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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 2008 Blog Archive

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Cancer Treatment Drug may cause Blood Clots
The cancer-fighting drug Avastin may be linked to sparking risks of blood clots in legs and lungs by what is reported to be nearly 33%. The chances of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) increased significantly in the cancer patients taking Avastin. The report said that researchers found,
"11.9 percent incidence of blood clots in patients treated with the drug, and 6.3 percent had more serious high-grade blood clots, said the study published in the latest edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)."


However the severity and placement of the blood clots varied patient-to-patient depending on the type of cancer they had.

The highest instance of blood clots was among patients with colorectal cancer and the lowest was those with breast cancer, 19.3% and 7.3% respectively. The research urged patients to study the repercussions of Avastin before using it, and for those already using it to take caution and seek out the advice of a physician.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Children, Yoga and Vein Health
Channel your child's inner yogi. Kids are natural born yogis who frankly can out swing, tumble, twist or turn you. They run around the house, climb on anything they can get their hands, summersault and flip up and down as much as they can. So why not instill habits in them at a young age that can help them later in life. Yoga classes have the ability to keep children entertained, flexible and challenged. And in the midst of learning the best headstand or downward dog asana pose they can also maintain their vein health. Yoga is a home remedy that aids in the blood flow of veins throughout the body, which may help prevent varicose veins.

Here are some poses suitable for your youngster to try at home or at a Hatha Yoga class. The downward dog, cobra, bow, camel pose, bicycle ride, bridge and wheel. Not only will these positions provide hilarity for you and the yoga instructor, but your child will thoroughly enjoy prancing around like a dog or camel. So if you're looking to do some mother-daughter activities or simply show your kids healthy lifestyle yoga is an ideal path for better vein health.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Venous Disease gaining Aid, Popularity and Awareness
The Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) announced today that their fight to put venous disease in the forefront of medical concerns was furthered; Eisai has joined the VDC team as a sponsor and fundraiser. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) affects hundreds of thousands of people each year, and the VDC is vying to bring attention, funding and notoriety to the cause. Preventing and treating varicose veins are a major factor in protecting yourself from developing DVT, which can cause serious health problems. The VDC joined with Eisai hopes to bring vein health education to the American public.

The VDC is an advocacy group of doctors who's primary objective is to improve the survival rates of people inflicted with venous disease. And in doing so they need funding to develop a national campaign educating the young and old about risk factors, symptoms, and treatments for varicose veins, spider veins and DVT. They hope that with the monetary support of Eisai their goals can be met.


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Monday, November 24, 2008
Cherry Juice: Varicose Vein Home Remedy
Cherry juice is most commonly known as a good antioxidant source. But this fruit has a few other perks that are noteworthy. The abundant antioxidants are said to decrease inflammation and aid in remedying varicose veins. Cherry juice has long been credited as a good source for aches as well, and as most people who are plagued with ropy unattractive veins know, varicose veins typically inflict serious muscle and leg pain.

Whether you are concerned about gnarled varicose veins or simply interested in the many health benefits, cherry juice is an optimal home remedy to maintain your leg and vein health. You can enjoy the flavor and relish in its health benefits.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Stomach Aches and Varicose Veins
Persistent stomachaches may usually be a minor health issue, however a recent study may link that tumultuous tummy to varicose veins. Imogen Taylor a recent mother started having severe stomachaches the two years after her daughter was born. The dulling, constant pain led her to get check-ups regularly, however GPs and Gynecologists were unable to find the issue. Until one day the pain was so terrible Imogen returned to her Gynecologist where she found an enlarged vein pushing up against her cervix. She had developed varicose veins her pelvic. A considerably strange area for varicose veins to develop, most women during or after pregnancy suffer from the ropy gnarled veins in their legs.

Pelvic varicose veins usually stem from numerous pregnancies, though they are still quite rare. Dominic Dodd a vascular surgeon based in the UK says,
"Sometimes the valves and veins simply do not recover. While varicose veins in the legs are visible, when they develop in the pelvis they are hidden and often undiagnosed. Like people with varicose veins in the legs, those with pelvic varicose veins experience intensified pain after standing for a long time because an upright position causes blood to pool in the swollen veins."


Though they are fairly uncommon among young women it is important to maintain your vein health in all regions of the body that may be susceptible to this debilitating condition.

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Monday, November 17, 2008
Shake a Leg
Are your legs fit and primped for winter's upcoming Holiday party season? Though we may pay more attention to our leg and vein health weeks prior to the festive fetes and New Years soirées, it's important to give them ample tender love and care all year round. Nearly 6 million women fall victim to varicose veins, so why is it that with figures so astronomically high we tend to forget about our vein and leg health? Every month we self-check our breasts and get mammograms yearly, so it's time we get into the habit of taking care of our legs. Rather than waiting till something goes wrong, prevent it from happening, after all prolonged untreated varicose veins may turn into serious health issues like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Some of the warning signs are commonly disregarded: swollen ankles, aching legs and enlarged veins. Such symptoms are not serious problems, however it is a wise decision to treat the issues promptly. Even some of the simplest things like moisturizing your legs daily, exercise and eating healthy can aid in varicose vein prevention. So get a leg up on your vein health before the holiday festivities kick into full gear.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
SIGVARIS Socks making Fashion Headlines
Compression socks and stockings were once considered to be a fashion faux pas, but with recent aesthetic updates SIGVARIS is making varicose vein prevention trendy. Women, who are typically too vain to show their veins, are wearing the compression stocks to work and play. The stockings fit beautifully, nearly as good as traditional stockings and tights. The socks are making a statement this winter as more and more women buy them to hid their unsightly veins or simply prevent them from happening. Working and sitting in one place for prolonged hours is one of the major factors causing varicose veins. Wearing compression socks to work aids in the blood flow when you're immobile at your desk for hours on end.

