As part of Vascular Disease Awareness month the Circulation Foundation’s ‘The Body Walk’ campaign raises awareness and funding for research and support. Information about vascular disease and The Body Walk campaign can be found on the Circulation Foundation website.
Vascular disease includes diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymphatic system. It is very common but often not fully understood or known about by the general public.
“It accounts for 40% of deaths in the UK, many of which are preventable.” (Circulation Foundation).
Although there are many causes of vascular disease it is commonly caused by weakness in the vessels and a build-up of fatty deposits known as atherosclerosis which impedes the blood flow. Some lifestyle factors that can increase risk are smoking, diabetes, poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress. Vascular disease often leads to coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
The library provides access to some electronic journals on vascular disease:
Diabetes & vascular disease research : official journal of the International Society of Diabetes and Vascular Disease
Vascular disease management
Vascular medicine (London, England)
Angiologia e cirurgia vascular (Sociedade Portuguesa de Angiologia e Cirurgia Vascular)
You can search for library resources using the library’s search tool, Discover.
A small selection of books and pamphlets on vascular diseases and related subjects are on display in the Library’s Reading Room.
(Human heart image courtesy of goodfreephotos.com)