The Air You Breathe Can Hurt Your Heart

You might not think of air pollution as an important risk factor for heart disease, but dirty air does more than make you cough and wheeze. The American Heart Association has warned about the dangers of air pollution for many years. Many epidemiological studies (that look at disease patterns) link long-term exposure to air pollution … Read More

Study Finds Smarter Predictions for Heart Attack Risk

When plaque calcifies inside the coronary arteries, it puts you at higher risk for heart attack or stroke. A new study finds that knowing just how dense these plaques are may help doctors better predict who is at greater risk for a cardiovascular event. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego studied computed tomography (CT) … Read More

An Aspirin a Day? Only If You Have Had a Heart Attack

If you never have had any cardiovascular problems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says you should not take aspirin to avoid a heart attack or stroke. In a recommendation issued this week, the FDA says scientists have not proven aspirin therapy has any benefit for people without cardiovascular problems. This group includes those with risk factors … Read More

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What Everyone Should Know About Blood Clots

Just like a traffic jam on the highway, blood clots impede normal circulation in your body and can be dangerous. Here are some blood clot basics and information on steps you can take to help avoid the problem. Signs of a serious blood clot Thrombosis is a medical term for blood clot. Deep vein thrombosis … Read More

Varicose Veins: More Than a Cosmetic Concern

Varicose veins might appear to be a cosmetic issue, but they can cause problems beyond just making your legs look unattractive. Even if you aren’t bothered by your varicose veins, you should be aware of some problems that can occur if you ignore them too long. There are several different options for treatment of troublesome … Read More

Vitamin K Know-How (Infographic)

Kale, collard greens and spinach are all rich in Vitamin K, an essential nutrient that promotes healthy blood clotting. Even though it’s good for you, too much Vitamin K should be avoided, experts say. Your intake of Vitamin K should not exceed 120 mcg if you are a man and 90 mcg if you are … Read More

What to Watch for After Vascular Surgery (Video)

After vascular surgery, it’s important to know when to call us about any problems you notice. First, tell us right away about any redness, oozing or bad smell coming from the incision site. These symptoms can indicate trouble following any kind of surgery. Two symptoms are particularly important to report following vascular surgery: Any loss … Read More

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Stroke Before 50 May Shorten Life

Adults who suffer strokes under the age of 50 may have a significantly higher risk of dying within 20 years, a new study finds. Neurologist Irene Katzan, MD, was not part of the study but treats stroke patients at Cleveland Clinic. “Patients who are less than 50 years old and have a stroke not only … Read More