Wilmington Vascular Health Services
Find Out How You Can Fight Vascular Disease
Your veins and arteries make up a complex network that delivers blood to
the entire body. Maintaining your vascular health is integral to your
overall physical and mental wellbeing. As you age, your arteries start
to harden and stiffen, making it more difficult for blood to flow. Additionally,
cholesterol from food can create artery plaque, which narrows the arteries
and raises the likelihood that blood will clot, cutting off circulation.
Conditions that reduce blood flow in the arteries are referred to as vascular
diseases. Many people are aware of heart disease, but artery blockage
can actually affect multiple areas of the body if left untreated.
Start Improving Your Vascular Health Today!
Although a vascular condition is serious, it is not untreatable. With lifestyle
changes and assistance from the medical professionals at Saint Francis
Healthcare, it is possible to reduce artery plaque and keep blood flowing freely.
Some ways you can improve vascular health include:
Exercise –This step is difficult for many people, whether due to time constraints
or lack of motivation. The good news is you don’t need strenuous
exercise to improve your vascular health. Moderate cardio for 30 minutes
per day can keep things moving, and you can break the exercise up into
10 or 15 minute sessions.
Diet adjustments – Cholesterol is the main culprit for plaque buildup in the arteries. Reducing
the consumption of red meat and other high cholesterol foods is an important
step for ideal vascular health. Many nutritionists recommend increasing
consumption of olive oil, nuts, and fish rich in Omega-3’s to obtain
an ideal cholesterol balance.
Drink in moderation – One glass of red wine a day can improve your blood pressure, but any more
than that can end up doing damage to your vascular system.
Lose weight – If you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight and have vascular problems,
it may be time to consider signing up for a trustworthy weight loss program.
Fat in the body makes it harder for the heart to pump blood, weakening
the vascular system.
Manage Blood Pressure – Blood pressure measures how hard blood is pumping through your arteries.
The harder it pushes, the more strain it puts on the arteries. If your
blood pressure is higher than 140/90, you should consult with a doctor
about methods to lower this number.
Stop Smoking – Though it can be hard, quitting smoking can have a tremendous impact on
your vascular health. At Saint Francis Healthcare, we can connect you
to resources for smoking cessation.
The Saint Francis Healthcare Vascular Health team can screen you for vascular
diseases and help you create a treatment plan. Improving vascular health
doesn’t have to be hard, and it can end up saving your life!