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IVC filter to stop clots to the lungs

IVC filter to stop clots to the lungs

We recently had a 50 year old gentleman who developed leg pain – a cramping, nagging pain. He then went on to develop a cough and shortness of breath. He went to the hospital and was found to have a “Pulmonary embolism”.   He was placed on blood thinners, but then developed blood in his urine and hence had to be taken off the blood thinners. So to protect his lungs and heart from further bad effects of these “clots”, an IVC filter had to be placed. Once...

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Cyclists and Vascular problems

Cyclists and Vascular problems

Recently, I had a 50 year old healthy male patient who is an intensive cyclist who developed abdominal and back pain several months ago and through the process of elimination and investigation, was found to have “iliac artey dissection”. This is one of the rarer manifestations of “Endofibrosis”. While this happened at 50 years of age in this patient, it can happen at any age, including younger patients, and in recreational as well as professional...

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10 Q’s to ask your surgeon before having surgery

10 Q’s to ask your surgeon before having surgery

Why do I need this operation? How will the operation be performed? Are there other treatment options, and is this operation the best option for me? What are the risks, benefits, and possible complications for this operation? Will my health history and the medications I am currently taking mean the risks, possible complications, and benefits will be different for me? What are my anesthesia options? What kind of anesthesia is best for me considering my...

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Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) on the ascent in UAE

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) on the ascent in UAE

As indicated by an internationally published study conducted in the Arabian Gulf ( Kuwait, UAE and Qatar.), 13.5 per cent of the population. in UAE (study covered people above the age of 18 across 64 health centres) found to have PVD. Peripheral Vascular disease results in poor blood circulation in arteries and veins, causing impairment in their condition which is a serious problem for the patient. Arteries anywhere in our body can get blocked by build-up of plaque, though...

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Lymphedema Management and Treatment

Lymphedema Management and Treatment

Beginning March 2016, lymphedema management and treatment has become available at the Dubai practice of Vascular.ae. What this means is that a vascular surgery assessment and subsequent lymphatic massage are all done at the same facility and at the same visit. This is especially focused on patients with breast cancer who have had their axillary nodes removed. The first such facility to do so in the country. Each treatment session of lymphatic massage shall be preceded and...

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PRACTICAL TIPS AND PRECAUTIONS FOR LYMPHEDEMA PATIENTS

Lymphedema of the leg (secondary lymphedema) often occurs following treatment for cancer of the abdomen. Lymph nodes are removed in the course of surgery and/or radiotherapy resulting in damage to the lymphatic system. A genetic predisposition to insufficiency of the lymphatic system can also lead to the development of (primary) lymphedema. Special recommendations have been defined for cancer patients in aftercare, which are intended to help avoid or at least delay the...

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Vascular surgeon (Dr. Amit Kumar) helps elderly Emirati woman get back on her feet

Vascular surgeon (Dr. Amit Kumar) helps elderly Emirati woman get back on her feet

Vascular surgeon Sharjah, has helped a 76-year-old Emirati diabetic woman get back on her feet after a successful procedure at University Hospital Sharjah. During the two-hour long angioplasty procedure, Dr Amit Kumar, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at UHS, removed several blockages in her leg’s arteries, allowing her to walk again after many years of being wheelchair-bound. The patient, Fatima Salim Al Marri, has been a diabetic with high blood pressure for the past 18...

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Vascular Lab now available across all Vascular.ae practices – Perimed 6000

Vascular Lab now available across all Vascular.ae practices – Perimed 6000

Tests available: ABI’s Toe pressures Transcutaneous oxygen levels Useful for: Diabetic patients Peripheral vascular disease patients Non healing wounds

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Awards Ceremony for outstanding contribution in publishing articles in international journals – Burjeel Hospital

Awards Ceremony for outstanding contribution in publishing articles in international journals  – Burjeel Hospital

VPS Healthcare Group awarded and recognized Dr. Amit Kumar ( Consultant – Vascular Surgery ) in the Awards Ceremony at Burjeel Hospital Auditorium. This event was organized to recognize individuals who have continuously worked towards achieving healthcare innovations with the objective of improving patient safety and care through research and development.

