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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.

September 2008 Blog Archive

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
FDA Cracks Down on Bad Varicose Vein Treatment
The FDA has taken a long hard look at some of the products that have been allowed on the market and decided to remove some of them from the market to keep consumers safer. One of those products is a product which some people have been using to treat varicose veins but which isn't really a good product for that purpose.

The product is a skin craem (that goes by various names) which includes the ingredient papain. These creams are used to treat a variety of different ailments including diabetic ulcers and certain wounds but the skin creams have been determined inappropriate for such use by the FDA. Doctors who had been prescribing these creams for varicose vein treatment will have to stop.

Learn more here.

Question of the Day: What alternatives to varicose vein skin cream could be recommended by doctors who can no longer prescribe papain?

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Monday, September 22, 2008
Varicose Veins Complicate Massages
You go on vacation and stay at a wonderful resort which includes a spa. You can't wait to spend a day at the spa and the first thing that you do is to book a full body massage. When you get there, you discover that the massage therapist can't work on you properly because of your varicose veins. Isn't this a good reason to get those veins taken care of sooner rather than later?

The thing about massage and varicose veins is that you have to really know what you are doing when massaging legs that are covered in varicose veins. Massage is actually really beneficial to healing varicose veins because it gets the circulation moving in the legs. However, it has to be done by a professional who understands therapeutic massage for people with varicose veins.

Getting a massage from someone who doesn't understand this issue could result in pain and additional health problems related to the varicose veins. One important thing is that you can never massage directly on to varicose veins. A new massage therapist or one who works at a spa that isn't therapeutic may not realize this - causing your massage to be uncomfortable instead of relaxing.

Question of the Day: Should you use massage therapy to help heal your varicose veins?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Vein Treatment for Weight Loss?
Researchers have made a breakthrough achievement in two areas of medicine that don't usually go together - varicose vein treatment and weight loss. A treatment sometimes used for varicose veins has been successfully used as an appetite suppressant in early testing on pigs. This could mean that the varicose vein treatment may ultimately emerge as a weight loss tool for humans.

The treatment is a surgical procedure called gastric artery chemical embolization (GACE). It is not a common treatment for varicose veins because of the fact that there are many different procedures for treatment of varicose veins that are less invasive than this one. However, it is a vein treatment that has been used regularly in the past.

The treatment can apparently also be used to alter the body's production of ghrelin, a hormone that directly impacts how hungry you feel and therefore how much you are likely to eat. This means that it can be used as a weight loss procedure and one that would be considerably less invasive than the weight loss surgeries that are commonly used today.

Question of the Day: How is that a varicose vein treatment could be used as a weight loss tool?

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Monday, September 15, 2008
Bicycling Helps Prevent Varicose Veins
There are two very important aspects involved when it comes to getting rid of varicose veins. The one most commonly discussed is the medical treatment of varicose veins through procedures such as sclerotherapy or VNUS Closure Fast. However, the second aspect may be more important and that's prevention of varicose veins.

One of the best things that you can do for yourself if you want to prevent varicose veins from forming (and even to reduce or eliminate the varicose veins that you already have) is to get your blood pumping on a regular basis. There are a lot of different ways to exercise that can improve your varicose veins.

Some people have found that one of the best forms of exercise for preventing varicose veins is bicycling. It gets your legs moving and it gets your heart circulating blood properly through your body. It makes you feel better in general and it may get rid of your ugly veins so you also feel better about yourself!

Question of the Day: What activities do you enjoy that could help to reduce your varicose veins?

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Friday, September 12, 2008
Malcolm in the Middle Actress Demands Varicose Veins Be Hidden
Jane Kaczmarek is a television actress who is best known for her role as Lois on the television show Malcolm in the Middle. You may know who she is but did you know that she once had a problem with varicose veins and that she demanded that everything possible be done to make sure that those veins did not show up on the show?

