Breast Density – What It Is and How It May Affect You

If you’re a woman who has had a screening mammogram and you live in a state that requires patients to be notified about their breast density (or have simply heard the term “breast density”), you likely have questions about what it is and what it means to your overall health. It is estimated that as many as 47% of women have dense breasts, which indicates breast tissue that is closely compacted, oftentimes making it radiopaque, a medical term meaning it is invisible to radiation. In short, the denser one’s breast tissue, …

Varicose Veins – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Varicose veins are raised, swollen, twisting veins that bulge visibly beneath the skin. Varicose veins are common, affecting roughly 20% - or one in five - American adults. The causes are many, including age, heredity, standing regularly for long hours, being overweight, hormonal changes, a history of blood clots, abdomen-straining conditions like chronic constipation, and venous insufficiency, in which the tiny valves within the veins fail to close off and allow blood to pool in the legs, causing the veins to expand under pressure. For some people, varicose veins may be …