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Myths and Facts About Dialysis Access Oct 1st, 2022

Chronic kidney disease is a growing problem in the United States because two of the problem’s main drivers, diabetes and hypertension, are on the rise. About 37 million Americans have kidney disease, and nearly 786,000 have kidney failure and need dialysis and/or a kidney transplant.  If you’re one of them, you’re understandably...

What To Do About Deep Vein Thrombosis Sep 1st, 2022

Knowing you have deep vein thrombosis (DVT) means you can take steps to protect your life. Undetected DVT leads to 60,000-100,000 deaths every year.  If you’ve been diagnosed with DVT, the first thing to do is to partner with specialists who understand the complexities of deep vein thrombosis and have...

My Child Has Pectus Excavatum — Now What? Aug 1st, 2022

When your baby is born, all you want is 10 fingers, 10 toes, and a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, about one in every 150 to 1,000 babies are born with a chest wall deformity called pectus excavatum — a sunken or malformed chest cavity.  It affects boys more often than girls, and it...

Healthy Hacks That Support Lung Health Jul 11th, 2022

You can live without a limb, an eye, or a kidney, but your lungs are in the must-have category.  At Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates, we help our New York and New Jersey patients take steps to ensure their lungs stay healthy throughout their lifetime.  Here, our experienced thoracic specialists offer their recommendations...

Common Risk Factors for Emphysema Jun 1st, 2022

Every time you take a breath and you fill your lungs with air, oxygen transfers from the air to your blood, while carbon dioxide (gas waste) leaves your blood and enters your lungs so you can expel it when you exhale.  This seemingly simple gas exchange is actually quite complex....

What To Expect from Lung Cancer Treatments May 3rd, 2022

The word “cancer” is terrifying, but technological and medical advances have made treatments much more effective and have given hope and life to many.  At Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates (RTVA), we specialize in diagnosing and treating lung cancer, and our extensive team of board-certified surgeons are highly experienced experts.  If you just found out...

Is Oxygen Therapy Right for You? Apr 1st, 2022

You can go without food and water for days, but it only takes a few minutes without oxygen to end your life. That’s why diseases that restrict your ability to take in air are so frightening. Not only do they pose a physical problem, but the mental anguish is terrifying....

Tips for Supporting Lung Health Mar 8th, 2022

From a gentle sigh or blood-curdling scream to the simple act of speaking, you rely on your lungs for some basic functions. You also rely on them for the not-so-basic function of sustaining your life, so learn how to keep them from harm and give them every advantage. Our team of experienced...

Who Needs Dialysis Access? Feb 1st, 2022

When your organs fail, modern technology steps in to perform their jobs and save your life.  Among these life-saving machines, one of the most widely used and most effective is dialysis, a treatment that does the job of your kidneys when yours have failed.  At Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates,...

Bad Habits That Negatively Impact Your Vein Health Jan 1st, 2022

You have more than 60,000 miles of vasculature, which means that if you took all your veins, capillaries, and arteries out of your body, they could circle the Earth more than twice. Most people don’t think about their vein health until something goes wrong, but there are some simple adjustments...

Risk Factors for Emphysema Dec 8th, 2021

A form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema develops when you’ve sustained damage to the walls of your lungs between the air sacs called alveoli. Once pliable and elastic, your lung tissue becomes stiff and can’t expel air completely.  With old air trapped in your lungs, there’s no space...

Tips for Living with Lung Cancer Nov 14th, 2021

After the shock of a lung cancer diagnosis, you may have lots of questions about treatments, survival rates, and next steps. More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer, but the first thing you should know is that it’s highly treatable in its earliest stages.  And...

What Is the Chest Wall? Oct 13th, 2021

On life’s long list of things we take for granted, you can add your chest wall. If you are like most people, you never give a second thought to this structural part of your anatomy that defines your upper torso.  But at Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates, we think about...

The Impact of Smoking on Your Veins Sep 9th, 2021

Despite the evidence about the dangers of smoking, more than 34 million people still light up. If you're one of them, you probably know that smoking fills your lungs with tar-like soot and increases your risk for heart disease and lung cancer, but you may not realize what smoke does...

Life After Lung Failure Aug 17th, 2021

Whatever caused your lung failure — disease, cancer, injury, COPD, or ARDS — you dodged a potentially life-threatening situation and are now undergoing treatment.  At Rockland Thoracic & Vascular Associates, we’re known throughout New York and New Jersey as the premier treatment facility for all types of lung failure. Our...

Everything You Should Know About Dialysis Jul 22nd, 2021

Your kidneys are two powerhouse organs located in your lower back region on either side of your spine. They work nonstop filtering your blood and removing toxins, which they then pass along to your bladder so you can urinate them away.  If your kidneys falter or fail, the situation can...

Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer? Jun 29th, 2021

It’s hard to understand how some people can smoke several packs of cigarettes a day for years and never get lung cancer, but people who’ve never smoked can develop this insidious disease.  When it comes to lung cancer, we look at your risk factors to determine your likelihood of getting...

