| The Connecticut Center for Advanced Vein Therapy is a comprehensive vein care center offering treatment for all types of veins from spider veins, to bulging varicose veins, to veins with complications such as leg ulcers. Director of The Vein Center is Duncan J. Belcher, MD and for the next few months he be answering
the most commonly asked questions concerning varicose veins and their treatment.
Duncan J. Belcher, MD
What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are very large, "rope-like" veins which are often on quarter inch or larger in diameter. They are veins that are close to the skin's surface that have become swollen and raised.
What causes varicos veins? Varicose veins occur when veins are not properly returning blood from the lower leg to the heart. all veins have valves that open to prevent backflow ("reflux") of blood to the foot. When valves fail to function properly, blood leaks through and flows down the leg in the wrong direction. The blood overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in the bulging seen in varicose veins. The walls and valves of veins are thin and elastic, and can stretch due to a variety of conditions including pregnancy, heredity and age.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Vein Therapy (CCAVT) is located in the Middlebury office of Diagnostic Radiology Associates at The Turnpike Office Park, 1579 Straits Turnpike. Consultations with Dr. Belcher and Dr. Eric Hyson are available by calling CCAVT at 203-758-1980.
Volunteer today for a cancer-free tomorrow!
CANCER PREVENTION STUDY - 3
You can become part of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) and help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. This is an opportunity for all of us to really do something in the fight against cancer.
Who can join the study? Anyone who is between 30-65, and has never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer). You must be willing to make a long-term committment to the study, which involves completing perodic follow-up surveys at home.
Local sign-up location include:
Jan 29th Naugatuck YMCA
St. Mary's Hospital
Jan 30th Harold Leever Cancer Center
Jan 31st Waterbury Hospital
Feb 2nd Waterbury YMCA
For more information about this study and what exactly the participation involves go to:
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO PERSONALLY HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER! DO SOMETHING POSITIVE TO START THE NEW YEAR!
SAVE THESE DATES!
Jan. 27th Home-to-Home Foundation Bowl-a-thon
Thomaston Lanes, Thomaston
Feb. 3rd Easter Seal's 20th Annual Chocolate Lovers
Expo, Southbury Crowne Plaza
April 13th Are You Dense? Swing into Spring, Chippanee Country
Club, Bristol, CT
Our file room elves Dana, Beryl & Judi
From all of us at DRA we hope your holiday, Hanukka, Christmas, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate is full of joy, peace, happiness and good health. Our offices will be closed at noon on Christmas Eve (12/24), remain closed on Christmas Day (12/25) and reopen on Wednesday, December 26th at 7:00am in Waterbury and 8:30am in Middlebury.
In order to let out staff ring in the new year with family and friends our offices will close at noon on Monday, December 31st, remain closed for New Year's Day and reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd.