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"The Know" is an informational resource concerning vein treatment options. It contains valuable information for prospective patients, physicians as well as those in the vein treatment industry. We will be regularly posting educational articles, video logs and other pertinent information. We encourage your feedback and welcome any suggestions that you feel may improve the blog.

November 2007 Blog Archive

Friday, November 30, 2007
Women's Health Answers Varicose Vein Questions
and so can we ...

One of the best resources for women who are seeking basic information about the health problems that concern them is The National Women's Health Information Center, a subsection of the United States Government's Department of Health and Human Services. This site answers many of the questions that women have about their health, including issues that they are having with varicose veins and spider veins.

You can review the answers to their FAQ's here. You can also obtain some of the same information by visiting the FAQ on this site. Questions as basic as what varicose veins are and as complex as the potential side effects of treatments like sclerotherapy are covered here so that you can better understand what you're dealing with when beginning to consider vein treatment.

Make use of resources like this to get a good understanding of the medical information you need to understand your varicose veins. Then find a doctor who can answer more personalized questions. Knowledge truly is power.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Airline Passengers Express Concern About Vein Problems During Holiday Travel
A recent opinion article brought up an issue that many holiday travelers are concerned about: vein problems caused by lack of circulation during long airline flights. The opinion article gives a great history of the battle between the airlines and travelers who are concerned about deep vein thrombosis caused by the packed conditions on airplanes.

The author of the article pointed out that although the courts have ruled in favor of the airlines in these issues, it would benefit travelers to have the airlines be required to issue warnings about the risk of blood clotting in the legs during long flights. Since the airlines aren't required to issue such a warning, it's important that you take the research into your own hands when preparing for holiday travel.

Compression stockings are one of the most frequently-recommended tools for decreasing your risks. However, you should remember that to be effective, compression stockings must be the right size. Go to a doctor who can provide you with a prescription for the right fit. Also remember to exercise your legs during long flights and try to book layovers that will let you get off the plane and walk around.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Vein Treatment Provider Impresses Stock Investors
AngioDynamics is a company which you may recognize by name because of the number of vein treatment products they create (including VenaCure). If you invest money in the stock market, you might also recognize the name because the company has been getting attention for the benefits it provides to those who invest in it.

"In fiscal year 2007, ended June 2, 2007, the company's revenue grew 43% to $112.2 million, from $78.5 million in fiscal 2006. The firm's gross margin also rose to 59% during fiscal 2007, from 58% in 2006." (Source)

A big portion of the reason that the company has been doing so well is because the growing baby boomer generation is interested in the anti-aging products that the company assists in producing. For example, aging women who are unhappy with the development of varicose veins may be interested in the vascular technologies produced by the company.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Regular Exercise Reduces Blood Clots
You should know by now that you need to get your exercise. Bodies that get regular exercise are just plain healthier than bodies that don't. But if you need medical proof to get you out on the treadmill, a new study shows that blood clots are reduced in people who exercise regularly.

Regular exercise is recommended for the prevention of varicose veins because it gets the blood circulating through the body. This is the same reason that regular exercise can prevent dangerous blood clotting. The study compared patients who had experienced blood clotting in leg veins or lung arteries with control subjects and found that exercise could reduce leg vein clotting by nearly twenty five percent. Reduction for lung artery clotting was even more successful.

There's the proof that you've been waiting for. Get out there and get that body moving! You only need to exercise once per week to reduce your likelihood of blood clotting. Of course, more would be a little bit better.

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Monday, November 26, 2007
Arterial Vascular Disease: Not Just for Men
There are some things that women would rather leave to the men if they have a choice. In medicine, one of those things has historically been vascular disease. Although women do experience problems with vascular disease, rates of the disease are much higher among men. We might have wanted to ignore this issue for a long time since it didn't appear to be a big problem for women but research suggests that it's time to start playing with the big boys.

Arterial vascular disease has been shown to not only be a problem for women but also to be a significant cause of death in older female populations. Part of the reason that it is fatal for women is because a lack of research into its effects on women has made treatment of the disease difficult. Medical researchers are now recommending that more studies be completed to determine the exact path of the disease for women.

The hope is that such additional research will open up more options for prevention of arterial vascular disease in women as well as for treatment of the disease. By acknowledging that this is indeed a problem for women today, the doors are opened for learning how the prevention and treatment for women will differ from that available to men. Specifically, research into how menopause, hormone replacement therapy and osteoporosis affect the disease will assist doctors in better treating their female patients.

