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What Everyone Should Know About Blood Clots

Tags: blood clots, blood thinners, deep vein thrombosis, DVT, heart and vascular institute, vascular disease

Just like a traffic jam on the highway, blood clots impede normal circulation in your body and can be dangerous. Learn more about blood clots, their symptoms and steps you can take to help avoid them.

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Battling the Bulge: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Tags: abdominal aortic aneurysm, heart and vascular institute, risk factors, vascular disease

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge that can form in a section of the body’s main artery. These aneurysms develop slowly over the years and often have no symptoms — but can become dangerous.

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What to Watch for After Vascular Surgery (Video)

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While recovering from vascular surgery, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of complications. Tips in this video include identifying serious signs and symptoms and understanding what they might mean.

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What Happens After Vascular Surgery? (Video)

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Knowing what to expect after vascular surgery helps you prepare. Extreme fatigue and changes in appetite often occur after surgery, and prescribed medications help patients increase activity levels without pain.

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Short of Breath? It Could Be a Heart Issue

Tags: abnormal heart beat, activity, coronary artery disease, exercise, heart disease, vascular disease

The fitter you are, the better you will feel as you age. But if you experience a sudden decrease in your activity level, something could be wrong and it is time to talk to your doctor.

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PAD Problems? Medicated Stents Can Help (Video)

Tags: artery disease, heart and vascular institute, PAD, peripheral artery disease (PAD), stent, vascular disease

Vascular surgeons now use medicated, flexible stents to treat patients with narrowed arteries to the legs. Initial research shows that the stents help lower the risk that treated arteries will become narrow again.

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Questions to Ask Your Vascular Surgeon (Video)

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Asking questions will help you understand why you need to see a vascular surgeon, and what to expect from any surgical procedures. Tips in this video include asking about recovery time and home care.

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Advances Allow for Small Incision Heart Surgery (Video)

Tags: aortic procedure, coronary artery disease, heart disease, heart procedures, heart surgery, innovation, minimally invasively, valve repair, valve replacement, vascular disease

As we continue to make advancements in medicine, there are more heart operations we can do through a mini-or small-incision approach. This allows for faster healing and less recuperation time.

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Can Niacin Be Harmful to Control Cholesterol?

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Statins are prescribed to control cholesterol levels if lifestyle changes alone aren’t successful. Niacin is sometimes used to manage cholesterol on people who cannot tolerate statins. Can using Niacin do more harm than good?

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5 Heart Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, chest pain, coronary artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, vascular disease

Cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the US, is not something that should be taken lightly. Cleveland Clinic’s Richard Krasuski, MD, highlights five symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.