“Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of the arms or legs… It results from a blockage in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling” (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research). Learn More
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
“Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition that occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart form the legs. CVI causes blood to ‘pool’ or collect in the veins, and this pooling is called stasis” (Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education). Learn More
Chronic Respiratory Diseases
“Chronic respiratory diseases (CRDs) are diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Some of the most common are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, occupational lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension” (World Health Organization).
DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS
“Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body. A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. The loose clot is called an embolus… It can travel to an artery in the lungs and block blood flow. This condition is called pulmonary embolism… or PE. PE is a very serious condition” (Precision Medical Products). Learn More
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
“Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disease that includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It is a common, lethal disorder that affects hospitalized and non-hospitalized patients, recurs frequently, is often overlooked, and results in long-term complications” (Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education). Learn More
“A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die… Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications” (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research).