Vascular Surgery

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): What happens when blood can’t flow to your legs

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is one of the most common circulatory issues for Americans. According to the American Heart Association, more than 8.5 million people have PAD. People with the worst form of PAD are at risk for an amputation. “Peripheral” refers to “away from the heart, in the outer regions,” such as the legs. …

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Blood clots: The scary side of holiday travel

Whether you’ll be boarding a plane, hopping on a train or getting behind the wheel, you’ll likely be one of the millions of Americans joining the annual holiday travel rush. You’ve probably checked off the typical items on your preparation to-do list: making travel arrangements, buying gifts, finding a pet sitter, packing your suitcase and …

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Baylor Dallas heart transplant a ‘Christmas miracle’

A brutal case of pneumonia four years ago put Richard Powell on a path that would eventually lead him to a Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas operating room for a heart transplant weeks before Christmas. When Powell first got sick in early 2010, he was treated at a hospital in his home city of Monroe, Louisiana, for …

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Respiratory Rate: The Neglected Vital Sign

During or after a patient undergoes surgery, the way they breathe can be one of the most important indicators of their medical status. Physicians closely monitor the rate which air passes through the lungs. Good breath flow is a good sign compared to irregular or noisy breathing that raises serious red flags. An increasing respirator rate …

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