When Back Pain Means More Than a Back Problem

Don’t assume pain in the lower back, cramping in the legs and that “pins and needles” feeling are the result of a problem with your spine. Symptoms of artery disease, arthritis and neuropathy often masquerade as spinal pain.

Study of PAD Patients Shows Statin Benefits

It’s well known that statins are effective in the treatment of coronary artery disease, but a recent study found that patients with advanced peripheral arterial disease also showed marked benefits from the use of statins, including 50 percent fewer heart attacks and strokes, and significantly lower amputation and death rates. Narrowed arteries cause leg pain, … Read More

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Smokers Shave 10 Years from Life Expectancy

Most people associate cigarette smoking with breathing problems and lung cancer. But smoking is also strongly linked to cardiovascular disease. The link between smoking and cardiovascular disease Smoking is a major cause of atherosclerosis — a buildup of cholesterol, fatty cells and inflammatory deposits (called plaque) on the inner walls of the arteries that can … Read More

Saving Limbs—and Improving Lives

More than a decade ago, Don Wascovich did something that occasionally happens to the best of us: He stubbed his toe. However, because Mr. Wascovich is diabetic and as a result has a nerve disorder called peripheral neuropathy, that simple stubbed toe set off a chain of events that he could have never predicted. Ultimately, … Read More

PAD Risk Factors Could Mean Danger Ahead for Men

“Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!” This famous line from the 1960s television series Lost in Space was a memorable way in which the show’s B9 Robot acted as young Will’s protector to warn him of steps that he could take to avoid impending threats to his well-being. Likewise, it’s important to take steps to avoid possible … Read More

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Your Toes

It’s common knowledge that vascular disease (disease of the blood vessels) can lead to heart attack and stroke, but did you know it could also lead to loss of limbs? One serious condition that can lead to loss of limbs is peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which refers to blockages in the arteries outside the heart. … Read More

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