A thoracic aortic aneurysm, say that five times fast, is a weakened and bulging area in the upper part of the aorta, which is the major vessel that feeds blood to the body from the heart. Depending on the size and growth rate of the aneurysm, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery.
Thoracic aortic aneurysms often grow slowly and without symptoms, making them difficult to detect. Some people may notice pain or tenderness in the abdomen, chest or back. The exact causes of thoracic aortic aneurysms are unknown, but contributing factors include hereditary conditions, connective tissue disease, heart valve failures and problems, and traumatic injury.
While there is not a medicine you can take to prevent these aneurysms, there are risk factors you can be aware of. Risk factors include age, tobacco use, high blood pressure, plaque build up in the arteries and genetic predisposition. Males are also more likely to develop a thoracic aortic aneurysm than women and more Caucasians are diagnosed with these aneurysms than any other race.
Doctors are able to diagnose thoracic aortic aneurysms through chest x-rays, echocardiograms, CT scans and MRA’s. If you think you may have an aortic aneurysm or have experienced any of the symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
For more information about vascular health contact one of the doctors at the Reno Vein Clinic at (775) 329-3100 or visit www.renoveinclinic.com.
At times, wearing compression hosiery can be difficult or uncomfortable, but wearing them in extremely important to maintain circulation and vascular health. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when compression stockings are a must:
- If you want to wear sandals, look for an open toed or footless stocking in a color that most closely resembles your skin tone, this will allow you to blend in and still wear the open-toed shoes you love!
- If you enjoy exercising outdoors, consider using athletic compression socks. Professional athletes often use compression leggings because they offer exceptional support, reduce muscle fatigue and are made from a sweat-wicking material that helps you stay cool.
- If putting your stockings on is difficult, consider using donning gloves and baby powder, which can help you slide on your compression stockings more easily.
Varicose veins are bulging veins seen through the surface of the skin. However, sometimes the varicose veins can develop in other areas of the body including the vagina and vulva.
Vaginal varicose veins look like bulges in the wall of the vagina or vagina itself. Vulval varicose veins are bulging veins that bulge through the skin of the vulva, the “lips” of skin at the entrance of the vagina.
Doctors believe that vaginal and vulval varicose veins are more likely to develop in women who have been pregnant and experienced a vaginal delivery. Women who have varicose veins of the legs often also suffer from vaginal or vulval varicose veins.
These types of varicose veins are not usually considered serious, but they can present symptoms that are uncomfortable. They can cause itching, pigmentation changes, and cosmetic differences that some women find unpleasant and/or unsightly.
Visit www.RenoVeinClinic.com or call (775) 329-3100 to learn more about varicose veins and the treatment options available.