Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The foot pump

Is “the foot pump” a new dance all the kids are doing? No, it has something to do with veins, of course! Namely, making sure the circulation in your legs is working properly.

As summer draws to a close, many people are returning from vacation, driving in their cars, or hopping a long flight home. In order to prevent deep vein thrombosis (known as DVT), try the foot pump, in the car or on the plane.

It’s a simple toe-tap exercise: tap your feet for a minute or two, going back and forth between heels and toes. This squeezes the deep veins in the legs and forces the blood to circulate through the leg. It also feels good after sitting for a long period of time. Do the foot pump (on each foot) every half-hour or so.

Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated, preferably with water. And try to take a brief walk in the airplane aisles (or at the rest stop) occasionally to keep the blood flowing.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meet Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen

As the Vein Healthcare Center approaches another anniversary of serving patients in Maine and New England, we thought we’d revisit this interview with VHC founder Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen:

Q: What were your most important needs in getting started?
A: I think my most important need was building a team of business advisers. Although I had a strong grasp of the medical side of the practice, the business side remained a bit of a mystery. While I have a general understanding of the business, there’s no reason for me to have expertise in everything, not when there are people on my team who do that. Assembling a strong team, including bookkeepers and legal and financial experts, was critical in getting my practice off the ground, and they remain very important in running the practice, so I can focus on caring for patients.

Since this interview was published, Dr. Asbjornsen has been named a Fellow by the American College of Phlebology, contributed to two respected books about phlebology, and moved back to Peaks Island!

To read more of the Maine Women article, click here. To learn more about Dr. Asbjornsen, click here.