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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jun 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Why Smoking Raises Your Risk of Having an Aoritic Aneurysm Jun 22nd, 2020

The most important muscle in your body is the heart, which pumps out the blood that keeps your tissues and organs nourished every day of your life. The largest blood vessel in the circulatory system is the aorta, and although it’s highly durable, sometimes its walls weaken and bulge, a...

Is Heart Disease In Your Genes? May 21st, 2020

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It has been for many years and doesn’t really show signs of being replaced. The first step in preventing heart disease is arming yourself with the facts. You should know: What heart disease is What the symptoms look...

Learning the Difference Between Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Obstruction Apr 14th, 2020

Your veins work hard to keep the blood flowing to your heart from body parts near and far. But it’s those “far” ones that have the hardest job. The veins in your legs have to deal with the extended distance from your heart and also have to work against gravity...

Signs and Symptoms of Carotid Artery Disease Mar 18th, 2020

Heart attacks and strokes can be the devastating result of atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of your arteries. Arteries are the superhighways that deliver blood and oxygen to other parts of your body, like your legs, your heart, and your brain.    If that flow is clogged by a buildup...

When Do Chest Pains Warrant a Trip to the ER? Feb 1st, 2020

Your chest feels tight, pain is emanating from your heart, you’re certain you’re having a heart attack and need to race to the emergency room. You’re not alone. Chest pains send about seven million Americans to the ER every year, afraid that they’re about to have or are having a...

Recognizing the Red Flags of Chronic Venous Insufficiency Jan 1st, 2020

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which your blood flow from your lower extremities back to your heart doesn't function properly. Blood pools in your legs, putting pressure on your veins. This condition, which is sometimes caused by circulatory conditions like phlebitis and can eventually lead to serious complications like...

The Many Causes of Chest Pain Dec 1st, 2019

Have you ever experienced chest pain? If you haven’t, odds are that you know someone who has, perhaps even recently. According to the government’s National Center for Biotechnology Information, chest pain has been the second-leading cause of emergency room visits in the United States in recent years, at over 8...

Know the Signs of Atrial Fibrillation Nov 1st, 2019

Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib, is a form of irregular heartbeat. It occurs when the two upper chambers of your heart try to beat at different speeds and rates. Overtime, these irregular beats can cause blood clots or weakness that can eventually lead to stroke or heart failure. While that...

The Link Between Diabetes and PAD Oct 1st, 2019

More than 30 million people suffer from vein problems each year, and more than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or its precursor, prediabetes. These numbers stand out even more when you realize that diabetes is linked to vein conditions. One of those linked conditions is peripheral artery disease (PAD),...

Here's How Your Weight Affects Your Veins Sep 1st, 2019

After you’ve been on your feet for a while, do your legs start aching and even burning? Are your feet and ankles swollen? These are some of the signs you may be developing vein problems. Problems in your veins, especially your leg veins, occur more often in adults over 50...

Recovering From a Heart Attack: Dos and Don'ts Aug 16th, 2019

A heart attack is a life-changing event that affects the person who has it, as well as everyone around them, including family and friends. If you’re like most heart attack survivors, you want to do everything you can to prevent having another. Your first step is to recover, and then...

Why Are Women More Susceptible to Varicose Veins? Jul 25th, 2019

It may not seem fair, but varicose veins are more common in women than men. In fact, they’re twice as common. Why, you may wonder, are women more susceptible to developing these gnarled veins? Well, it may have something to do with pregnancy and hormones.  Renowned cardiologist Rishin Shah, MD,...

What is Peripheral Artery Disease? Jun 13th, 2019

You may know all about how plaque buildup in the blood vessels around your heart and brain increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. But have you given any thought to how plaque can affect the arteries that supply blood to the rest of your body? Known...

How Stress Affects Your Heart May 15th, 2019

Whether from an unexpected bill or a tight deadline at work, stress seems to be a fact of life. While you may not be able to escape life’s many stresses, the amount of stress you endure and how you react to it can affect your health, and more specifically your...

5 Factors That Put You at Greater Risk Of Developing Vein Problems Apr 11th, 2019

The average adult body contains a whopping 100,000 miles of blood vessels that circulate nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Your heart provides the engine for this circulation and sends out blood through your arteries, which then returns through your veins for another round. With so many miles of...

What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease Mar 13th, 2019

The most important thing women should know about heart disease is that it’s the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Once thought to be primarily a male disease, heart disease doesn’t discriminate. It kills women and men equally. One in three female deaths is due to heart...

Balloon Angioplasty: Learn About This Breakthrough Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease Feb 14th, 2019

Discussions of arterial disease may make you think about heart health. Though there’s never a bad time to consider the effects of lifestyle and disease on the heart, the rest of your circulatory system can suffer, too. Over eight million people in the United States have a condition called peripheral...

Experiencing Lightheadness or Dizziness? You could have Carotid Artery Disease Jan 18th, 2019

If you’re experiencing unexplained dizziness or lightheadedness, it may be time to see a doctor. These symptoms can have a range of causes, but some of them are serious and can even be life-threatening, like carotid artery disease. To find out if your symptoms are related to carotid artery disease,...

What Is Chronic Venous Disease and How Is It Treated? Dec 12th, 2018

If you have chronic venous disease, you’re probably wondering what, exactly, that means, as well as what you can do about it and what you should expect. First, you should know that there are effective treatments that can help you feel better! Chronic venous disease is a name for a...

How Diabetes Increases Your Risk for A Heart Attack and What You Can Do About It Nov 7th, 2018

Many people know the risk factors for a heart attack include everything from high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels to smoking, being overweight, and being under too much stress. What some may not realize, however, is that simply having diabetes can also increase your chances of suffering a heart...