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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular diseases (PVDs) are blood circulation disorders that impact blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. Normally PVD strikes the veins and arteries of arms and legs. PVD results in narrowing of blood vessels and decreases the amount of blood and oxygen supplied to the arms and legs. People with Diabetics have a high risk of having PVDs especially in our part of the world, eventually causing loss of sensation and result in to amputation. To...

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Aneurysms

Aneurysms

An aneurysm is the simple ballooning of a blood vessel. This can affect the “arteries” or the tubes, which carry “clean” blood as well as the veins (unclean blood). Not only are aneurysms more common in the arteries but also more dangerous. They can either become so big that they can burst…”rupture”, or like an empty dumpster which is a magnet for garbage, an aneurysm collects blood and develops “clots” (garbage). These can then break off and go to the...

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Risk of Heart Attack / Heart Failure / Stroke with Vascular Surgery

Risk of Heart Attack / Heart Failure / Stroke with Vascular Surgery

Yes doctor…I understand the procedure, but what is the risk…. While most vascular procedures are so minimally invasive that the risks are quite low, especially procedures on veins. However, the risk increases significantly, when we get into vascular problems involving carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries in the neck which can cause strokes), aortic aneurysms (ballooning of the blood vessels which can burst and cause instantaneous death) or severe shortage...

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Side effects of “injections” – sclerotherapy

Side effects of “injections” – sclerotherapy

What are “injections” that are given in the veins? While the video shows you how it looks, there are several questions, which I get asked mainly related to the complications, and which I thought we should discuss. These “injections” are also known as “sclerotherapy.” These can be done for the very fine veins – “reticular veins / spider veins” or the larger veins “ varicose veins”. The smaller ones (reticular veins) are treated simply with using...

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Endovascular Revolution in Vascular Surgery : Coffee Morning at UHS

Endovascular Revolution in Vascular Surgery : Coffee Morning at UHS

At UHS coffee morning session on 30th August 2015, Dr. Amit Kumar, Consultant, Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Sharjah spoke about “Endovascular Revolution in Vascular Surgery” Vascular surgery recognized the transition from open surgery to endovascular procedures as treatments for vascular disease, which was established in Dr. Amit’s lecture. Because of their experience and expertise in minimally invasive procedures (Endovascular) for carotid occlusive...

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Coffee Mornings at UHS : Meet and greet Dr. Amit Kumar, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Coffee Mornings at UHS : Meet and greet Dr. Amit Kumar, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Meet and greet Dr. Amit Kumar, Consultant Vascular Surgeon Date: August 30, 2015 Time: 8:00 am – 8:30am Venue: UHS Auditorium Topic: Endovascular Revolution in Vascular Surgery

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BUILDING HEALTHCARE MIDDLE EAST – Dr. Amit Kumar Speaks

BUILDING HEALTHCARE MIDDLE EAST – Dr. Amit Kumar Speaks

Dr. Amit Kumar Specialist Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Clinical Assistant Professor -  Surgery Columbia University, New York, USA speaks about "The impact of EHR when creating a value-based care delivery system", in a session "THE FUTURE OF CARE DELIVERY" at Building Healthcare Middle East 2015.   Building Healthcare Middle East 2015 Conferences were designed for anyone involved in healthcare facilities investment, finance, construction, design and planning,...

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Venefit Procedure Workshop

Venefit Procedure Workshop

Dr. Amit Kumar Speaks in Venefit Procedure Workshop. (The Venefit procedure uses radiofrequency energy to precisely and effectively treat patients suffering from Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). With less pain and bruising than alternative treatments, physicians can feel confident that a better patient experience is part of every Venefit procedure.)

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Renowned vascular surgeon,Dr. Amit Kumar , offers his expertise to the University Hospital Sharjah, saves diabetic patient’s foot

Renowned vascular surgeon,Dr. Amit Kumar , offers his expertise to the University Hospital Sharjah, saves diabetic patient’s foot

Dr. Amit Kumar , Vascular Surgeon, offers his expertise to the leading healthcare provider in Sharjah and the UAE “University Hospital Sharjah (UHS)”. Dr Amit Kumar, consultant vascular surgeon at the University Hospital Sharjah, advises that patients should check their feet every day, or ask a family member to look at their feet, and report even a small cut to their primary care doctor. - See more at:...

