Throughout the month we have focused on blood clots affecting the lower extremity veins and blood clots in the lungs. Another venous disease that VIP commonly sees are varicose veins. Some of the risk factors for varicose vein include excessive weight, older age, female gender, inactivity, leg injury, pregnancy and smoking. Patients often experience sensations in the legs such as a heavy feeling, burning, itching or aching. If severe, varicose veins can appear as a skin rash, color changes in the skin, or sores/ulcers. Today, Jenny King, FNP-C and Nikki Uhlhorn, FNP-C will lead us in a discussion about varicose vein.
Inferior Vena Cava Filters have recently been elevated to the national healthcare conscious. They have been highlighted for their potential lifesaving properties as well as their complications (both long term and short term). Currently, IVC filters are placed following careful consideration and consultation between physicians. Today's discussion will focus on IVC filters and recommendations for removal.
Until this point, we have discussed the diagnosis, treatment and management of DVT. Time to shift gears. Pulmonary embolism (PE), also known as the silent killer, affects an unknown number of patients in the US. Estimates range from 600,000 to 900,000, although that number is likely to be higher (up to 25% of patients with PE result in sudden death). Treatments vary depending on the severity of the PE. Dr. Daniel Becker discusses PE and its treatments.