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Vascular disease that affects mostly women is 'poorly understood' by many health care providers

A vascular disease called fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), which can cause high blood pressure, kidney failure, stroke and other symptoms -- mostly in women -- is ?poorly understood by many healthcare providers,? according to a Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. FMD can cause narrowing, enlargement, bulging or tears in medium-size arteries, and occurs most commonly in arteries leading to the kidneys, and in carotid arteries in the neck that carry blood to the brain and eyes. It also can affect arteries supplying blood to the abdominal organs, legs or arms. Neurological complications include headaches, neck pain, tinnitus, strokes and mini strokes. A delay in diagnosis 'can lead to impaired quality of life and poor outcomes.'
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