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What to Know About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the narrowing or blockage of the peripheral arteries that carry blood from the heart to your limbs. PAD results in not enough blood flow getting to the limbs, causing symptoms including leg pain when walking. Recognize the Symptoms of PAD The most typical symptom of PAD is pain or cramping…

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What Conditions Do Vascular Surgeons Treat?

Vascular conditions affect the veins and arteries, which bring oxygen to every living cell in the body. In most cases, vascular conditions are highly treatable. Vascular surgeons are highly-trained specialists who treat inadequate blood flow problems of the veins and arteries in all parts of the body, except the brain and the heart. A Vascular…

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Yes, Medicare Part B Covers Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings

Medicare Part B (medical insurance) covers the cost of an abdominal aortic screening ultrasound for covered patients who are considered at risk. Anyone aged 65 or older with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms, or men between the ages of 65 and 75 who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime, are…

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What Does a Registered Vascular Technologist Do?

Registered vascular technologists (RVTs) use ultrasound to find clots and blockages. This helps vascular surgeons, radiologists, and cardiologists diagnose disorders of the vascular system that can, in some cases, lead to stroke or heart attack.

What is Vascular Ultrasound? 

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When to Take Leg (or Arm) Swelling Seriously

Any number of things can cause swelling in your feet or legs. One potentially serious condition is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein in the leg (or less often, the arm). DVT is dangerous because the clot could travel to the heart or lungs and be fatal….

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Does Health Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatment?

Most health insurance will cover treatment of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) the condition that is often responsible for varicose veins. If varicose veins are painful, interfere with daily activities, and are caused by CVI, it’s likely your insurance plan will cover at least some of your treatment, depending on your deductible and other factors. As…

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Preventing and Treating Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone; in fact, they affect up to 35% of Americans. Varicose veins— large, bulging veins in the legs that can cause pain, itching and swelling—can be more likely to occur during pregnancy. Causes As progesterone causes blood to pool in the lower body, and a growing uterus compresses some…

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Many Vascular Procedures are Offered Right in Our Vascular Lab

Vascular conditions affect the veins and arteries, which bring oxygen to every living cell in your body. In most cases, vascular conditions are highly treatable, often without surgery. Patients with vascular conditions should consult a vascular surgeon, even when surgery is not needed. Vascular surgeons specialize in treatments of virtually every kind of vascular condition….

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What to do about Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins Treatment Options Among other things, our veins are responsible for bringing blood back to the heart, sometimes working against gravity. When we walk, the muscles in our legs squeeze the veins and help blood flow back into the heart, assisted by a series of valves in the veins. With varicose veins (and with…

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P.A.D. Awareness Month

September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) awareness month Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) can be silent until a person exerts themselves.  After walking a short distance a person may start to experience tightness, pain and/or fatigue in their calves, thighs or buttock.  As PAD in a person worsens they may notice their feet feeling cold and…

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