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Digestive byproduct may increase risk of death among PAD patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Peripheral artery disease patients who had high blood levels of a digestive byproduct were significantly more likely to die during a five-year study released Wednesday.

The digestive byproduct — trimethylamine N-oxide — is produced by gut bacteria breaking down red meat, eggs and other meat products […]

New guidance to treat life-threatening infections of vascular grafts, stents

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The first guide to diagnose, treat and prevent infections of blood vessels, grafts and endovascular devices was issued Thursday by the American Heart Association.
Infections can occur after procedures to open clogged arteries or to place devices that prevent aneurysms from rupturing, said vascular surgeon John […]

Peripheral artery disease affects Larry Sadwin’s life, along with 8.5 million Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Larry Sadwin’s legs hurt whenever he exercises, a symptom of restricted blood vessels. But he’s finding a way to manage his condition.

Sadwin, a retired businessman and philanthropist from Warren, Rhode Island, is one of 8.5 million Americans with peripheral artery disease, a condition that causes a […]

PAD patients on statins may have lower amputation, death risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Peripheral artery disease patients who take statins have lower risks of amputation and death than those who don’t take the cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions.

And the […]

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Restoring leg blood flow may stop scarring in muscles of PAD patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Restoring leg blood flow in people with peripheral artery disease may stop scarring in their muscles, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease 2016 Scientific Sessions.

PAD causes pain and fatigue while walking […]

Plan dramatically reduces risks of heart disease, death, amputation in PAD patients

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ORLANDO, Florida – A risk reduction plan dramatically reduced the risk of amputations, heart attack, stroke or death for people with peripheral artery disease, according to new research presented Monday at the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

PAD affects the legs the same way that […]

November 10th, 2015|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research, Scientific Sessions 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Plan dramatically reduces risks of heart disease, death, amputation in PAD patients

AHA president saw peripheral artery disease firsthand

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Like many people of his generation, Nathaniel Creager spent the prime years of his life with a constant companion: cigarettes.

He fired through three packs of unfiltered Chesterfields daily for about 30 years. Later in life, after he’d finally quit, his legs hurt when he walked […]

November 8th, 2015|Categories: Heart Disease, Prevention, Scientific Sessions 2015, Tobacco|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on AHA president saw peripheral artery disease firsthand

Compound in cocoa and other foods may help people with narrowed leg arteries

In a small study, people with narrowed leg arteries walked a little farther, for a longer amount of time after eating dark chocolate, a food high in antioxidants called polyphenols, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

The authors suggest that polyphenols in cocoa may reduce oxidative stress and improve blood […]

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PAD risk increases with lower economic status

Low income and lower education levels are associated with an increased risk for peripheral artery disease in U.S. adults, according to a new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

PAD is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, arms, head and most commonly in the arteries of […]

Home-based walking program eases clogged leg arteries

A home-based walking program helped people with clogged leg arteries walk farther and faster, according to new research. The program was beneficial even 12 months after participants started it.

Supervised exercise can improve walking and lessen the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, but the benefits of a home-based walking program […]