Archives for Vascular

Dr. Olinde featured in Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge

Vascular surgeon Andrew Olinde, MD, was named Chief Medical Officer at Baton Rouge General in December. In this role, Dr. Olinde is responsible for building positive relationships with the physician community and representing the General publicly on medical topics. In addition, he continues to see patients at the Vascular Specialty Center located on the General’s Bluebonnet campus. Read the Complete Article >>>
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Understanding Atherectomy and Carotid Endarterectomy

The vascular system is the body’s network of blood vessels, which is made up of arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart. Vascular system problems are common. In fact, millions of Americans are diagnosed with vascular disease each year. Two of the most serious vascular diseases are atherosclerosis and carotid artery disease — both of which are caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. Atherosclerosis facts Atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries, occurs when plaque buildup causes arteries to narrow, weaken and become less flexible. Eventually, the amount of blood and oxygen delivered to
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Types of Vascular Disease

With every beat of your heart, blood is pumped through a complex system of large and small blood vessels known as the circulatory system. Blood vessels are elastic tubes that transport blood throughout the body. Arteries move blood away from the heart and veins return it. Vascular disorders are defined as any condition that affects these vessels and prevents the circulatory system from functioning properly. Types of Vascular Disease There are many types of vascular disease. Some conditions are severe and must be handled immediately, while others can be managed with the proper care. Common vascular diseases include: Abdominal Aortic
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Traveling With Vein Disease

For people with vein disease (venous insufficiency), traveling short distances isn’t usually problematic. But on a plane or car trip lasting several hours, the risk of blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) increases. When clots break free and travel to the lungs from the legs, this is known as pulmonary embolism and it can be fatal. Flights lasting 8 to 10 hours pose the greatest risk of clotting for people traveling with vein disease. Varicose veins and risk of blood clots If you suffer from varicose veins, the chances of developing a blood clot during air travel is increased
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The Importance of Exercise for Vascular Health

Most people are aware that exercise is a key component to support an overall healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps to strengthen and tone our bodies and maintain a healthy bodyweight. It’s even beneficial to our vascular health, promoting blood flow and circulation. Exercise and vascular health After the age of 55, the risk for vascular conditions like heart attack, stroke, hypertension, peripheral artery disease, and high cholesterol significantly increases. People who live a sedentary lifestyle are at an even greater risk for developing these conditions, especially those who are obese. To combat the development of these conditions, there are many exercises
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