Vascular Disease


A vascular disease is a disease of the circulatory system, which includes your arteries, veins, blood and lymph system.


Some of the most common types of vascular disease are:

  • Aneurysms. These bulges can form in any blood vessel, though they develop most often in your aorta, the main artery leaving your heart. 
  • Lymphedema. This occurs when fluid builds up in part of your body because lymph vessels or nodes are missing or damaged.
  • Peripheral artery disease. This occurs when plaque forms in the arteries that lead to your head, kidneys, arms and legs. The plaque keeps oxygen-rich blood from flowing through the artery and, in extreme cases, leads to critical limb ischemia (CLI). CLI causes tissue in the part of your body deprived of blood to die.
  • Varicose veins. They develop when the walls of your veins weaken and stretch so that blood pools in them, making them bulge and twist. They look like swollen purple ropes.
  • Venous blood clots. These occur when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside your body. If one breaks loose and travels to your lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism.


Common symptoms of vascular disease include:

  • Abdominal or back pain 
  • Changes or discoloration on the skin of your lower legs
  • Cramping in your legs, especially when you walk or exercise
  • High blood pressure
  • Leg or foot wounds that don’t heal
  • Pain, swelling or inflammation in your veins
  • Pain, swelling, achiness or numbness in your arms or legs


If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your Aurora Health Care doctor. He or she will perform a physical exam and may order tests such as:

Services & Treatment

If you’re diagnosed with a vascular disease, your doctor will work with you on a treatment plan tailored to your needs. It might involve medications, or surgery such as an angioplasty, to widen narrowed or obstructed veins.

At the Vascular Center at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, you’ll have support from vascular medicine specialists, cardiologists, neurologists, wound care specialists and podiatrists, all working together to ensure you the best possible outcome. We also offer a full-service rehab program to support you on your road to recovery.

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