When You Develop Vein Disease

Vein disease – doctors call it venous disease – probably isn’t a subject that receives top-of-the-mind awareness from most people. Once you actually develop the condition, however, information is useful. Here are the basics about vein disease from TriCity Cardiology. Anatomy of a Vein Anatomy plays a major part in vein disease. That’s because – unlike arteries, which are smooth inside – veins have valves. Blood flows readily through your arteries because they have no obstructions and because the blood pressure is higher. As blood gets farther from the heart, the pressure drops. In order to get blood back to the heart, muscle contractions in the legs push it upward,…

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Diagnostic Testing for Heart Disease

The diagnostic testing methods that your doctor uses to test for cardiovascular disease is based on several factors including: Your risk factors Your medical history Your family medical history Your result from procedures and tests A physical exam Types of Diagnotic Testing There is no single definitive test for coronary heart disease. If your doctor thinks you may be suffering from the condition, he may suggest one or some of the following cardiac diagnostic tests: Echocardiography This test, which is also known as an echo, uses sound waves to form a moving image of your heart. Through this, your doctor can see the shape and size of the organ. He…

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How is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?

The treatment you receive for atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is generally dependent on how long you’ve had the condition and how severe it is. Doctors also need to take into account the underlying cause of your atrial fibrillation and how bothersome your symptoms are. Treatment Goals for AFib There are three main goals in terms of AFib treatment, these are to: Prevent blood clots. Control the rate. Reset the rhythm. Treating AFib The strategy you and your doctor choose is dependent on factors like whether you’re able to take medications to control your heart rhythm and whether you have any other heart problems. In some cases of AF, you may…

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How is Heart Failure Treated?

For a patient with heart failure, time is of the essence. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial in terms of helping you live a full and active life. Specific treatments for this heart-related condition are dependent on the severity and type of the condition you have. Treatment for Heart Failure There are several ways to treat heart failure depending on the severity of your condition, and more than one way might be needed. Lifestyle Changes If you’ve suffered from heart failure, your doctor may recommend the following: Eating healthily Losing weight Exercising regularly Quitting smoking Medicines Depending on the type of heart failure you’ve suffered, the severity and your response…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Varicose Veins

Humans have been dealing with varicose veins for thousands of years. Even the ancient Greeks used compression bandages as a varicose vein treatment. In the world of cell phones and computers, that’s still an acceptable management strategy, but doctors also have more modern techniques. Here’s what you should know about varicose veins, courtesy of in Mesa, Arizona. What Are Varicose Veins? With each heartbeat, blood flows through the blood vessels in the body. Arteries take blood out to the tissues, through vascular beds of tiny blood vessels called capillaries, then veins return the blood to the heart for another circuit. Unlike arteries – which are smooth – veins have tiny…

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How Cardiologists Treat Heart Failure

Despite advances in treating heart disease, the number of U.S. deaths from heart failure is increasing.  Understanding the treatment options is important for patients newly diagnosed with this cardiac problem. Overview of Heart Failure According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 5.7 million American adults suffer from this condition.  Within five years after receiving their diagnosis, around 50 percent of them die. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that the rate of deaths linked to heart failures dropped from the 2000 rate of 103.1 per 100,000 to 89.5 nine years later.  However, in 2014, it rose to 96.9. In patients with this condition, the heart…

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Vein Disease: The Basics

If you’re like most people, you probably give little thought to your veins. Develop vein disease, however, and your veins may come front and center into your consciousness. Here’s what you should know about vein disease, courtesy of , in Mesa, Arizona. Veins Have Valves When your heart beats, blood travels through the arteries. In the veins, however, leg movement is what helps the blood get back to the heart. Inside each vein are tiny flaps of skin called valves. These valves close when the heart is not contracting, which prevents blood from pooling in the veins. Vein disease often results when the veins don’t work properly. Vein Disease: Valve…

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All About Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins are a form of vein disease that don’t usually go away on their own. Although optional, spider vein treatment can be very effective in making these tiny varicose veins disappear. Several different options are available. Here’s some information about spider vein treatment from TriCity Cardiology. Circulation Basics Each time the heart beats, it forces blood through the circulatory system. Initially, the blood travels through arteries, which become smaller and smaller as they get farther from the heart. Eventually, the blood travels through tiny capillaries no wider than the diameter of a blood cell. These capillaries then begin to take blood back from the tissues through veins for the…

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Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are one of the most common vascular problems in the US. According to a study published in Circulation, around 22 million women and 11 million men suffer from the condition. A number of factors can increase your risk for developing varicose veins. Some of those factors are things you can control, others are not. Common Varicose Veins Risk Factors Age and Gender More women than men have vein problems and gender does play a role in determining your risk for varicose or spider veins. One of the factors increases women’s risk for developing the veins is changes in hormone levels throughout life. Fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels cause changes to…

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What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Bulging, discolored blood vessels sometimes affect more than self-confidence.  For many individuals, they result in considerable discomfort.  Understanding the causes and symptoms of varicose veins can help reduce the stress of patients considering treatment for these abnormal blood vessels. Varicose Vein Overview For most individuals, varicose veins are a cosmetic issue.  However, these gnarled blood vessels can also cause pain.  Around 60 percent of Americans suffer from them, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Varicose veins have a characteristic ropelike appearance.  They appear blue or purple beneath the skin.  While some physicians consider varicose and spider veins types of the same condition, others treat them as separate disorders. …

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