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The Vascular System


Vascular Disease : Commonly Asked Questions
What does vascular mean?
The word vascular refers to our body's circulatory system - the blood vessels which carry blood from the heart to the body's organs (the arteries) and from the organs back to the heart (the veins).
What is vascular disease?
Vascular disease refers to the unhealthy changes which occur in our blood vessels as we age.

The most common disease process is known as atherosclerosis, ie. hardening of the arteries. This is the deposition of plaque, a combination of cholesterol, fat, calcium, etc., in the artery wall, making the artery wall stiff and "hard". As the plaque gets larger, like sludge in a pipe, arterial blockage and poor circulation occur.


Another common disease process is known as aneurysmal degeneration of an artery. This is a process in which the artery wall weakens, develops an ever-enlarging blister (aneurysm) which, if untreated, ruptures, causing death.

What are the symptoms of poor circulation?

In the legs, symptoms include charley-horse like cramping of the buttocks and/or calves after walking a certain distance. More advanced poor circulation to the legs results in non-healing sores on the feet, gangrene or a tooth-ache like pain in the toes and forefoot.


Poor circulation to the brain due to blockage or hardening of neck arteries is one of the leading causes of stroke.


What are the symptoms of Aneurysms?

Unfortunately, aneurysms cause no symptoms. Because of the risk of rupture, they must be identified by either physical examination or ultrasound testing.


How is the diagnosis of poor circulation made?

By a thorough history and physical examination plus the use of ultrasound and doppler to quantitate the degree of blockage.


What risk factors contribute to vascular disease?

Smoking, Hypertension (high blood pressure), High Cholesterol, High Triglycerides, Obesity, Genetic Factors, Diabetes Mellitus.


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In my husband's case, he has atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). He's already had the first surgery to help re-rout and repair the problem in the middle part of his body. They also did the grown area on the right side. In about a month or two, the surgeons will do his legs and repair the aneurysm behind his one knee.


These are the people who have done the surgery on my husband for his vascular needs. They've done a wonderful job so far, and they answer our questions and concerns without any problems whatsoever. It isn't often that I hear my husband give praise to people for a job well done, but he has nothing but good things to say about these people.

Michigan Vascular Center is located at:
G-5020 W. Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507
(810) 732-1620
Fax (810) 732-8559


Michigan Vascular Center Building
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The physicians form a carefully chosen team of specially trained doctors who are dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of blood vessel disease and injury.

Michigan Vascular Center is conveniently located at G-5020 W. Bristol Road (northwest corner of Bristol and Linden). Our office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm., Monday through Friday (except holidays) and they are located in Flint, Michigan. Refer to the map below.


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