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Fruits, Veggies May Benefit Your Legs, Too

Posted 18 May 2017 by

THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 – Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may help keep your leg arteries free of blockages, a new study suggests. "Our study gives further evidence for the importance of incorporating more fruits and vegetables in the diet," said study co-author Dr. Sean Heffron. He's an instructor in medicine at New York University School of Medicine. People with peripheral artery disease ...

Stretching Eases Pain of Vessel Disease in Legs

Posted 5 May 2017 by

FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 – Stretching can increase blood flow and reduce leg pain in people with peripheral artery disease, according to a small, new study. "This is a very safe, easy intervention that can be done at home," said study senior author Judy Muller-Delp, a professor of biomedical sciences at Florida State University. "It has the potential to really improve your tolerance for walking and ...

Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lack of blood flow to the legs and feet may lead to wounds that don't ...

Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said changes in the eye's retina may help spot people at risk for a narrowing of the large blood vessels in the legs – a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). "PAD is estimated to ...

Study Ties Some Migraines to Artery Tears in Neck, Raising Stroke Risk

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Some younger adults who suffer migraines may be at risk for tears in their neck arteries, which can increase the chances of a stroke, a new study suggests. Exactly what triggers these vessel tears is not clear, the researchers added. However, study author Dr. Alessandro Pezzini stressed that the probability that migraine sufferers would develop this condition – called ...

'Stress Ball' in Your Brain May Be Key to Heart Risks

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – Doctors have long known that a stressed life does no favors for the heart, and new research may help unravel why that's so. A Harvard team says heightened activity in a key part of the brain may explain why stress boosts people's odds for heart disease and stroke. The finding "raises the possibility that reducing stress could produce benefits that extend beyond an ...

Amputations Due to Poor Blood Flow More Likely in Certain Groups

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Poor and black patients with narrowing of the blood vessels have a higher risk of amputation than other patients, a new study finds. Peripheral artery disease (PAD), as this blood-vessel narrowing is called, develops when fat, cholesterol and other substances accumulate in blood vessels away from the heart and restrict blood flow. It typically occurs in the legs. Besides ...

Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – People with peripheral artery disease – a narrowing of the arteries in the legs and elsewhere – who eat a lot of red meat and eggs may have increased odds of dying early, a new study suggests. That's because of a digestive byproduct produced by gut bacteria that breaks down eggs, red meat and other meat products found in the traditional Western diet, the researchers ...

After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

Posted 24 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Risk of heart failure appears high within a few years of a first heart attack, a new study finds. "Heart failure is a major medical problem with a high chance of hospitalization and death," said study author Dr. Johannes Gho, a cardiology resident at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Heart failure means the heart can't pump blood efficiently enough ...

Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries

Posted 7 May 2016 by

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 – Cholesterol-lowering statins may spare people with narrowed leg arteries from the possibility of amputation and even death, a new study suggests. The higher the dose of these drugs, the lower the risk of both outcomes, the researchers found. "PAD, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head, is the next cardiovascular epidemic," said study ...

Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

Posted 5 May 2016 by

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 – For people with poor circulation in their leg arteries, a medical procedure to restore blood flow may have greater benefits than exercise, preliminary research suggests. People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) experience pain and fatigue while walking. These symptoms develop because poor circulation in the arteries that supply blood to the limbs causes damage and ...

Poor Leg Circulation Hits Women With Kidney Disease Earlier Than Men

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Compared to men, women under the age of 70 who have kidney disease are at higher odds for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), an often disabling impairment of blood flow in the legs. That's the finding from a new study of almost 3,200 people with chronic kidney disease. Researchers led by Dr. Grace Wang, of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, ...

Whistle … and Walk … While You Work

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – If you have to sit almost all day while you work, take a short walk whenever you can. Why? Researchers report that even a 10-minute stroll can restore blood flow to legs affected by prolonged sitting. "Although the size of our sample was small, the effects and results we found were still profound," said study first author Robert Restaino, a doctoral student at the ...

Medical Costs Soar for Smokers Who Develop Artery Disease

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2015 – Smoking significantly increases medical costs among people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study suggests. PAD is a condition in which a buildup of plaque in the arteries restricts blood flow to the legs and feet. Researchers analyzed 2011 health insurance claims data from more than 22,000 PAD patients in Minnesota, and found that annual per-patient health ...

1 in 6 Americans Too Far From Lifesaving Heart Centers

Posted 13 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 13, 2015 – Tens of millions of rural, poor and Hispanic Americans do not have timely access to a lifesaving heart procedure, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the driving times for 306 million people to reach the closest angioplasty centers across the continental United States. Angioplasty is used to open blocked heart arteries. A catheter is used to insert a deflated balloon ...

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