Friday, November 12, 2010

Education session emphasizes vascular health

Promoting awareness: From left, Patricia Reed, RN, NP; Walker; Cantelmo; Drena Root, RVT; and Jaff, all of the MGH Vascular Center

Venous disease is a common yet often misunderstood condition affecting more than one million Americans. To share information about vein health and disease prevention, the MGH Vascular Center offered an Oct. 16 patient education event at Mass General West in Waltham. The program, “Pain, Leg Swelling, Blood Clots and Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know About These Common Vascular Conditions,” focused on evaluations, screenings and treatments for conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and varicose veins. More than 50 people attended the session presented by Michael R. Jaff, DO, medical director of the Vascular Center; T. Gregory Walker, MD, of Vascular Imaging and Intervention; and Nancy Cantelmo, MD, of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

"Vascular diseases are common and often very treatable once diagnosed," says Jaff. "Increasing awareness and improving knowledge of these conditions will help patients understand their risk and seek treatments earlier, which will help prevent many of the serious complications associated with conditions like DVT and chronic vein disease."

Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions, many focusing on the blood-thinning medication warfarin, as well as leg pain and swelling, which are common symptoms of vascular disease.

The Vascular Center at Mass General West offers a full spectrum of noninvasive clinical studies and disease treatments, including minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. Visit the Venous Disease Program website or call 877-644-8346 for more information.

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