Five Star Vein and Wellness Blog

Understanding the Medical LASER

The word “LASER” immediately brings to mind high tech, modern, space age concepts. The public saw this in action in Star Wars in the form of the light saber. The general feeling is that since the laser is a modern technology, the results of treatment with this device are naturally superior; and indeed, this is often true. However, it is not always the case.
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The Muscle Pump: The Body's Circulatory Assist Device

Most people are aware that the heart is a muscular organ that acts as a pump, pushing the blood around to all the tissues, supplying nutrients and oxygen so that we can function. But how many are aware that we have another pump that helps blood circulate? It is called the muscle pump and it plays an important role returning blood back to the heart.
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Atherosclerosis: The Modern World's Greatest Health Hazard - Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of our series on atherosclerosis, we defined atherosclerosis and how it acts to become the world’s greatest health hazard. We talked about plaque build up and make up.
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Facts About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - Part 3 of 3

Last time, in Part 2 of our three part series, we promised to talk about treatment for  and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) greater than 5 cm in diameter. As you recall, this dilation is a weak area (aneurysm) on the blood vessel whose risk of rupture goes progressively higher with increasing diameter. Since the risk of rupture of an AAA of 5cm or greater averages 10%/year or higher and the open repair of AAA has a 5-6% mortality rate, it makes sense to repair AAAs greater than 5cm in diameter.
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Facts About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - Part 2 of 3

Last time, in Part 1, we discussed Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)—what it is and why it is a serious condition, being the 13th leading cause of death in this country. The question is what to do if you have the risk factors we discussed. How does one diagnose a problem that has no symptoms and is silent until it is too late?
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Facts About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - Part 1 of 3

In medical terms, AAA does not refer to highly rated bonds or an Automobile Association. Most physicians recognize that “AAA” means Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm; a silent killer that is the 13th leading cause of death in this country.
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Cosmetic Treatment of Facial Veins

Last time we discussed the cosmetic treatment of unsightly leg veins. Today we will talk about treatment of unwanted veins on the face, alternatively called facial veins. Surprisingly, these veins are easier to treat than those found on the legs.
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Cosmetic Issues in Leg Vein Treatment

Many people are concerned about the appearance of the tiny red veins that appear on the legs and face. These are called telangiectasias or spider veins [1mm or less].
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Patient Due Diligence - How to Find an Expert Physician

As the world gets more complex and more and more information accumulates in a given subject, the tendency for many is to just find an “expert” and go to him/her for information and advice. In the old days this process of finding an expert was difficult. It often involved a library visit, multiple phone calls, and perhaps personal interviews.
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Blood Clots and Your Vein Health - Part 3 of 3

Today, in Part 3 of our three part series on Blood Clots and Your Vein Health, we will consider what should be done should you suspect a blood clot.  Previous articles have already discussed prevention and have outlined the factors that can upset the body’s balanced coagulation system. If you have these factors, extra precaution and awareness is warranted. Previous history of a clot is also a risk factor.
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