Conditions & Treatments
The most common arterial disease is atherosclerosis. At South Sydney Vascular Centre, we see patients with or without symptoms of this condition, also described as hardening of the arteries or peripheral artery disease.
An aneurysm is caused by a defect in the arterial wall which dilates and gradually becomes larger and larger like a balloon. It is a dangerous condition as the artery eventually bursts leading to death from bleeding.
Venous disease is approximately 10 times more common than arterial disease in Western society. In Australia, it has become an important issue for General Practitioners to refer patients to the evaluation they need for underlying vascular conditions.
Wounds on the lower leg that will not heal are very common and it is estimated that at any one time 1% of Australians have a chronic leg ulcer. They often occur after minor injury but can occur for no obvious reason and if not treated properly they can persist for decades or else continually heal but break down again.
The prevalence of obesity in Australia has doubled in the past 20 years, making it one of the fattest nations in the world. Figures released in October 2013 by the National Health Reporting Authority report that a staggering 63 percent of Australians are overweight with 28 percent or 11 million adults falling into the obese category.