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Friday, November 23, 2007
Vein Industry Magazine
If you haven't had a chance to roam away from the blog this week to check out the rest of our website, you've missed out on an exciting announcement. is about to start bringing more in-depth information about the vein industry to vein treatment professionals through our new magazine, VEIN. Although the magazine is geared towards professionals, there is some interesting information there that you might want to know.

"VEIN magazine will serve as a tool to help grow and maintain your practice. This magazine pertains to you whether your practice is solely geared toward treating venous disease or whether you dedicate a small percentage to venous disease. VEIN will be first in line to publish new developments in the field of phlebology, upcoming events and ways to enhance your practice," writes publisher Ali Jahangiri.

"The magazine will present a broad range of topics ranging from interviews with leading phlebologists, industry news, the business of phlebology practice, "hot" topics within the industry, case studies, and a meetings calendar. The creation of VEIN is in response
to the tremendous growth and interest in the field," adds medical director Steven E. Zimmet.

We hope you'll keep reading the blog to get your day-to-day information. (You can even contribute to it by adding your comments.) But if you're an industry professional or someone who is particularly passionate about vein treatment, you might want to check out the magazine as well.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Five Things the Vein Treatment Community is Thankful For
Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of the holiday, we thought we'd stop and consider the things that we are thankful for. As individuals, we all have our own lists which include friends, family, achievements, inspirations and other things. But as a community, our gratitude is more focused. Here are five things that most people in the vein treatment community are thankful for this holiday weekend:

1. Recognition. Phlebology is finally starting to get serious recognition in the medical community as an important area of study. We're happy to have the hard work of qualified vein specialitsts recognized within the broader community.

2. Technological advancements. There are new advancements made in technology on a regular basis. Whether its crochet hooks or lasers, we're always happy to see forward motion made in the development of treating patients.

3. Compression stockings. Yes, the new technology is something to be thankful for but we're also happy with some of the old things in the industry. Compression stockings are simple, relatively cheap for patients and yet impressively effective in preventing and treating many vein conditions.

4. Options. One of the best things that is happening right now in the vein treatment community is that all of the developments are creating numerous options for treating patients. This means that care can be more individualized and vein treatment professionals can provide better options to suit a patient's specific needs.

5. Patients. No, we don't want anyone to have vein problems. But we're happy that the patients who are out there are getting increasingly well-informed about the advancements and options available to them. Working with informed patients who are interested in their own health is something that doctors should always be thankful for.

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Compression Stockings for Pregnancy
Varicose veins are an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy. In fact, they are one side effect of a series that go together (including leg cramping and lower extremity swelling). But they don't have to bother you throughout the rest of your pregnancy. Compression stockings might be your answer.

Compression stockings are primarily used to treat venous disease but they can also be used for relieving temporary vein problems such as those associated with pregnancy. You can use them to relieve the symptoms that make pregnancy difficult so that you can enjoy the few months that you have with your baby inside of you.

Although compression stockings can be purchased online or in some stores, you should make sure to go through your doctor when getting them for pregnancy-related issues. Compression stockings are safest and most effective when they are fitted specifically to your body. Given that your body is changing, you may even need to consult your doctor more than once on this issue. The plus side is that medical insurance might cover them since you've gotten the doctor's go-ahead.

Learn more about compression stockings for pregnancy from this article.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Medical Acquisition Reflects Demand for Vein Treatment
Recognition of the importance of treating venous disease is growing. Just yesterday we reported here on the fact that the AMA has added credibility to this area of study. And signs are showing up all over the place that the trend towards an interest in this area of medicine is on the rise.

One of those signs was the recent acquisition of Vein Clinics of America by IntegraMed, a company whose business is not in vein treatment at all but rather in fertility treatment. Debate can be had to no end about whether fertility treatment specialists should be making $28 million investments in vein treatment medicine. But the point isn't the medicine so much as it is the business.

There is money to be made in vein treatment these days. That's because there is a growing interest in the demand for treatment of venous disease. And this bodes well for patients. The likely outcome is that competition is going to increase amongst medical providers who offer this kind of care. Competition drives doctors to perform better and it also drives researchers to provide new technologies. This creates a future which could be saturated with improved treatment for vein problems.

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Monday, November 19, 2007
Phlebology Gets Credit with AMA
The American College of Phlebology (ACP) announced that phlebology – the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease, which afflicts 80 million Americans – has been recently approved for inclusion in the list of self-designated medical specialties sanctioned by the American Medical Association (AMA).(press release)

This is important news for the vein treatment community for a number of different reasons. First of all, this means that the medical community as a whole is beginning to give more credibility to the doctors who perform vein treatment. Vein treatment for such problems as varicose veins has long been considered only a cosmetic surgery. This announcement means that it can be taken more seriously for the significant medical improvements it makes to the lives of patients.

