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Last Updated: 05 May 2022
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Your vascular system is your body's network of blood vessels. It includes your: Arteries, which bring oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your cells and body organs; Veins, which bring the blood and waste items back to your heart; Capillaries, which are tiny capillary that link your small arteries to your small capillaries. Vascular diseases are problems which affect your vascular system. The causes of vascular diseases depend on the specific disease. The risk elements for vascular diseases can differ, depending on the specific disease. But a few of the more common risk elements include: Age, your risk of some diseases rises as you get older; Conditions that can affect the heart and blood vessels, such as diabetic issues or high cholesterol; Family background of vascular or heart diseases; Infection or injury that harms your veins; Lack of workout; Obesity; Pregnancy; Sitting or standing still for long periods of time; Smoking.

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