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Causes and Risk Factors

Vascular disorders can happen to anyone; however, research has identified factors that may increase your risk.  These risk factors include:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol and lipid levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Older than age 50
  • Inherited genetic trait
  • Obesity
  • Elevated blood levels of homcysteine (an amino acid)
  • Heart disease
  • High-stress lifestyle

Resource:  Washington Hospital Center

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