Home to one of the top vascular programs in the country, the University of Chicago Medicine provides state-of-the-art care for conditions of the blood vessels and lymphatic system. Our experts treat all vascular conditions, offering non-surgical, minimally invasive and traditional surgical options to deliver the highest level of patient care.
About Vascular Disease
Vascular disease occurs when there is an abnormality in a patient's blood vessels (veins and arteries), such as a blockage, bulge or narrowing of the vessel walls. Any vessel irregularity can impact how well blood circulates throughout the body, making it a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Because vascular disease routinely lacks discernible symptoms, potentially millions of people each year could be suffering from vascular disease without being aware of their condition. In order to manage your condition, advanced UChicago Medicine vascular surgeons identify any risk you may have for developing vascular disease, and can create a plan to treat and manage your care.
Risk Factors for Vascular Disease
Since vascular disease can effect any part of the body, symptoms will vary depending on the location of the affected vessels. When a patient has a vascular condition, they can experience reduced or obstructed blood flow to the brain, extremities and organs, which can lead to stroke and/or limb loss.
There are several risk factors that could increase your chances of vascular disease. Risk factors for vascular conditions include:
- Age (greater than 50)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history
Though not everyone will have symptoms, it is important to be aware of the behaviors that can exacerbate vascular conditions, such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet.