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New for 2018: The Comprehensive Review of Varicose Veins, Varicose Eczema, Leg Ulcers, Hand Veins

Comprehensive Review of All Aspects of Lower Limb Vein Conditions.

Everyone knows that venous disease is common and important. The Bonn Vein Study is one of the largest and most quoted medical studies looking at how common venous disease is. It looked at over 3000 adults: the participants completed a questionnaire, they were examined carefully and they underwent an ultrasound scan. They were allocated into one of 7 classes. C0 being a completely normal assessment with no signs of vein abnormality all the way to C6 which is an open leg ulcer. There are … Continue reading »

I Think I Have A DVT. What Should I do?

So, you have a swollen or tender calf. You have just got off a plane or come out of hospital and you are worried that you may have a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). What should you do? Well read on and find out.

Early diagnosis and prompt treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis is very important. Clots in the deep veins of the legs can travel to the lungs causing pulmonary embolism and death. In fact pulmonary embolism is second only to heart attack as a cause of sudden death. The media seems to regularly report the unexpected death of … Continue reading »

Worse Than We Thought – Latest Research on Reflux and Vein Complications

Doctors have known for a long time that the presence of varicose veins is associated with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis. The underlying cause of varicose veins is superficial venous reflux. However, a substantial proportion of people with reflux do not have varicose veins and they only develop them later in life. Until now, there was no evidence that superficial reflux is associated with an increased risk of DVT. Well research just published changes all that. 

A careful study from Ohio published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Venous and Lymphatic Disorders* looked at patients with … Continue reading »

People with Deep Vein Thrombosis Being Let Down

Last week, I attended the National Thrombosis Conference. This study day looks at all aspects of blood clots and health. The same week, I heard the sad news of Lisa Calladine who at the age of 36 developed a deep vein thrombosis and subsequently died of clots on the lung -a pulmonary embolus.

Lisa Calladine

Lisa Calladine

My condolences go to her family. I do not know the full facts of her case- I read about Lisa on line but based on what I read and what I learnt … Continue reading »

Phlebitis – A Serious and Sometimes Fatal Condition

Phlebitis is a medical term indicating that there is inflammation in the vein. Most commonly it affects the superficial leg veins and it is associated with localised swelling — a lump- which is red, tender and warm and sometimes the lump actually feels hot and painful.

Often, phlebitis comes on out of the blue for no apparent reason but very occasionally I see phlebitis as complication of some cancers, intravenous arm catheters used in hospital — drips – or sometimes as a reaction to some very irritant intravenous injections such as chemotherapy.  The standard case of superficial leg vein phlebitis seen … Continue reading »

Complications of Leg Veins

Leg Varicose veins and superficial vein reflux can cause complications such as phlebitis, bleeding, varicose eczema, leg ulcers and deep vein thrombosis.

Complications of Leg Veins

Complications of Leg Veins

Fortunately, the majority of people with varicose veins do not come to serious harm. However, they can ache, itch and cause ankle swelling and these symptoms can be distressing and aggravated by warm weather or after standing for long periods. It is generally acknowledged now that even thread veins cause symptoms in cases where they are caused by reflux. It … Continue reading »

Take care of your legs when travelling this Christmas

Are you planning to get away this Christmas or New Year? Perhaps you are going to escape the cold and get some sunshine or may be you will be visiting family “down under”. If you are travelling for more than 4 hours, then take care of your legs veins.

Travel DVT

Long Haul Flights Can Cause DVT

  • For the majority of us, a travel-related DVT is very unlikely, but it can be devastating. So, the following simple advice should keep you safe.
  • Wear good quality medical grade compression stockings. If you suffer from … Continue reading »

Don’t Ignore this Serious Condition

Phlebitis is an inflammation of the veins. It is associated with clot or thrombus in the vein. It usually affects the superficial veins – varicose veins – but the clot may extend into the deep veins causing a Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT.

Phlebitis is potentially dangerous

Dangerous Vein Condition

Hidden Danger of Phlebitis – Yesterday, I saw a patient with painful varicose veins in his thigh. He had been dismissed by his GP as simply having phlebitis, a non-serious condition which would get better by itself. After calling my office for a … Continue reading »

Flying After Vein Treatment – Advice About Long Haul Flights

One of the commonest questions I am asked is “When can I fly after vein treatments?” Well I am going to tell you what I advise.


Long Haul Flights

The most feared complication after any surgical treatment which is followed by a flight shortly afterwards – particularly a long haul flight – is Deep vein thrombosis – often abbreviated to DVT. DVT is a clot in the deep veins of the legs that can break free and travel to the lungs. The medical term for clots lodging in the lungs is … Continue reading »

DVT After A Stroke – New Treatment

Last month at the Venous Forum in London, Professor Martin Dennis presented the results of research showing that 1 in 5 people who have a stroke also develop a Deep Vein Thrombosis and that 1 in 10 stroke victims will have a pulmonary embolism (a clot which travels to the lungs). The study called CLOTS 3 also confirms that many of these DVTs can be prevented (up to a third).

IPC device

IPC Device

As a result of this research, hospitals across England are preparing to receive … Continue reading »