I am regularly asked why I wrote my book ‘Understanding Venous Reflux’ and who is it aimed at; the public or health care professionals such as doctors and nurses.
Why did I write it?
We now know that venous reflux disease, whether it is aching legs, varicose veins, venous eczema, or leg ulcers, affects almost 1 in 2 people – about 35-40%. With so many people in the world having that problem there should be a better public understanding of the condition.
Other conditions that affect people with far less incidents are really well recognised and talked about all the time. For some reason people are not interested in veins until they have a problem or until they have a worse problem such as leg ulcers. The book describes how and why the veins cause the problems and how we treat them.
Who is the book aimed at?
It is aimed at everybody. I believe it is easy for any member of the public to understand, whether they have a background in biology or even just studied biology at school. If you read from page one through to the end, you will fully understand veins, how they form and how they go wrong.
If you are a healthcare professional, such as a nurse, GP, or surgeon, you will be able to skim through the first chapters that explain the basics. However, from Chapters 4,5 or 6 onwards you will be learning new things that, unless you read all the latest research papers, you won’t find anywhere else at the current time.
Therefore, if you want to know anything about veins and how they cause problems, whoever you are, you really will find something useful in this book.