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7 Simple Steps for your Vascular Health

A few good choices can help you feel better and stay healthier. Cardiac and vascular health are the cornerstone of long quality living. Getting diagnosed with health problems such as hypertension or high cholesterol is a wake-up call that it's time to make major lifestyle changes. The good news is that a few simple changes can help you avoid such a diagnosis in the first pla...

Everything you Need to Know about Blood Thinners

Blood thinners prevent the formation of blood clots and the associated life threatening conditions such as pulmonary embolism, heart attack or stroke. Blood thinners are prescribed either for conditions known to promote blood clots (e.g atrial fibrillation, mechanical heart valve, major surgery, stents, atherosclerosis) or after a clot has been formed (e.g. arterial or v...

Running for your Vascular and Overall Health!

Myths and reality on the fastest growing physical activity in the world. Running is undergoing an unprecedented boom. All kinds of races (5K – 10K – half marathon, full marathon) or combinations with other activities (swimming or biking) have been popping up everywhere.   Some run for fun or because it is “trendy”, others run to fight their stress and others for...

Lipids and Cholesterol

Hyperlipidemia is an umbrella term that refers to any of several acquired or genetic disorders that result in a high level of lipids (fats, cholesterol and triglycerides) circulating in the blood. The term hyperlipidemia can cover many conditions, but for most people, it comes down to two well-known terms: high cholesterol and high triglykerides. Our bodies produce and us...

Swollen Legs

Venous Insufficiency, Lymphedema, Fluid Retention or What Else? Leg swelling generally occurs because of an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues of the lower extremity. The medical term for leg swelling from excessive fluid in the tissues is peripheral edema. Symptoms that can be associated with leg swelling include leg pain, numbness, redness, itching, rash, shortnes...