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  • Why rock a compression sock?

    Who really wears compression socks and stockings? If you’re like many, you probably think they’re for the sick, the elderly, or someone who recently had surgery. But did you know most anyone could benefit from wearing compression?

    As the founder of RejuvaHealth, I’m often asked and challenged on this topic by those who ask me what I do. When I tell them about our line of fashionable compression stockings, I commonly hear:

    “I’m healthy so I don’t need compression.”

    “I think my grandma wears those so I definitely don’t need them.”

    “I know someone who had to wear compression  - but they had a medical procedure so I’m different.”

    Did you know compression legwear actually comes in a variety of support levels for just that purpose? While some versions offer firm support designed specifically for therapeutic uses, light support variations are actually designed for preventative & general lifestyle applications – think travel, pregnancy, varicose veins, spider veins & more.  By hugging the legs with gradually lessening compression (specifically tightest at the ankle & looser above), compression socks help your legs do what they should be doing naturally - move blood upwards from the extremities and to the heart.

     

    It sounds simple – but that’s the beauty of it. Unlike an invasive procedure or risky oral medication, elastic compression garments offer a holistic remedy for the common achiness, heaviness, and fatigue that can accompany a busy daily routine.

    Still not sure whether you’re like anyone else who wears compression? Follow me on the streets of Southern California as I ask real life wearers why they love it. The results & reasons people wear it may surprise you.

     

    Can you relate to any of these interviewees? If so, tell me on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/rejuvahealth or by commenting on our videos at youtube.com/rejuvahealth.

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  • Compression Stockings 101: Q&A with a Vein Specialist

    So you have to wear compression socks or stockings? You’re not alone. Thousands of people have been in your shoes. And yet despite this – support legwear remains a topic clouded by confusion & misinformation. Who should wear it? What’s it used for? And how do you know which garment’s right for you?

    All too often, we hear stories of doctors giving the compression suggestion with no guidance beyond that. Is that something you experienced? If so, he probably scribbled an illegible suggestion on a pad & sent you on your way with little beyond that. Suddenly, in simply trying to follow his orders, you’re confronted with an overwhelming array of options, sizes, support levels, and styles.

    Or maybe a doctor didn’t tell you to wear compression. Maybe you’re healthy & think compression isn’t something you need. Do you ever travel? Sit or stand for long periods? Considering becoming pregnant? Or have a family history of varicose veins? If so, then compression may be something you should consider.

    Fortunately, regardless of your situation – there are people & resources to help. We teamed up with vein specialist Dr Bunke-Paquette, MD, FACPh to get her pro answers and insights to a few of the most common compression questions. Check out our exclusive interview & read on for some more of her  top tips and answers to our most commonly asked questions.

     

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    Click HERE to download a PDF version of this information. 

     

    Compression Stockings 101 - Tips from a Vein Specialist

     

    Who’s the pro? 

    Dr. Bunke-Paquette, MD, FACPh specializes in minimally invasive outpatient procedures for a variety of venous conditions. Board-certified & fellowship trained in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, she was the first physician in the United States to complete fellowship training supported by the American College of Phlebology. In addition to directing her practice at La Jolla Vein Care, she’s a Volunteer Clinical Instructor of Surgery at UCSD School of Medicine, member of the Scripps Ximed Medical Group & VA Medical Center. Dr. Bunke-Paquette is also physician & scientist actively leading award-winning clinical research studies. For more information on Dr. Bunke & her practice, visit mailto:http://lajollaveincare.com/doctors/

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  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): What it is & what you can do to lower your risk

    Did you know March is DVT Awareness Month?

    Do you know what DVT even is?

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    If not, you’re not alone. Many are shocked when they find out what this term means and even more startled when they learn how many people are diagnosed with this condition in their lifetime.

    DVT, a common term used to describe a blood clot occurring in one of the lower extremities, is a very serious matter that can lead to death if not treated promptly. Earlier this month, Melanie Bloom, national spokeswoman for the Coalition to Prevent DVT, went on the TODAY show to spark awareness and encourage education about the “silent killer” that took her late husband’s, NBC correspondent David Bloom, life in 2003. (Click here for a direct link to the clip which originally aired March 7, 2012). David, like many other victims of DVT, died unexpectedly after a blood clot in his leg broke off and traveled to his lungs causing a pulmonary embolism, or PE. Complications such as the one Bloom encountered take the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people every year. Most victims are often completely unaware of the havoc occurring within their bodies, thus explaining the coined term “silent killer.” This silent epidemic is quickly becoming widely publicized and shared by families & doctors aware of the deathly consequences associated with DVT or PE.

    Around 2 million Americans are diagnosed with DVT annually, while 300,000 of those die from pulmonary embolisms every year - that’s more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined!

    We want everyone to be aware of the risks and know what to look for. The statistic above isn’t meant to frighten you, but rather alert and educate you about DVT. We hope you will share the information with family, friends, and even enemies… because everyone deserves a chance against this “silent killer.”

