The Circulation Foundation is the UKs only dedicated vascular charity – each September, the charity aims to raise awareness of vascular diseases and promote the excellent work of their staff and volunteers. This year, the theme is “Step it up for September” – focussing on exercise, healthy eating, stopping smoking, fundraising and raising awareness of vascular disease.
Vascular disease is the collective term for abnormalities and diseases of the veins, arteries and capillaries. Problems in these areas are common and varied, and if left untreated can become very serious – almost any part of the body can be affected. Some of the most common vascular diseases include stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
A main cause of vascular diseases is hardening of the arteries, due to a thickening of the arterial wall. Hardening or furring of the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, is due to the accumulation of calcium, cholesterol and fatty deposits in plaques on artery walls. Many vascular diseases can be treated through lifestyle changes and medication.
To find out more about the work The Circulation Foundation undertake, or to get involved in the Step it up for September campaign, visit https://www.circulationfoundation.org.uk/