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Prevention of Venous Disease Using Ultrasound

Prevention of venous disease using ultrasound is based on two strategies:

  • Prevention of initial diseases by screening
  • Prevention of disease progression

Prevention of Initial Disease: Screening

Those at risk for venous disease such as venous stasis, venous insufficiency, and thrombosis and embolic potential can be identified via an in depth history and a thorough physical exam. As such, screening of patients at risk for the initial onset of venous disease is indicated in the following groups:

  • Diabetics
  • Smokers
  • Obese patients
  • Immobilized patients
  • Patients with a family history of coagulation conditions
  • Patients with a history of trauma to the extremities

Prevention of Disease Progression

Once diagnosed, those with venous disease, especially those suffering from thrombosis or ulceration should have treatment immediately. Whatever therapy is implemented, from conservative medical management (compression, elevation, and ulcer care) to anticoagulation to vein ablation or removal, ultrasound can be used to judge the efficacy of therapy and when indicated, direct a change in treatment protocols after previous therapy has failed.

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