Vascular Disease may not be as well known as its cousin, heart disease, but they are closely related. When the network of blood vessels which is the vascular system is blocked, blood flow to the heart can be affected. This can cause blood clots, hardening of the arteries, stroke, or heart disease.
There are certain signs that indicate you may have vascular disease, including chest pain or lack of circulation in the legs. But many people have vascular disease and don’t realize it. About one in five Americans over the age of 65 have peripheral artery disease (which affects arteries in the legs) but only one in three of those people have symptoms. As many as nine out of ten women with peripheral artery disease have no symptoms and don’t realize they are at risk.