What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Vein Thrombosis is when a clot forms in the deep veins most commonly in the legs. Symptoms include leg pain, cramping or soreness, swelling, and red or discolored skin. When a clot forms in a large vein, there is the danger it will break loose and become lodged in the heart or lungs with serious consequences.
What are Blood Vessels?
Blood vessels are a centrical part of the circulatory system transporting blood throughout the body. The inside of blood vessels is lined with a thin layer of epithelial cells, allowing blood to flow smoothly through the tubes. Blood vessels vary in size, but the smallest is a mere five micrometers where an average human hair is 17 micrometers. The roadmap of blood vessels throughout the body is extensive. If all the blood vessels in an adult were laid end to end, they would measure 100,000 miles long.
Many people experience leg pain and believe it is merely an uncomfortable part of life. However, leg pain is often more severe than a passing cramp. Leg pain can stop you in your tracks. Experiencing leg pain during activity that goes away during rest could be the sign of Peripheral Arterial Disease.
The doctors at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, PA are experts of the heart. The cardiologists monitor heart palpitations and any abnormality. Do not assume they are normal until having them checked out by a cardiologist.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a circulatory disease in which arteries become blocked or narrowed. Plaque from cholesterol, fats, and other substances gradually build up in the arteries and restrict blood flow to the extremities, a process called atherosclerosis. If left untreated, PAD can result in severe pain, ulcers, infection, limb loss, and possible death.
The heart sits just behind your ribs on the left side of your body. It is a fist-sized muscle in your chest and the center of the circulatory system. It pumps blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen and carrying waste.
Summer is in full swing and temperatures are rising. It is important to know how to stay healthy in the heat, especially when in the sun or taking part in physical activity. The best thing you can do is stay hydrated.
Strokes are the fifth cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in America, according to The American Heart Association. A stroke is when a blood vessel carrying nutrients and oxygen to the brain becomes blocked or ruptures, causing brain cells to die. The body functions associated with the damaged part of the brain are no longer able to function correctly.
Summer has begun, which means exercise and swimsuit season. However, exercising in the summer heat makes for a dangerous combination. If you do not regularly exercise and are beginning, it is best to consult the doctors at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A. Inactivity can aggravate medical conditions and heart problems that make exercising dangerous.
Thrombophlebitis (pronounced THROM-B0H-FLEH-BEYE-TIS) is an inflamed vein due to blood clotting that creates blockages, usually in the legs. The most common type is superficial thrombophlebitis. When the clot is in a deep vein it is called deep vein thrombophlebitis. Swelling and clots interfering with blood circulation in the legs is uncomfortable and can be dangerous.