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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

The aorta is the main artery of the chest and abdomen that carries blood from the heart to other areas in the body including the legs and feet. An aneurysm occurs when you have bulging of an...

Ankle-Brachial Index

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a simple, low-cost test for diagnosing peripheral artery disease (PAD). You can get this test in a doctor’s office or lab. The technician will measure...

Aortic Dissection

The aorta is the largest artery of the body. It delivers oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Aortic dissection (AD) is a rare but serious injury to this artery...

Blood Clots

The medical term for blood clots in the veins is venous thromboembolism(thrahm-bö-EM-bö-lizm), or VTE. This describes two related conditions that are serious but highly preventable...

Buerger’s Disease

Thromboangiitis obliterans (TAO), also known as Buerger’s disease, is a rare disease that occurs when smaller arteries and veins in the arms and/or legs become inflamed. This frequently leads...

Carotid Artery Disease

The carotid arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the brain. Carotid arteries are important because they supply blood to the part of the brain that controls...

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Vein problems are among the most widespread chronic health conditions in the U.S. By age 50, nearly 40% of women and 20% of men have serious leg vein problems. At least 20 to 25 million...

Compression Therapy

When the body retains fluid in a specific area, such as the legs, arms, or abdomen, the subsequent swelling is referred to as edema. If you have edema, compression therapy may...

Congenital Vascular Malformation

Congenital vascular malformations (CVMs) are growths or birthmarks made up of blood vessels that have not developed correctly. They occur in 1% of all births. Because they are rare, diagnosing...

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when a blood clot forms in a large vein. These clots usually develop in the legs or pelvic area. Some DVTs don’t hurt, but others can be quite painful. With...

DVT and Air Travel

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when a blood clot forms in a large vein. They usually develop in the legs or pelvic area. Sometimes these clots can break loose and get stuck in...

DVT and Compression Stockings

Compression apparel is used to prevent or control edema(leg swelling). These items of clothing may be stockingssleeves, pantyhose or leotards, depending on thelocation and...

Ischemia

Ischemia(i-ski-me-ah) is a severe condition in which there is not enough blood flow and oxygen to a part of the body. It may cause tissue damage and loss of limbs. Ischemia can occur anywhere...

Ischemia and Critical Limb Ischemia

Ischemia (is-KE’me-ah) is a serious condition in which there is inadequate blood flow and oxygen to a specific part of the body. It can occur anywhere blood flows in-cluding the limbs...

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a common cause of leg or arm swelling due to fluid collecting in those areas. The swelling is usually not painful, but it may cause a heavy, aching discomfort. It can limit...

PAD

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that affects millions of people. PAD occurs when there is a buildup of plaque, or fatty deposits, inside your arteries that carry blood to your legs...

PAD and Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a simple and reliable means for diagnosing peripheral artery disease or PAD. Blood pressure measurements are taken at the arms and ankles using a pencil...

PAD and Blood Clots

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common disease that occurs when the arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. When leg arteries are clogged, blood...

PAD and Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood flow within the walls of your arteries (blood vessels that transport blood away from the heart). It is measured in millimeters of mercury, or...

PAD and Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance found in the walls of cells in all parts of the body. Your body needs cholesterol to perform important jobs, such as making hormones and...

PAD and Diabetes

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common disease that occurs when the arteries in the legs become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. When leg arteries are clogged, there is less...

PAD and Foot Care

People who have peripheral artery disease (PAD) are more likely to have foot problems. This is because plaque narrows and blocks the arteries, which causes blood flow to slow. As a result, the...

PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease Overview

“It” is known by many names—peripheral artery disease (PAD), peripheral vascular disease (PVD), leg atheroscle-rosis, claudication, or just poor circulation. Arteries can slowly become...

PAD and Smoking

Smoking is a major cause of heart disease, cancer, and lung disease and the leading cause of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Studies show that smoking half a pack of cigarettes every day may...

PAD and Walking

When you walk, your leg muscles require more oxygenfrom the blood than when sitting or standing. The arteries of someone with PAD, narrowed by plaque build-up from cholesterol and...

Portal Hypertension

Portal hypertension is high blood pressure in the portal vein. The portal vein is a major vein located in your abdomen that takes nutrient-rich blood from the intestines and carries it to the liver...

Prevent Blood Clots in Your Arteries

Peripheral artery disease is a common circulatory problem that occurs when your legs’ arteries (blood vessels that transport blood away from the heart) become narrowed or clogged with fatty...

Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary means “lungs,” and embolism means “blockage or obstruction.” A pulmonary embolism(PE) happens when a blood clot gets trapped in an artery in the lung. The clot usually travels...

Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s (ray-NOSE) disease, also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, affects the arteries that carry blood from the heart to different parts of the body. It can cause some areas of...

Stroke

Astroke,or “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to the brain is stopped by either a clot or a vessel bursting. When this happens, the brain doesn’t get oxygen. A stroke can affect different parts...

Varicose Veins

Veins are soft, thin-walled tubes that return blood from the arms and legs to the heart. Veins work against the force of gravity to push blood forward and have valves that prevent backflow...

Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots)

Venous thromboembolism (thrahm-bö-EM-bö-lizm), or VTE, describes two related conditions: deep vein throm-bosis (DVT) and a more serious complication called pul-monary embolism...

Walking

When you walk, your leg muscles need more oxygen from blood than when sitting or standing. But if you have PAD, the arteries have a hard time delivering this extra oxygen. That’s because...

What is Vascular Disease

Vascular Disease is the term that describes blood vessel diseases. Blood vessels are the series of tubes that are used to pump blood throughout the body. There are three types of...

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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Ankle-Brachial Index

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Aortic Dissection

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Blood Clots

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Buerger’s Disease

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Carotid Artery Disease

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Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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Congenital Vascular Malformation

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Compression Therapy

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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DVT and Air Travel

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DVT and Compression Stockings

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Ischemia

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Ischemia and Critical Limb Ischemia

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Lymphedema

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PAD

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PAD and Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

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PAD and Blood Clots

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PAD and Blood Pressure

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PAD and Cholesterol

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PAD and Diabetes

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PAD and Foot Care

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PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease Overview

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PAD and Smoking

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PAD and Walking

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Portal Hypertension

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Prevent Blood Clots in Your Arteries

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Pulmonary Embolism

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Raynaud’s Disease

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Stroke

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Varicose Veins

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Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots)

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What is Vascular Disease

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Walking

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