Author: Sara Stuemke

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Minimally Invasive Vein Therapies to Treat Varicose Veins

At CORA we use the latest minimally invasive techniques to treat vein disorders including varicose veins, spider veins, and DVTs. Our organization is staffed with fellowship trained physicians, experts in minimally invasive vascular procedures, to provide you with the best possible care. CORA offers endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), sclerotherapy, and ambulatory microphlebectomy to help relieve pain and reduce bulging veins. Every procedure is tailored to your specific clinical problem for best results. Who gets varicose veins? Over 20% of Americans between the ages of 40 and 80 experience varicose veins. Our vein program is used to treat venous insufficiency, a condition that...

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The Right Time to Screen for Breast Cancer and Other Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases in our world today with more than 200,000 cases per year. Estimates show that 1 out of 6 new cancers we diagnose are in women in their 40s. It’s a staggering statistic that shows the importance of understanding why we recommend screening to begin at age 40. If this statistic surprised you, read the following breast cancer facts. They show the prevalence of the disease. Breast cancer facts: Approximately 85% of women diagnosed have no identifiable risk factors. One in eight women is diagnosed in their lifetime, while 15% of these diagnoses...

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What Do Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Mean?

All breast screening guidelines recommend screening at 40. Breast cancer screening guidelines can be challenging to understand. With several different mammography guidelines from national organizations, interpreting what it all means makes it hard to figure out what is right for you. The Society of Breast Imaging, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the American Cancer Society guidelines differ. It's easy to be confused. Pheobe Freer, MD, an associate professor of radiology at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, shares her view on the differences. You can read her post here. Although there are differing recommendations on timing and frequency,...

Peripheral Artery Disease

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease

Have you been feeling pain in your legs for what seems like no reason? Are you experiencing leg cramping after walking or climbing stairs?  If you have the slightest suspicion something is off, it is a good idea to get a screening for peripheral artery disease (PAD). Peripheral Artery Disease Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulatory disorder that occurs when your extremities aren’t receiving sufficient blood flow due to blocked arteries. PAD is caused when arteries become clogged by cholesterol, which eventually turns into plaque on the walls of your arteries. The plaque prevents blood from flowing through your arteries which...

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Venous Insufficiency Symptoms and What to Do About Them

Venous insufficiency means that the veins are inadequately sending blood back to the heart from the extremities, most commonly seen in the legs. The valves in the veins do not close properly in patients suffering from venous insufficiency. When blood gets stuck and pools in the veins, not only can it present issues cosmetically like spider veins and varicose veins but it can also lead to more serious conditions. Venous Insufficiency Over 20% of adults between the age of 40 and 80 suffer from venous insufficiency. Often caused by blood clots or deep vein thrombosis, this vein disorder causes swelling and pain...

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Uterine Fibroid Embolization: A Minimally Invasive Alternative to Surgery

Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus, usually in a woman of childbearing age. While these growths are not cancerous, they can induce heavier and longer menstrual bleeding, pain, discomfort, frequent or difficult urination, constipation, and can even cause difficulty getting pregnant. Fibroids can be found within the muscular uterine wall (intramural fibroids), in the uterine cavity (submucosal fibroids), or on the outside of the uterus (subserosal fibroids). If fibroids are causing uncomfortable symptoms, uterine fibroid embolization may be an option. Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an Interventional Radiologist. During the often outpatient procedure, your Interventional...

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New Vein Clinic Opens at Central Oregon Radiology Associates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 26, 2018 — Central Oregon Radiology Associates (CORA) is proud to announce the opening of their Vein Clinic. Specializing in minimally invasive vein therapies, the Vascular and Interventional Radiologists at CORA offer evaluation and management of the full spectrum of vein disorders. Over 20% of adults between the age of 40 and 80 suffer from venous insufficiency, which means that the valves that prevent blood from pooling in the legs are not working as they should. Venous insufficiency can result in cosmetic issues like spider veins and varicose veins. Over time, these vein disorders progress to cause pain,...

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Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty | What’s the Difference?

Every year, millions of Americans are affected by osteoporosis, which often leads to vertebral compression fractures in the spine. Roughly two thirds of vertebral fractures have no symptoms and may go undiagnosed until they're found on an x-ray often taken for another reason. Left untreated, vertebral compression fractures are painful and can even lead to disability. Fortunately, minimally invasive procedures such as kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty in Oregon are available to help patients relieve back pain and regain mobility. Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty in Oregon | What's the Difference? Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty solve the same problem — vertebral compression fracture. However, each differs...

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Lung Cancer Screenings at CORA

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Unfortunately it is usually found too late for treatment to succeed. Thanks to improvements in early detection screening, there’s hope. Screening for lung cancer in Bend can help find the disease at an early stage and give patients the best chance of survival. The screening is usually free. Do I Need a Scan if I Don’t Have Symptoms? Lung cancer is serious; by the time you have symptoms, it may have already started to spread. As a result, the condition becomes more difficult to treat. Lung cancer screening looks for cancer before...

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What is a CT Scan | Cora Quick Facts

A CT scan is a common medical imaging examination that your doctor may request to help make a diagnosis or evaluation your medical condition. However, many patients don’t know what to expect for the exam. At CORA, we believe you should be as informed as possible before you even walk through the door so you can feel at ease. As such, our team is here to answer your questions about CT scans in Oregon. What is a CT Scan? CT stands for Computed Tomography, which is highly sophisticated x-ray equipment and computer processing that generates high-resolution images of your body. CT imaging...