The recognition makes it possible for doctors to choose to specialize in this specific area of study or practice. The American College of Phlebology expects to see a growth in interest by doctors as a result of this announcement. This means that doors may open up for research funding and the development of new technologies to assist people who are suffering from vein problems.

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Friday, November 16, 2007
Take Care of Varicose Veins Before Waxing your Legs
Have you ever taken a close look at the instructions on your home leg waxing kit? Hopefully you only tried the home wax once anyway since it's much better to go to a professional for things like that. But when you did, if you read the details before applying the wax, you might have noticed that it tells you not to use the wax if you have varicose veins.

Maybe at the time, you didn't think twice about it because you didn't have varicose veins. But as you start to get older, varicose veins may begin to appear in your legs. When women start to find themselves nearing menopause, they may notice numerous changes in the body which can include these unsightly veins.

Don't worry. You don't have to put your feet up, throw in the towel and commit yourself to having un-sexy, un-waxed legs for the rest of your life. You simply need to take some measures to get rid of the varicose veins before you go ahead and continue waxing those babies.

Make sure that you discuss waxing with the doctor that does your vein treatment. You should find out how long to wait before waxing again. The main reason that the warning is in place is because varicose veins make legs more prone to infection caused by waxing. You don't want to make the appearance of your legs worse so follow doctor's orders.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Varicose Vein Prevention with Yoga
Yes, there are treatments out there for getting rid of varicose veins. It's easy to find a doctor who can perform sclerotherapy or Endovenous Laser Treatment to get those veins out of your legs. Technology is improving and vein treatment is getting easier and easier. This means that you can remove varicse veins if they're causing you health problems and discomfort or even if you just don't like the way that they look.

But wouldn't it be better to just never get varicose veins in the first place?

If you engage in proper varicose vein prevention, you shouldn't have to worry about getting rid of those veins because you might not get them in the first place. There are many simple things that you can do to prevent varicose veins from forming in your legs. An important one is to avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time without moving your legs. And going along with that, it's important to get regular leg exercise.

One form of exercise that many people are starting to turn to for varicose vein prevention is yoga. The stretching motions of the legs that are done in yoga get the blood circulating properly and help to prevent varicose veins from forming.

Certain positions, such as the Plow, Corpse, and Half Shoulder Stand, promote circulation and the drainage of blood from the legs. The deep-breathing exercises in yoga may further alleviate discomfort by getting more oxygen into the bloodstream.(Source: Holistic Online.)

Yoga is just one option for varicose vein prevention. You may find that some other form of regular exercise (such as walking or swimming) suits you better. But find something. That way you don't have to worry about finding a treatment doctor for many years to come.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Get Custom Fit Compression Stockings Before A Flight
Most of us are aware of the fact that it is important to consider the risks of flying before we actually get on an airplane. Many of us even know that there is a risk of vein problems when flying, particularly if you are seated in a cramped plane for short periods of time. Some of us even know that there are certain high risk populations who should consider wearing compression stockings on airline flights because of the damage that can be done to the veins when flying.

However, did you know that you shouldn't just buy those compression stockings off of the shelf?

Most people assume that they can pick up a pair of compression stockings anywhere and use those when flying. But that's not the case. Compression stockings come in different sizes and should be used only in the right manner to ensure that their use is safe.

A recent news article details what researchers have found regarding flights and blood clots in the veins says: "The researchers also warn against wearing commercial compression stockings. They are only effective if custom fit; if not, they may cause harm by blocking blood flow."

If you fly regularly (of if you fly occasionally but fall into a high-risk category for vein problems), you should find a doctor who can assist you in getting graduated compression stockings that are the right fit for your body.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Prevent Varicose Veins By Exercising During Pregnancy
Let's face it; pregnancy isn't pretty. Yes, there are some amazing moments that you get to enjoy during those nine months in which you are carrying a baby. But there are also side effects to the body that you just don't want to think about. Sure, there's the weight gain but that's good for the baby and will go away fairly easily after the birth. Things like varicose veins may not be so easy to get rid of when the baby is born. Your best bet is to do all that you can to prevent certain pregnancy problems so that you don't have to cope with them once they're already present.

