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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Symptoms ‘The Silent Killer’

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)? The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. It delivers blood to your lower body and legs. An abdominal aortic aneurysm develops where there is a weak spot in the artery wall. Blood flowing through the artery puts pressure on this weak spot and over […]

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Carotid Artery Disease FAQs

What is carotid artery disease (CAD)? The carotid arteries are located on both sides of the neck and carry the blood supply to the brain. CAD is when one or both carotid arteries become blocked or significantly narrowed (stenosis). Is CAD serious? Yes. When blood supply is reduced, it deprives the brain of oxygen and […]

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Medical Specialists in Visalia, CA

South Valley Vascular has four medical specialists who practice vascular surgery in Visalia, California. Our medical specialists are focused on your health, specifically the health of your blood vessels, not including the blood vessels in your brain. With over 50 years of combined experience, these medical specialists are here to serve you. They have been […]

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Varicose Vein Prevention

What causes varicose veins? The cause of varicose veins is not known, but heredity and hormones play a role. Our veins have valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards and force the blood back to the heart for oxygenation. The veins are assisted by the calf muscles that when squeezed, force the blood toward the […]

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Varicose Veins FAQs

What is the difference between arteries and veins? Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to organs and the extremities. Veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart from all the organs in the body. Veins have one-way valves that open so blood can flow back to the heart for oxygenation, and close to prevent […]

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) FAQs

What is PAD? It is narrowing or hardening of the arteries in the vessels that carry blood to your limbs. In the legs, this reduced blood flow can cause cramping and pain.  When this process affects arteries in the heart it is called coronary heart disease. Which arteries are affected? In PAD, the arteries in […]

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Leg Pain When Walking

We all have aches and pains, and can usually attribute them to something we have done, like working out too hard, lifting something too heavy, playing a sport that we don’t usually play. But when we get older and experience leg cramps, fatigue, heaviness in the legs, or legs so weak or tight it hurts […]

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Vascular Causes of Leg Pain

Vascular (circulatory) diseases that cause leg pain are conditions that affect your arteries and veins. The heart pumps blood through your body via a complex system of veins and arteries. Healthy veins and arteries are elastic vessels that carry the blood. Veins carry blood from the extremities back to the heart. Arteries carry oxygen rich […]

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