Certain factors increase your risk of having a vascular problem. Some things can't be controlled, such as older age or having a family history of artery problems. But you can control other vascular disease risk factors, such as:
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Lack of exercise
Quitting smoking, lowering your blood pressure or cholesterol levels, losing weight and exercising, and managing diabetes – these are all excellent healthy lifestyle choices that can reduce your risk of vascular disease.
Treating Vascular Problems
If your doctor finds a vascular problem during a screening or routine examination, you can talk together about treatment options and decide on a plan that's right for you. Your plan may include:
• Exercise. Regular exercise can lower high blood pressure and improve circulation. It can help with weight loss and can improve your sense of well-being.
• Medication. Medications, such as blood thinners, may be used to treat certain artery problems. Medications can also control risk factors, such as high blood pressure.
• Surgical procedures. When an artery problem is a serious threat to your health, a surgical procedure may be needed. This can help restore healthy blood flow.
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