• Diabetes & PAD Risk

    What is diabetes? Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition in which the body cannot properly control the level of sugar in the blood. Insulin is a hormone that regulates sugar (glucose) levels in the blood. In women with diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use insulin as well as it should. During digestion, carbohydrates

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  • C-Reactive Protein & PAD Risk

    What is C-Reactive Protein? C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance produced by the body in response to inflammation – the process by which the body responds to injury. Physicians now believe that atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty plaque on the walls of the arteries, is an inflammatory process. By measuring the amount of CRP in a woman’s blood, doctors can

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  • High Blood Pressure & PAD Risk

    What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the walls of your arteries(or blood vessels) as blood flows through your body. It is normal for your blood pressure to rise and fall throughout the day, going up when your muscles need more oxygen (such as during exercise) and down when

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  • Aging & Vein Disease Risk

    How does aging affect my risk of vein disease? Blood clots in the veins can occur in anyone at any age. However, like other forms of heart and blood vessel disease, vein disease becomes more common as you get older. The risk of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT)

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  • Aging – Menopause & PAD Risk

    Why does age affect my risk of peripheral artery disease? Like other forms of heart disease, a woman’s risk of peripheral artery disease increases as she gets older. There are several reasons for this: First, atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries, is a lifelong process. Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of

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  • Overweight, Obesity and Heart Failure

    What is obesity? Obesity is a more severe form of being overweight. Doctors use a scale called the body mass index (BMI) to evaluate your body weight in relation to your height and determine your ideal weight. Your BMI is calculated by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing it by your height in meters squared. Calculate your own BMI

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