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What Men Need to Know about Vascular Disease

June 22, 2015 R
Thanks to public awareness campaigns, women have been empowered to take control of their wellness by evaluating their risk of heart and vascular disease. Yet, cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of death in the U.S. for men. Men often rely on their doctors to provide screening recommendations and lifestyle advice. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are not uncommon. Men can protect themselves from both medical malpractice and vascular disease by becoming better informed about health issues during Men’s Health Week, which is designated as the second week of June.

Aortic Disease
One type of vascular disease men may be diagnosed with is aortic disease. The aorta is the body’s largest artery. If the aorta is affected by vascular disease, it can dilate, or develop an aneurysm. An aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area of a blood vessel that may sometimes rupture. Or, the aorta may tear, which is known as dissection. Aortic disease can increase the risk of future life-threatening vascular problems. Some examples of conditions and diseases that can lead to aortic disease include high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, connective tissue disorders, and genetic conditions like Marfan syndrome.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
When narrowed blood vessels cause a reduction of blood flow to the limbs, it is known as peripheral artery disease. If you have PAD, it means that the limbs, typically the legs, do not receive enough blood to meet the body’s needs. This can cause symptoms such as leg pain while walking, cramping, and slow healing sores. PAD can also indicate widespread atherosclerosis, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.

For more than 40 years, the medical malpractice team at Pegalis Law Group has been successfully advocating for the rights of injured patients and their families. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or other forms of medical negligence in Long Island, NY, you can call us right away at (516) 684-2900. Our medical negligence lawyers will carefully review your case and explain your legal options.