Your circulatory system keeps your brain, heart, and other vital organs fueled with the oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood they need to function. Vascular disorders can prevent that. Dr. Habib Khan is a skilled neurologist who leads the team at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona. One of his top priorities as a physician is to help stop strokes and other debilitating neurologic events caused by vascular disease from threatening your quality of life. Schedule a visit today with Dr. Khan for your circulatory system checkup.
When your heart beats, it pumps blood through the circulatory system, a series of blood vessels that carry blood to every part of the body. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart and veins return it back to the heart for refueling.
Vascular disease is a general term for any condition that affects the health of your circulatory system, including peripheral artery disease. PAD causes narrowing of your peripheral arteries, such as the femoral arteries that travel through your legs.
This narrowing is often due to cholesterol or plaque buildup that sticks to the walls of the arteries and reduces blood flow. This can lead to swelling in your legs, aching pain and muscle weakness.
It’s also often a sign that other artery damage may be occurring, including in the coronary arteries, those related to your heart function.
Other conditions that fall under the umbrella of vascular disease include:
You have two carotid arteries, one on each side of the neck, which carry oxygenated blood to the large front part of your brain. This is where thinking, speech, your personality, and your sensory and motor function exist.
When you have carotid artery disease, a form of vascular disease, these vital arteries can narrow over time, which may eventually decrease the blood flow to your brain significantly enough to cause a stroke.
Sometimes a piece of plaque can break away and travel from the carotid artery into the smaller arteries of the brain, which can cause the smaller vessel to burst, also causing a stroke.
Blood clots can dislodge from where they formed in a blood vessel, travel through the bloodstream and cause a heart attack or stroke.
Before Dr. Khan develops a treatment strategy he’ll perform a thorough evaluation that may include a series of diagnostic studies to help determine the health of your veins. He’ll then recommend medications, lifestyle changes, or other therapies to help protect your brain from a stroke caused by vascular disease.
Schedule your vascular checkup today with Dr. Khan at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography.