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.

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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!