Health Tips

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. 

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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.

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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.

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Valves are doorways that let blood flow one direction in, through, and out of the heart.  The mitral valve, on the left side of the heart, allows blood flow from the upper to the lower chambers.  When damaged, valves do not close tightly and blood leaks.  Mitral valve regurgitation is when blood leaks backward into the upper chamber of the heart, forcing the heart to work harder to pump the excess blood.  Over time, the heart weakens and fails.

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Venous leg ulcers are one of the most common types of skin ulcers and mainly develop just above the ankle. The skin breaks down revealing the underlying flesh in a sore.

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With warmer weather and swimsuit season around the corner, many people are getting ready to exercise.  Exercise promotes a healthy lifestyle for everyone but is especially crucial for those with cardiovascular issues. Five major risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, smoking, obesity and an inactive lifestyle.  Exercise may improve four out of the five risk factors.

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