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Collagen Vascular Disease In Children
Collagen Vascular : These are diseases that attack the connective tissues of blood vessels. They are typically autoimmune disorders characterized by overactivity of the immune system resulting in auto-antibodies that attack the collagen connective tissue of blood vessels & other tissues, resulting in inlammation & weakness of the connecitve tissues. Examples are lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, & sjogren's. ...Read more
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
Sick Support: You can think of collagen as sort of the glue and supporting tissue that holds our bodies together. There is collagen holding our eye lens in place and collagen in our ligaments of our joints and other places. Collagen vascular disease is typically an autoimmune disease which affects all sorts of tissues. Rheumatologists are the specialists who typically see this illness. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on location of affected organ like lungs, kidneys, intestines .. Etc ...Read more
Auto-immune: Auto immune disorder related to salivary glands. Can develop dry mouth, etc. ...Read more
What do vertical lines on your nails say about your health??? (I have collagen vascular disease by the way. )
Lines that go from side to side (horizontal ) nail are Beau's lines (guess which doctor named them) and certainly can be a reflection of a variety of conditions including collagen vascular disorders (I suspect you were talking about Raynaud's) .
Vertical lines however are commonly seen normal healthy people. ...Read more
Why can't you use Bazuka if you have a circulation problem. What effect does it have? I have collagen vascular disease btw and I have verrucas too
Not sure: I cannot find this medicine in my references and not sure how to advise. Can you give more info? ...Read more
Can you get cured from Collagen Vascular Disease? I'm taking nifedipine. will I have to take them for the rest of my life. I'm 16!
Why can't you use Bazuka gel to treat verrucas if you have a circulation problem. What effect does it have? I have collagen vascular disease btw.
Strong Acid: Bazuka gel is a strong salicyclic acid formulary that will cause damage to the layers of the skin of the wart & to the layers surrounding the wart. With collagen vascular disease it will take a long time to heal those layers back and the chance of infection would be high. Natural castor oil is effective in sloughing off wart tissue when placed directly on the wart and sealed with a bandage daily! ...Read more
Is collagen vascular disease curable or do I have to live with it for the rest of my life. I'm 16!!! I take nifedipine btw?
No cure, but: There's no cure for collagen vascular disease but the course is highly variable and it burns out in some. For the rest, there are increasingly effective treatments so stay the course and remain optimistic. (there are many diseases today that are curable that were incurable in the past). ...Read more
I take nifedipine 5mg for collagen vascular disease. Colour of toes is fine when I take them but my toes go INSANELY COLD!! Why?? What's happening???
Different areas: Collagen vascular diseases or multi-system diseases are just that. They are a group of diseases characterized by autoimmune aberrations. Varied organ systems can be involved - skin, joints or any internal organs - heart, kidneys, blood or nervous system. The way a disease presents itself depends on which areas are involved. See you doctor or rheumatologist. ...Read more
Can be autoimmune: Collagen vascular disease encompasses a series of autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma to name a few. Each of these can have variations on their diagnostic categories. These were first named becuase there were similar changes in the soft tissues and blood vessels when biopsies were done in people with a collagen vascular diseases. ...Read more
DIFFICULT ANSWER: Collagen vasular diseases include a broad spectrum of illnesses. As a rheumatologist, we do our best to isolate what collagen vasular disease a patient has. The term, collagen vascular disease does not descibe one disease but rather the whole practice of rheumatology. I figure your doctor may have found an abnormal boold test which may or may not be significant. I need more information to help you. ...Read more
Too Many: There are too many foods touting cardiovascular benefits! in this day and age a single food is often touted as the next "miracle" food, or that if you eat the berries or drink the juice you will lose weight and never have heart disease-don't buy it! instead look to create a program based on delicious, whole fresh and minimally processed food items. This is the fuel upon which you were born to run! ...Read more
Special cases do: Warfarin is not the standard treatment for most cases of peripheral vascular disease. In general, most people with PVD benefit from Aspirin and statin medications which reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. However, some people may have other diseases associated with vascular disease that require warfarin. Check with your doctor! ...Read more
Yes you can: Peripheral vascular disease and cardiovascular disease are the number one killer. They kill by cardiovascular events; such as stroke, heart attack, sudden death, limb loss, organ failure, hemorrhage or bleeding out. Often no warning to the patient or doc, before a vascular event. Patients and doctors have to work as a team to diagnose and treat before event occurs. ...Read more
Not really: Peripheral vascular disease is not necessarily reversible, but its risk can be successfully managed. The pillars of treatment are, 1) smoking cessation, 2) anti- platelet therapy (aspirin/ plavix), and 3) statin therapy to lower cholesterol. There have been anecdotal reports of plaque reversal but this does not happen for everybody. ...Read more
Yes it can.: Your arteries are normally smooth and unobstructed. Over time they can become blocked (atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries). Plaque can build up in the walls of your arteries. Plaque is made up of cholesterol, calcium, and fibrous tissue. As more plaque builds up, your arteries narrow and stiffen. Eventually, enough plaque builds up to reduce blood flow and oxygen delivery. This is pvd. ...Read more
Close leaking valves: Varicose veins are a result of malfunctioning valves usually in the saphenous system. The first step in treatment would be to obtain a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help plan treatment which could be laser or radiofreqency closure of the valves usually with microphlebectomies and possible sclerotherapy or ultrasound directed sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read more
Not really: As vascular disease progresses the muscles first then nerves of the leg create symptoms. Initially vascular insufficiency causes leg fatigue and cramps in the calves and thigh muscles. Nerve pain from insufficiency is worse at night and can be so intense it drives patients to seek help. Stiffness may be from something else. Ok to check with your doc. Simple vascular ultrasound will make diagnosis. ...Read more
Don't Smoke: The development of peripheral vascular disease is multifactorial but smoking is by far the greatest risk factor. Other behavioral modifications would be to maintain a low cholesterol diet and to treat any diabetes. Following these three recommendations will help minimize risk. ...Read more
Collagen is a component of extracellular tissue, which is found throughout the body. Collagen is a proten important for tissue strength and tissue healing. There are several differnt subtypes of collagen, depending on where it is found. Collagen has a high content of hydroxyproline, which is ...Read more