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Blog posts tagged in peripheral artery disease

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Height may be a contributing factor to developing blood clots.

A new study from Sweden published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation suggests that taller people have an increased risk of developing venous thromboembolism, or blood clots in the veins.

The study analyzed information from over 2 million Swedish siblings.

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Peripheral artery disease is a dangerous health condition that causes the narrowing of the arteries in the arms and legs, stomach, and the head. The condition is dangerous because it not only reduces critical blood and oxygen flow to these body areas, but it also increases an individual’s risk of stroke. PAD is especially serious for people with the blood-clotting disorder factor V Leiden.

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Research performed by the American College of Cardiology shows that cardiovascular diseases like heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease cause one-third of deaths around the world.

The study reviewed the deaths of every country around the globe over the past 25 years.

The countries with the highest rates of cardiovascular deaths were in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Southern Africa and South America. Although the United States, Canada, Japan and Western Europe experienced lower rates of cardiovascular death over the last 25 years, these decreasing rates have begun to slow down and plateau, according to the ACC.

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