Vascular (Peripheral Arterial Disease)

Stay informed about heart, vascular and thoracic topics in this continuation of The Beating Edge blog from our Heart & Vascular Institute, which is ranked No. 1 in heart care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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Inherited Blood Disorders

Blood Clotting Disorders You Can Inherit

Tags: blood clots, heart and vascular institute, heart health, vascular disease, vascular disorders, Warfarin

Blood clotting diseases can interrupt the normal flow of blood through your body and lead to dangerous blood clots, but treatment is available.


Peripheral Artery Disease

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

Tags: amputation, heart and vascular institute, heart health, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), vascular disease, wounds

When arteries to your legs and feet are critically clogged with plaque, grave problems can develop. A new treatment gives hope to patients facing amputation.


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Varicose Veins: Not Just an Older Woman’s Problem

Tags: heart and vascular institute, sclerotherapy, spider veins, varicose vein treatments, varicose veins

Even though women most often seek treatment for varicose veins, men can also suffer pain and cramping from painful, swollen ropy veins. Three treatments offer effective symptom relief.


FMD - A Hidden Threat

FMD: A Hidden Threat for Middle-Aged Women

Tags: fibromuscular dysplasia, FMD, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, vascular disease, vascular disorders

Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) is a little-known form of vascular disease that leaves many women vulnerable to stroke and severe high blood pressure in the prime of life.


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Can Dark Chocolate Help Ease Your Pain from PAD?

Tags: dark chocolate, heart and vascular institute, heart health, PAD, peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Researchers in Rome found that some patients with peripheral artery disease walked farther with less pain after eating dark chocolate.


Recover from Vascular Surgery

Best Advice as You Recover From Vascular Surgery

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, Recovery, vascular, vascular disease, vascular surgery

After you have surgery to correct a vascular problem, you will play a key role in your own recovery. Get key advice on steps you can take.


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Artery-clearing Devices Can Help Treat Your Blocked Arteries

Tags: atherectomy, heart and vascular institute, heart health, peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

Your arteries are like flexible pipes and tiny devices similar to a plumber's drain-clearing tools can help clear clogged arteries. Each patient is different, so device selection is key.


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A Rare Disease That’s More Common Than You Think

Tags: blood clots, genetics, heart and vascular institute, heart health, thrombophilia, vascular disease

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.


Heart Risk

Radiation That Cures Your Cancer Can Cause Collateral Damage (Video)

Tags: cancer, Dr. Clair, heart and vascular institute, radiation therapy, risk factors, vascular disease

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.


Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery

Fixing Your Aortic Tear Without Surgery (Video)

Tags: aortic artery, aortic-whiteboard, Dr. Clair, heart videos, high blood pressure, stent, Type B dissection, video, whiteboard sessions

A tear in the inner lining of the aortic artery can allow blood to seep between layers, impeding healthy blood flow. Doctors can now fix these “dissections” with a stent instead of open surgery.