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Alcoholism And Vascular Disease
The vascular system is made up with 3 components, arteries, veins, and lymph channels. The most common description of vascular disease is usually associated with arterial insufficiency, also known as PAD. This usually is more of an issue as people age, who also have associated medical conditions to include diabetes, hypertension, heart ...Read more
Many: There are many screening tests available for use in individuals at risk for vascular disease. These include carotid duplex which looks for plaque in the carotid arteries. Another important tool is a lowerextremity arterial evaluation/abi which measures the blood pressure ratio in the arm to ankle to estimate blood flow to the legs and ais an excellent marker of vascular disease. Certain blood tes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many directories: You can get a referral from your primary doc, your health insurance website or your local hospital. You can google "vascular surgeons" and get information on local providers. Health grades is a website that ranks local docs by their own patients. Even the phone book will have listings for local vascular providers. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes, vascular risks: People with type 2 diabetes not only have high sugars, but also likely have the Insulin resistance syndrome, including high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL chol, increased tendency to clot, increased inflammation. All of these factors promote atherogenic (plaque) disease in blood vessels, leading to higher risk of stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and coronary heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often they are: A bruit is a noise that is heard with a stethoscope reflecting turbulent flow. IT can be a normal finding and is non specific. It is often associated with narrowing of arteries, however that is unlikely in a 33 year old. THe pest way to tell if you have "PVD" is to have a physician measure the pressure in your feet and calculate an "ABI" (foot pressure/arm pressure) value of 0.9 or more is normal ...Read more
Atherosclerosis: The pathophysiology of peripheral vascular disease is atherosclerosis. This is a generalized disease process with risk factors including diabetes, old age, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and smoking. Atherosclerosis builds up, causing narrowed areas in blood vessels. Some important vessels which get blocked include; carotids, heart vessels (coronary) and leg arteries. ...Read more
Peripheral Vascular: In addition, hypertension is one of the risk factors associated with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). Poor management of these risk factors can put you at risk for PVD. Those risk factors are: 1. Smoking; 2. Diabetes; 3. Hypertension; 4. High Cholesterol; 5. Over the age of 50; 6. Family history of PVD. Being overweight can also contribute. Please see a Vascular Surgeon to be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have peripheral vascular disease can I quit my pack a day habit cold turkey or should I ween off?
?: Margaret514, if you are really 26 as your profile states, the likelihood that you have peripheral vascular disease is close to zero, even though you smoke. I certainly applaud your resolve to quit though. The sooner the better. Quitting cold turkey will not harm you, although it's never easy. Good luck, my friend! ...Read more
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