Many people still aren’t aware that smoking doesn’t just affect select parts of your body, like the lungs or the heart. In fact, smoking affects nearly every single system, organ, tissue, and cell in your body. This includes your entire vascular system, of which your arteries and veins play an essential role.
Each year, approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Typically, most of these abdominal aortic aneurysms don’t cause any obvious symptoms until they rupture. However, once abdominal aortic aneurysms rupture, the estimated death rate is over 50% for those who suffer a rupture before arriving at a hospital.
According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 40% of adults have varicose veins to some degree. Varicose veins are swollen or distended veins that most often appear on the legs and feet. They occur when one-way valves in the veins become too weak to keep blood circulating upwards to the heart. As blood pools in the veins over time, many people notice that certain veins under on their legs or feet look enlarged, twisted, and blueish.
Imagine that your blood vessels are like an intricate system of elastic pipes or tubes made of various sizes. Blood circulates from your heart to every part of your body through this maze of pipes, and then returns back to the heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, and veins return blood back to
Let’s face it, even though texting while driving is against the law in Indiana, many Hoosiers still take the chance to glance at their phone if a text comes in while they’re driving. Others admit that they take the risk to send a text or respond to one while driving, despite knowing it’s illegal and
If you were ever seriously injured to the point that your life was on the line, you would want to take it for granted that all the medical help you needed would be top-notch and easily accessible. You might expect that an ambulance would arrive quickly and take you to the best facility with skilled
Taylor Swift is talking about it. Dr. Oz is talking about it too, and so are our physicians and trauma nurse practitioners. National Stop the Bleed Day is May 23, and it’s one of the largest public service campaigns in our country.
What would you guess is the leading cause of death in the first four decades of an average American’s lifespan? Many people suspect cancer or heart disease, but neither of these are the leading cause of death for people age 1 – 44.