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June 2009 Blog Archive

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Flight Safety

In preparation for my big flight on Friday (Sydney to Los Angeles), I went
to reserve my seats online and print my ticket confirmation. In doing so, I
noticed a note at the bottom of the email about flying safety. Something I
have never seen on any other flight itinerary in all my travels. The
airline actually wrote out the possibility of developing Deep Vein
Thrombosis (DVT) while on long flights. They also include a few tips for
how to increase blood flow during the flight and prevent DVT. This included
walking around the cabin when possible, wearing compression stockings,
stretching your legs and keeping hydrated.

Varicose veins and DVT plague millions of people in the US alone. Many of
which may lead to serious blood clots which can cause significant pain,
discomfort and in some cases death. Flying safely is key to vein health and
from preventing DVT from striking during your holidays.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Air Pollution and DVT

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) which has generally been linked to prolonged
hours of immobility, sitting, standing, long-haul flights and genetics may
now have a new cause. Recent research suggests that air pollution may
adversely impact your vein health. For years studies have shown the
negative effects of pollution (diesel, gas and carbon gases) in the air to
heart problems.

Mens News Daily said, "The researchers noted a 47 percent greater risk of
DVT among the patient volunteers who lived closer to high-traffic highways
and streets. Therefore, the findings of this study strongly suggest that
chronic exposure to particulate air pollution from vehicle exhaust
significantly increases the risk of developing DVT."

DVT is actually considered a highly preventable health issue, maintaining
blood flow and circulation is key: this includes exercising regularly,
walking during flights, or wearing compression stockings. And now according
to such new research, avoid living near traffic ridden highways.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Stimulate your Legs

As the start of holiday season kicks into gear, start stimulating. No not your bank accounts from the government, but instead your legs. If you are getting ready to head on a long-haul flight prep your legs and veins by routinely exercising. Physical activity stimulates blood circulation and flow, which aids in preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and venous disease – varicose and spider veins.

The Examiner said in a report, "DVT is usually associated with confined or relatively immobile situations such as driving for long distances or sitting at a computer desk for extended periods of time, but it can occur even in a hospital bed. Not surprising, DVT has become so associated with cramped airline seats that it is sometimes referred to as "economy class syndrome." It is the relative immobility – the lack of physical activity."

Such prevention and health care is vital for people over the age of 60, as DVT tends to strike older and less mobile people. However, maintaining good vein and leg health is imperative even at an earlier age. So this summer start to stimulate.

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Minimally Invasive Surgeries go Abroad

Minimally invasive procedures like radiofrequency, VNUS and endovenous laser removal have all been readily accessible and used in the United States. Now such procedures are heading overseas to China. The numbers in China are far greater than that of the US, 100 million in China suffer from varicose veins and spider veins. In fact the minimally invasive charge is heading into the Asian market with full force; trained vascular surgeons will be training Chinese based physicians on such techniques.

China Daily said, "The hospital is cooperating with InaVein Llc and VNUS Inc from the United States, as well as Diomed Inc from the United Kingdom, to set up the TriVex, RFO (radiofrequency endoveous occlusion) and EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) training centers. It will hold the first training class on minimally invasive treatment for 193 doctors, mainly from northern China."

The training sessions will hopefully spread into the greater Asian region.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Free Vein Screening

Southcoast Hospitals in Dartmouth is offering free varicose and spider vein screenings this coming Saturday. The Women's Health Clinic which is putting on the tests is hoping to identify which patients will be prime candidates for endovenous laser removal treatment.

Southcoast Today said, "The screening is quick and the results will determine if the patient is a candidate for the minimally invasive procedure called EVLT or not. The EVLT ... is less invasive and can eliminate the need for surgery or vein stripping." Performed by an interventional radiologist, the screening consists of an ultrasound of the leg to assess the venous anatomy, vein valve function and venous blood flow changes, which can assist in diagnosing venous insufficiency."

The hospital has said walk-ins are welcome, however they urge people to make a booking prior to showing up to expedite the process and screenings.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Speeding Up

Varicose and spider vein removal techniques are becoming faster and more efficient. Far gone are the days of invasive, painful and time consuming stripping methods. In this day and age vascular surgeons and dermatologists claim to be able to remove such veins in an hour. Five years or a decade ago such efficient and easy removal methods did not even exist, which is why the 40 million Americans who suffer from varicose veins are so thrilled at the prospect of these new removal styles.

