Vein and Vascular

The vascular system is part of the circulatory system. It consists of tubes called blood vessels which transport blood through the entire body. The heart serves as the muscular pump, which drives the blood through the vascular system.

These blood vessels are broadly classified as arteries, veins and capillaries. The arteries carry blood away from the heart. The veins carry blood back to the heart. The capillaries are small blood vessels connecting arteries to veins.

 

Blood vessels may become narrowed or even blocked. They may also balloon out due to a weakness in the wall of the blood vessels

Symptoms of diseases affecting the arteries of the legs / abdomen include:
  • Pain in the leg muscle on activity, which disappear on rest
  • Persistent pain of the legs
  • Ulcer of the leg which cannot heal
  • Painful lump in the abdomen; sometimes pulsation can be felt
  • Kidney impairment
  • Pain on eating
  • Passage of bloody stools
  • Erectile dysfunction
Symptoms of diseases affecting the veins of the legs:
  • Heavy or dragging sensation in the legs, especially after prolonged standing or walking
  • Swelling of the legs around the ankles
  • Big dilated veins seen on the legs
  • Small spider-like veins on the skin
  • Ulcer over the ankle area

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