    • People of all walks of life can develop a DVT - young, old, woman, man, fit or unfit.
    • More often than not individuals go without having any severely alarming symptoms. Be aware of unusual leg cramps or unexplained swelling.
    • Pulmonary Embolisms may be the most preventable cause of death in a hospital. What we do know for sure is that they are the leading cause of maternal death at childbirth.
    • DVTs most commonly occur in the legs; however, there are rare cases where DVT is diagnosed in the arms.
    • Regular movement or exercise can help lessen your chances of developing a clot. Stay active by exercising, or just walking.
    • Keeping blood flow moving will help eliminate your chances. On long drives or flights be sure to get up, stretch, and walk a few steps at least every hour.
    • Birth control and smoking do NOT go together. Smoking while on birth control greatly increases your chances of developing a blood clot.
    • Blood clotting disorders are often genetic. If someone in your family is prone to blood clots get yourself checked out as well. About 5 to 8 percent of America’s population has a genetic risk factor.
    • Drinking lots of water and maintaining a healthy weight is a very important step in lowering your risk. Compression garments can also help encourage blood flow & prevent DVT when worn properly.
    • Cancer patients and anyone who has recently undergone surgery are more likely than the average person to develop a DVT or PE during recovery.
    • One-third of people who have previously been diagnosed with a DVT or PE will develop another within the first 10 years following onset.

    Number ONE point to be made: Don’t take pain in your legs lightly. If your legs are hurting or they just don’t feel right get to the doctors right away. Lastly, be more aware of your risk factors!

    For more information or resources visit the following websites by clicking on their titles:

    National Blood Clot Alliance - A nonprofit organization with whom we work closely.

    Stock up, save, and support a great cause! On purchases made between March 25th-31st, we’ll provide a 10% discount & also donate 10% to the NBCA in support of DVT awareness. Use coupon code DVTAWARE at checkout. More details available here.

    Coalition to Prevent DVT -

    Tune in this Saturday, March 24th to Peter Greenburg’s  weekly radio show to hear Kelsey, our founder, and the coalition’s spokeswoman, Melanie Bloom, discuss DVT, travel, and fashionable compression stockings.

    Clot Care -

    This website is a helpful resource that gives DVT patients and health care professionals access to information regarding anticoagulation therapy.

    Prevent PTS -

    An informational website for DVT survivors fighting Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS).

    Venous Disease Coalition

    An organization dedicated to increasing public and health professional awareness of venous disease.

  • Curious about Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT Symptoms, & DVT Treatment? Here's the 411!

    What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

    Deep Vein Thrombosis (also known by its acronym, DVT)  is the term typically used for a blood clot that occurs deep inside the body, usually in the lower extremities. A DVT is most often classified by a blood clot found in the legs that affects the larger veins, generally between the thigh and lower leg. This type of circulation blockage is very serious and, if left untreated, can lead to more dangerous health complications.  One such example is a pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs causing a life threatening blockage in the main artery or one of its branches.

     

    Be Aware: DVT Symptoms

    The growing number of individuals affected by DVT each year is becoming alarming. Because of this, it is especially important that we know & recognize deep vein thrombosis symptoms before this “silent killer” has a chance to attack. Review the common signs & symptoms below and be on the lookout; these quick facts may help alert you if something is not right.

    • Leg pain & tenderness (similar to that of a Charley Horse)
    • Noticeable swelling in the affected leg
    • Leg that is warm to the touch
    • Skin discoloration of the affected area
    • Leg fatigue

     

    Risky Behavior: Are you at Risk?

    Noticing changes in your leg behavior may help save your life! Be proactive and see a doctor right away if you suspect a DVT! Several of our team members were lucky enough to catch their DVT’s before more serious complications set in; because of this we want everyone to be conscious of conditions & behaviors that could elevate your chances of being diagnosed with a DVT. Take a look at the National Blood Clot Alliance: Stop the Clot’s detailed risk factors page, which rates your risk and offers practical measures to help lower your chances.

     

    Tackle it: DVT Treatment

    After reading about all the risks factors, we KNOW you’re going to shape up and take precautionary measures to better protect your health. However, if a DVT does occur don’t be alarmed; there are several steps doctors can take in order to achieve their main goal - tackling your blood clot! Deep vein thrombosis treatment varies according to each person’s needs, but here are a few steps that doctors often take:

    • Prescribe anticoagulant medications (a.k.a. blood thinners) to help keep the clot from growing or moving, & new clots from forming.
    • Suggest elevation of the legs to reduce swelling.
    • Recommend wearing compression stockings, which can help remedy leg discomfort and the latter onset of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome, or PTS.

     

    Take Home Lesson: Who’s getting an A+?

    Precautionary steps to improve the wellbeing of your legs can have a huge impact on your overall health, so take a stretch break from your office chair, kick the bad habit, and wear compression stockings. All of us at RejuvaHealth are rooting for you! Whether you’re new to compression or an old pro, we can all benefit from sharing our experiences and learning from each other, so take a look at our "how to" section or become more involved as a RejuvaHealth fan- we’re in this together!

     

     

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