Treatment for Aortic Aneurysms May 24th, 2021

Each time your heart beats, it pumps freshly oxygenated blood to your chest and torso, where it connects with other arteries and carries it to your organs and throughout the rest of your body.  It’s an efficient system when all the arteries are healthy, but if you have hypertension, high...

Understanding the Different Causes of Lung Cancer Apr 21st, 2021

Lung cancer is aggressive and deadly. The statistics are sobering. According to the American Lung Association, more than 154,000 Americans die from lung cancer every year. Lung cancer accounts for one-fourth of all cancer-related deaths, and lung cancer care exceeds $13.4 billion every year (not including lost productivity). At Rockland...

Conditions That Affect Your Esophagus Mar 16th, 2021

Your esophagus is like a laundry chute, except instead of dirty clothes, the chute transports food and liquids. This seemingly simple part of your anatomy is prone to several conditions, most of which call for professional medical attention to avoid malnutrition and other complications. Our team of specialists at Rockland...

What You Need to Understand About Deep Vein Thrombosis Feb 16th, 2021

Blood clots are bad, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the worst kind. Hidden where you can’t see it, DVT may not present any symptoms, so you can walk around with DVT and never know it until it causes life-threatening problems. Fortunately, deep vein thrombosis is treatable and even preventable....

6 Helpful Emphysema Treatments Jan 21st, 2021

Struggling to get air is frightening, and if you have emphysema, it may be a daily battle. Although emphysema can strike anyone, it’s primary cause is smoking.  You can also get it if you’ve been exposed to secondhand smoke, fumes or dust at work, and pollutants, such as automotive exhaust...

Barrett's Esophagus and Cancer: Are They Linked? Dec 7th, 2020

Acid reflux can happen to anyone. An overindulgent dinner, stress, lying down immediately after eating a large meal — these can all cause acid from your stomach to push back up into your esophagus.  If it happens frequently (two or more times per week), you may have acid reflux disease...

When to Seek Treatment for Bothersome Veins Nov 9th, 2020

No one likes the look of varicose veins. They leave trails of purple, blue, or red lines on your legs, feet, and ankles, often bulging out from the surface, giving them a 3D effect in addition to the discoloration.  Most often, varicose veins are nothing more than a cosmetic issue,...

Dealing with Fatigue and Chest Pain? You Might Have Pectus Excavatum Oct 6th, 2020

When you feel pain in your chest, your whole body goes on alert. And, of course, your mind starts racing with thoughts of heart attacks and hospitals. Add extreme fatigue to the mix and you know something’s wrong — but what? If you’re thinking pectus excavatum, you might be right. Getting...

Signs of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Sep 9th, 2020

It’s easy to imagine what would happen if your throat was blocked and you suddenly couldn’t get any air in your lungs. If you’ve ever choked on a piece of food, you know this terrifying sensation. It’s the same with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), except it’s your arteries that are...

Living with Esophageal Achalasia Aug 5th, 2020

Ideally, every time you swallow, food and liquid go down your esophagus, the long tube that leads to your stomach.  The muscles of the esophagus move the food downward, and when it reaches the bottom of the tube, it meets a sphincter, which is normally in the closed position to...

What Happens When Your Kidneys Fail? Jul 20th, 2020

You can hear and feel your heartbeat, and you can see your chest rise and fall when your lungs fill with air, but kidneys fall into that dismissive category of “out of sight, out of mind” — until something goes wrong.  Kidney failure can happen gradually or all at once...

Can I Get Emphysema If I Never Smoked? Jun 23rd, 2020

You may think of emphysema as a smoker’s disease, and you’d be largely right. Most cases of this lung condition are directly related to smoke from cigarettes, cigars, marijuana, pipes, and other similar sources. But just because smoking accounts for the lion’s share of emphysema cases, doesn’t mean that abstaining...

4 Myths About COPD: There's Treatment and Help May 26th, 2020

Think of your lungs as two balloons. When they’re healthy, they expand just like latex balloons at a birthday party. But diseased lungs lose their elasticity and can’t function at their peak performance.  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for that condition, and it comes in two varieties....

These Symptoms May Indicate a Possible Aortic Aneurysm Apr 30th, 2020

Your aorta is a long vessel that transports blood from your heart to the rest of your body. It travels from your chest to your abdomen and branches off from there. If your aorta becomes weakened by disease, injury, or infection, it can develop an aneurism or balloon-like bulge. If the...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Lung Cancer Mar 9th, 2020

Approximately every 2.3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with lung cancer. As with any illness, early detection is the best way to stop cancer in its tracks. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one has developed lung cancer or you simply want to learn more about detecting the warning...

What Is Venous Disease (and What Can I Do About It)? Feb 12th, 2020

Your body is a miracle machine that works diligently each day to keep you alive. Your heart, which supplies blood throughout your body, lies at the center of all the actions your body performs to keep you healthy. Think of your heart as your body’s motor. But, like every machine,...