The garments are selling for around $60-$80, but remember folks these are used as treatment socks which is why prices are fairly steep. Similarly, SIVGARIS guarantees they will last for you for at lease six months. So this winter when your shopping for that stylish purple tote or Diane Von Furstenberg dress, match it with a pair of stockings that not only look good but are good for your health.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A Vein of Wisdom
We all know varicose vein treatment has received much notoriety and recognition in the US, but vein health awareness is spreading to Asia. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is hoping to bring vein issues into the forefront of this historical, and wise, medical treatment. Doctors who practice TCM recommend herbal remedies, exercise, Chinese massages and acupressure to prevent varicose veins. Such remedies are highly regarded especially for people working long hours in an office and who lack daily doses of exercise.

Similarly, the TCM has outlined a number of things you can do and eat at home to assure healthier veins. "
TCM recommends foods that stimulate blood circulation and resolve blocked energy and blood, such as hawthorn, rapeseed plant and red phaseolus bean. Beef, mutton and chicken also warm and unclog energy channels."


It might be time to channel history and the wise in order to help our vein health. Tap the vein of wisdom and read up on the TCM's medical advice.

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Monday, November 10, 2008
National Health Service Cutting Costs
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) recent cutbacks to varicose vein treatment are stirring up anger among patients. Routine operations to treat gnarled, ropy and unattractive varicose veins are being cutback to save the NHS money. Though healthcare companies are taking a beating with the recent financial downturn, patients with vein health problems are being shunned or turned away. Patients are either left to pay hefty hospital bills or live with agonizing pain. The rationing of such treatments is a poor choice, because millions of people worldwide suffer from varicose veins and venous disease – many of which can turn into serious health issues like Deep Vein Thrombosis.

The NHS is saying they are cutting back financing such surgeries because they are not life threatening. Rather than properly treating ailing patients the NHS is suggesting people with serious varicose vein problems to simply wear compression stockings. Compression stockings are a great preventative measure; however they are not used for treating and curing varicose veins. Hopefully as the economy and healthcare system gains better ground, vein health issues will soon be treated with the attention and treatment they deserve.

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Monday, November 10, 2008
Flu Shots may help Venous Disease
When we think of flu shots, the first thing that comes to mind is long lines, a painful prick and well the flu. The American Heart Association released a report saying that the standard influenza shot (flu shot) may reduce venous clot risk. According to Dr. Joseph Emmerich of the AHA,
"In a case-control study, adults who got their immunizations were 26% less likely to develop venous thromboembolism over the next year."


The results from the AHA's report also said that people aged 52 and above had the best results for lowering risks.

The study released by Emmerich outlines a number of possibilities why the flu vaccine could help DVT cases and varicose veins. Emmerich said, "
For one, patients vaccinated might spend fewer days bedridden-a known cause of deep vein thrombosis. Another possibility is that reductions in VTE were directly linked to reduced influenza infections and associated systemic inflammation, which could serve as a catalyst for embolic events."


So this cold season you may want to consider getting a flu shot to help prevent venous disease and sick days.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Healthcare and Vein-care
Don't let the financial crunch effect your decision to remove ropy unattractive varicose veins. The economy may be on a downturn, but some more cost-efficient removal procedures do still exist. If you're looking to save some pennies when choosing the removal treatment best suited for you, follow some of the tips outlined below.

Endovenous Laser Treatment is covered and reimbursed by insurance companies and Medicare. So EVLT is often the best route for patients seeking insurance help. However, procedures like scelerotherapy are considered cosmetic treatments and are not covered by healthcare. Other financially viable options are VNUS Closure Fast and Radiofrequency Occlusion. The VNUS treatment runs around $2-500 dollars per leg while Radiofrequency, if done on a patient with varicose symptoms, is fully or partially covered by insurance.

So if you're looking to pinch some pennies, but still get rid of unsightly veins the aforementioned money-saving techniques may be an ideal avenue.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Making Headlines
Varicose vein treatments are making headlines in this month's Mayo Clinic Health Letter. The letter highlights available, efficient and effective removal procedures. It focuses on how easy post-removal rehab has become; how patients can go back to their normal routines or work right after scelerotherapy or laser removal. Similarly, the letter talks about a highly disregarded problem with venous disease: large gnarled and bulging varicose veins.

Most treatments are tailored to getting rid of the small varicose veins in legs, however many people have serious cases of ropy veins. The treatments outlined are: Catheter-assisted procedures using heat energy, Endoscopic vein surgery, Ambulatory phlebectomy, and Vein stripping.

The Mayo Clinic newsletter hopes to bring varicose vein treatments to the forefront of health issues, since over 40 million people suffer from the disease.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008
Avoiding DVT in Economy
Do you do lots of air travel? Have you thought about your chances of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) after endless hours of sitting in cattle class? DVT never crossed your mind? Unfortunately, DVT can go unnoticed until serious problems have occurred, but the good news is there are things you can do to travel smarter.

For all you frequent flyers raking in long hauls overseas the key is to move around the cabin. The reason for this is stretching or walking contracts muscles in your calves and aids the blood flow back to your heart. When blood sits idle in your veins it may increase the chances of clotting and thus planting the seeds for DVT. Another useful travel tip, bring along compression socks to keep the blood from pulling your legs.

Don't loose sleep (not that you would get any on the plane anyway) over 'economy class syndrome.'

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