Overview of Vascular Diseases

by Joseph Alpert, MD

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    Hello! This is the final lecture in the basic series of vascular medicine. We’re going to do a very, very brief overview of all of the diseases that affect the vascular system. For those of you who go onto the advanced course, we will take each of these diseases in considerably more detail. But let’s get the overview to start with. The learning objectives are: to understand the terminology and the word disambiguation. That is the clarification of what the words mean. Then we’ll talk about the disease criteria, an overview of the course and an actual going through of the different diseases that are going to be covered in the advanced section. So, of course, we’re talking about diseases that affect arteries and veins or both. And indeed we’ll also talk a bit at the end about diseases that affect the lymphatic system although those are much, much less common compared to diseases that affect the arteries and the veins, which are extremely common. As I think I’ve already stressed, for example ischemic heart disease and ischemic peripheral vascular disease are the number one causes of death in the world. And venous thrombosis, that is clots forming with pulmonary embolism, deep venous thrombosis are also exceedingly common. These are some of the commonest diseases that physicians deal with and often require hospitalization when they’re acute. So as the blood vessels carry blood throughout the body, the vascular diseases by obstructing this or by forming clots can cause symptoms in a variety of different places in the body. Of course in the heart, obstruction in the heart can lead to symptoms of angina, which is a pressing feeling in the chest when one tries to exert oneself. One can have symptoms in the head and neck if blood clots got...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Overview of Vascular Diseases by Joseph Alpert, MD is from the course Introduction to the Vascular System. It contains the following chapters:

    • Terminology & word disambiguation
    • Disease criteria
    • Overview of the course
    • Vascular diseases - Summary

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Necrosis: Injured but surviving tissue
    2. Thrombosis: Clotting
    3. Stenosis: Tightening or narrowing in a vessel
    4. Occlusion: Obstruction, blocking

    Author of lecture Overview of Vascular Diseases

     Joseph Alpert, MD

    Joseph Alpert, MD

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