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Dr. Amit Kumar speaking at HIMSS Middle East Integrated Health Innovations Conference

Dr. Amit Kumar speaking at HIMSS Middle East Integrated Health Innovations Conference

Dr. Amit Kumar speaking at HIMSS Middle East Integrated Health Innovations Conference.

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12th Arab Society of Renal Transplantation / 6th ISN-EMAN Update Course in Nephology 2014

12th Arab Society of Renal Transplantation / 6th ISN-EMAN Update Course in Nephology 2014

Dr. Amit Kumar at 12th Arab Society of Renal Transplantation and 6th ISN-EMAN Update Course in Nephology 2014

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UAE residents ‘should take deep vein thrombosis more seriously’

UAE residents ‘should take deep vein thrombosis more seriously’

Residents of the UAE are vulnerable to a potentially fatal condition because they do not take it seriously and know disturbingly little about it. Deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a clot develops in a vein. In some cases it can detach and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism that can kill. By far the most cases will lead to damage to the deep veins, which can lead to ulceration. According to Dr Amit Kumar, vascular surgeon at Mediclinic City Hospital...

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Diabetes and Blockages in Hand Blood Vessels

Diabetes and Blockages in Hand Blood Vessels

With an increasing prevalence of Diabetes, the number of patients with blockages in the blood vessels (specifically the arteries) is increasing. These patients typically come with leg complaints such as pain in the calf when walking, an ulcer that is not healing or some even with gangrene. What we have seen increasing in our practice is that patients are presenting with hand symptoms as well. One was a 63 year old lady who had diabetes and had a dialysis fistula in the arm...

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Birthmarks or Congenital Vascular Malformations

Birthmarks or Congenital Vascular Malformations

What is a hemangioma? A hemangioma is a type of birthmark. It is the most common benign (noncancerous) tumor of the skin. Hemangiomas may be present at birth (faint red mark) or may appear in the first months after birth. A hemangioma is also known as a port wine stain, strawberry hemangioma, and salmon patch. About 60 percent of hemangiomas occur in the head or neck area. Hemangiomas occur at least three times more often in females than in males. Most will continue to...

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Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) affects about 10% of the US population and can develop at any age. Women tend to be affected twice as often as men. To be diagnosed with this syndrome four basic criteria must be met: 1. Symptoms are triggered by rest / sleep 2. Worse at night and absent in the morning 3. Strong urge to move the legs 4. Relief of symptoms with movement of the legs While RLS may accompany a host of medical conditions it may occur by itself. Controlling these...

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Stroke – Silent Killer

Stroke – Silent Killer

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability worldwide. More than half of all stroke patients are left dependant on others for their daily activities. Stroke happens 25% more in women compared to men. Majority of strokes are "ischemic" - due to blockages ( plaque - see image ) in the blood vessels. Majority of these strokes are preventable either through medical management or through surgery - which in the appropriate hands - allows you to reduce the risk by 6% to 17%...

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Dialysis Meet May 15th 2014

Dialysis Meet May 15th 2014

Dialysis Meet – May 15th, 2014 Location: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE Chair: Dr. Amit Kumar Consultant – Surgeon Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi Dubai Healthcare City Dubai The meeting discussed the critical role of teamwork and collaboration for better patient outcomes. Also, discussed the many ways of ensuring that fistual’s once made, stayed open. Techniques discussed included the one’s currently offered by Vascular.ae at the various hospitals at which the...

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Dr. Amit on DubaiEye-Discusses kidney disease and treatment

Dr. Amit Kumar talks about kidney failure, kidney disease, dialysis and how to manage your treatment on DubaiEye. Listen to the Podcasts Below   listen to ‘Kidney Matters 2, 29.04.2014’ on Audioboo //

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Kidney Failure and Dialysis

Kidney Failure and Dialysis

Kidney failure is rapidly becoming a problem from which diabetics are being afflicted. By far the two important risk factors are high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus. About 50% of dialysis patients are diabetics. Worldwide the number receiving renal replacement therapy (RRT) is increasing by 8% annually. Once a person is likely to be on dialysis, early intervention is critical for good results. The ideal treatment is of course transplantation. However this requires...

