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Don’t Take a Chance with Your Health: Attend Our Free Peripheral Artery Disease Screening on March 20th!

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is when large and medium-sized peripheral arteries — which supply blood to the head, organs and limbs — become narrow or clogged and restrict blood flow. PAD is dangerous and potentially deadly. Most often found in the legs, PAD is caused by the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis). It can cause pain, disability, organ failure and other serious consequences to lifestyle and health — even death. Also, atherosclerosis in the peripheral arteries is often accompanied by the same problem in the coronary arteries, which is heart disease. If you’re at risk, get screened for PAD! PAD on
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Exercise Can Help Improve Your Vascular Health

We all know exercise is paramount in a healthy lifestyle. Most of us believe that it will tone our bodies, keep our weight down, and make us stronger; but did you know it can also improve your vascular health? What is Vascular Health? Vascular health is about strengthening your heart and lungs so they perform at their optimal levels. After the age of 55 we are naturally at a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.). When we live a sedentary life, these problems become even more of a risk. Obesity
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Peripheral Artery Disease Can Be a Silent Killer. Attend Our Free Screening on Feb. 6 to Learn if You Are at Risk.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is when large and medium-sized peripheral arteries — which supply blood to the head, organs and limbs — become narrow or clogged and restrict blood flow. PAD is dangerous and potentially deadly. Most often found in the legs, PAD is caused by the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis). It can cause pain, disability, organ failure and other serious consequences to lifestyle and health — even death. Also, atherosclerosis in the peripheral arteries is often accompanied by the same problem in the coronary arteries, which is heart disease. If you’re at risk, get screened for PAD! PAD on
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FREE Vascular Screenings in January, February and March

Find out if you’re at risk for heart or vascular disease! Today, Vascular Specialty Center’s Dr. Andrew J. Olinde appeared on WBRZ-TV to discuss Baton Rouge General’s upcoming vascular screening events. Consisting of noninvasive ultrasound evaluation of the carotid artery, the screening involves looking for the formation of plaque, which correlates to plaque buildup in the coronary arteries, which is heart disease. Screening, which is completely free, will help Dr. Olinde and his team identify risk factors for heart disease. Screening events take place at Baton Rouge General’s Bluebonnet campus on January 22, 2015 February 26, 2015 March 26, 2015
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Peripheral Artery Disease Can Be a Silent Killer. Attend Our Free Screening on Jan. 16 to Learn if You Are at Risk.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is when large and medium-sized peripheral arteries — which supply blood to the head, organs and limbs — become narrow or clogged and restrict blood flow. PAD is dangerous and potentially deadly. Most often found in the legs, PAD is caused by the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis). It can cause pain, disability, organ failure and other serious consequences to lifestyle and health — even death. Also, atherosclerosis in the peripheral arteries is often accompanied by the same problem in the coronary arteries, which is heart disease. If you’re at risk, get screened for PAD! PAD on
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Heart Disease Is Treatable and Preventable

Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, is a term used to define several types of diseases that affect the cardiovascular system in your body. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana heart disease can include cardiac disease, vascular diseases affecting the brain and kidneys and peripheral artery disease. According to the American Heart Association heart disease can be attributed to atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds along the arterial walls constricting blood flow in the body. A clot can form when the arteries narrow, causing any number of life threatening issues such as heart attacks and strokes. Symptoms of heart disease can
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How Do You Know If You Have Peripheral Artery Disease?

Peripheral artery disease affects numerous individuals in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. 1 in 20 Americans over 50 has P.A.D. and you may not even know you have it. This disease occurs when arteries become constricted, causing reduced blood flow to your extremities, especially the legs. Losing blood flow to these areas can cause pain and slowed movement. It can also indicate a large problem in which fatty deposits are blocking your arteries, which can affect other areas besides the extremities. Your heart and brain can be damaged if this disease goes untreated. Fortunately, there are steps you can take
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Vascular Specialty Center Physician to Report Experience with Minimally-Invasive Laparoscopic Aortic Reconstruction

Dr. Andrew J. Olinde will discuss Vascular Specialty Center results of laparoscopic aortic repair at the 31st annual Northwestern Vascular Symposium on December 14th, 2006 in Chicago, IL.  This meeting represents a major international forum for the specialty of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy.  In conjunction with addressing the attendants, Vascular Specialty Center physicians will contribute a chapter for the accompanying textbook for the meeting – Trends in Vascular Surgery. Vascular Specialty Center is the leading center for laparoscopic aortic surgery in the United States having performed over 50 cases. “We are honored to have been invited to present our
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Vascular Specialty Center and Neuromedical Center Collaborate For Stroke-Prevention Clinical Trial

Baton Rouge, LA – Vascular Specialty Center is pleased to announce their collaboration with the Neuromedical Center for enrollment into the CREST trial for stroke prevention. The only carotid stenting stroke prevention trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Vascular Specialty Center ranks as a leading enrolling site for this landmark, multicenter clinical trial. “We wish to sincerely thank the neurologists and staff of the fine Neuromedical Center for joining with us in delivering the latest vascular technologies to the people of South Louisiana”, says Dr. Andrew Olinde, Vascular Specialty Center physician.
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