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Vascular Services

 

Lahey Vascular Surgery, Beverly
500 Cummings Center
Suite 1650
Beverly, MA 01915
978.232.3555

 

The vascular system is the body's network of blood vessels. It includes the arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart. Problems of the vascular system are common and can be serious. Arteries can become thick and stiff, a problem called arteriosclerosis. Blood clots can clog vessels and block blood flow to the heart or brain. Weakened blood vessels can burst, causing bleeding inside the body.

You are more likely to have vascular disease as you get older. Other factors that make vascular disease more likely include:

  • Any condition that affects the heart and blood vessels, such as diabetes or high cholesterol
  • Family history of vascular or heart diseases
  • Illness or injury
  • Long periods of sitting or standing still
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

Speak with your primary care physician if you are having pain and/or swelling in your legs or feet.  Your primary care physician can give your a referral for a consultation with a vascular surgeon.

Losing weight, eating healthy foods, being active and not smoking can help vascular disease. Other treatments include medicines and surgery.

The signs and symptoms of vascular disease include:

  • Pain, aches, cramps in legs, buttocks or feet during exercise or at rest
  • Temporary loss of vision or sudden numbness/weakness in legs or arms (call 911)
  • Protruding or swelling of varicose veins
  • Burning or itching sensations, aching pain after standing
  • Wounds that don't heal

Remember, the problems of the vascular system are common and can be serious.  If you have any symptoms listed above or if you have concerns, talk with your primary care physician.