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  • Writer's pictureBecky Branton-Griemann

What is Vascular Disease?

Your body contains an amazing, intricate system of arteries and veins. Arteries bring oxygen-rich

blood from the heart to every inch of the body; veins return the blood back to the heart and lungs for

more oxygen.

Most people know that heart disease can occur when blood vessels become clogged with plaque and

cholesterol, but many are unaware that the same problem, often called hardening of the arteries (or

atherosclerosis), can occur in any artery of the body.

Venous problems occur in the veins, often resulting in leg swelling, deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)

and chronic leg problems.

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