Vascular diseases affect blood flow by blocking or weakening your blood vessels, or through the damage of the valves found in your veins. Baddow Hospital’s team of vascular consultants are experts in the diagnosis and management of a number of conditions affecting circulation, including arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels, excluding the heart and the brain.
What is the cause?
Vascular diseases arise mainly through the hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) due to a build-up of fatty deposits in the artery walls which results in a reduction of blood flow. This is the most common form of vascular disease and is called Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which occurs in the leg muscles and affects 9% of the population.
Varicose veins appear as swollen, lumpy or twisted, dark blue or purple veins that lie under the skin and are usually present on the legs and feet. They develop when valves inside the veins cease to work properly and this may cause your legs to feel heavy, with muscle cramps and dry, itchy and thin skin over the affected area.
Symptoms can worsen in warm weather or if you have been standing for long periods of time. If your varicose veins are causing you pain and discomfort, are sore or irritated, then you should get in contact with one of Baddow Hospital’s vascular consultants so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated effectively.
Signs and Symptoms to look out for
- Pain or cramp in leg muscles when walking (claudication)
- Numbness or weakness of legs
- Coldness in lower leg or foot
- Sores on toes, feet or legs
- Hair loss or slower growth on feet and legs
- Slower growth of toenails
- Shiny skin on legs
- Weak pulse in legs and feet
- Erectile dysfunction in men
Who is most at risk of developing a Vascular Disease?
The exact cause of vascular disease is unknown, but there are several risk factors that accelerate the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Increasing age
- Family history of vascular disease
- An unhealthy diet
- Lack of exercise
What does Baddow Hospital offer?
Baddow Hospital’s vascular consultants offer a range of procedures in order to treat problems associated with vascular disease. Click on the links below or use the menu to the left to browse our vascular procedures:
- Foam Sclerotherapy
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Pharmaco-Mechanical Ablation
- Classic Open Surgery (High Ligation and Stripping)