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Dr. Amit on DubaiEye-Discusses DVT

Dr. Amit on DubaiEye-Discusses DVT

Dr. Amit Kumar talks about DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) on DubaiEye's "Eye on Health" Show.  UAE RESIDENTS ‘SHOULD TAKE DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS MORE SERIOUSLY’ Listen to the Podcast Below listen to ‘DVT Awareness Month 25.03.2014’ on Audioboo //

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New anti-coagulants (blood thinners)

New anti-coagulants (blood thinners)

Blood thinners are medicines that many of us take in our lives whether for a heart condition or for a blood clot in the legs or lungs or simply before or after orthopedic surgery. Aspirin and Clopidogrel (Plavix) are NOT blood thinners in the classic definition that doctors use. The most commonly used blood thinner has been Coumadin ( Warfarin ). However over the past few years, newer blood thinners have come out for medical use which have several advantages such as no...

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Abdominal aortic aneurysms

Abdominal aortic aneurysms

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in your body. It takes blood to the different parts of the body, much like a main road and through its various exits gives good blood to the different parts of the body. Sometimes this main road (aorta), especially in the lower part of the belly can become big like a balloon - an abdominal aortic aneurysm. As this balloon becomes bigger it is at risk of popping. When it does burst (rupture) it can cause sudden death - entirely...

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A Patient's Guide to Taking Dabigatran Etexilate

Dabigatran etexilate is a prescription medication used to slow and inhibit the formation of blood clots. Dabigatran is known by the trade name Pradaxa in the United States and all other countries in which it is marketed except Japan (Prazaxa) and Canada (Pradax). Although forming blood clots is a normal and important body function needed to stop bleeding, for some people the blood clot formation process can become harmful. For example, people with an irregular heart rhythm...

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Belly pain in women

It is estimated that one-third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain in their lifetime. Recent advancements show the pain may be due to hard-to-detect varicose veins in the pelvis, known as pelvic congestion syndrome. The causes of chronic pelvic pain are varied, but are often associated with the presence of ovarian and pelvic varicose veins. Pelvic congestion syndrome is similar to varicose veins in the legs. In both cases, the valves in the veins that help...

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Aortic Aneurysm – An Introduction

Aortic aneurysms are a ballooning of the main blood vessel in the chest or the belly (abdomen). These can be thoracic or abdominal. The abdominal aortic aneurysms are more often seen than thoracic aortic aneurysms. The abdominal aortic are more common in men and in people aged 65 years or older. There are several risk factors for aneurysms including atherosclerosis (hardened arteries), genetic factors, high blood pressure, smoking as well as infection or injury (the latter...

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What is peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

Your arteries carry blood rich in oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body. When the arteries in your legs become blocked, your legs do not receive enough blood or oxygen, and you may have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), sometimes called leg artery disease. PAD can cause discomfort or pain when you walk. The pain can occur in your hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, shins, or upper feet. Leg artery disease is considered a type of...

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What is thrombolysis (clot busting)?

Thrombolytic therapy is a treatment used to break up dangerous clots inside your blood vessels. To perform this treatment, your physician injects clot-dissolving medications into a blood vessel. In some cases, the medications flow through your bloodstream to the clot. In other cases, your physician guides a long, thin tube, called a catheter, through your blood vessels to the area of the clot. Depending on the circumstances, the tip of the catheter may carry special...

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What is an angiogram?

An angiogram is an imaging test that uses x-rays to view your body’s blood vessels. Physicians often use this test to study narrow, blocked, enlarged, or malformed arteries or veins in many parts of your body, including your brain, heart, abdomen, and legs. When the arteries are studied, the test is also called an arteriogram. If the veins are studied, it is called a venogram. To create the x-ray images, your physician will inject a liquid, sometimes called "dye", through...

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Effort thrombosis – Arm DVT

Effort thrombosis – Arm DVT

This syndrome, also known as Paget-Schroetter syndrome occurs commonly in young athletes and people employed in occupations that require repetitive activities with the arms elevated. This repetitive motion compresses the vein (subclavian vein) between the clavicle and the adjacent muscles and rib. This can cause a DVT in the upper arm. The mean age at presentation is about 32 years. If left untreated such a condition has a high rate of functional impairment (70% - 75%),...