Varicose veins are one side effect of pregnancy that many women don't even think about until it's too late. Luckily, varicose vein prevention is fairly easy. One of the best ways to make sure that you're doing what you can to prevent those veins from developing is to get enough exercise. Yes, you can exercise while you are pregnant. And you can prevent varicose veins by doing so! (Read more about pregnancy exercise for varicose vein prevention here.)

And you shouldn't quit exercising once the baby is born. Daily exercise (even just walking and getting those legs moving) is something that everyone can do to prevent varicose veins from developing as you age. It's one of the easiest methods of prevention that you can do for yourself and it will help you avoid the need for more complex treatments like sclerotherapy down the line.

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Monday, November 12, 2007
Compression Stockings Included in New Guidelines for Venous Thromboembolism Treatment
Compression stockings were just one of the standard vein prevention and vein treatment tools included in new guidelines recently set forth for the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism in cancer patients.

"Venous thromboembolism is an increasingly common cause of morbidity and mortality among cancer patients," said Gary H. Lyman, MD, director of the Health Services and Outcomes Research Program in Oncology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and cochair of American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Venous Thromboembolism Expert Panel.

This condition causes significant problems for cancer patients, particularly those who are hospitalized for treatment of their cancer. The guidelines were created to let medical staff know about the importance of looking out for this vein problem when dealing with cancer patients. But of course, medical staff is not always good at keeping on top of the news that they should so it's important for the patient to also stay informed.

If you are being treated for any form of cancer, you will want to ask your doctor about the risk of venous thromboembolism. Vein prevention measurements may be put into place to assist you in avoiding this medical problem. At the very least, you'll know what the risks are as you continue your treatment.

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Friday, November 09, 2007
Doctor Recommended Treatments For Aging Hands
What should you do when your hands start to show just how many years you have been on this planet? A doctor offering advice in The Miami Herald reminds us that there are different options depending on what is causing your hands to look aged. For some people, the issue is age spots. For many others, the problem is visible veins. And even within those categories, treatments may vary.

For people who are suffering from aged hands due to the appearance of veins, it is important to consider what is causing the change in appearance. In many instances, this is caused by a thinning of the skin as you get older. In such a case, the doctor recommends a dermal filler such as Perlane which can stimulate collagen building.

However, other people may find that dermal fillers aren't sufficient to reducing problematic veins. Instead, they may wish to look into what their other vein treatment options are. A good indicator as to whether more serious measures are needed is to assess the rest of the body for unsightly veins. If varicose veins are appearing in the legs as well as the hands, a more aggressive treatment may be required. Work with a qualified professional to determine what suits your exact needs.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007
How to Put on Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are frequently worn by people who are beginning to see signs of varicose veins. They may also be worn by the average person when engaging in certain activities, such as airline flights. Despite their rather regular use in the general population, many people fail to put compression stockings on properly, thereby reducing their usefulness.

Here are the steps to take to properly put on compression stockings:

- Fold the stocking in half so that the top half of the stocking is inside out (with the top half essentially rolled down to the heel).

- Insert your foot into the stocking. This should mean that your toes are inside the toe portion of the stocking and the inside out portion is now on your foot.

- Roll the inside out portion up the leg so that it is facing the right direction. Do this slowly so that the compression stocking remains appropriately tight. You should be using a smoothing motion of the hands, NOT pulling the stocking upwards with your fingers.

- When one leg is rolled all the way up in this manner, repeat with the other leg.

It's really not that difficult to put on compression stockings. The main problem which most people have is that they tug on the stockings instead of taking their time and rolling them up slowly. Turning the top portion inside out and then smoothing it open up the leg prevents this issue. Those people who continue to have difficulty sometimes use application aids to assist them.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Sclerotherapy for Removing Dark Eye Circles
Sclerotherapy is an injection treatment which is most commonly associated with diminishing the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins. However, sclerotherapy also has another use which may be of interest to patients who are concerned with their overall appearance. Sclerotherapy can be used to get rid of dark circles under the eyes.

Often, those dark circles are caused by an enlarging of the veins around the eyes. In comparison with vein treatment in the legs, sclerotherapy for the eyes is an amazingly quick procedure. Whereas the standard vein treatment takes anywhere from 30 - 60 minutes, the treatment for dark circles is just a five minute procedure. The success of the treatment varies depending on the patient and the exact cause of the dark circles so you should obviously work with a qualified professional when considering sclerotherapy for this (or any) purpose.

