When Do I Need to See a Medical Cardiology Professional?

Heart disease is all too common in the United States. In fact, according to the CDC, this condition is the leading cause of death for both men and women, killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. Visiting a medical cardiology professional can help you determine and manage your risks so that you can reduce the chances of serious complications. About Medical Cardiology Medical cardiology is a field of medicine that focuses on the management of cardiovascular risk, as well as specific cardiac conditions, such as heart failure. Cardiac specialists working in this field use various therapeutic techniques, testing and health management options designed to ensure that patients are preventing and/or…

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Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and How to Prevent It

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a very serious medical condition affecting the circulatory system. If left untreated, deep vein thrombosis can be deadly. Being aware of your risk factors for DVT can allow you to take preventative action now.   What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)? Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot, also known as a thrombus, forms in one of the deep veins of the body. Most commonly, a clot will form in the veins of the leg. If you have DVT, serious complications can arise. If the clot breaks off from the vein wall, it may travel through your bloodstream to the lungs. Once there,…

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Why Interventional Cardiology is Important to Cardiac Patients

One of the greatest concerns of heart disease patients is whether they will need to undergo difficult surgeries.  Thanks to a specialized field of medicine known as interventional cardiology, their treatment is often minimally invasive. Heart Disease Specifics Heart disease is at the top of the U.S. list for both male and female causes of death.  More than 600,000 Americans die of it every year, representing 25 percent of all deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Heart disease includes coronary and valvular disease.  Coronary heart disease is the most common kind of heart disease and claims the lives of more than 370,000 patients each year.  In addition,…

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Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease

Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease Sleep apnea affects one in five adults, impacting more men than women. Sleep apnea is a condition in which the person may experience pauses in breathing five to 30 times per hour or more during sleep, and can lead to cardiovascular problems. What Is Sleep Apnea? Disruptions to your breathing during sleep can have profound negative consequences. Sleep apnea causes you to obtain fragmented sleep, as your body moves toward wakefulness with each breathing episode. Additionally, people with sleep apnea do not move through the important stages of deep sleep, which may lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. The Relationship between Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease…

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Are You at Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Are You at Risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease? Many individuals who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are unaware that they have it. Understanding the risk factors for developing this disorder can help them get a timely diagnosis. Although serious complications can result from this condition, treatment options are available. Overview of PAD Patients with PAD have a greater risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, or stroke than the rest of the population. PAD develops when the arteries become clogged with plaque and limit blood flow to the legs. Many individuals with PAD experience either no symptoms or mild signs of the disorder. The most common symptoms include: Painful cramps…

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Why Do Varicose Veins Form During Pregnancy?

Approximately 1 in 5 people will develop varicose veins at some point in their life. Varicose veins, those ropy, blue- or purple-colored veins often found on the legs, are a sign that the circulatory system is not effectively pumping and clearing blood from the extremities. While many people develop varicose veins during older age, they are also common during pregnancy. Learning about the association between varicose veins and pregnancy can help you treat these unsightly veins.   The Link Between Varicose Veins and Pregnancy For many women, the first time they develop varicose veins is during pregnancy. So why are varicose veins and pregnancy related? The answer is twofold: one…

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Do You Have Any Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Almost everybody knows someone who has suffered from varicose veins.  Some patients unknowingly experience the symptoms of varicose veins before these large blue or purple blood vessels become visible.  Understanding more about varicose vessels and their symptoms is helpful to patients who are considering treatment options for these unsightly and annoying veins. All About Varicose Veins Many patients consider these bulging vessels, which most often appear on the legs, a cosmetic issue.  The Vascular Disease Foundation notes that their presence can significantly impact a person’s lifestyle. In North America, individuals log more time absent from work thanks to vein disorders than they do lost time linked to artery disease.  By…

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How to Reduce Risk for Vein Disease

How to Reduce Risk for Vein Disease Chronic venous insufficiency can lead to chronic vein disease. This is the result of failed valves or stretching of the blood vessels in the extremities. While many of these issues may be painless, some may cause skin irritation, burning and severe pain. In addition, they may contribute to the formation of blood clots or other serious cardiovascular problems. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk for venous insufficiency, reports the Mayo Clinic, by following these five steps. 1. Eating a Healthy Diet Reduces Risk for Vein Disease Obesity and being overweight are major risk factors in developing venous insufficiency. This is due to increased…

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Self-management Tips for Patients with Varicose Veins

The first step in deciding what to do about varicose veins is visiting a vein specialist for an assessment of the problem.  For most patients, a combination of professional oversight and home care provides the most effective treatment.  A number of practical tips can help patients self-manage these annoying abnormal blood vessels. Overview of Varicose Veins A varicose vein forms as the result of a faulty one-way valve in a vessel, usually in a leg.  The valve’s malfunction prevents the efficient return of blood to the heart, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation.  As blood pools behind the defective valve, the pressure it creates on the vein causes the vessel’s…

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Heart Disease Clinic Alert: New Study Reveals Increased Mortality

The morbidity of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, is well-documented. However, researchers conducting a long-term, 25-year study have found morbidity rates much higher than previously thought. As a result, more people may need to have their risk for cardiovascular disease evaluated by a provider at a heart disease clinic, and you need to understand what this new research means for your health. What Does the New Study Say? The study, published by the American College of Cardiology, reports Science Daily, indicates overall morbidity from heart disease is increasing. Although this contrasts with significant declines in morbidity in the western hemisphere, approximately one-third of deaths around the globe are linked to…

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