As a health care consumer, there are important details that you should know about a well-intentioned but misguided piece of legislation — the Physicians Payments Sunshine Act.
If you have coronary artery disease or peripheral vascular disease, using statins is clearly a benefit to your health. In those cases, statins lower your risk of future cardiac events. However, when it comes to treating aortic aneurysm disease, the benefits of statin use are not clearly proven. Some evidence does support statin use for … Read More
If you could get a glimpse inside your aortic artery, you would see that it’s much like the inside of a garden hose. It has a thick inner layer with a thinner outer layer as protection. When the artery is healthy, that muscular inner layer is round and wide. This allows easy flow of blood … Read More
Some patients have abdominal aortic aneurysms that dilate the aorta at or above the renal arteries. These are the arteries that branch out to the kidneys. Vascular surgeons use fenestrated stent grafts to open the renal arteries. These grafts have openings cut at just the right spot so they don’t block blood flow through the … Read More
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Treating aneurysms throughout the body usually requires open surgery, but now we’re able to use a minimally invasive procedure to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms. These are aneurysms that occur in the part of the aorta that carries blood from the heart into the lower extremities. In traditional open surgery, surgeons go in and repair the aneurysm, or … Read More
The aorta is the most important artery in your circulatory system, transporting oxygen-rich blood from the heart out to all of the blood vessels of your body. But the part of this artery just below the kidneys that carries blood to the lower extremities — what we call the abdominal aorta — is the most … Read More
While most of us have heard that clogged arteries in the heart can lead to a heart attack, many people are unaware that a similar buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain can ultimately result in a stroke. This accumulation of cholesterol plaque is called atherosclerosis and when it builds up in … Read More
“I feel like I got a second lease on life,” says Rita Ebert, 48, who three years ago was using a cane to walk short distances and felt such excruciating pain in her legs that she could barely walk. Trips to the mall with her daughter were no fun. “I would sit in the middle … Read More
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is an increasingly common occurrence for both inpatients and outpatients. This problem leads to swelling and disability. Thrombolysis is an inpatient procedure that provides long-term relief and reduced health risks for patients.
The carotid arteries are the two big vessels that go up either side of the neck. Their main function is to carry blood to the brain. Just like the arteries in your arms and legs, these can get narrowed and blocked. This is called carotid artery disease. In this condition, a mixture of fatty substances … Read More