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Understanding the Medical LASER

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Medical Advice, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, Vein Wave, Laser Treatments, Spider Veins, Varicose Veins on January 31, 2013

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Medical Advice, Blood Flow, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, Muscle Pump, Vein Health on January 29, 2013

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Atherosclerosis, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, Vein Disease, Vein Health, Arteriosclerosis, Hardening of the Arteries on January 22, 2013

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Medical Advice, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, AAA, Abdominal Surgery, Aneurysms on January 15, 2013

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[...]

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Facts About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - Part 2 of 3

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Medical Advice, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, AAA, Aneurysms, Ultrasound on January 10, 2013

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Medical Advice, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, AAA, Aneurysms on January 08, 2013

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Face Veins, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, Treatments for Face Veins, Vein Health, Veinwave, Ugly Vein Treatments on January 03, 2013

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, Leg Vein Treatments, Schlerotherapy, Vein Health, Veinwave, Reticulars, Spider Veins, Varicose Veins on January 01, 2013

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Medical Advice, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, Vein Specialist, How To Find A Doctor on December 27, 2012

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

Posted by Robert W. Ruess MD in Medical Advice, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Dr. Robert W. Ruess, Five Star Vein, Five Star Vein Institute, Superficial Thrombophlebitis, Blood Clots, Thrombosis on December 25, 2012

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[...]

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