Vascular Disease Information
Vascular disease represents any disease that affects the circulatory system, which is comprised of capillaries, veins, and arteries that carry blood throughout the body. The lymphatic system, which carries lymph fluid through the body and is a critical part of the immune system, is also part of the circulatory system. Because these structures play a vital role in a person’s health, conditions which impair their functioning can result in serious medical complications, many of which may be fatal. However, with many types of vascular disease, healthy lifestyle choices and treatments may reduce the likelihood of such complications.
Additionally, because the circulatory system is a large, complex network that must function at near-perfect levels to maintain optimal health, it is vulnerable to a wide range of diseases. Some examples of common forms of vascular disease include, but are not limited to:
- Aneurysm – This occurs when there is a bulge in a weakened area of a blood vessel. If and when an aneurysm bursts, it causes internal bleeding, which is a serious, life-threatening condition.
- Peripheral artery disease – This condition develops as a result of plaque (fat and cholesterol deposits) building up in the arteries. Over time, this may obstruct the flow of blood through the artery.
- Deep vein thrombosis – When a clot forms in a vein, usually in the deep veins of the leg, it can obstruct blood flow and may break free, traveling through the circulatory system to the body’s organs and causing life-threatening conditions, such as a pulmonary embolism.
At Tampa General Hospital, we take a comprehensive approach to treating all forms of vascular disease. Our team includes heart and vascular specialists and other medical professionals, we utilize only the most advanced technologies in diagnosing our patients, and we develop treatment strategies tailored to the unique conditions of each patient. To be referred to a specialist with Tampa General Hospital, please visit our online PhysicianFinder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).