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Get set for Vascular Disease Awareness Week

Posted on Thursday 7th March 2013

The vascular team from West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven has organised a series of events to mark Vascular Disease Awareness Week next week.

The vascular nurses and colleagues are planning coffee mornings, an afternoon tea and a sponsored stroll for patients past and present, their families and supporters.

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.

Sharon Hailes, Vascular Nurse Practitioner at West Cumberland Hospital, said: “We want to raise awareness of vascular disease and also raise funds for the Circulation Foundation, the UK’s only charity dedicated to vascular disease. Simple steps such as walking more and eating a healthier diet can improve your vascular health no end.”

The nurses are holding coffee mornings in the vascular lab at West Cumberland Hospital on Monday 11 March and Wednesday 13 March, a sponsored stroll along Whitehaven Harbour on the morning of Saturday 16 March and an afternoon tea from 3pm-6pm the following day at The Oddfellows Arms in St Bees.

The vascular nurse team at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle have also been busy ahead of next week’s awareness week. They have organised a sponsored walk around the city’s Bitts Park on Friday 15 March, starting at 1pm at Devonshire Walk car park.

For more information about any of these events or about vascular health, call 01946 523459 or 01228 814424.