One of the most important areas connected to longevity is centered around good cardiovascular health, which includes the proper attention to diabetic health as well. Heart disease, which includes stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, is the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. In this edition of Exploration Health, we will concentrate on four specific area of cardiovascular and diabetes health.
Peripheral Arterial Disease is a common circulatory disorder that causes reduced blood flow to the limbs, most commonly the legs. Peripheral Arterial Disease involves a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, most commonly the arteries of the pelvis and legs. A buildup of fatty deposits, known as plaque, narrows or blocks these arteries. Peripheral Arterial Disease also can be an indicator of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in arteries that supply blood to other parts of the body, including the heart and brain. In this segment, we will learn how today, this disease is a growing one, affecting an estimated 8.5 million Americans.
Another important aspect to proper blood flow is found in the aorta. The aorta provides a vital function in the body because it is the large artery that carries blood to the pelvic region as well as to the abdomen and legs. However, an aneurysm in the aorta (aortic aneurism) can cause a section of the vessel wall to enlarge and balloon outward. If this problem is left unattended, the outcome can be a rupturing of the aneurysm resulting in significant morbidity. Historically thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms are treated through an invasive open operation, resulting in an often painful and lengthy recovery. In this segment, we will learn about a relatively new procedure called endovascular aortic repair or, EVAR, a far less invasive option.
When it comes to heart health, cardiac biomarkers can tell doctors a great deal. Biomarkers include enzymes, hormones and proteins, and present at a high level in the blood after the heart has been under severe stress due to receiving low amounts of oxygen. Biomarkers can be high for other reasons; however, if cardiac trouble is suspected, biomarkers can be used to quickly determine the size of a heart attack and how seriously the heart was affected. In this segment, we will discuss the factors that prompt doctors to prescribe blood tests to learn if a patient has elevated levels of cardiac biomarkers.
Type 2 diabetes is yet another crucial area to control for good cardiovascular health. The statistics surrounding Type 2 Diabetes are staggering: nearly 26 million children and adults in America have diabetes – 90 to 95 percent of those diagnosed have type 2 Diabetes. This means nearly 10 percent of the American population has this condition including 25 percent of seniors. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 18.7 percent of non-Hispanic blacks, ages twenty and older, have diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. That’s nearly 5 million people. And approximately 10.4 of Hispanics over 20 years of age have diagnosed diabetes. Controlling Type 2 Diabetes depends a great deal on a patient’s compliance not only in taking medications, but diet and lifestyle as well. In this segment, we will explore the discipline that many patients have learned to adopt, in order to fight this often debilitating and even deadly disease.
Our goal is to guide viewers along the path to a long healthy life. The science of medicine will come to life through colorful 3D animation and crisp high definition video. Everyday people tell extraordinary stories of triumph and survival in an upbeat, positive format.
Experts will highlight the life-changing benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle as a way of preventing disease and promoting health and wellness choices that can keep viewers active and vital from early adulthood onward.
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