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Fruits, Veggies May Benefit Your Legs, Too

Posted 7 days ago 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, Arterial Thrombosis, Peripheral Arteriography

Stretching Eases Pain of Vessel Disease in Legs

Posted 20 days ago 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

Related support groups: Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Intermittent Claudication, Erythromelalgia, Vascular Surgery, Thromboangiitis Obliterans, Peripheral Arteriography, Arterial Thrombosis

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, Peripheral Arteriography, Arterial Thrombosis

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

Related support groups: Ischemic Stroke, Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction, Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Intermittent Claudication, Erythromelalgia, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis, Arterial Thrombosis, Peripheral Arteriography

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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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, Hypertriglyceridemia, Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Intermittent Claudication, Arterial Thrombosis

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

Related support groups: Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Raynaud's Syndrome, Diabetic Kidney Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Peritoneal dialysis, Diabetic Nephropathy, Intermittent Claudication, Renal Osteodystrophy, Arterial Thrombosis, Renal and Genitourinary Disorders

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

At-Home Walks Help Those With Clogged Leg Arteries Stay Mobile

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – Support groups that encourage walking exercises at home can improve the mobility of people with clogged leg arteries, a new study finds. Clogged leg arteries – called peripheral artery disease – can cause pain and fatigue while walking. This often limits mobility, which is crucial for independent living, doing daily tasks and socializing, the study authors explained. "Patients should understand that home-based exercise can help prevent mobility loss, and health care providers should recognize that this kind of exercise can be beneficial for their patients with peripheral artery disease," said study lead author Dr. Mary McDermott, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Research has shown that supervised treadmill workouts improve walking ability among people with peripheral artery disease, but most insurers don't pay ... Read more

Related support groups: Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Intermittent Claudication, Arterial Thrombosis, Peripheral Arteriography

Strengthening Hip Muscles May Ease Calf Pain From Blood Vessel Disease

Posted 7 May 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 – Exercises to strengthen the hips may ease calf pain for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study suggests. The disease causes the arteries in the legs and other parts of the body to narrow, restricting blood flow. This can lead to changes in skin color, sores, pain and trouble walking. Japanese researchers found that people with clogged leg arteries use their calf muscles more while walking since certain muscles in their hips are weaker. By strengthening their hip muscles, they may be able to walk longer without pain, the study showed. "PAD patients should ask for an expert, such as a physical therapist, to evaluate their gait and the strength of their hip flexors and other muscles. Based on the evaluation, a combination of muscle training and walking exercise may increase how far they can walk and reduce their calf pain during walking," study ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Intermittent Claudication, Arterial Thrombosis

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