Vascular protection means protecting the arteries to lower the risk of vascular diseases, such as CAD and PAD. More specifically, it refers to limiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis9, which prevents the development of blood clots and therefore lowers the risk of more serious events such as heart attack, stroke and amputation10.
Protecting the arteries and the vascular system can be done in many ways, including lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management and stopping smoking2,9.
Medical therapies may also provide vascular protection. Such therapies include cholesterol modifying medications (statins), high blood pressure control (antihypertensives), diabetes control (insulin/antiglycaemic drugs), blood thinners and blood clot prevention therapies (antiplatelets)14, 15.
It is important to understand that the risk of further complications may still remain even after preventative treatment as plaque build-up can still occur. That is why you should monitor your vascular health and take necessary steps to control plaque build-up.
Science and medicine in vascular health are moving at a fast pace in the area of vascular protection, with scientists exploring how hazards can be further lowered for people at risk. The results of these studies hold interest for patients and doctors alike.
So, learn more, educate yourself and share these experiences and learnings! Take control in protecting your vascular health and encourage those around you to do the same.