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Varicose Veins: 7 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Nobody wants bulging, purple varicose veins on their legs or ankles. However, about half of adults have them, and they become more prevalent with age. What causes varicose veins and what can you do about them? Many people think they know, but James Bekeny, MD, a vascular surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, sets the record straight. … Read More

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From Fiber to Fish Oil: Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Lots of controversy and confusion surround cholesterol. In patients who have coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease or carotid artery disease, there is no question about the benefit of cholesterol-lowering medications. However, for the rest of us who don’t have these diseases and don’t want to get them, how can we lower our cholesterol naturally? There are … Read More

What You Should Know About Swelling in Your Legs

If you notice swelling in your feet or legs, you should definitely tell your primary care doctor, says Cleveland Clinic Vascular Medicine specialist Leslie Gilbert, MD. Swelling, or edema, can be caused by many things and it’s important to try to understand what is causing it. “If people see any redness, blistering or swelling in … Read More

What You Need to Know About Pulmonary Embolisms

When someone is short of breath or having pain in the chest, they rarely think of pulmonary embolism (PE) — a blood clot that travels through your bloodstream (generally from your legs) and gets lodged in an artery in your lung. If PEs are not treated quickly, they can cause heart or lung damage and … Read More

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Choose the Best Diet for Your Peripheral Arterial Disease

Any dietary therapy for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) should reduce your intake of the types of fats associated with progression of cardiovascular disease. Ideally, these therapies would also reduce inflammation in the blood vessel wall and in your entire body. Assessing what can be achieved with diet therapy is important because it is part of … Read More

Are You Too Young to Have a Heart Attack?

When an older woman has a heart attack, it is almost always the result of coronary artery disease (CAD). But when a young woman has a heart attack, often no evidence of CAD is found. That’s because a common cause of heart attack in young women is spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD. “The typical SCAD patient … Read More