Kevorkian’s Death Preventable, Highlights Risks of Ingoring Vein Health According to Dr. Thomas Wright, Phlebologist

June 3, 2011 – O’Fallon, MO — “Suicide doctor” Jack Kevorkian’s death today at 83 from pulmonary thrombosis is an all-too-frequent result of ignoring vein health, says Dr. Thomas Wright. A member of the American College of Phlebology and the board-certified director of the Laser, Lipo and Vein Center in O’Fallon, MO, Dr. Wright stresses that vein health is an under-appreciated and often overlooked disease that causes too many to suffer needlessly.

“In the past, we’ve focused on arterial health issues such as coronary artery disease and neglected the venous circulation. However this illustrates that venous health issues can be every bit as serious,” says Dr. Wright. “VTE is one hundred percent preventable. Risk factors for venous health issues include immobility, trauma, and cancer, and all are things that can be easily recognized and simple measures implemented to prevent death.”

According the US Public Health Service, more than 100,000 deaths occur each year as a result of pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. A study published in the American.The American College of Chest Physicians has recommended preventive approaches to those bedridden with pneumonia including compression devices and anticoagulants.

Thomas Wright M.D., F.A.C.P. is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Missouri Columbia medical school. He is the medical director of Laser, Lipo and Vein Center. He is one of the first two-hundred-plus surgeons in the nation to become board certified in Phlebology by the American Board of Phlebology. Phlebology is the specialty that treats the totality of venous disease. Dr Wright was voted by his peers as one of St Louis Magazine TOP DOCS in 2009. He has authored and presented several scientific papers on new surgical techniques for the treatment of venous insufficiency. He has received numerous honors including Election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the Patients’ Choice Award, the AMA Physician Recognition Award and appointment as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is an instructor and faculty advisor for the American Society of Nonsurgical Aesthetics. He is a member and contributor of original research to the American College of Phlebology and a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery as well as a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Wright is a certified medical sonographer credentialed by American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. His research and areas of special interest include venous health, minimally invasive body sculpting techniques and vein treatments.

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