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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|

Healthy Tips for a Healthy Heart

According to the CDC, about 630,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women of any ethnic group.

American Heart Month focuses on raising awareness of heart disease, while promoting healthy living tips and tools that you can use in your […]

February 8th, 2019|

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|

Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Test

Everything You Need to Know About an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Test

You just came out of a doctor’s appointment and you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Your mind is reeling from all the information you just received about your condition. When you’re first diagnosed, it can be extremely overwhelming with all the information circulating […]

September 10th, 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|

A Diabetic’s Guide to Peripheral Artery Disease

One in 20 people living in the U.S. over the age of 50 have peripheral artery disease (PAD); that’s over 12 million individuals! PAD occurs when extra fats and cholesterol circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries causing large amounts of plaque to accumulate; consequently, creating a blockage of blood flow […]