Most Common Online Vascular Health Search Questions Answered
ROSEMONT, Ill., Dec. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- It is common for people to head to the Internet for health information. In fact, Google receives one billion health-related searches daily, or 70,000 searches a minute. Frequent searches involve medical conditions, symptoms and medications, from the flu to high blood pressure. Information on vascular disease was difficult to find, just 10 years ago, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, much has improved since then. Here are the answers to the most common patient-related searches related to vascular health in 2019 from the Society for Vascular Surgery's (SVS) website.
What is vascular disease?
Most Americans are familiar with heart disease and the consequences of blockages in the vessels that carry blood to and from the heart. But few people realize that blockages caused by a buildup of plaque and cholesterol affect more than coronary arteries. The vascular system is like the highway of the body composed of arteries, veins and capillaries. Vascular disease is any condition of those almost 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the body, and any complication along this highway in the body can cause problems and health risk.
What does a vascular surgeon do?
Vascular surgeons specialize in treatments of every kind of vascular problem except those of the heart and the brain. Vascular surgeons are highly trained specialists who manage the long-term care of patients with circulatory disorders at all stages, providing diagnosis, medical management, non-surgical solutions, checkups and intervention, both minimally invasive endovascular therapy and open surgery (when needed). Many vascular conditions are highly treatable. When surgery is needed, vascular surgeons are trained in all types of interventions, not just one or two. It is important to see a vascular surgeon even when surgery is not needed.
What are the most common vascular tests?
Several types of tests can be conducted to determine if someone has vascular disease. Here are the most commonly searched tests on the SVS website:
What are the most commonly searched vascular conditions?
Other websites affiliated with professional societies and major medical institutions can be good sources. Be mindful that not all information found online is reliable. If you have a specific question about your vascular health, remember to consult your doctor. For more information on vascular health topics visit www.vascular.org.
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed of specialty-trained vascular surgeons and professionals, which seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness.
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