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SVS Foundation: Be 'Circulation Smart' - Know what it takes to have a healthy vascular system

CHICAGO: If this is the year you hope to take charge of your heath, knowing the signs of vascular disease and vascular health is sure to help.

Vascular disease is a common disorder, particularly in older adults. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), for example, occurs in 12-20 percent of adults over the age of 60, according to the Centers for Disease Control. By age 80, more than 25 percent of men have PAD.

As part of its mission to enhance public awareness of vascular health and disease, the Foundation of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the international association for vascular surgeons and vascular health professionals, has published updated patient information fliers on nine topics related to the vascular system.

Fliers can be accessed at: vsweb.org/YourVascularHealth. All are available for download and printing.

The fliers are available in English and Spanish on these topics:

What is vascular disease? You have a heart, veins and arteries - how do they all work together to keep you healthy?

Smoking and Vascular Disease. It's common knowledge that cigarette smoking damages the lungs, but its effects on the circulatory system are also unhealthy.

Diabetes and Vascular Disease. Excess blood sugar can damage the arteries and cause atherosclerosis.

Physical Activity and Vascular Health. Learn how moving more can improve your circulation and prevent some vascular complications.

Cholesterol and your Vascular Health. How does blood cholesterol cause vascular disease?

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). Knowing about this stealthy disease can save a life.

Carotid Artery Disease. The carotid arteries supply blood to your brain. Up to 3 percent of those older than 65 have carotid artery disease, which increases the risk of stroke.

Peripheral Arterial Disease. If you get leg cramps when you walk, it may be a sign of PAD. Learn more about keeping your legs healthy.

Varicose Veins. Up to 40 million Americans have varicose veins. Left untreated, the veins may become worse.

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SVS Foundation: Be 'Circulation Smart' - Know what it takes to have a healthy vascular system

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