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2014 American College of Phlebology

The 2014 American College of Phlebology Annual Congress was held in Phoenix, Arizona November 5 - 9, 2014 and three of our staff were invited speakers. This is the largest Phlebology (vein) meeting in the United States this year and was a great honor for us to attend and share our expertise with the attendees.  Jeannie, Kathleen and Bill all delivered numerous presentations and demonstrations which were by most accounts very well received. Overall, excellent and very high level knowledge was presented and we returned home with new ideas to better help our patients and customers.  You can read more at www.acpcongress.org... ...read full post

 

William B. Schroedter
posted by William B. Schroedter
on Mon., Nov 10th, 2014
in Compression Stockings graduated compression stockings Quality Vascular Imaging

What are graduated compression stockings?

When calf muscles contract they squeeze deep major veins in the leg (the popliteal and tibial veins) forcing blood up the legs to the heart. Blood flows along the tibial vein in the lower limb and joins the popliteal vein from the knee upwards.

Compression stockings help increase blood flow in these veins by applying graduated pressure to the leg, improving performance of the calf muscle pump. The pressure is graduated and is greatest around the ankle, decreasing further up the leg.

Uses
Compression stockings can be used to help treat conditions associated with poor blood flow in the veins (chronic venous insufficiency).

Conditions which may benefit from medical compression stockings include:

Spider Veins (telangiectasia)
Varicose Veins
Venous Eczema
Venous Ulcers
Lipodermatosclerosis (gradual hardening/thickening of the fatty tissue below the skin due to high pressure in surrounding veins)
Lymphedema
DVT Prevention (deep vein thrombosis)
PTS (post-thrombotic syndrome)
Swelling (edema)
Burn Scars
Aching, tired legs

Medical Compression Stockings Classes
Compression stockings are classified according to their tightness when fitted around the leg.

There may be variation in pressure classification between different standards. For example a European standard class 2 medical stocking has a stronger gradual compression compared to a UK standard Class 2. Medical compression stockings are available through prescription, however lower pressure and support stockings can be bought... ...read full post

 

William B. Schroedter
posted by William B. Schroedter
on Thu., Sep 8th, 2011
in graduated compression stockings

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