After having one of her children, she returned to the show before her body had completely bounced back from the pregnancy. She was still slightly overweight and body conscious because of it. She also had varicose veins caused by the pregnancy. You can imagine that she wasn't thrilled to find out that she would be in a bathing suit on set. She demanded that she be allowed to wear compression stockings under the suit and a sarong on top of it to keep the audience from seeing the problem.

In real life, of course, we don't have these luxuries. You can't wear compression stockings to go swimming without looking utterly ridiculous. But we do have choices available to us for the treatment of varicose veins so that we don't have to deal with this problem. Of course, in the case of pregnancy-induced varicose veins, there's a good chance that they'll go away on their own but you can always consult a doctor in case they don't.

Question of the Day: Was Jane Kaczmarek right in demanding that her TV audience not be allowed to see her varicose veins?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
New Treatment for Spider Veins
BioForm Medical has created a product that has been tested and proven to successfully treat specific types of varicose veins and spider veins in a diverse range of patients. The product, polidocanol, showed a minimum of 95% effectiveness in treating these vein problems.

It was actually fairly well known that this product was going to do well in testing due to the fact that it has been used for this exact purpose in Europe for the past four decades or more. However, testing here hadn't been complete until recently so it has not been a viable vein treatment option for patients in the United States.

It should be noted that this is a sclerotherapy product. It is intended to replace the ingredients used in today's leading sclerotherapy products. However, sclerotherapy is not the only method of treating vein problems and may not even be the most popular method here in the United States due to the prevalence of such procedures as VNUS Closure Fast.

Question of the Day: Why did it take so long for the U.S. to test this product when Europe has been using it to treat vein problems for so long?

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Our Doctors in the News: Joseph Magnant
The doctors in our network regularly make it into their local news headlines because of the success that they have had in treating varicose vein problems in their areas. Often the headlines are made because of the results that they have achieved in using the popular (and relatively new) VNUS Closure Fast method of vein treatment which impresses patients with its effectiveness and the ease of the procedure for the patient. That's precisely the case with headlines recently made by Dr. Joseph Magnant.

The article discusses the fact that varicose veins are both a cosmetic problem and a physical health problem. It talks about what can be done to heal varicose veins, focusing specifically on the popular VNUS Closure Fast treatment method which is used by so many great vein surgeons today. Dr. Magnant is quoted throughout the article which demonstrates his expertise in this area of treatment.

Question of the Day: Have you spotted your vein treatment doctor in the news lately?

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Monday, September 08, 2008
Varicose Vein Pain May Actually Be Artery Problem
One of the things that commonly happens in regards to varicose veins is that people ignore them for a long period of time before they start to hurt at which point they determine that it's a good idea to get them checked out by a doctor. Some of those people may arrive at the vascular surgeon's office only to discover that the varicose veins are not actually what is causing the leg pain but that instead this pain is caused by blocked arteries in the same region as the varicose veins.

There is a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) which causes leg pain that many people inaccurately assume is just a natural process of aging. It affects about twenty five percent of people over the age of 75. These people often already have varicose veins and therefore assume that the two problems are one in the same when actually they are not.

If you find yourself experiencing pain that you believe is associated with varicose veins then you will want to make an appointment with a doctor specializing in vein treatment. Make sure to ask about the possibility that the problem isn't a vein problem at all but rather this problem with the arteries. You can learn about the symptoms and treatment of this problem here.

Question of the Day: Would you wait until your varicose veins hurt before getting them checked out?

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Friday, September 05, 2008
Prevent Travel-Related Vein Problems
One of the biggest concerns for the average person in relation to the health of their veins is concerns that come about when planning to engage in long-distance travel. Long flights in cramped airplanes and long road trips both contribute to circulatory problems in the legs that can lead to varicose veins and may end up resulting in life-threatening venous problems like the development of Deep Vein Thrombosis.

It is important that anyone who is planning to travel take precautions to prevent these problems from occurring. Many of these precautions are the same varicose vein prevention methods that you should already be incorporating into your daily life. These are basic things like making sure to get up and stretch your legs as much as possible.

