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Cholesterol is a hot topic these days. For a long time many people didnt take notice of it but it has become apparent that when cholesterol is not in balance it can affect your entire body and your longevity.
A stroke or cardiovascular accident is a type of cardiovascular condition that affects the blood vessels in charge of supplying blood to the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which carries vital oxygen and nutrients to the brain, is either blocked by a clot or ruptures.
Varicose veins are enlarged, flesh-colored, blue or purple veins often found on the calf or on the leg. They often appear twisted and bulging, may be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin, and can become quite painful. Veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet, since standing and walking upright increases the pressure in the veins in your lower body. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they are just smaller and usually found on the legs and face (and are harmless).
A stroke or cardiovascular accident is a type of cardiovascular condition that affects the blood vessels in charge of supplying blood, vital oxygen, and nutrients to the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. The blood flow is interrupted, depriving that particular area of the brain of oxygen. Every stroke is different, with signs and symptoms that vary according to the type of stroke, the part of the brain affected, and the size of the damaged area.
Raynaud's Disease is most commonly associated with cold temperatures and stress and sufferers of this condition will find their toes and fingers feel very cold or may even lose sensation in response to a stressful situation or exposure to cold. During a Raynaud's attack, the arteries and blood capillaries narrow, reducing blood circulation to affected areas, usually the extremities such as toes, fingers, ears and the tip of your nose.
A variety of conditions can be brought on by poor circulation such as high blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, heart disease, kidney damage, aneurysms, arteriosclerosis, Raynaudâ€™s disease and phlebitis.
Years of research have shown that the usual causes of leg ulcers are not a problem with the skin itself, but rather with the underlying blood supply to the skin. Therefore successful prevention for leg ulcers and successful treatment for leg ulcers must be directed at correcting the underlying cause, not the ulcer itself.
An iron deficiency is a condition that develops when the body does not have sufficient iron. Iron is an essential dietary mineral responsible for the transport of oxygen in the blood from the lungs to the rest of the body in the form of hemoglobin (an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color).
Blood pressure is defined as the force that the blood exerts on the veins and arteries while it circulates around the body. If this force is greater than it should be, it is often referred to as high blood pressure or hypertension. Blood pressure is controlled by a variety of organs and body systems, including the heart, blood vessels, the kidneys, the brain and the adrenal glands, as well as the complex interaction between the body systems.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in every cell in the body, and plays an important role in a variety of vital functions, including building and maintaining cell membranes, hormone synthesis, and the manufacturing of Vitamin D.
High blood pressure (also commonly known as Hypertension) is often called the â€œsilent killerâ€, as many people can live for years with this dangerous condition without ever experiencing a single symptom. High blood pressure is estimated to affect 1 in 3 American adults. Once the condition arises, it is usually a life-long problem that needs to be treated and managed carefully.
While many people seem to believe heart disease is an illusive ailment, it has become increasingly common. Statistics from 2007 have revealed that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.
Heart failure describes the condition where the heart is not pumping at full efficiency and cannot keep up with the blood flow demand from the bodyâ€™s organs. When the heart no longer pumps as it should, the organs in the body become deprived of oxygen and nutrients, and symptoms soon arise.
We cannot live without our blood circulating throughout our body. The heart acts as a pump, keeping our blood flowing to our lungs to get oxygenated, and then carrying it to our organs, then carrying de-oxygenated blood from our organs back to the lungs to get oxygenated again. When circulation is compromised, oxygen does not reach all of the organs and areas it needs to, and our system can falter.