What you need to know about vascular disease, including coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD) and other related conditions.
Whether you feel you may be at risk, have been diagnosed with CAD or PAD, or are simply researching more information for a loved one, we’re here to help you take steps to protect your vascular system.
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Vascular disease is a condition that affects the arteries and veins, restricting blood flow through the body.
It is important to look after your body’s network of arteries and veins, to reduce the risk or progression of vascular disease.
CAD occurs when there is a build-up of plaque in the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. Learn more about its causes, symptoms and risks here.
Affecting 202 million people worldwide, PAD occurs when a build-up of plaque in the peripheral arteries blocks blood flow to the limbs. Learn more about its causes, symptoms and risks here.
Vascular protection means protecting the arteries and veins to lower the risk of vascular diseases, such as CAD and PAD. Learn more about the medical advances in this area here.
A heart attack is defined by a sudden decrease in blood flow within the heart. In the context of vascular disease, this is caused by a blockage in the coronary arteries due to atherosclerotic plaque. When this plaque ruptures, a blood clot forms restricting blood flow within the artery. This deprives the heart of vital oxygen, subsequently triggering a heart attack. 
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