The circulatory system is responsible for the distribution of fluids throughout the body including blood. There are a number of diseases and conditions that can affect the circulatory system, blood veins and lymphatic system. Read more about the signs and symptoms of the disorders, diagnosis, treatment methods and more.
A hematoma can develop after surgery for numerous reasons. While most hemotomas resolve without treatment, some can cause serious complications. If severe hematomas are left untreated, death of tissue and infection can occur.
A pulmonary embolism, a condition that occurs when the artery that supplies the lung with blood becomes blocked, is a life-threatening condition that can cause death quickly if left untreated. Precautions after having pulmonary embolism include taking blood thinners and regularly moving the legs.
Deep vein thrombosis, a condition caused by blood clots forming in parts of the body such as the legs, often causes symptoms of DVT such as pain, swelling or redness in areas where blood clots form. DVT is often considered dangerous when patients develop pulmonary embolisms, or lung blood clots.
Pulmonary embolism occurs when a clot blocks an artery in the lungs. Signs of pulmonary embolism include chest pain and shortness of breath. Treatment must be sought because the condition can be life-threatening.
Treatment of DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is a medical emergency requiring intervention to reduce clot formation and to prevent the clot from reaching your lungs. Read the following article to learn the effectiveness of available treatments.
Many medical issues must be considered before a heart transplant procedure. Once the surgery is complete, the heart transplant patient longevity can be impacted by several different factors. Patient’s often need to make dramatic life changes to increase their longevity.
About 5% of all Americans have Raynaud’s disease. Symptoms vary widely in individuals as some are only mildly affected while others are severely debilitated. This article describes the two types of Raynaud’s disease as well as the various symptoms that accompany both types and their treatments.
Wegener’s Granulomatosis (WG) is an inflammatory disease that affects about 1 in every 20,000-30,000 individuals. This article discusses the symptoms of WG, the methods for diagnosing and treating it, and current research that is being carried out toward finding a cure.
Deep vein valvuloplasty is a procedure to correct and fix venous insufficiency problems usually found in the legs. Successfully performing this procedure can cause relief and a more normal blood circulation. Know more about the procedure, complications and recovery period.
When a doctor recommends a bone marrow biopsy, it is common for the patient to ask, “Does a bone marrow biopsy hurt?” The short answer is yes. The procedure requires needles which produces both dull and sharp pains at various steps of the biopsy. There is a risk of complications as well.
The medical term ‘ascites’ describes an excess of fluid within the abdominal cavity. As it can result from a huge range of disease processes it is not always easy to diagnose the cause. This article describes the most common causes of ascites.
When your muscles burn during exercise, they are responding to the buildup of lactic acid. This usually presents no problem, but some people experience lactic acidosis symptoms like confusion and lethargy. These symptoms require prompt medical attention.
Bone marrow is the living tissue within our bones and is crucial to our health. Fortunately, if the normal function of bone marrow is affected, new tissue can be transplanted. Although not always successful, this is still one of the most commonly performed medical transplants worldwide.
Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme that is involved in the production of bone, so it is found at higher levels in children than in adults. The enzyme is primarily produced in mucosal cells that line the bile duct. Low alkaline phosphatase levels are linked to a wide range of conditions.