FDA approves drug for treatment of DVT

The FDA recently approved the use of Apixaban for the treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolisms, which include deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms (PE).  Apixaban had previously been approved for the treatment of stroke patients, and has been found to be extremely effective following knee or hip replacement surgery.

Apixaban is an oral anticoagulant.  It inhibits Factor Xa, a clotting protein in the blood. There is an increased risk of serious and potentially fatal bleeding with the use of Apixaban.  Apixaban should be discontinued 24-48 hours prior to any elective surgery or invasive procedure where there is a chance of bleeding, as there is no established way to reverse the anticoagulant effects of the drug.

Often doctors and physicians recommend the use of compression socks to prevent D

Compression Stockings with a Zipper

“Does BrightLife carry stockings with a zipper?”  We are asked this question every day.  In fact, there are compression stockings with zippers.  Jobst UlcerCare, Jobst Variox and Curad are the three styles we sell.  Customers have also told us about a TV ad selling compression socks with zippers, 2 pair for $19.99….

But before you go running for the phone, there’s a reason more companies don’t make compression stockings with a zipper…. it takes 3 hands to put them on.

Imagine squeezing into those skinny jeans that haven’t fit for years, and the fun of trying to zip them up.  That’s a compression stocking with a zipper.  If you have hairy legs, zipping up your socks in the morning will really wake you up.  Plus the wear and tear of pulling on a zipper attached to a knit fabric means these socks don’t have a very long life span.

The few stockings that do have a zipper are really designed for wound care.  The zipper allows the stocking to be applied without pulling it up and over a bandage or wound.  Once the wound is healed, most people go back to a traditional circular knit stocking.

If you struggle to put on your compression stockings, there are donning aids that really do help.   Send us a message or give us a call and we can recommend one for you.  Unfortunately, zippered stockings may not be the solution you are looking for.

Solidea Medical in the Top 20 in LiveSTRONG’s The Big C Competition

One of our newest brands of compression garments – Solidea – has been named as a Semi-Finalist in The Big C Competition. In its inaugural year, the Big C Competition hopes to drive and support innovations that improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Solidea was one of 750 companies that entered this year’s competition.

The Top 20 companies represent projects from six countries on four continents and 10 states within the U.S. When LiveSTRONG announced the competition, it said it was “open to entrepreneurs, trailblazers, technology whizzes, fashionistas, medical geeks, game changers and anyone with an audacious product, service or innovation that helps those facing cancer today.” The range of companies and products in the final 20 is truly impressive. It includes, a smart pill bottle to improve medication adherence, wireless orthopedic bras,  and a web platform that helps make relocating for medical treatment less daunting, among other companies and products. The finalists are all remarkable, and we’re so excited that Solidea was included in this group. Learn more about the Top 20 and the Big C Competition here.

BrightLife Direct began carrying Solidea products one year ago and the response has been great! Over the past year, some of the best selling Solidea products have been the Ankle Socks, the Advanced MicroMassage Capris, and the Wonder Model Pantyhose. What we’d really love to highlight is the compression armsleeves which have been real game-changers for many of our lymphedema patients:

Bilateral Compression Armsleeve – While this sleeve provides 15/21 mmhg of compression, we’ve had several customers tell us that it has replaced their 20-30 mmhg or 30-40 mmhg sleeves because of the unique micromassage fabric technology.

Unilateral Compression Armsleeve – For anyone who has edema in just one arm, this is a great option. Customers love the effective massaging fabric, but also that there is no need for a silicone top band. Many armsleeve wearers have adverse reactions to a silicone band pinching into their skin or causing rashes. This sleeve comes up and over the shoulder in a truly innovative design.

Check out their sizable collection of compression products here.


Do you have venous insufficiency?

If you have been diagnosed with venous insufficiency, your doctor will likely prescribe compression stockings to treat it. So what is venous insufficiency (VI)?

Veins in your legs carry oxygenated blood to the muscles in your legs and feet, and then move the oxygen depleted blood back to your lungs and heart to start the process all over. If your veins weaken, and the valves in your veins become damaged allowing blood to flow backward, you have venous insufficiency.

SIGVARISVeinsValveMany things can cause VI including age, being very tall, obesity, pregnancy, and heredity.

Visible signs of venous insufficiency are varicose veins, redness or other skin color changes around the ankles, heavy, aching legs, thickening and hardening of the skin on the ankles and shins, pain that increases when standing and decreases when legs are raised, wounds on the legs that are slow to heal.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, see your doctor. Diagnosis is often done by a physical exam. Confirmation of the diagnosis is accomplished by a duplex ultrasound exam that is painless, and measures the flow of blood in your legs.

For mild to moderate cases of venous insufficiency, wearing compression stockings is often all that’s needed to alleviate the symptoms. More serious cases may require sclerotherapy, vein stripping, angioplasty or a bypass. Venous insufficiency often gets worse over time, so taking care of yourself and treating it early is important to slow the progress of this condition.