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

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

Can Your Arteries Get Blocked Anywhere in the Body?

We often hear about blocked arteries in the heart and brain, but why don’t we hear more about blockages in other parts of the body? Curtis M. Rimmerman, MD, a cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, recently addressed this topic in a New York Times Ask Well blog post. In … Read More

Blood Clotting Disorders You Can Inherit

Relatively rare, but increasingly studied, blood clotting disorders present at birth can create problems throughout your life. These disorders usually cause blood clots in veins including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the arms or legs, pulmonary embolism, and blood clots in the brain, intestines and kidneys. They rarely cause blood clots in the arteries. How … Read More

This Minimally Invasive Procedure Can Save Your Limbs by Restoring Blood Flow

A proven treatment for coronary artery disease now restores health to blood-starved limbs in patients with peripheral artery disease. Endovascular reconstruction is a minimally invasive procedure.  The procedure is similar to the balloon angioplasty and stenting used in coronary arteries. It provides a limb-saving option for some patients who have been told that they face … Read More

New Tech May Improve Your Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (Video)

Ongoing trials are testing a novel approach to preventing endoleaks (residual bleeding) that affect up to 20 percent of all patients who undergo endovascular aneurysm repair. A relatively common problem following this type of repair, endoleaks can require repeat procedures. A stent combined with an inflatable endobag could eliminate the need for repeat surgery and … Read More