WDJB 7 News said, "This procedure doesn't require removing any vein, but just sealing off the vein that's causing the varicose veins. This catheter technology allows the doctor to close off the vein in a matter of minutes using radio frequency."We're blocking off the bad vein and letting the normal veins continue to do their work. It can be done here in the office under local anesthesia and really there is no recovery time. You can do the procedure and go right back to work," said MacMillan."

These quick and speedy procedures also allow patients to get them done during work hours and in fact go back to their normal working routine. Post-op recovery is a non-issue.

Friday, June 19, 2009
Make a Change

This summer tis the season to make a change in your skim imperfections and ailments. Venous disease is both an aesthetic issue and a medical problem. There are speculations that nearly 80% of women suffer from some variation of spider veins and 40 million Americans are plagued with varicose veins. Both problems have the potential to turn into a more serious health issue like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

One viable and effective option for removal is sclerotherapy, "Sclerotherapy: Using a tiny needle, a doctor injects the spider veins with a medicated solution that "causes them to collapse and permanently disappear," says Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist in Miami and New York. You'll probably need two to three sessions to eradicate a spider vein fully. Cost: $200 and up per treatment."

So this summer try to make some lifestyle changes as well. Limit the number of hours you spend crossing your legs ladies, travel safer with compression stockings and start taking up healthy exercise classes like yoga.

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Covidien and VNUS Buyout

Covidien the medical device maker and healthcare company has announced they have completed their buyout of VNUS Medical Technologies for $440 million. VNUS is a San Jose based company that makes products for treating varicose veins. Covidien has said they are hoping to expand their presence in the venous disease market and buying VNUS is part of their expansion strategy.

CNBC said, "The acquisition of VNUS will expand our vascular product line and is consistent with our strategy of becoming a leading partner with interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons," said Joe Almeida, president of medical devices for Covidien, in a statement Wednesday."

The venous disease treatment industry is said to be dramatically expanding due to innovation in technologies and demand from the 40 million people with varicose veins. It is a lucrative market to be involved in at the moment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Don't Leave it Untreated

Often times people, more specifically women, leave their varicose veins untreated and unattended to. Sadly many of the 40 million Americans suffering from venous disease do not realize the danger involved in leaving the gnarled and ropy veins untreated. This has come due in part to a lack of awareness and a lack of information about the removal methods. Many women think varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue, when in fact they pose serious health risks.

PR News Wire released a video and press release about this issue saying, "As many women often postpone visiting their doctors for other health symptoms, Vein Clinics of America is encouraging women to listen to their legs to keep varicose veins from affecting their everyday routine."

Also, it is important to note and realize that varicose veins and spider veins have the ability to turn into Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) if untreated, so if you are suffering from these unattractive and painful veins be sure to get checked and properly treated.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Vein Treatments from Home

Generally when we think of spider vein and varicose vein removal treatments and methods we associate invasive treatments and recovery time with it. But in some cases there are at-home therapies that can aid in prevention or simply help patients with venous disease. Avon's skin so soft age defying cream works like a make-up concealer and is known to help alleviate the unattractive sigh of varicose veins.

"I was so excited to get a preview package of Avon's new Skin So Soft Age Defying+ Flawless Legs. For those of use with thin skin and spider veins (yuck!) summer's a nightmare. Who wants to wear pantyhose all the time? This product promises to make legs "look dramatically more youthful and radiant" after two weeks, minimizing age spots, spider veins and cellulite."

So this summer if you aren't interested in painful or time consuming and even costly invasive procedures, try home remedies like these to get healthier legs.

Monday, June 15, 2009
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Venous Disease

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been a popular tool for menopausal women and alleviating their uncomfortable symptoms. HRT had been praised with health benefits, but for many women it may be proven to induce many adverse side-effects. A recent study shows the possibility of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and other forms of venous disease like varicose veins.

Early HRT was also associated with an increased risk of "venous thromboembolism" (for example, pulmonary embolism) and stroke, but a reduced risk of fracture of the hip. The authors conclude, "These analysis provide little support for the hypothesis of favorable effects among women who initiate postmenopausal estrogen use soon after menopause, either for coronary heart disease or for health benefits versus risk indices considered."

While some researchers and physicians deem HRT to have more negative side effects than benefits, many women still opt to use it to ease their menopause issues.

