Our lives are often defined by habit. When we wake in the morning, we brew our coffee the same way, brush our teeth the way we always do, and dress as our minds wander elsewhere. When habits take over, our minds are free to think about the upcoming meeting or events. These habits are self-created and as we repeat them over and over, they become more enriched in our brains. While habits are not easily broken, understanding how they form can help us kick bad habits and create productive ones.
A study in 2009 found that tanning salons were often as ubiquitous as Starbucks. Not surprisingly, there are more new cases of skin cancer every year than there are of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in life with more than two million people diagnosed with skin cancer annually. It will take an enormous effort to reverse this cultural affinity for tanning and reduce the significant number of individuals that develop skin cancer. However, the earlier skin cancer is caught the easier it is to treat. If you have been the type to be lax about covering up in the sun, make an appointment with a dermatologist. This summer, skip the tanning bed and learn about precautionary measures you can take while you’re outdoors to avoid skin cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration announced they would rule on the safety of triclosan, a chemical commonly used in antibacterial soaps. The chemical has been in use for more than 40 years and if the FDA rules it is harmful, it will have huge implications on an almost $1 billion industry. David Martin explains how the ruling serves as a reminder that while our cleaning supplies tout their germ-killing prowess, our immune systems actually need germs to challenge them to grow strong.
On average, a trip to the emergency room costs $1,233. The use of emergency rooms is often fingered as one of the causes of ballooning health care costs – specifically, the use of emergency rooms by the uninsured that cannot be denied treatment regardless of their ability to pay. In recent years, an alternative model to the emergency room has expanded to fight these costs. David Martin discusses urgent care clinics and why they are touted as the most cost effective and time saving alternative to a hospital trip.
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac grow happily in Georgia – if you’re not careful, one brush with their leaves or vines could leave you itching, uncomfortable, and covered in a rash like more than half of all Americans this time of year. Learning to correctly identify the “poison three” can help you avoid these natural parts of our ecosystem. Should you still find yourself in their reach, there are some home remedies that can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms.
During pregnancy, the amount of blood in a woman’s body increases by 25 to 40 percent. The extra blood is necessary to support two bodies, but does put extra pressure on blood vessels. The extra pressure can lead to varicose veins for many pregnant women. To help prevent varicose veins in pregnancy, David Martin provides several practices that can be incorporated into a pregnant woman’s daily routine. If varicose veins do develop, sclerotherapy is the most common treatment and is a virtually painless outpatient procedure.
Azaleas are blooming, parks are filling up with runners and the smell of food on the grill is in the air – it’s spring in Atlanta. If the warmer weather (and the health benefits) inspire you to get active, David Martin has suggestions for a few organizations that encourage community, fitness and a good time. Joining an organization connects you with people who can help you and provide encouragement along the way.
The new office, located one mile from Emory at Johns Creek Hospital, will open April 1
ATLANTA (March 27, 2013) — VeinInnovations, a leader in venous healthcare, is pleased to announce its continued growth in Georgia with a new office opening April 1 in Suwanee, GA. Dr. Alexander Park and Dr. David Park, general surgeons who expanded their services to treat venous health issues three years ago, and maintain their practices with the North Atlanta Surgical Associates, will head the new location, located one mile from Emory at Johns Creek Hospital.
“We are so pleased to be expanding our practice into the Johns Creek area. The community has been very welcoming. Both of our locations – Johns Creek and our flagship office in Sandy Springs – offer every available minimally invasive treatment for venous disease. Our care is comprehensive, covering the full range of treatments, from the diagnosis and treatment of medical issues to cosmetic procedures.
“Our commitment to using the most advanced technologies to facilitate minimally invasive surgical techniques gives patients the most effective treatments with very little or no downtime. We hope to let people know that heavy, hurting, restless legs are not a natural part of aging, and, with our work, to educate people about the importance of venous health in both quality of life and overall health,” said President and CEO of VeinInnovations, David Martin, RN, CRNFA.
The new office, located at 4255 Johns Creek Pkwy, Suite D, Suwanee, GA 30024, is now taking appointments. For more information please contact Shelby Gutenberger at 706.202.2536 or Shelby@veininnovations.com. To make an appointment, please call 678.731.9815 or visit www.veininnovations.com.
In 2002, David Martin, RN, CRNFA, founded VEININNOVATIONS as the first facility of its kind in Atlanta to offer every available technique for the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose/spider veins. Eleven years later, VeinInnovations is widely regarded as the leader in office-based, minimally invasive treatment of venous disease. Venous health experts at VeinInnovations – vascular, cardiothoracic and general surgeons – offer an unparalleled depth of experience and breadth of knowledge. They are committed to knowing and mastering the latest treatment modalities. Experience meets innovation at VeinInnovations.
Deep vein thrombosis is a deadly disease and ends thousands of American lives every year - but it doesn’t have to. There are preventative measures that combat DVT as well as prevent other health problems. David Martin concludes his four-part series for Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month with an explanation of these prevention methods.
This March marks the tenth annual DVT Awareness Month, a national effort to educate the public about DVT, its causes, complications, risk factors, treatment and prevention. In this week’s blog post, David Martin continues his discussion on the condition by explaining how it is diagnosed and various treatment options available.