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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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National Heart Month: Ways to Improve Heart Health

With February being National Heart Month, it’s important to reevaluate what you can be doing each day to improve your heart health. Many Americans don’t take their heart health seriously, which can lead to devastating consequences. In fact, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. To reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, and to help your heart perform at its best, there are a few easy ways to improve your heart health. Eat dark chocolate Researchers have found an association between dark chocolate and lowered blood
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The Connection Between Stress and Heart Disease

Stress is a normal part of life, and stressful situations can often leave you feeling tense, anxious, irritable or overwhelmed. But if you have chronic stress, or aren’t managing your stress in a healthy way, it can have negative effects and contribute to serious conditions like heart disease. How stress affects your heart When you experience stress, your body releases the hormone adrenaline. Adrenaline temporarily boosts your circulation, blood pressure, heart rate, and carbohydrate metabolism to prepare your muscles for exertion, or the “fight or flight” response to a stressful circumstance, which is quite normal. Chronic stress, however, continually exposes
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The Most Effective Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you are not alone. As many as three million Americans suffer from high blood pressure every year. High blood pressure is defined as the systolic pressure (top number) reading 140 or above, or a diastolic pressure (bottom number) reading 90 or above. If you have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important to try other solutions to lower your blood pressure levels prior to exploring medical solutions. Below are a few things you can start doing today. Consume healthy, low-salt diet Consuming a healthy, low-salt diet rich in
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