Some of the other tips that are recommended for preventing travel-related vein problems include avoiding drinking and smoking during travel (and really avoiding smoking at all times), making sure to drink enough water and trying to keep movement of the blood flow active by keeping legs uncrossed and wearing unrestrictive clothing.

Question of the Day: What are the best things that you can do to prevent vein problems during travel?

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Thursday, September 04, 2008
Prevent Varicose Veins with Spinach
There are many different aspects of varicose vein prevention. The majority of these are related to getting appropriate exercise so that the circulatory system continues to work properly and therefore you don't develop varicose veins. However, diet can also play an important role in preventing varicose veins.

One report suggests that people interested in varicose vein prevention may want to start eating more spinach than what they currently consume. That's because the Vitamin K in spinach reportedly has a positive effect on the body's circulation and therefore prevents the development of varicose veins.

A French study found that Vitamin K is a requirement for maintaining healthy veins. The best way to get that vitamin is to eat your greens. The leading "greens" for the vitamin are found in the form of spinach. Although it's not the only thing you can do to prevent varicose veins, it certainly can't hurt.

Question of the Day: Should someone interested in varicose vein prevention make sure to eat spinach on a regular basis?

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Vein Surgeries Keep Hospital Stay Lengths Down in Scotland
There is a big push towards getting hospitals in Scotland to release as many patients as possible on the same day that they are admitted to the hospital in order to save exorbitant sums of money per hospital. One of the surgeries that is making this goal successful is the treatment of varicose veins.

The hospitals are being urged to keep their costs down in order to reduce the strain on the health care budget and ultimately to allow for better care to more people in the country. This is being done by making sure that those patients who don't actually need to stay in a hospital overnight aren't doing so.

Varicose vein treatment has improved greatly in recent years and is now considered by most people to be an outpatient procedure. Patients who get this work done in a hospital definitely don't need to spend the night after the surgery except in the most extreme cases of complication or difficult surgery. Because of this, the rates looked at by hospitals in regards to keeping costs down are best for those hospitals that do a lot of procedures like varicose vein treatment.

Question of the Day: Should varicose vein treatment be done as an outpatient procedure at hospitals?

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Med Students Look at Varicose Veins in Art Museums
One of the most important skills that a doctor can have is the skill of observation. The ability to observe all of the signs that are being presented by a patient can make or break the doctor's ability to make a correct diagnosis. Some med students are finding that intense observation of art in museums can lead to improving this skill so that they can offer better diagnosis and treatment to their patients in the future.

For example, students may look at the painting "Ida" by Ivan Albright and examine it closely to make observations about the woman which can lead to a medical diagnosis. The fact that the patient has varicose veins is an indicator of many potential health problems (just as it would be if the doctor was looking at your varicose veins). Looking at the other details in the painting leads to a more fully-formed decision regarding what those veins likely mean, information that can be useful to this med student's patients later on.

Learn more about the use of art as a med student skill-building tool here.

Question of the Day: Do you notice little details like varicose veins when looking at paintings in a gallery or museum?

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Monday, September 01, 2008
Swollen Feet are Sign to get Varicose Veins Checked Out
The most common reason that people choose to go to a varicose vein treatment provider for removal of their varicose veins is because they are self-conscious about the appearance of those veins. However, there are medical reasons behind the need to get varicose veins checked out as well. Those people who have varicose veins and who also experience swelling in the feet or legs should make sure that they get the veins checked out to see if there are any other underlying health problems that are causing the veins to be present.

In most cases, varicose veins are primarily harmless. The basic things that can be done to prevent them (regular and appropriate exercise, for example) will be good for the body and will prevent any additional problem from occurring. But in some cases varicose veins may be a sign of blood clotting and circulatory problems that need to be addressed sooner rather than later because they have the potential to become fatal.

Swollen legs and feet can be caused by a variety of different things including lack of exercise, prolonged sedentary activity and poor diet. However, when they are present along with varicose veins, there is a higher likelihood that there is a problem that should be checked out. Asking a doctor about the varicose veins is a good thing to do if this is the case for you.

Question of the Day: Why are swollen feet a bad sign when experienced in conjunction with varicose veins?

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