Venowave vs. Compression Stockings
- Uncomfortable to wear
- Hard to put on
- Does not pump blood upwards
- Can be worn anywhere
- Constricts circulation
- Comfortable to wear
- Easy to put on
- Actually pumps blood upwards
- Can be worn anywhere
- Improves circulation
There are some devices on the market that claim to improve one’s circulation. These are typically TENS devices that look like a typical bathroom weigh scale. Such devices give your legs small electric shocks with the aim of stimulating your circulation. The theory is that these electric shocks will stimulate your natural blood pumping motion in your legs. The trouble with this approach is that many patients have faulty valves in the veins of the leg and the blood still tends to backflow. The Venowave, by contrast,
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) affects the body’s ability to keep the blood flowing and ensure the body is healthy. Blood flows throughout the human body – pumped from the heart to the body’s organs and then pumped back to the heart.
In the lower parts of the body, blood must flow upwards from the legs back to the heart. It’s an uphill struggle (literally) and many people suffer with swollen legs and poor circulation.
Blood clots often get a bad wrap. They’re associated with things like pulmonary embolism and other serious health problems, and they’re often thought of, in general, as being bad or undesirable.And though, here at DVTlite, we’re in the business of preventing dangerous blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, in particular, blood clotting does serve an important purpose in our bodies.
To understand, let’s take a look at the biological mechanisms behind normal, everyday blood clots.
There are many TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) Units currently available on the market as circulation boosters. A common device is the Circulation Booster, the TENS unit that resembles a household bathroom scale. Users put a gel on bare feet then stand on the device as the unit sends small electric shocks through the lower extremities to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation.
Before investing in a Circulation Booster, it is important to take a complete look at what the solution involves, what a person needs for their day-to-day lifestyle, and what other solutions can offer.
If not treated promptly and properly, foot problems can become major health hazards that can lead to amputation. Poor blood flow in the legs and feet, often caused by diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, is a serious risk factor but follow these best practices for proper foot and limb care and increase your chances of preventing amputation.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition where a thrombus or blood clot adheres within th
e walls of a deep vein, typically in the calf or lower leg. It is characterized by leg pain, swelling (edema), redness, and warmness to touch. DVT often occurs following surgery, leg fractures, or extended bed rest. Risk factors include smok
ing, advanced age, dehydration and obesity. DVT is a common condition
experienced by approximately 2 million individuals within the United States each year. DVT also represents the second most common medical complication in hospital acute care centres.
Mr. L.T. is a 56-year-old self-employed male plumbing contractor who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995. As a result of nerve damage associated with his condition, he began experiencing diabetic neuropathy to both of his feet in the form of reduced sensation. Consequently, due to prolonged periods of standing at his work wearing construction boots combined with the loss of sensation to his feet, Mr. L.T. began to develop ulcers over the toes of the right and left foot. As a result of the impaired circulation or blood flow to the lower limbs,
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that is often overlooked but concerns pregnant women. According to recent statistics, 2 in 1,000 women will develop a blood clot either during pregnancy or during the first six weeks after giving birth.
DVT is the result of a blood clot in a vein, deep below your skin’s surface. While it can happen to anyone at any time, the risk of this illness is significantly increased during and after pregnancy.
Mr. A.L. is a 71-year-old semi-retired realtor. He currently lives with his wife of 44 years and his two dogs. Mr. A.L. is a former smoker who had been diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia and borderline hypertension but was otherwise healthy and active. Mr. A.L. had become concerned by a progressively worsening sensation of pain in both legs, right worse than left, during extended periods of walking. Mr. A.L. had found that he was unable to golf without
Ms. M.D. is a 49-year old owner of a dry cleaning facility who suffers from diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. As a result of her unhealthy body weight, poor glucose control, combined with the requirement for prolonged periods of standing to oversee her business, Ms. M.D. had suffered from diabetic wounds in the distal aspect of her lower extremities bilaterally for the past 13 years. Furthermore, due to her impaired circulation, reduced sensation to pain, and the previously described constant stresses imparted to her feet throughout the day, the wounds continued
Even if you aren’t a tech nerd, chances are you had to take a look at what Apple released this week during their much anticipated keynote session. It’s not surprising that they released a revolution in technology with the unveiling of the Apple Watch. Wearable technologies hit the market sometime ago but more than ever; people are using them to increase their exercise motivation.
Leave it to Apple to release a new wearable gadget that won’t just tell the time, but also is now a comprehensive fitness tracker—“change the way we look at fitness…help us all stay fit throughout the day”.
Ms. M.S. is a 53-year-old office manager that works in a restaurant-supply facility. She is required to process a large volume of orders throughout the day resulting in extended periods of sitting at her work station. Her medical history is remarkable for degenerative arthritis in the spine and knees as well as an episode of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a condition where a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs results in pain, swelling, redness, and warmness. If left untreated, DVT can result in a potentially fatal Pulmonary Embolism where the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.
Going under the knife soon? If so, you’ve probably been warned about the link between surgery and deep vein thrombosis.A deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that usually forms inside the veins in your legs. Once formed, it can become a dangerous obstacle for blood attempting to flow back to your heart and can even cause major damage to your veins. In some cases, the clot can travel through your blood and into your lungs; a potentially fatal event known as a pulmonary embolism.
The causes of DVT are vast; from sitting for too long, to pregnancy, to other risk factors like smoking or [....
While men are typically more likely to develop blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, women do face one significant risk factor: birth control.
Over 200 million women worldwide take some form of birth control pills, with millions more depending on intrauterine devices, injectables, or patches as their contraceptive of choice. The pill, according to a 2010 study, has been the most popular method since 1982.
But many of these birth control methods carry a significant threat of blood clotting and deep vein thrombosis.
For example, the drug company Merck, maker of the NuvaRing, is currently paying out [....
When people hear the word ‘ultrasound’, they immediately think of pregnancy. But did you know that ultrasound is one of the most common and effective methods of detecting deep vein thrombosis?
It’s true that physicians have a number of ways to produce an image of the inside of a patient’s body; however, x-rays only show bony elements, and MRIs can be extremely time-consuming and expensive. Ultrasounds, on the other hand, can be performed directly at the point of care and usually only cost a few hundred dollars before insurance.
It’s this precise accessibility that has given rise to a [....
Every year, two million people are diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis and up to 200,000 those result in death. Blood clots and DVT are an unrecognized danger that can have critical impact on anyone, regardless of age and health condition.
Professional tennis player and champion, Serena Williams was 29 years old when she underwent emergency treatment for pulmonary embolism that resulted from DVT. Williams previously had surgery on her foot and was ordered by doctors to remain immobile, which most likely led to the development of DTV. The attention rooted from this emergency led to growing question [....