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Vascular Disease Causes

There is no one set of vascular disease causes because the circulatory system is a vast, complex network of blood vessels that can be damaged or impaired in many ways. For example, peripheral artery disease, a condition that obstructs blood flow away from the heart, is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. However, another common vascular disease, aneurysm, which is a bulge in an artery or vein, is usually caused by a weakened blood vessel.

Although there can be several different causes of vascular disease, there are certain risk factors that have been tied to an increase likelihood of developing the condition. Some of these include:

  • An unhealthy diet
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Extended periods of inactivity
  • High blood pressure
  • A family history of vascular disease

At Tampa General Hospital, we treat all forms of vascular disease. By utilizing leading-edge technologies, we can provide our patients with preventive measures to help reduce the chances of serious complications arising from vascular disease as well as treatment for the condition. Our multispecialty team of heart and vascular specialists can pinpoint a patient’s condition using innovative methods in our ultrasound vascular laboratory, which is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in five specialty testing areas, including peripheral arterial testing and visceral vascular testing.

To schedule an appointment with the Heart and Vascular Institute, call 813-844-3900 or email

Tampa General Hospital’s comprehensive approach to determining our patients’ vascular disease causes allows us to develop treatment strategies that are tailored to their unique condition. We can perform preventive and life-saving surgical interventions, such as angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis, and vena cava filter implantation. Plus, our vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists have extensive experience performing these procedures in patients whose medical conditions make surgery complex.