Approximately 80% of men and 85% of women are diagnosed with spider or varicose veins at some point in their lifetime. While they are most common in those with a family history of the condition, they can affect anyone at any age due to various outside factors, such as pregnancy or weight gain. Most patients … Continued
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Although spider veins share a name with common pests, they have nothing to do with the arachnid. They get their name from how the veins appear on the skin’s surface in a spider web-like pattern. If you are living with spider veins, you’re not alone. Between 30% and 60% of adults will get spider or … Continued
About 40% of women develop varicose veins during pregnancy, especially during their second or third trimester. These enlarged and twisted veins can itch, hurt and cause a feeling of heaviness while appearing unsightly on the lower legs. For many, varicose veins are generally harmless and often resolve on their own after childbirth. For others, advanced … Continued
Anytime you sit for long periods, you may experience some aches and pains, especially if you’re in tight quarters, such as on an airplane. Although the risk of developing a serious medical condition or illness from long periods of sitting on a plane is low for healthy adults, it can be detrimental to those living … Continued
It’s a common question we get all the time: What is the difference between arteries and veins? On the surface, they seem similar. We know that blood circulates in the human body through connected channels called blood vessels. Arteries and veins are the major blood vessels in the cardiovascular system. While they are similar because … Continued
How do you know if you need a vascular surgeon or a vein specialist? What are the differences between these two specialties? For example, if you have painful leg swellings and varicose veins—large and twisted veins on your legs, do you consult a vascular surgeon or vein specialist? There are differences in the area of … Continued
Proper circulation is a vital aspect of your overall health and wellbeing. It’s a part of us that quite literally just flows, making it something that is not often thought of when it comes to caring for our health until we notice a change in our bodies. The first sign of inadequate circulation, especially in … Continued
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes uncomfortable sensations in the lower legs. However, this uncontrollable urge to move can also occur in the thighs, feet, arms, chest and face. RLS commonly occurs in the evening or nighttime hours when sitting or lying down. Why? Experts say RLS is linked to low dopamine … Continued
Varicose veins aren’t typically dangerous, but they can be unsightly and even painful. In some cases, they can also cause complications, like blood clots, bleeding, and skin ulcers, because this condition affects the vein’s ability to pump blood through the body and back toward the heart. If a close family member has varicose veins, you … Continued
Varicose veins occur when the valves inside them become weakened or damaged. As a result, blood cannot flow efficiently from the extremities back toward the heart. Instead, blood pools inside the vein, causing bulging, ropy, painful, varicose veins. If you suffer from painful varicose veins, cooler temperatures could give them a leg up. As temperatures … Continued