One of the common conditions cardiologists treat has nothing directly to do with the heart itself, but rather with blockages of blood vessels going to and from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs, and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or arterial disease. You may know it as “poor blood circulation,” a phrase often used in the ads you see on television.
Arteriosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, is the most common cause of heart disease, but in women younger than 45, we see more heart attacks caused by improper blood clotting that can be triggered by high fibrinogen levels. Too much fibrinogen, an inflammatory product of blood coagulation, can make the blood clot too fast.
Filed Under: Circulation