to the heart muscles causing them to die due to oxygen deprivation.
- Venous diseases: Damage vein valves inhibiting blood flow. We understand their impact and our varicose veins specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja offers care and treatment for a wide range of venous diseases.
- Deep vein thrombosis: Refers to blood clots in the veins, which block blood flow. We offer advanced interventions and personalized treatment plans to get you back on your feet.
- Lymphedema: Occurs when the lymph vessels or nodes get damaged, leading to an abnormal buildup of the lymphatic fluid such as leg swelling.
As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist in Singapore, Dr Manish Taneja looks after peripheral vascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, aneurysms, dialysis interventions, venous diseases like deep vein thrombosis, and varicose veins / spider veins / reticular veins. He is also competent in performing newer endovascular procedures such as uterine artery embolization, prostate artery embolization, genicular artery embolization, and erectile dysfunction interventions. He also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.
Warning Signs of Poor Vascular Health
There are signs that can point to poor vascular health. Some common signs to pay attention to include:
- Leg pain and cramping due to lack of enough oxygenated blood
- Non-healing wounds
- Swelling and discoloration
- Varicose veins (veins with a blue or purple appearance near the ankles and feet). Read more on our varicose veins resources section to stay informed.
- Ulcers (such as venous ulcer that occurs in the legs when blood circulation back to the heart is inhibited)
- Abdominal pain and digestive issues
Let Us Help You Improve and Restore Your Vascular Health
Optimal vascular system functioning is necessary for your overall health and wellbeing. When blood circulation issues occur, they can lead to serious health complications. Taking care of your vascular health should be a priority to avoid circulatory diseases and other health conditions that may arise.
At Supreme Vascular and Intervention Clinic, we are committed to providing quality care to help restore and improve your vascular health. If you have a vascular health problem or want more information on how to improve vascular health, we invite you to contact us to arrange your appointment.
What is an An Aortic Aneurysm (AA)?
The aorta is the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. It extends from the chest to the abdomen, where it branches into the iliac arteries. The iliac arteries carry blood to lower parts of the body and to the legs. Sometimes, because of aging or other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, a section of the aorta may weaken and begin to bulge like a balloon.
This ballooning can enlarge over time as the walls of the aorta become thinner and stretch. This ballooning of the aorta is called an aortic aneurysm. Read more about our introduction and overview of aortic aneurysm including the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic’s aortic aneurysm treatments in Singapore.
Peripheral Arterial Disease
What is the Significance of Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Peripheral arterial disease is usually part of a generalized disease process affecting blood vessels in the entire body . If you have PAD, there is high likelihood that you may have disease in blood vessels supplying heart and brain. Patients with peripheral arterial disease are also at significant potential risk of heart attack and stroke.
How Does Vascular Specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, treat PAD?
One of the first things done in patients with PAD is to control their risk factors well with proper medical management such as controlling diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and more.
For significant symptoms, further management options are open surgery or minimally invasive endovascular treatment which is angioplasty and stent placement. Minimally invasive methods of treatment such as angioplasty are now becoming extremely popular, as they are as effective as surgery with shorter recovery times. For a significant number of patients, this can be done as a day procedure with discharge from the hospital on the same day.
Learn more about peripheral arterial disease treatments at our clinic in Singapore.
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