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This very informative summary of carotid artery disease—a progressive illness in the arteries of the neck that supply blood to the brain—includes a discussion of treatments to lower one's risk as well as an outline of ways to control arterial disease. Topics include stroke and carotid artery basics, a list of risk factors, diagnosis and treatment, and controlling arterial disease. (10 minutes)
This program outlines the major issues surrounding abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA—its dangers and how it occurs. Animated presentation of the vascular system helps promote patient understanding. Topics include the dangers of rupture, signs and symptoms, common risk factors, testing and diagnosis, and treatment options with lifestyle management. (11 minutes)
This overview of peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, includes information on atherosclerosis—a hardening and narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the extremities or major organs, caused by the gradual buildup of plaque in blood vessels. Plaque buildup that occurs in the carotid artery, located in the neck, can lead to stroke. Although peripheral arterial disease cannot be cured, proper treatment together with a healthy lifestyle can help to improve blood flow and thereby prevent disease progression. With animated demonstrations to enhance the instructional presentation, this video covers signs and symptoms, common risk factors, diagnostic testing, treatment and follow-up, and tips for healthy living. (10 minutes)