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
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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
The average U.S. adult sits 6.5 hours a day, which can have a cascading effect on your overall health. Not only is sedentary behavior linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, but it also increases your risk of painful, unsightly varicose veins. If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort … Continued
Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard for treating most varicose veins as well as unwanted, cosmetically unattractive spider and reticular veins. Reticular veins are smaller than varicose veins but larger than spider veins and appear flatter and less twisted. Approximately 20% of all adults will get varicose veins at some point in their lives, and … Continued
Approximately 40% of pregnant women will experience some level of varicose veins in the legs during and after pregnancy. Why does this happen, and do they go away after pregnancy? During pregnancy, women experience several hormonal changes that can significantly affect the health of their veins. For example, blood volume increases 40-50% above pre-pregnancy levels, … Continued
The most important function of our blood is to deliver oxygen from our lungs to the farthest parts of our body while removing carbon dioxide and other waste products. When your circulatory system is functioning properly, the arteries are bringing nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood away from the heart to the cells of the body, and the … Continued
Spider veins are small, thin veins that typically appear on the surface of the skin along the legs, arms or face. Like varicose veins, spider veins are caused by weakened or damaged valves in the veins. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are often harmless but can cause discomfort in some cases. While spider veins are … Continued