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Can I sue the cigarette companies for Peripheral Arterial Disease?

My father smoked for 40 years and although I've tried to get him to stop many times and he has on occasion but now Peripheral Arterial Disease has really got him in pain all day long, he doesn't drive so he is very restricted, I know they have been sued for emphasima before but this is new and very common?
Its amazing to me the amount of anger and uncompassionate comments that has been received. Do you think growing up trying to get my father to stop was simply a matter of doing it. He is addicted and when he started smoking it was pushed on him. It doesn't stop the pain seeing him suffer. Our community can't even support those who need it. Where is the compassion in the world.

Underthesea223 you give me hope that our community still has hope for the people in it.

I am very sorry to hear about your father.

Unfortunately, you would find such a lawsuit very expensive and probably very unrewarding. Even if the case was won, the only ones who would really make money are the lawyers. You would also be confronted every day with anger and bitterness towards a company that cares far more about selling cigarettes than about your father's life. I'm sure you have a lot of anger and fear and perhaps even guilt. Trying to sue the cigarette industry is not going to absolve you of any of this pain; in fact, it will probably only make it worse because you will have to think about it every day and use it to drive you forward.

I hate to say it, but you will also face a lot of people who will judge your father for his habit of smoking cigarettes. It's terrible, I know. Again, I am very sorry to hear about your father's illness.  (+ info)

If a person has CV disease with arterial plaquing and blocked coronarys suppose you starved them severely?

until they were skeletal. To the point where almost all fat was gone and they were burning their muscles and organs for fuel. Like the Jewish people in the concentration camps that were skin and bones. Do you think that eventually the material within the coronary arteries and the systemic arterial plaquing would reduce as it was used for glucose synthesis? Do you think CV disease in arteries may be somewhat or greatly reversable via severe long term starvation?

That is a really-off the wall hypothesis.
A man with cardiovascular disease and
arterial plaqueing and blocked coronaries is
about 95% dead already.
Then you want to subject this person to
starvation? How long do you think he would
Plus, if you do anything to make that
plaque break off in chunks, the first one
to hit a major artery or his lung, he's dead!!
Please. You have an investigative mind
and should probably be in Research, BUT
this idea is really whacko.
Ask yourself, how many young and healthy
people actually made it out alive after
being starved--to death in the concentration camps? You have forgotten something. It doesn't take long for "long-term starvation" to kill a person.  (+ info)


What are some diseases that carry through life and gradually get worse till you die? Sorry bout the morbid topic.
Also, if you know, diseases that make you have allergic reactions to food. Can't remember what its called.
Umm... another is... diseases you can get as a teenager.

CEliac Disease -Celiac disease, whether called gluten-sensitive enteropathy or non-tropical sprue, is one of a number of diseases that disrupt the absorptive surface of the small bowel. The result with celiac disease: a classical malabsorption syndrome for the patient.

Pneumonia / influenza, tuberculosis, and diarrhea/enteritis; heart disease; stroke; alzheimer's ;arteriosclerosis; cancer ( prostrate in men and breast cancer in women) chronic liver disease/ cirrhosis; COPD( chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder); Diabetes;Nrephritis;CRF(chronic renal failure) ; stroke; Muscular dystrophy( MD); MS( multiple Sclerosis; ) ; MG ( myasthenia gravis); CAD( coronary artery disease)

SLE( sytemic lupus erythematosus) ; ALS( amytrophic Lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig disease.; cystic fibrosis; and Gaucher's disease; RA- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; amyloidosis; moyamoya disease; AVM (atrioventicular malformations ) in brain; Hodgkin's disease; Myocardial Infarction( MI or heart attacks); HIV/Aids; PV ( polycythemia vera).  (+ info)


can you tell me some diseases that can cause deaths?

p.s it is for homework lol

heart disease
Liver disease
Mad Cow disease
the plague
Lou Gehrigs

Dang this is getting depressing  (+ info)

Are there similar diseases other than Peripheral Arterial Disease to have my elderly mother checked for?

She is 87 very healthy in the past, and has all the symptoms of PAD. The Vascular Surgeon told us that her pulses were good in her feet therefore wasn't PAD. He is stymied. Her conditions are getting worse by the month and we are afraid for her. New symptoms these past 2 months are hardening of her calves, swelling of ankles and calves at night (even if she hasn't been walkiing around much) weak legs and at times feels like she is going to fall down due to weakness. She has had literally many blood tests, but according to the doctor - nothing turns up. Any ideas of what could be missed?

This health issue for Mom is all new within the past year, as she has barely been sick in her entire life. Serious answers only, please. Thank you.

Hi there, my father just recently had both a stroke and heart attack. He had the same sort of symptoms and was told his legs were ok but it was the arteries in the neck and the heart that were blocked up. They need to check her carotid arteries and coronary arteries by doing a cat scan of head and neck, ecg/ekg, heart ultrasound, and MRI of the chest and heart. The swelling of the legs and feet are a sign of congestive heart failure too.

