Best Advice as You Recover From Vascular Surgery

After you have surgery to correct a vascular problem, you will play a key role in your own recovery. It is important to understand and follow your doctor’s instructions to help ensure a positive outcome.  Your healthcare team will advise you on the medications you should take. They also will recommend a plan for follow-up … Read More

A Rare Disease That’s More Common Than You Think

When people think of blood clotting disorders, Factor V (“Five”) Leiden isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But it could be more common than you think. As many as 3-8 percent of all people who have European roots carry the gene mutation, and it is the most common inherited blood clotting disorder, also … Read More

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

Battling the Bulge: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge that can form in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery, occurring in the belly area. This part of the aorta feeds blood to the lower body. The aneurysm can cause the walls of the aorta to become overstretched and weak. These aneurysms develop slowly … Read More

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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

What Happens After Vascular Surgery? (Video)

Recovery from vascular surgery takes time. When you return home after surgery, you will be very tired. You also can have changes in appetite and taste that can last up to six weeks. Favorite foods might taste different and be unappealing to you. To keep your energy levels up, try to find things you enjoy … Read More

Short of Breath? It Could Be a Heart Issue

There is a myth out there that continues to tell us that as we age, our activity level will dramatically decline. This is simply not true, says Leslie Cho, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. “The fitter you are, the better you will feel as you age,” says Dr. Cho. “Current level of fitness … Read More

PAD Problems? Medicated Stents Can Help (Video)

A new type of stent provides long-lasting help for some patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Initial trials show that these new medicated and flexible stents help restore adequate blood flow to the legs, and lessen the risk that those treated blood vessels will become narrow again. When you don’t get enough blood to your … Read More

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Questions to Ask Your Vascular Surgeon (Video)

Be informed of all your options When you are facing potential vascular surgery, you probably have many questions you’d like answered. We can help you understand your condition and inform you about your options. Don’t hesitate to speak up and clear up any confusion you might have. You may want to ask: What expertise do … Read More

Can Niacin Be Harmful to Control Cholesterol?

Most people who need to control their cholesterol levels are prescribed drugs called statins if lifestyle changes alone aren’t successful. Another agent that is sometimes used to manage cholesterol, niacin (or Vitamin B3), has been the subject of much debate, due to questions about its effectiveness and safety, and because of side effects such as … Read More