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Fruits, Veggies May Benefit Your Legs, Too

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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 have narrowing of the leg arteries, which limits blood flow to the muscles and makes it difficult or painful to walk or stand. Researchers analyzed data from 3.7 million people, average age 64. They found that those who ate three or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day had an 18 percent reduced risk of peripheral artery disease. The findings were published May 18 in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. "One-on-one dietary assessments and counseling for ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Intermittent Claudication, Erythromelalgia, Thromboangiitis Obliterans, Peripheral Arteriography, Arterial Thrombosis

Stretching Eases Pain of Vessel Disease in Legs

Posted 5 May 2017 by Drugs.com

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 get you into a walking program," Muller-Delp said in an American Heart Association news release. Peripheral artery disease affects more than 8.5 million Americans, according to the heart association. A common symptom is painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising. This pain often goes away when you stop exercising. In this study, 13 people with peripheral artery disease, average age 71, stretched their calf muscle for 30 minutes a day using a ... Read more

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Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

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 heal and, in severe cases, amputation, warned Dr. Ali AbuRahma, secretary of the Society for Vascular Surgery. One symptom of PAD is leg pain when walking. Patients who experience this should tell their physician. The doctor may then order a painless, noninvasive test to measure blood pressure in the ankles. Hardening of the arteries is manageable, AbuRahma said in a society news release. "We recommend that everyone take a few sensible health measures to keep their veins and arteries healthy. ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Type 2, Hypertension, Smoking, High Cholesterol, Smoking Cessation, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Intermittent Claudication, Erythromelalgia, Hypertensive Heart Disease, Arterial Thrombosis, Peripheral Arteriography

Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

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 affect approximately 8.5 million Americans above the age of 40 years and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and quality of life impairment," noted one heart specialist, Dr. Samy Selim. He's an interventional cardiologist at Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. And while the disability from PAD is serious and widespread, "physician screening for PAD is not satisfactory, to say the least," Selim said. The new study was led by Hopkins researcher Chao Yang and is ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Pre-Diabetes, Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Intermittent Claudication, Retinal Disorders, Eye Redness/Itching, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Chorioretinitis, Retinal Hemorrhage, Arterial Thrombosis, Peripheral Arteriography

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

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

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 arterial dissection – is still quite low. "Overall, migraine is a benign condition in the great majority of affected individuals," said Pezzini, a professor of neurology at the Universita degli Studi di Brescia in Italy. Of the nearly 2,500 stroke patients studied, aged 18 to 45, only 13 percent had strokes related to neck artery tears. This group was more likely to have high cholesterol, diabetes or be current smokers. When the researchers looked closer at the pattern of migraines linked with ... Read more

Related support groups: Migraine, Migraine Prevention, Migraine Prophylaxis, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Trochleitis

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

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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 improved sense of psychological well-being," said study lead author Dr. Ahmed Tawakol, who co-directs the cardiac imaging program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. One neurologist agreed that the research could have real value for patients. "This study provides information that can help us better understand the mechanisms in which the body and the brain affect each other," said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein. He is president of the Brain & Behavior Foundation in New York City. "A better ... Read more

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Amputations Due to Poor Blood Flow More Likely in Certain Groups

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

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 increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke, untreated peripheral artery disease can lead to tissue death ("gangrene") that results in amputation, the study authors explained. For this study, researchers analyzed data from more than 208,000 U.S. veterans with the disease. The investigators found that black patients had a 43 percent higher risk of amputation than white patients in the same socioeconomic group. And poor patients had a 37 percent increased risk of amputation, regardless of ... Read more

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Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

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 said. The byproduct is called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), and the study found that people with peripheral artery disease who also high levels of TMAO had a nearly three times higher risk of dying within five years, compared with those with the lowest levels. "These findings point to the potential for TMAO to help identify high-risk patients who likely need more aggressive and specific dietary and pharmacologic therapy," said lead researcher Dr. W.H. Wilson Tang, a professor in medicine at the ... Read more

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After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

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 to meet the body's demands. Improved heart attack treatment has led to higher survival rates, leaving more patients susceptible to later heart failure, Gho said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 25,000 people in the United Kingdom who suffered a first heart attack. Nearly 25 percent of these patients developed heart failure within four years, the investigators found. Certain risk factors increased the risk of heart failure ... Read more

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Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries

Posted 7 May 2016 by Drugs.com

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 author Dr. Shipra Arya. She is an assistant professor in the division of vascular surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. For the study, the researchers analyzed health information on more than 200,000 veterans with peripheral artery disease (PAD) from the Veterans Affairs' database. They identified those who were taking statins around the time they were diagnosed with PAD. The researchers also recorded the veterans' dosage of these drugs. During an average follow-up period of ... Read more

Related support groups: High Cholesterol, Raynaud's Syndrome, Hypertriglyceridemia, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Intermittent Claudication, Arterial Thrombosis

Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

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 scarring in the muscles, the researchers explained. There is currently no way to reverse the scarring associated with PAD. But a procedure to reopen or bypass blockages in the blood vessels and restore blood flow to the limbs – also known as revascularization – prevents it from getting worse, the researchers said. For the study, the researchers analyzed levels of a protein, called TGF-Beta1, that triggers scarring in patients with severe PAD. The investigators also measured levels of collagen, ... Read more

Related support groups: Blood Disorders, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Coagulation Defects and Disorders

Poor Leg Circulation Hits Women With Kidney Disease Earlier Than Men

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

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, found that women under 70 with kidney disease had a 53 percent higher risk of PAD compared to their male peers. However, after age 70 the difference between the sexes evened out, the researchers noted. Why would PAD affect women earlier? According to the study authors, "females are known to have smaller diameter vessels compared to men." That could mean that, given similar amounts of plaque buildup in vessels, women's might close off earlier than men's. The findings show that women with kidney ... Read more

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Whistle … and Walk … While You Work

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

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 University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. The findings were published recently in the journal Experimental Physiology. "The obvious take-home is that uninterrupted sitting and inactivity leads to microvascular dysfunction, and therefore is unhealthy," said Dr. William Gray, director of endovascular services at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City. Gray noted that sitting for a long time has previously been linked to heart disease. Restaino said the goal of ... Read more

Related support groups: Raynaud's Syndrome, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Peripheral Arterial Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Intermittent Claudication, Arterial Thrombosis, Peripheral Arteriography

Medical Costs Soar for Smokers Who Develop Artery Disease

Posted 28 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

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 care costs were $18,000 higher among smokers than among nonsmokers. The hospitalization rate was 49 percent among smokers, 35 percent higher than among nonsmokers, the findings showed. Smokers were more likely to be hospitalized for leg problems, heart attack and heart disease than nonsmokers, the University of Minnesota Medical School researchers found. Sue Duval, an associate professor of cardiology and biostatistics, led the project. The study was published online Sept. 28 in the Journal of the ... Read more

Related support groups: Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Peripheral Arterial Disease

1 in 6 Americans Too Far From Lifesaving Heart Centers

Posted 13 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

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 into the artery. The balloon is then inflated to open the artery and restore blood flow to the heart. There are more than 1,700 angioplasty centers in the United States, the researchers said. The median time to an angioplasty center was 33 minutes, they found. However, the median travel time for more than 16 percent of the population – about 50 million people – was 81 minutes, according to the study. Results were published July 13 in the journal Health Services Research. It shouldn't take ... Read more

Related support groups: Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Peripheral Arterial Disease, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Acute Coronary Syndrome - Prophylaxis, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, High Risk Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Coronary Arteriography

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