Treating Chronic Kidney Disease with Dialysis

Chronic kidney disease is a condition where the kidney gradually loses functionality over time. Dialysis is a common treatment for kidney disease. Vascular access is an important passageway to the bloodstream created by a minor surgery to be used for dialysis treatment. High quality access will allow the full benefit of dialysis to help the […]

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New Premier Vascular Surgeon Enjoys Getting to Know Her Patients

Growing up, she was one of the few girls in her Biology class who actually enjoyed dissecting pigs. “I thought Biology was great and always knew I would do something in science,” explains Deanna Nelson, MD, a vascular surgeon who recently joined Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville. In college she developed an interest in surgery […]

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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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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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May is National Stroke Awareness Month: Know Your Risk and Act “FAST”

Are you at risk of stroke? You may be surprised to know that stroke is more common and more serious than many people think. In the United States someone will suffer a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone will die from a stroke every four minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the […]

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PAD: Listen to Your Legs

Many people mark the New Year with a resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle. If you suffer from severe leg cramps or pain, particularly when you walk, climb stairs or exercise, your resolution should be to see a physician. You may be suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD), […]

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