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Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

This month we are highlight the importance of diabetes education and management for Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 9.3% of the US population has diabetes, and of that over 95% have type 2 diabetes.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to control high levels of […]

What Is Arterial Plaque?

When the average person hears the word “plaque” the first thought that comes to mind is the plaque you get scraped off your teeth during a routine dentist appointment. However, did you know that plaque can accumulate within the arteries?
What is plaque?
Plaque buildup is composed of fatty deposits that clog arteries and thicken blood vessel […]

The High Blood Pressure Epidemic

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults – or about 103 million people in the United States – have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when you have levels 130 over 80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Hypertension is when the long-term force of the blood pushing against your arterial […]

How Excessive Alcohol Use Can Damage Arteries

Having a drink at the end of a long week is very common, but what happens if it becomes more often?  Excessive drinking can negatively impact your health leading to problems with your liver, stomach, brain, heart, and cardiovascular system.Your heart and brain are particularly  vulnerable to  the damaging effects of vascular disease  caused by […]

March 26th, 2019|

Not Just a Cancer Risk

How Smoking Damages Your Arterial Health

We have all seen the commercials and heard warnings from our doctors that smoking is dangerous and should be avoided to try and prevent lung cancer. While lung cancer is often the most promoted disease linked to smoking, it is not the only disease smoking can cause. Smoking increases your […]

December 13th, 2018|

Top 6 Things That Put You At Risk For PAD

The prevalence of PAD is more common among older adults, due to the weakening of their vascular
structure and functions. This weakening is caused by longer exposure to cardiovascular disease (CVD)
risk factors such as smoking, family history of vascular conditions, high blood pressure or cholesterol,
diabetes, and age. Plaque buildup in the arteries causes obstruction to normal […]

September 19th, 2018|

HDL and LDL Cholesterol: What You Should Know

What are LDL and HDL Cholesterols and How do they relate to PAD?

Low-density lipoprotein, aka “LDL” is considered the “bad” cholesterol, because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries (atherosclerosis).Over time, LDL can narrow the arteries with plaque buildup. When plaque accumulates on the walls of the arteries, health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, […]

September 1st, 2018|