Risk Factors for Carotid Artery Disease
Am I at Risk?
Up to 3% of individuals older than 65 have carotid artery disease. Not a huge percentage, but it is a serious condition where risk increases with age and, if left untreated, can cause strokes or mini-strokes (transient ischemic attacks). More than 800,000 Americans experience a stroke each year, and many are the result of carotid artery disease.
Carotid artery disease occurs when fatty deposits, or plaques, clog the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your brain. You have two main carotid arteries, one on each side of your neck. They each divide into internal and external carotid arteries. The internal carotid arteries supply blood to your brain; the external carotid arteries supply blood to your face, head and neck. When one of the arteries becomes blocked, blood flow to the brain is halted and a stroke or stroke-like event can occur. Read More
Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How?
Aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) is the blockage of the abdominal aorta, the main blood vessel in your body, as it transitions into the iliac arteries. AIOD is also referred to as aortoiliac disease, aortic occlusion and iliac occlusion.
The iliac arteries are the branches that your aorta divides into near the belly button to provide blood to your legs and organs in your pelvis. Plaque buildup, within the walls of your blood vessels, typically causes iliac artery blockage. The most common cause of aortoiliac occlusive disease is atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, genetic predisposition or obesity may cause this condition.
Wash Your Feet And 6 More Tips for PAD Foot Care
As the name suggests, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) prevents blood flow through arteries in the outer sections of your body. Plaque build up prevents blood from flowing easily to your extremities, especially your legs and feet. This means, if you have PAD, it is critical to take care of your feet. Because blood flow is limited, common foot injuries and infections can cause serious harm to those with PAD.
If you’ve been diagnosed with PAD, you need to pay more attention to your feet than you might be used to. Here are a few things to keep in the front of your mind so you can be footloose and fancy-free even if you have PAD. Read More
Swollen Feet and Peripheral Edema: What to Do
Edema is a medical term that means swelling, particularly in the body’s tissues. Peripheral edema is swelling caused by the retention of fluid in legs, ankles, feet and even sometimes in the arms and hands. Peripheral edema happens when small blood vessels leak fluid into nearby tissues. The extra fluid build-up is what makes the tissue swell. It could be a sign of problems with the circulatory system, lymph nodes, kidneys, liver or heart muscles. Also, certain medications, infections and pregnancy can cause edema.
Between the Good Lord and Dr. Lam, I am Finally Well
When Ken Taylor’s friend told him a joke about getting old, it really hit home. “He said, ‘You know how to tell you’re getting old? When you know more doctors than regular people!’” Ken gave it some thought and realized that seemed to be true for him!
From open heart surgery to a series of surgeries (four, to be exact) to address an artery blockage in his leg, Ken had spent a good deal of time visiting doctors and hospitals over the last few years. Read More
Raynaud’s Disease and PAD: The Differences
There appears to be some confusion surrounding the definitions of Raynaud’s disease and peripheral artery disease, PAD. We’re here to correct that. Raynaud’s syndrome is characterized by a spasm of the arteries in the extremities, especially the fingers; but sometimes includes the toes, ears, lips or tip of the nose. Spasms are typically brought on by constant exposure to cold temperatures or emotional stress. Read More
Lifetime Athlete Says Dr. Lam is the Real MVP
What’s better than celebrating your 83rd birthday and your 55th wedding anniversary on the same day? Feeling great while doing it! Thanks to Dr. Lam at Lam Vascular & Associates, Bob Bustin was able to celebrate another year of life and another year of wedded bliss to his sweetheart Sally pain free!
Lifelong Kilgore resident Bob has been an athlete his entire life. After an impressive high school football career with all-district distinctions, Bob was named Most Outstanding Athlete in East Texas while at Kilgore College before going on to play football at Baylor University. Read More
Dr. Russell Lam Recognized As Castle Connolly Top Doctor For Fourth Straight Year
Since 2015, Dr. Russell Lam has been recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor! Doctors from around the country nominate their peers who exemplify excellence in their respective fields.
Each year, more than 50,000 doctors from around the country nominate physicians they believe are worthy of the Top Doctor status. After all the nominations are in, the Castle Connolly research team reviews each doctor against a list of strict standards: Read More
Expert Treatment, Worth the Distance – Richard’s Story
My name is Richard Aguire and I live in McAllen, Texas, about 550 miles southwest of Dallas. The population here is less than 170,000. If you’re reading this, I assume you have either been told that you have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) or you are researching on your own because of symptoms which you or a loved one are experiencing. You are trying to decide what to do. I am here to tell you that there is an alternative to local medical care that is well worth investigating.
Foremost, if you have or believe you have PAD, see a vascular surgeon and ensure that they deal with PAD of the extremities. Review their qualifications. This is not treating a cold. Where did they go to medical school? Where did they do their Fellowship in Vascular Surgery? Have they published any articles? Do they continually research and what procedures, techniques and equipment do they use? Read More
What is Claudication?
Claudication. No, it’s not a fancy form of vacation. In fact, quite the opposite. Do your legs ever feel like they’ve partied a little too hard? Claudication is leg pain caused by limited blood flow, typically while walking or climbing stairs. The word “claudication” comes from the Latin term “claudicare”, meaning to limp.
Calf pain is usually the hard target for claudication because the accumulation of cholesterol plaques and fatty acids (due to atherosclerosis) often begins in the arteries farthest from the heart. If the plaque formation develops farther up the leg, pain from claudication may be felt in the thigh, hip or buttocks. Poor oxygen supply from claudication and its pain is due to narrowing or blocked arteries that carry blood to the leg.