Friday, June 12, 2009
Downward Dog

Yoga is known to have widely accepted benefits for preventing venous disease: spider veins, varicose veins and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). So why don't more people sign up at their local Yogaworks and head straight into a downward dog? Well the problem some believe is that yoga is not instilled as a vital health benefit from a young age. Children learn from their parents and activities like yoga are very beneficial to their health later in life. A recent trend has begun in the States where there are mommy and me yoga classes for young children and some yoga classes available at larger studios rather than daycare.

So grab your little one, fit them with clothes at LuLu Lemon and sign them up for yoga. For each pose greatly increases blood flow and aids in vein and leg health. Keeping active, stretching and good circulation are vital to preventing varicose veins.

Thursday, June 11, 2009
411 on DVT

For those of you unfamiliar with the risks associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), tune in to get some helpful facts. As travel season rapidly approaches, it means lots of flights and bathing suit weather. It's time to take care of your legs and veins. DVT generally has adverse affects on people over the age of 60, but there have been cases where younger people are facing the dangerous blood clots. According to the American Medical Associated over 600,000 people are plagued with DVT and even more alarming it is said that nearly 60,000 will die from a pulmonary embolism caused by DVT.

The Examiner reported on DVT saying, "The symptoms might include leg pain or tenderness in one leg, swelling, increased warmth in one leg, or even changes in the skin color of one leg. Symptoms might not occur right away and might even take hours – or even days – before showing up."

Some of the best ways to prevent DVT is to wear loose clothing, actively exercise and limit the amount of time you spend in immobile and confined spaces (ie. Airplanes). Likewise, it is a wise decision to also wear compression stockings while traveling and keeping mobile whilst on a long-haul flight by moving around the cabin.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Scar Reduction

For those of you millions of Americans struggling with varicose veins or in fact the aftermath of varicose vein removal, good news may be in store for you. Often times after removing the gnarled and unattractive veins patients end up with even more frustrating and unsightly scaring from the treatment. If this is the case for you there are some scaring removal mechanisms available to help. The Renovo Group has developed a scar removal cream drug called Juvista. In fact the group is so optimistic about it's arrival the companies shares boomed today.

The current round of Juvista will be going into 12 month trials with hopes of developing a reliable varicose vein scar removal drug. Alongside the thrilled Renovo Group, venous disease patients should be happy about the progress that is being made to aid in removal treatments and now even post-op recovery.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Radiofrequency and Varicose Veins

Recent numbers have been released by Medical Technologies, the company which has developed VNUS Closure Fast treatment for varicose veins that the number of patients using the technique has increased to 500,000 globally. From the United States to Europe the procedure is readily used for varicose vein removal. Millions of people worldwide suffer from gnarled and ropy venous disease, which has the potential to lead to more threatening ailments like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

A press release from PR News Wire said, "VNUS solutions have also achieved widespread acceptance among medical insurers, with all major US health insurance insurers covering radiofrequency vein ablation for patients with symptomatic varicose veins and venous reflux. In addition, the VNUS procedure is available in 40 countries and is covered by the national health insurance systems in the UK and France."

The procedure aids in removal and promotes circulation and blood flow through the veins. Patients, physicians and Medical Technologies is thrilled at the prospect of this technology, especially considering it has the potential to treat millions of patients plagued with such discomfort in their legs and veins.

Monday, June 08, 2009
Summer Jet-Setting

This holiday season start to protect your vein health by traveling safer and
guarding against Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). During those long haul flights
sitting in cattle class, it will be very beneficial to your health to wear
compression stockings, stretch out and walk around as much as you can in the

The Jewish Times of South Jersey said of DVT, "There are simple steps people
can take to help prevent blood clots from forming while flying. The American
Society of Hematology (ASH) offers the following tips: Walk around the plane
every few hours. • Drink lots of fluids. • Wear loose clothing. • Avoid
drinking alcohol before and during travel. Store carry-on luggage overhead
to give yourself leg room. Women taking oral contraceptives have a higher
risk of developing clots, as do pregnant women, smokers, seniors and obese

For you jet-setters young and old, take active control over your leg and
vein health especially with bathing suit season approaching rapidly, you
don't want your travel to adversely affect your aesthetics and health.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Vein Health Staying Strong

This summer don't fall victim to gimmicks about vein health. As businesses
begin to struggle, marketing techniques about medical treatments for venous
disease may be slightly dodgy. If your leg and vein health is a top
priority for you and you want to bare all this summer, then be sure to visit
vascular surgeons and vein health clinics that are not accredited and have
credible sources recommending them to you. Varicose and spider vein removal
may seem cosmetic, but in fact there is a serious medical side involved. As
many patients with varicose veins go untreated and result in Deep Vein
Thrombosis (DVT) which is a dangerous disease especially for high-risk or
elderly patients.

