• Obesity, Overweight & Vein Disease Risk

    What are overweight and obesity? Overweight and obesity are conditions in which a person is carrying too much extra body fat. The two terms do not mean exactly the same thing: obesity is a more severe form of being overweight. Excess body fat puts you at risk for blood clots in the veins of the legs (DVT) that can travel

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  • Obesity, Overweight & PAD Risk

    What are overweight and obesity? Overweight and obesity are conditions in which a person is carrying too much extra body fat. The two terms do not mean exactly the same thing: obesity is a more severe form of being overweight. Women who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop conditions that put them at risk for peripheral

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  • Homocysteine & Vein Disease Risk

    What is homocysteine and how is it related to vein disease? Homocysteine is a chemical found in the blood that is produced when the amino acid methionine (a building block for proteins) is broken down. High levels are linked to an increased risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), heart disease, and stroke. High homocysteine levels may also make you more likely to develop

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  • Homocysteine & PAD Risk

    What is homocysteine? Homocysteine is a chemical found in the blood that is produced when the amino acid methionine (a building block for proteins) is broken down. High levels are linked to an increased risk of PAD, heart disease, and stroke. The connection between homocysteine and heart and blood vessel disease was first suspected about 25 years ago. Doctors noticed that

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  • In the words of Nike, just do it.

    Just as I start getting excited for fall, summer makes a come back. It’s a sweaty 93 degrees today. Guess I’ll just have to enjoy an iced pumpkin coffee rather than a hot one. At first I thought iced and pumpkin didn’t go together – but after one sip, I was proven wrong. When I

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  • High Cholesterol & PAD Risk

    What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a type of waxy, fatty substance known as a lipid. It is made in the liver, and is also acquired through diet by eating animal products such as meat, eggs, and whole milk. Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones, cellular structures, vitamin D, and the bile acids that help to digest food.

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