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What is Vascular Disease?

September 12, 2017

Vascular disease is any condition related to your blood vessels, ie the arteries and veins.   You might better understand this as a condition affecting your blood circulation. 

 There are a number of vascular diseases to include:-

  • Peripheral Artery Disease (or PAD)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Reynaud’s Disease
  • Buerger’s Disease
  • Varicose Veins and Peripheral Venous Disease
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Lymphedema

The most common of these diseases is PAD, which is estimated to occur in approximately 9% of the population, though not all of those experience symptoms.  PAD is caused when your arteries in your legs start to narrow and can result in painful legs and numbness when walking, though the pain disappears when the leg is rested.

Men seem to be more prone to vascular disease than women.  The exact cause is not known, but there are factors which can increase your risk of developing problems and it is important to be aware of them:-

  • Smoking
  • Family History
  • Having diabetes
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Being obese or having an unhealthy diet
  • Not exercising enough
  • High cholesterol
  • Drinking excessive alcohol

Vascular disease is often a precursor to coronary heart disease, a heart attack or even a stroke, and can cause severe health problems, some of which are fatal.   It can lead to ulceration of the skin, often in the legs, which if not treated properly can result in amputation.  It is therefore important for these conditions to be correctly and promptly diagnosed and managed to avoid it worsening or additional problems occurring.   If you have a vascular disease which was initially misdiagnosed, there was a delay in diagnosing your condition or your condition has not been managed correctly and you have experienced a worsening of symptoms or additional problems have occurred, then here at Metcalfes we can advise you as to whether you have a potential claim.

Metcalfes have a team who specialise in medical negligence work and we have successfully brought claims involving vascular disease.  If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this article, we may be able to help. 

Please contact us on 0117 239 8012.  Alternatively, you can email us by using our online contact form and we will be happy to discuss your potential claim with you.

Further Reading:

  1. Circulation Foundation
  2. NHS Choices - PAD

Links to our other articles:  Pressure SoresLegs Ulcers and AmputationsDiabetes

Website content note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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What is Vascular Disease?

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