Vascular disease is caused when the arteries supplying blood to the areas and organs of the body such as the arms and legs (peripheral arterial disease or PAD), head (cerebral artery disease/strokes), and kidneys (renal vascular disease) become narrowed or clogged reducing blood flow.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) accounts for the largest volume of non-cardiac vascular disease, affecting more than 10 million people in the United States. PAD is also the leading cause of amputation in the US.
The most significant risk of cerebral vascular disease is a stroke. Nearly one quarter of all strokes are fatal, the third largest cause of death in the US. South Carolina has one of the highest, if not the highest stroke rates in the country.
The Roper St. Francis Vascular Center has combined national experts and the latest technologies to treat and prevent vascular disease.
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