Category Archives: Health

Who Needs Dialysis Access?

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, we create dialysis access ports for patients in […]

Risk Factors for Emphysema

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 for fresh air to enter, which causes […]

What Is the Chest Wall?

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 it a lot. Our experts specialize in keeping your […]