What is an Artery?
Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to your limbs and organs.
Arterial problems can be caused by smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, lack of exercise, genetic factors and trauma.
As plaque builds up in arteries blood flow to your limbs or organs can be reduced. Treatment usually consists of angioplasty or a stent to widen the narrowing. Sometimes surgery is required to remove the plaque or bypass the blockage.
Arteries of the legs are commonly affected. You may experience cramping of your leg muscles when walking. Cramping usually eases with rest. This is called intermittent claudication. If left untreated, it may lead to rest pain, leg ulcers and gangrene.
The carotid arteries carry blood to your head and brain. A build-up of plaque in these arteries may cause a stroke.
Aneurysms (dilated artery)
An aneurysm is a dilated blood vessel. The majority of aneurysms occur in the abdominal aorta (AAA). Aneurysms tend to expand with time and can burst. Aneurysms are more common in men than woman. Treatment commonly involves the placement of a stent to exclude the aneurysm. Surgery maybe required.
An ultrasound scan to check for an abdominal aneurysm is advised for men aged between 65 and 79 or anyone with a family history.
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