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Blood clots (DVT) while flying

With almost 2 billion people flying annually on commercial flights, studies have shown that the risk of a DVT is 3% - 12% in long flights. Some of the risk factors for developing DVT's during flights are: 1. Sitting in crowded positions for long durations 2. Dehydration 3. Age over 40 4. Use of oral contraceptives 5. Varicose veins in the legs 6. Obesity 7. Known clotting abnormalities To prevent blood clots: 1. Drink plenty of fluids during flights 2. Try to avoid...

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Foot care – Diabetes

Foot care – Diabetes

When one is first diagnosed with diabetes, try to see a vascular surgeon or a foot doctor (podiatrist). Diabetics in our part of the world tend to develop loss of sensation commonly. As a result they don't feel the sharp objects which can introduce infection into the feet. To prevent this complication from diabetic neuropathy, try the following: 1. Take care of your diabetes 2. Check your feet everyday 3. Be active - it will keep you happy too 4. Wash your feet...

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Renal Denervation for Management of High Blood Pressure – Latest News

Medtronic’s sham-controlled renal denervation study, SYMPLICITY HTN-3, has failed to meet its primary efficacy endpoint of significantly reducing office blood pressure between baseline and six months in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension and systolic blood pressure of ≥160mmHg. (Source Vascularnews, Friday 10th, 2014) Covidien announced this past week that it is exiting the Renal Denervation program and is going to halt its RAPID II program. What this...

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Varicose veins

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are the most common presentation of problems with the vein circulation. Almost half of us with varicose veins will suffer from problems such as: 1. Heaviness in the legs 2. Aching 3. Cramping 4. Tingling 5. Itching It is not just a cosmetic problem, but a quality of life issue. The developments in surgical techniques has now made the treatment of veins easy WITHOUT the need for staying in the hospital or receiving general anesthesia and often times they...

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Vigorous-intensity aerobic activities

Vigorous-intensity aerobic activities that increase the heart rate, break a sweat, and limit talking due to catching one’s breath include: - Race walking, jogging, or running - Hiking uphill or with a heavy backpack - Riding a bicycle fast or riding hills – more than 10 miles/hr - Swimming laps - Playing singles tennis - Rollerblading / inline skating at a brisk pace - Playing basketball, football, soccer, etc. - Cross-country skiing - Jumping rope - Aerobic dancing -...

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Moderate-intensity aerobic activities

Moderate-intensity aerobic activities that increase the heart rate and break a sweat include: - Walking briskly – a 15-minute mile - Riding a bicycle at a casual pace – slower than 10 miles/hr - Water aerobics - Ballroom dancing - Playing doubles tennis - Actively playing with children - Mowing the lawn - Gardening, raking, or bagging leaves - Light snow shoveling

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Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Physical activity helps to burn calories, increase the heart rate, and keep blood flowing at a healthy rate. Daily exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking, and a healthy body weight help to maintain good vascular health. benefits of physical activity: -Maintains healthy weight -Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease; can lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels -Reduces the risk for type 2 diabetes; can help control glucose levels -Reduces the risk of...

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Maintain a healthy vascular system

Maintain a healthy vascular system

Cigarette smoking, diet and the lack of physical activity can contribute to cardiovascular disease. Physical Activity Exercise burns calories, increases the heart rate, and keeps the blood flowing at a healthy rate. Least physically fit persons have a mortality risk 4.5 times higher than physically fit persons. Adults age 18 to 64 should participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobics and strength training each week. The activity should continue for at...

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Over time, changes often occur within the human body

Over time, changes often occur within the human body

1) The aging process tends to thicken, stiffen and narrow arteries. This is known as arteriosclerosis 2) Plaque and cholesterol builds up within large and medium sized arteries (atherosclerosis) 3) Narrowed blood vessels that lead to the brain can result in carotid artery disease. This condition can lead to a stroke. 4) An aneurysm is the progressive weakening of a blood vessel wall. If not diagnosed and treated, an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can rupture. AAAs account...

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Your Vascular System

Your Vascular System

The Vascular system includes 1) Red arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart; 2) Blue veins that carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart. Blood exits the left side of the heart and travels through the body. It enters small blood vessels delivering nutrients while collecting waste products and carbon dioxide. Then, blood travels in veins passing through the Kidneys and liver delivering waste products. Eventually, blood returns to the right side of the...

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