Five Star Vein and Wellness Blog

Robert W. Ruess MD

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Do You Have PAD That Is Left Untreated Or Misdiagnosed As Another Health Condition?

I recently saw a patient who was sent to me for possible vein disease. The patient was quite frustrated because he had seen four different physicians and one chiropractor over the last 3-4 months with a problem of leg pain, swelling, and hip pain.
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Understanding Types of Leg Ulcers Caused By Varicose Veins And How To Treat Them - Part 2 Of 2

As we discussed in Part 1 of our discussion on leg ulcers, which you can access here, there are two types that are caused by leg ulcers. We’ve already talked about arterial leg and foot ulcers in Part 1 and today, we will discuss venous ulcers.
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Understanding Types Of Leg Ulcers Caused By Varicose Veins And How To Treat Them - Part 1 Of 2

Many people suffer from leg ulcers caused by varicose veins, yet understand very little about them, particularly how to treat them. In this two part series, we’ll discuss the two type of ulcers, what causes them and what treatment options are available for them.
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Veinwave™ Treatment: Useful for the Elimination of Small Veins

If any part of your body shows signs of unsightly thread veins, don’t despair; a new medical intervention, Veinwave™, is now available to provide a safe and effective treatment that yields optimal results. Thread veins or spider veins are simply small blood vessels that have become dilated and usually present no medical concern since they are noted for being harmless.
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Learning About Peripheral Artery Disease

Like many circulatory illnesses, peripheral artery disease (PAD) can manifest many confusing symptoms and side effects. As with risk factors for other venous disease, the risk factors for PAD are highly variable, and numerous diagnostic methods must be employed to help doctors understand exactly what’s going on in each case.
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Tackling Vein Issues with Compression Therapy

The blood in your body doesn’t always flow correctly, and numerous vein diseases can result in circulatory pathways that don’t permit the proper return of fluid to the heart. Although vein removal is a valid treatment for more severe cases of varicose veins and similar diseases, compression therapy is often used as a more conservative alternative to help patients get their health problems under control.
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Understanding The Circulation System [Simplified] Or What Happens When Circulation Is Compromised And Treatment Options – Part 3 of 3

In Part 2 of our discussion, we discussed the breakdown of the vein valves and how this vein condition, or disease, results in symptoms and signs.  This last part of our series will cover treatment options available when we do recognize we have vein disease and steps to take to prevent it.
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Understanding The Circulation System [Simplified] or What Happens When The Circulation Is Compromised? Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of our series on circulation, we discussed the mechanisms by which circulation is possible, in spite of the influence of gravity which attempts to prevent return of blood to the heart when we are in an upright posture. Let’s look at how vein disease affects blood circulation.
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Understanding The Circulation System [Simplified]: By What Mechanism[s] Does Blood Return To The Heart? - Part 1 of 3

Have you ever wondered or even thought about this question? Most of our lives we are in an upright position, either standing or sitting.
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The Health Care Dilemma – A Plan for a Simpler, More Cost Effective Policy Which Will Result in Improved Health Care in the U.S. – Part 4

The downside to the proposed new system [see previous articles] is people without insurance or ready cash would not be able to choose where they went for their care. However, THEY WOULD GET CARE, and expert care at that. Again, POOR PEOPLE WOULD HAVE A PLACE TO GO FOR EXPERT CARE, EVEN THOUGH THEY COULD NOT PAY FOR IT.
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