For some of you seeking out prevention and maintenance it is a wise choice
to take yoga classes and wear compression stockings as home remedies are
generally safe and economically viable in the current climate. Yoga and
compression socks both promote blood circulation and flow which dramatically
aid in prevention of venous disease. So enroll in your nearest yoga studio
and during your holiday jet setting flight be sure to wear compression

Friday, June 05, 2009
Calendar Girl Bares all For Film

82-year-old actress June Brown will be bearing all for the film Calendar
Girls. The actress, who is said to have undergone treatment for varicose
veins prior to going on air. 40 million people are plagued with ropy,
gnarled and uncomfortable varicose veins.

"And her legs are now in great shape after the minor op. A friend revealed:
"It is true that June has had surgery on her varicose veins. It was only a
small operation and she has recovered well."

If a woman in her eighties is going through removal procedures, it must show
that removal treatments are a good option and there should be nothing to
fear. There are wide variety of treatments available for both invasive and
non-invasive techniques.

Friday, June 05, 2009
Stroke and DVT

More reports and discussion has been stirring in the news about Deep Vein
Thrombosis (DVT) and stroke patients. Recent studies had said that
compression socks do not aid in preventing DVT from stroke victims.
Generally post-stroke patients are struggling with blood circulation and
physicians worry about clotting which is why it was assumed compression
stockings which aid in both factors would greatly help. Compression
stockings are quite popular forms of prevention of DVT especially during
long-haul flights.

The ABC said, "Researchers believe the lack of benefit might be due to poor
compliance and fit, as well as stroke patients being older, sicker and
immobile for longer than surgical patients. They noted that two-thirds of
stroke patients cannot walk when hospitalised and 10% to 20% of those
patients will develop a blood clot in their legs, known as deep vein
thrombosis (DVT)."

Vascular surgeons still promote the use of compression stockings, in fact
urge high risk patients (smokers, diabetics and those with family history)
to wear them during flights and even regularly to keep their blood flowing
properly through their veins without clotting.

Thursday, June 04, 2009
Will an Aspirin a Day Keep the Surgeon Away?

Aspirin has long been given to patients for prevention of stroke and heart
attack, but the new trend for Aspirin is lowering the risks of developing
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Physicians say that the stickiness of platelets
which causes blood clots is reduced by taking aspirin which is a blood
thinner and aids in blood flow. However there are a number of side effects
related to aspirin intake especially for patients in the 'grey area of
health' meaning they don't find it necessary, but they are using it for

The Times Online said, "The groups below are most prone to side effects.
Heavy drinkers and anyone taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac
or ibuprofen or modern Prozac-type antidepressants (all of which irritate
the lining of the stomach increasing the risk of serious bleeds). Anyone
with a previous history of severe indigestion, stomach ulcers or past
stomach haemorrhages."

Doctors and researchers urge patients to consult their physician before
using aspirin (even in low-doses) daily.

Monday, June 01, 2009
Insurance Covered Treatments Increasing in Recession

With expendable budgets dwindling alongside the Dow, it's no wonder that
people are seeking out insurance covered treatments for varicose veins.
Often, varicose vein removal methods are considered elective cosmetic
procedures and thus not covered by insurance, but if proven that the veins
are in fact a detrimental medical ailment, and certain procedures are used
it will be covered. Vascular surgeons say they are seeing increased numbers
of patients seeking out laser removal as it is covered by health insurance.

PR Newswire said, "Health insurance covers laser vein removal because, aside
from the unsightly appearance that causes sufferers to hide their legs in
shame, varicose veins are a serious health issue. Individuals who have
varicose veins experience constant pain, discomfort and blood clotting risks
due to the faulty valves that cause their leg veins to bulge and twist."

For those of you looking to get healthier legs in time for bathing suit
season, a economically viable option is laser removal. Though it may take a
few sessions as opposed to invasive stripping or radiofrequency it is a
cost-efficient and considerably less painful. Start the summer by saving
some money and getting healthier legs.

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