Factor V Leiden is a little known disease, and it might be more common than you think. Having European ancestors increases your risk of having the defective gene for this blood disorder.
Radiation therapy for head and neck cancers improves outcomes and even saves lives. However, the treatment also can have an unwanted side effect: Damage to blood vessels in the neck. Watch as one of our vascular surgeons explains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.