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Dr. Andrew Olinde Named to Prestigious 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America List

DR. ANDREW OLINDE NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS 2017-2018 BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA® LIST Dr. Andrew Olinde has been named one of the Best Doctors in America® for 2017-2018. The prestigious recognition marks the eleventh time that Dr. Andrew Olinde has earned this honor. He was the only Vascular Surgeon to receive this award in Baton Rouge. The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup® results from exhaustive polling of close to 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or
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Average Carotid Artery Surgery Recovery Time

If you are scheduled to undergo carotid artery surgery, it is likely being performed to clear a blockage that’s causing the artery to narrow. Once cleared, proper blood flow to your brain is restored. The surgery lasts a few hours, but after that, what can you expect in terms of recovery time? At Baton Rouge Vascular Specialty Center, we perform surgeries based on your unique treatment plan, then map your recovery according to your individual goals, health and lifestyle. However, there are some general timelines for carotid artery surgery recovery we can share. Average carotid artery recovery time After surgery, most
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First in Southern Louisiana to Perform New Stroke Prevention Procedure

Baton Rouge, La. – Last week, a patient at Baton Rouge General was among the first in the country to benefit from a new stroke prevention procedure. Dr. Vince Weaver, a vascular surgeon at Vascular Specialty Center, is the first physician in South Louisiana and the only physician in Baton Rouge to perform a new, minimally invasive procedure that reverses the blood flow through the brain to divert blood clots and plaque away from the brain to prevent blockage and stroke. “Strokes can be tragic and life-altering, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer such an important new option
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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms Before Rupture

The body’s main supplier of blood, the aorta, runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. It’s about the thickness of a garden hose. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area — often the result of a blood clot — in the lower part of the aorta. Should it rupture, an abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding.  How can you recognize abdominal aortic aneurysm symptoms? These aneurysms can be difficult to detect, because they can grow slowly and without symptoms. Some aneurysms will never rupture. Many start small and even after expanding over time,
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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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Diagnosing Vascular Conditions

Vascular disease treatments are more effective when the root cause is diagnosed. The diagnosis of vascular conditions often requires a series of tests to determine the nature and extent of the problem. The doctors at Baton Rouge Vascular Specialty Center can help identify underlying issues, as well as the severity of your condition. Common vascular conditions Peripheral artery disease (PAD) PAD is a circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce the flow of blood to your extremities. Carotid occlusive disease This disease causes a narrowing of the blood vessels in the neck. These blood vessels are responsible for carrying
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Heart-Healthy Foods You Should Be Eating

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, so it’s important to treat it right. Hectic weekday routines can leave you reaching for frozen, take-out or drive-thru options, but these may leave you short on nutritional value. Instead, fill your fridge with lean cuts of skinless meat, fish, beans and a colorful selection of fruits and vegetables. These options will help you get the nutrition you need to take care of your heart, veins and body. The 10 best foods for heart health Add these foods into your diet for great taste and better health. Oats
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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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