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May 21

Ultrasound Practitioners

Ultrasound Practitioners By Joyce Ward, CNMT, RT(N) With the rapid growth in the number and types of ultrasound procedures being conducted, a growing number of experts believe there is a need for someone to perform and/or interpret ultra sound examinations. Anticipating that an “ultrasound practitioner” could fill this role, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers […]

May 21

Summer travel plans? Beware of Deep Vein Thrombosis

A thrombus is a blood clot that forms inside a vessel. The most common sites are the veins of the arms and legs. Anything that restricts exercise and good circulation increases the risk of these clots. Recent hip or knee surgery, smoking, pregnancy and prolonged bed rest are risk factors. Travelers are susceptible, due to […]

Feb 15

Heart Disease: What you need to know

Heart Disease: What you need to know  Did you know that, in the United States, more women die of coronary heart disease each year than men? While the past 40 years have seen a reduction in heart attacks in men, the same has not held true for women. According to the American Heart Association – AHA, Heart […]

Feb 15

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) implicated in Sudden Cardiac Death

People who develop Atrial Fibrillation (AF) are at more than twice the usual risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD); reveal US study findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine. A meta-analysis of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study and the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) shows that AF was associated with a 2.5-fold increased risk for SCD (defined as death […]

Feb 14

February is Heart Health Month, Are You Doing Enough? Ultrasound Screening Could Save Your Life

February is National Heart Health Month, which raises awareness of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading killer among both men and women. There are many things we can do to stay heart healthy including eating a proper diet and getting plenty of exercise. It’s also important to know the signs of an impending heart attack: chest discomfort, shortness of […]

Jan 13

What is DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?

So, what is deep vein thrombosis? And what does the evidence say about reducing our risk of developing it? Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot (called a thrombus) in the deep veins of the leg. The clot can be either located in the lower leg or in the thigh, or both. […]

Oct 31

Question: My mom has a cancer mass on her abdomen, kidney area. Can we use ultrasound to monitor the mass size decrease through the treatment?

Question: My mom has a cancer mass on her abdomen, kidney area. She already has had three PET scans and we don’t want her exposed anymore to that kind of radiation during her cancer treatment. Can we use ultrasound to monitor the mass size decrease through the treatment? Answer: It is possible to visualize abnormal […]

Oct 31

Repost: Smoking Bans Cut MI Rate

  Smoking Bans Cut MI Rate By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: October 29, 2012 Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner Click the bottom right corner of the video player for full screen. Action Points Indoor smoking bans […]

Sep 5

Fabrice Muamba Foootball Star retires, blame Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmia

Athletes and Parents of athletes respond when a child in the community or a high profile athlete die or fall ill due to ACS, arrythmia or cardiomyopathy. Here is the story of a guy who stayed alive for 78 minutes without a pulse due to immediate medical attention and smart doctors. I wonder what an […]

Sep 3

I answer a patients question regarding a superficial vein thrombus our ultrasound discovered

Dear Patient AB, Thanks for the email.  I am not an MD nor have I ever attended medical school, so my opinion is based on my career as a Registered Vascular Sonographer only, so please don’t take it as medical advice.  I can explain to you treatment trends I have seen in my career. I […]