What Causes Vascular Disease?
Risk Factors that increase the chances of venous disease include:
- A family history.
- Increasing age that results in a loss of elasticity in the veins
and their valves
- Illness or injury
- Prolonged periods of inactivity – sitting, standing or bed
- Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol
- Other conditions that affect the health of the cardiovascular system
The best way to prevent vascular disease is to live a “heart healthy”
lifestyle – don’t smoke; eat nutritious, low fat foods; exercise;
control risk factors and maintain a healthy weight.
Life style changes. The single most effective steps you can take to prevent
vascular disease are to quit smoking and control high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, diabetes and other factors that contribute to vascular
disease. Regular exercise, eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy
weight also are important.