The hardening of the calves and swelling of ankles could be lymphedema issues too which in turn can develop if there are heart issues.

Has she had a veinogram? That's another option to test the circulation in the legs.

They may recommend an angiogram but be forewarned, ask for other tests first because my father had one and the dye damaged his kidneys to the point of almost kidney failure and he does have blocked arteries but he cannot have surgery for them now because of the kidney damage. My father is 84.

Take good care of your mother, it's up to you to advocate for her health and ask for the right tests and push to find out what is wrong. Have her sign a healthcare proxy with you listed so you can be in on all the medical appts and decisions and help her make the best choices.

Let me know how you make out, I hope you make out well and it's something very simple.

hugs,,,,,Tina  (+ info)

Is there any hope for peripheral arterial disease?

My father is 75 years old with Type2 diabetes.He cannot walk for over a year now and his legs, feet hurts and they turn dark when he sits for a long time. The doctor said he has vein disease too. He's taking Benfotiamine for 2 months. Does this work? Will he be able to walk again? He maintains normal blood glucose and blood pressure levels thru his medicines. I would appreciate any advise/help. Thank you.

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What tests are usually carried out to confirm peripheral arterial disease? and do they hurt?

Can it be diagnosed on symptoms alone? A loved one is suspected of having this disease. just wanted more info. Thanks

They can use a special handheld ultrasound machine called a doppler to see if they can detect blood flow in the persons feet. This doesn't hurt at all. It can be diagnosed, also, if the feet are pale, cool and don't have good pulses in the feet. Also, sometimes the hair will fall out of the persons lower leg.

There is also another kind of blood vessel problem that affects the veins called peripheral venous disease, which sounds very similar but has different symptoms.  (+ info)

what is the va rating for peripheral arterial disease?

Just wondering how the va rating board considers rating for peripheral artireal disease. I'm trying to get non service connected disabilty pension. I'm recieving SSI now and I've been waiting seven months for the va since I first applided. Sent in all the records. thanks for any info.

Dog - You will probably never hear from a Veterans Administration (VA) disability board because, as you wrote, your peripheral artery disease (PAD) is "non-service connected" and the VA will only consider a request that they deem to be service-connected. The VA does NOT pay any ddisability for any condition they consider non-service connected. The VA probably knows you are already collecting SSI and would consider you as ineligible for a duplicate benefit, if any. You could always call your local VA Benefits office and ask for follow-up info.  (+ info)

Wha is the difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

I need a really good answer, not in layman's term as I'm a med student! Any good reference websites are welcome

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also called peripheral vascular disease, is atherosclerosis of the lower extremities causing ischemia. Mild PAD may be asymptomatic or cause intermittent claudication; severe PAD may cause rest pain with skin atrophy, hair loss, cyanosis, ischemic ulcers, and gangrene. Diagnosis is by history, physical examination, and measurement of the ankle-brachial index. Treatment of mild PAD includes risk factor modification, exercise, antiplatelet drugs, and cilostazol or possibly pentoxifylline as needed for symptoms. Severe PAD usually requires angioplasty or surgical bypass and may require amputation. Prognosis is generally good with treatment, although mortality rate is relatively high because coronary artery or cerebrovascular disease often coexists.
Arteriosclerosis of the extremities is a disease of the blood vessels characterized by narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply the legs and feet. This causes a decrease in blood flow that can injure nerves and other tissues.

Chronic venous insufficiency is impaired venous return, sometimes causing lower extremity discomfort, edema, and skin changes. Postphlebitic (postthrombotic) syndrome is symptomatic chronic venous insufficiency. Causes are disorders that result in venous hypertension, usually through venous damage or incompetence of venous valves, as occurs after deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Diagnosis is by history, physical examination, and duplex ultrasonography. Treatment is compression, wound care, and, rarely, surgery. Prevention requires adequate treatment of DVT and compression stockings.
Peripheral venous disease involves any one of the following diseases.
* Deep Vein Thrombosis
* Thrombophelebitis
* Varicose Veins and Varicosities
* Venous malformations
Please note that I am not a medical professional.  (+ info)

What are the affects of diabetes with regards to Periferal Arterial Disease?

As we age, we all get something called Atherosclerosis. High cholesterol, being Diabetic and high blood pressure all plays a role in it.
Now if you are diabetic and your blood sugar runs like a roller coaster then you are at higher risk. ALMOST every diabetic patient will have some peripheral arterial disease but the extent of the damage will depend on the blood sugar control.
There is another thing called 'peripheral neuropathy' and know the difference in symptoms because the treatment is different for both.

Attach links are on wikipedia about both atherosclerosis and neuropathy. You should read up on that as well.  (+ info)

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