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2 2 SPRING 2013 Maines vein magazine for primary care physicians VEINHEALTHNEWS.COM BREAKTHROUGHS IN DVT TREATMENT by Jennifer Boggs Varicose veins are the most common vascular problem in the Unit

L E T T E R F R O M T H E E D I T O R I A L D I R E C T O R Volume 2, Issue 2 Spring 2013 Growing Knowledge Spring officially starts in March, but here in Maine we know its more like April or e

NEWS BRIEFS THE UIPS FIRSTEVER WORLD MEETING IN U.S. The Union Internationale de Phlbologie, or the International Union of Phlebology UIP, is holding its World Congress in the United States for the fi

SPRING 2013 FEATURE BREAKTHROUGHS IN DVT TREATMENT continued from cover Of course, the danger of DVT is that the high pressure in the deep vein system could cause the clot to break free from the vei

The more aware doctors are of DVT as a possible cause of symptoms, the more quickly they can take action. can give additional information about the severity of the blood clot. The threepoint compressi

continued from page 5 patients over the last several years. The ATTRACT study is, however, a new way to figure out where exactly its benefits lie and whether it should become the standard of care or

The DVT itself could cause a chronic problem that inhibits quality of life, or even a patients ability to work. enrollment, as does patients desire to proceed with the procedure. Dr. Kim emphasized th

PATIENT COMMUNICATION by Helane Fronek, MD, FACP, FACPh ROOM FOR THE UNKNOWN Physicians are often placed in the daunting role of expert. Our patients come to us when they have difficulties and expect

adherence to our recommendations. In spite of all of these unpredictable variables, we are still surprised when the outcome of our intervention isnt what we expected. It makes most of us uncomfortable

continued from page 9 unsatisfactory result did. Many years ago, I treated a complex patient who had undergone coil embolization and sclerotherapy of her ovarian and iliac veins for pelvic congestio

ONE PATIENTS PERSPECTIVE EXPLORING OPTIONS by Benjamin Lee Lisa Freeman has been dealing with blood clots and compression stockings since she was 17 years old. When her doctors discovered clots in bo

FAVQ FREQUENTLY ASKED VEIN QUESTIONS by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen I receive a variety of questions about venous issues from my colleagues in Family Practice. This column is intended to bring to light some

FAVQ continued from page 12 cover story continued from page 7 conservative approach, rather than proceed with definitive treatment. Gradient compression after EVLA has been proven to prevent swell

In VeinTech, we invite you to take a closer look at the latest in venous care technology. VEIN TECH EZYAS by Jennifer Boggs There are many benefits to compression but patients will receive none of

Comfort. Confidence. Compliance. Patient compliance is key to having healthy legs. Weve designed our compression therapy stockings to be comfortable, breathable, and fashionable. Available in fashion

Compassionate patient care focused on quality of life. Vein specialist Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen is dedicated to providing outstanding medical treatment in all aspects of vein health for patients in all st