GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASES (NON-CARDIAC BLOOD VESSELS).
The number of people suffering from vascular diseases in India is high. Most people do not know that the disease that causes heart attacks can also occur in the Legs (leg attack or gangrene)
and in the brain (Brain attack or stroke)
and should be dealt with immediately, with extreme urgency to prevent amputation or a full stroke.
People, who smoke, have raised blood pressure or are diabetic, are particularly at risk of developing these diseases. This can also run in families. The basic problem is a progressive narrowing of the blood vessels (arteries)
due to deposition of fatty materials (cholesterol)
in its wall. This results in a reduced blood supply to the different organs (brain, heart and legs)
The symptoms of a Leg Attack include, pain in calf and thigh muscles on walking which typically subsides on stopping only to come back when one starts walking again, Non-healing painful ulcers on the foot and blackening of toes or gangrene. These changes could lead to amputation of limb.
The symptoms of a Brain Attack include painless loss of vision in one eye that recovers in a few minutes. Weakness of a limb or half side of the body which recovers partially or wholly within minutes or hours. Tingling and numbness in the fingers or one of the hands, may also be symptom. The most extreme situation is a complete and unrecoverable loss of function and our attempts are to prevent this disability from occurring in patients, who may have the initial warning symptoms.
Awareness regarding the Preventive aspects of Peripheral Vascular Disease can prevent or reduce the unfortunate outcome of the disease.
This will be done by a series of Public Awareness Lectures by Reputed Consultants in camps organized from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Free Onsite Consultation for patients, print & electronic information for personal and home reading / viewing delivered free of cost by Delhi Vascular Foundaiton Trust (a Charitable Trust)
The benefits of the above Prevention Oriented Program would percolate down to the employees increasing their productivity, reducing their morbidity, thereby reducing hospitalization & treatment costs for the employer.
Self-Assess YOUR Vascular Health (Non-Cardiac Blood Vessels).