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PAD patients faced major limb problems, study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Patients with peripheral artery disease and recent acute coronary syndrome have significantly increased risk of major adverse limb events at three years, according to new study.

Because few treatments are available specifically to prevent limb events, these results suggest future research should focus […]

Treatment guidelines: PAD patients should take statins, blood thinners

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — All people with peripheral artery disease in their legs should take statins and blood thinners to reduce their risk of dying from heart attacks and strokes, according to treatment guidelines published Sunday by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

Experts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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