Dark circles under the eyes and varicose veins anywhere on the body have a key point in common. They cause individuals to look older than they actually are. Most people are highly interested in anti-aging methods and facial rejuvenation. Sclerotherapy is just one option to be considered for both vein treatment and undereye circles.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Comparing Sclerotherapy and Laser Vein Treatment
If you are interested in getting spider veins removed, there are two options that you will most likely consider. The first is sclerotherapy which is considered by many to be the traditional method of vein treatment. The second is laser vein treatment which many people are starting to consider as the better option. However, there are pros and cons to both kinds of treatment so the one that is right for your sister might not be the one that is right for you.

A recent news article took a look at the different reasons that one might choose sclerotherapy or alternatively might choose laser treatments. Sclerotherapy was cited as the preferred treatment for people with low pain thresholds because it is currently less painful than laser treatment. It was also preferred for people with very dark skin and for people with rather large veins. In comparison, those people who have a need to heal more quickly after the procedure will choose laser treatments which may be initially more painful but which don't bruise for nearly as long after the work has been done.

You may find that there are different factors influencing your choice between sclerotherapy and laser vein treatment. Your best bet is to work with a qualified professional in your area who can help you to decide which is the better treatment to remove your spider veins. And of course, you should always stay on top of vein treatment news in order to find out about new technologies that may change these facts over time.

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Monday, November 05, 2007
Celebrity Veins: Jossip Strikes Out at Angelina
In a recent post on celebrity gossip site Jossip, there was a photograph of Angelina Jolie with widow/author Mariane Pearl. The entire post is about Pearl but Jossip insists on slipping in a snide remark about Angelina.

Great pose, Angie! The positioning of your hands totally helps obscure your unsightly varicose veins.

Despite the gossip, there are people on forums out there who say that Angelina's veiny arms are hot. There is argument as to whether the veins are caused by her natural change in the body or if there are other, more gossipy, reasons that she may be having vein problems.

In any case, do you think that Angelina should consider vein removal? Or do you agree with the folks who think she's able to flaunt anything she's got?

If Angelina were to consider treatment for the veins in her arms, she would have several options. Most commonly, people choose between sclerotherapy and varicose vein laser treatment. However, some people opt to attempt alternative methods such as medication. This is generally not recommended but the right procedure depends greatly on the reason that the veins are there in the first place. And Angie's perfectly pouty lips are sealed.

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Friday, November 02, 2007
Anti-Aging Options for Veiny Hands
There comes a moment when a woman suddenly realizes that her hands reveal her age. Perhaps she's at the day spa, waiting for her facial to begin. She catches a glimpse of her face in the mirror and thinks that she looks good – not just for her age but just plain good. She sees her profile as she passes out of the changing room and is content with the slim physique she has maintained. But then she sits to wait for her turn with the aesthetician. She's reading a magazine. And as she turns the page to look at the latest fashions, she notices the veins in her hands.

The woman who wants to stay on top of her appearance will explore all of her options for every beauty problem that plagues her. Hands in the veins are no exception. Luckily, there are several options available to women who are having this problem. Here are a few choices:

o Dermal fillers – These plump up the hands and improve their appearance on a temporary basis.

o Chemical peels – Believe it or not, sometimes you just need refreshed skin to reduce the appearance of the veins. Chemical peels also reduce age spots which gives youth to the hands.

o Microdermabrasion – This procedure will polish up the skin. If the hands look better, the veins may be less noticeable.

o Sclerotherapy – This vein treatment is designed specifically for this issue.

o Laser vein removal – Removal of the veins is a more permanent solution.

Don't worry; you are hardly the first woman to notice aging in her hands. Even Madonna has had this problem! Just figure out what you're going to do about it and move on!

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Thursday, November 01, 2007
Celebrity Varicose Veins: Natalie Portman
Does Natalie Portman need laser vein removal for the varicose veins in her legs? The award-winning actress isn't even thirty yet so it's surprising to think that she might be having a problem with varicose veins. But it's hardly impossible for young people to suffer from vein problems. In fact, the under-30 crowd is the crowd that has to be most concerned with certain vein issues such as the importance of wearing compression stockings during airline flights.

So perhaps Portman isn't alone in this problem. The report comes from Celebrity Fashion Watch in a post that complained about Portman's appearance from head to toe. "I cannot even tell that the dress was vindicated by the shoes because of those eyesore veins," offers the report. The picture itself makes it hard to tell whether or not Portman really is having problems with varicose veins appearing in her legs. But if she is, she might want to get them checked out. After all, these veins are not just fodder for the tabloids; they can also mean serious medical problems are on the horizon.

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