Smoking: “Worst Culprit” in Vascular Disease

She had tried to quit countless times without success, but when doctors told Premier Surgical vascular patient Cathy Robinson her smoking could cause her to lose her legs she listened and, with the help of step-down nicotine patches, gave up smoking. “I know that smoking is not good for you, I’ve known it all my […]

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Leg Work: Bypass Gives Louisville Woman Legs to Stand On

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles There was no pain, nor was there any pulse in her feet. Except for feeling as if each of her legs weighed 200 pounds, Cathy Robinson felt just fine. but the lack of pulses in her ankles told her doctor something was wrong. “I have gone to the […]

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The Numbers Behind Limb Loss & Your Best Tips For Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500 Americans lose a limb each day. While trauma or cancer are sometimes the cause of limb loss, most patients at the Premier Surgical Limb Preservation Center in Knoxville are at risk of losing a limb typically due to diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (“PAD”), […]

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The Premier Process for Limb Preservation

Based on the sharp increase in the risk of a patient’s death in the year following an amputation, and with an estimated 65% of amputations considered preventable, the Premier Surgical Limb Preservation Clinic is committed to improving the efficiency of care for patients at risk of limb loss. To that end, the Premier Process for […]

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3 Facts about Premier Surgical Limb Preservation Clinic

The Premier Surgical Limb Preservation Clinic is committed to improving the efficiency of care for patients at risk of limb loss due to peripheral artery disease, diabetes, and ischemia. With an estimated 65% of amputations considered preventable and the increased risk of death following amputation, we are focused on limb preservation through early detection and […]

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8 Signs and Symptoms You May Be at Risk of Limb Loss

The most common reason for amputation of a limb is peripheral artery disease, or poor circulation. Peripheral arterial disease is a dangerous hardening of arteries restricting blood flow putting you at risk for serious complications. Without adequate blood flow, cells within the limb are deprived of oxygen normally found within the bloodstream. Without this vital […]

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Blood Clots and Your Veins

From Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Your veins pump blood across your body and to the heart as part of your  circulatory system. When a clot forms in a vein, it can cause major issues, including immediate death. You can lower your risk factor for blood clots through lifestyle changes and medication. What is vascular disease? […]

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Seeing Vascular Disease More Clearly: The Role of Imaging in Screening & Diagnosis

From East Tennessee Medical News “Clinically Speaking” With peripheral arterial and vascular disease affecting some 8 million Americans, imaging technology to evaluate blood flow and venous function has become an invaluable tool. Imaging methods such as Vascular Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), and Computed Tomographic (CT) Angiogram are increasingly used to screen, diagnose, and treat […]

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Close Cousins: Screenings Encouraged for both Peripheral Arterial & Coronary Artery Disease

As a vascular surgeon in East Tennessee where there is a high prevalence of obesity, diabetes, and coronary artery disease in the population, my cardiologist colleagues and I routinely share many of the same patients.

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Recognizing & Treating PAD Now, Can Prevent Dangerous Health Problems Later

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is most often seen in individuals who smoke, have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a strong family history of coronary disease, or a combination of these risk factors.

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