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Vascular nurses step out to raise awareness

Posted on Tuesday 12th February 2013

A team of vascular nurses from the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle are planning a charity walk as part of Vascular Disease Awareness Week next month.

Vascular disease is the collective term for diseases of the veins and arteries, which can affect every part of the body to which blood flows. It is as common as cancer and heart disease and accounts for 40% of deaths in the UK, many of which are preventable.

The theme of this year’s Vascular Disease Awareness Week, organised by the Circulation Foundation, is ‘Love your legs, save your heart’ – a reference to peripheral arterial disease. Around 20% of people over 60 have some degree of peripheral arterial disease, a condition that affects the blood supply to the legs, can make walking painful and leads to death by stroke or heart attack in 75% of cases.

The good news is that by altering your life style your vascular health can be improved. Ways to do this include:

• Eat a healthy diet and control your blood sugar levels

• Walk more – at least three times a week

• Lose weight if you are overweight

• If you smoke, kick the habit

• Keep an eye on your blood pressure

Lesley Robinson and Jane Todhunter are two of the vascular nurses at the Cumberland Infirmary who decided to organise the walk around Carlisle’s Bitts Park to raise awareness of vascular disease and also to raise funds for the Circulation Foundation, the UK’s only charity dedicated to vascular disease.

Lesley explained: “The Circulation Foundation does a lot to help our work, providing leaflets for our patients free of charge and online support. They are a charity so we thought it would be good to try to raise some money for them and also raise awareness of vascular disease.

“It is only a short walk so anyone can come along and join in. We are asking people to donate a minimum of £5, in return for which they will get a goody bag and hopefully have some fun.”

The walk is on Friday 15 March, starting at 1pm at Devonshire Walk car park. For more information, call the Vascular Nursing Team on 01228 814424.