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Arizona Healthy Veins

Does Blue Cross Blue Shield Cover Varicose Vein Treatment?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2017 4:43:22 PM / by Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE posted in Cost of Vein Treatment, Treatment of Veins and CVI

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VARICOSE VEINS, VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY AND LEG ULCER TREATMENTS

Insurance coverage is always dependent upon benefit eligibility, as outlined in your specific benefit plan.  Some employers have chosen not to cover varicose vein treatment specifically, so be sure and check with your human resources department or call the toll-free number on the back of your insurance card.

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Sorry I put off treatment for over 20-years

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 4, 2017 12:11:00 PM / by Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE posted in Treatment of Veins and CVI, Patient Stories

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HERE'S HER STORY:

Magdalena, a 63-year-old retired woman that has lived with painful varicose veins since the 1970's. She had vein stripping in the 1970's and laser thermal ablation in 2010 which both left her traumatized and fearful of any further treatment.  In late August, 2016 she reached a point where veins had ruptured on her right leg, she had chronic wounds draining a yellowish fluid from her left leg, and both legs severely hurt to the point she awoke every night. She was unable to walk unassisted, using a wheelchair and walker to get around. She rarely left the house.

She was referred to Jilanne Rose at Advanced Vein Institute by a friend who told her there are new and better alternatives to painful vein stripping. She met with Jilanne for over an hour and had an ultrasound done of both legs.  She stated that she learned a lot the day of her appointment:  (1) She didn’t have to live with this situation and (2) treatment options may have minimal if any pain. Jilanne treated the ruptured vein on the right leg during the first visit, and recommended further intervention as soon as possible to expedite healing of the longstanding ulcerations.

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Vein Removal or Vein Stripping Recommended?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 3:46:00 PM / by Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE posted in Treatment of Veins and CVI

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Times have changed - There are alteratives to painful vein removal surgery

Gone are the days when your only remedy for varicose veins was vein removal or vein stripping. Our in-office procedures are the gold-standard. If you are scheduled for a procedure and would like to know what other options are available, call today for a free Second Opinion!

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Varicose Veins Symptoms That Can Save Your Life

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2017 8:32:00 AM / by Kathryn Cote posted in Varicose Veins

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Vein disease is incredibly common in the United States. According to some estimates, 50-60 million American men and women have some form of venous disease. Varicose veins is among the most common of these.

In fact, varicose veins are so common that it can be easy to forget that they could also be an indication of more serious health issues lurking beneath the surface. That is why it is a good idea for anyone with even the slightest sign of venous disease, including varicose veins, to at least consult a vein specialist to see whether they are at risk for more serious conditions, such as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), leg ulcers, or worse.

Varicose Veins Symptoms That Could Be Life Threatening

Not all symptoms hold the same weight, however. It is rare, but it is not impossible for clots to form in the visible veins and move into the deeper venous system.

If your leg suddenly swells and becomes painful, hard, hot, and red, or if you experience lightheadedness, rapid pulse or chest pain, seek medical help immediately. A leg that swells suddenly can be a sign of a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis); accompanying chest pain and lightheadedness could mean the clot has moved into your lungs (pulmonary embolism), which can be fatal.

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What do Men, Beer, and Varicose Veins Have in Common?  Everything!

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2017 10:31:00 AM / by Kathryn Cote posted in Varicose Veins, Causes of Varicose Veins, varicose veins in men

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Vein specialists note that many men they treat have more severe vein problems than women because they’ve had them longer and tend to wait until their pain becomes unbearable--or worse--their veins start to bleed. Don’t be one of those guys!

When is the last time you went out for beers with the boys and talked about varicose veins? Maybe you should try it!

If you’re like most guys, you figure that varicose veins are a woman’s problem. Certainly nothing you have to worry about, right?  Think again!  Exact numbers are elusive, but it is estimated that between 15-50 percent of men will suffer from some form of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), including varicose veins, by the time they reach their 60s.

Men experience the same varicose vein and CVI symptoms as women: leg pain and swelling, heaviness of the legs, general fatigue, and muscle cramps. Still, there is evidence that they are way less likely to seek medical treatment until their symptoms become unbearable. And—here’s the kicker—men are known to be at risk for more severe venous disease if they ignore the symptoms.

The fact is, everyone in this situation, man or woman, needs to consult with a qualified vein specialist to determine whether their vascular system is compromised, and what can be done to improve venous blood flow back to the heart before more serious, permanent damage is done.

Why Are Men at Risk for Varicose Veins?

The short answer to this question is: for many of the same reasons that women are. Family history, age, lifestyle and career factors, and previous leg traumas all play a role in the development of venous insufficiency.

Why Don't Men Seek Treatment for Varicose Veins?

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VIDEO - Home Treatment for Varicose Veins

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2017 9:55:00 AM / by Tim C. Martin posted in Venous Insufficiency, Home Treatment of Varicose Veins

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06 Varicose Veins Home Treatment from Tim C Martin on Vimeo.

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VIDEO - The Venous Anatomy

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 9:55:00 AM / by Tim C. Martin posted in Venous Insufficiency

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05 CVI The Venous Anatomy from Tim C Martin on Vimeo.

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Vaginal Varicose Veins - Is that even a thing?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2017 9:20:00 AM / by Kathryn Cote posted in Vulvar Varicosities

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VIDEO - The Causes of Vein Insufficiency

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 9:55:00 AM / by Tim C. Martin posted in Venous Insufficiency

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04 CVI The Causes of Vein Insufficiency from Tim C Martin on Vimeo.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your vascular health, please schedule an appointment with Jilanne Rose at our Phoenix, Arizona office. With over 10,000 peripheral vein procedures to her credit, she is the Arizona Vein Specialist who can help you with any vascular concerns you may have.

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Factors of venous insufficiency:

The biggest and most prominent factor is genetics. Most people have a parent or grandparents that had bad veins and it passes on down the line. The onset of vein insufficiency in women is about the age of 35 and in men it’s a little older at 45.

 

Women and CVI

Things in women that can make chronic venous insufficiency worse: In pregnancy, with the increase in blood volume and hormonal shift, this increases the prevalence of the vein insufficiency and speeds up the time. The other thing that contributes to it is hormone replacement. When we first started replacing hormones in women we used to slam them with these huge doses of estrogen and progesterone. Those massive doses increased the incidence of vein insufficiency. It is not so prevalent now with the bioidentical hormones. They have dialed down birth control pills and that type of thing. So now, it is not as much of a factor but it certainly used to be.

Things such as smoking, hypertension, and obesity – a lot of those contribute to vascular compromise; however, usually most of those contribute more to the arterial type of disease.

 

Venous Insufficiency Causes?

So very briefly –what causes vein insufficiency? Essentially I like to relate it to stretching a rubber band out. You can stretch that rubber band out so many times and then you can’t make it regain its elasticity. That is very similar with veins.

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Could Low Testosterone Increase the Risk of Varicose Veins in Men?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 14, 2017 10:30:48 AM / by Deena Neste posted in Causes of Varicose Veins

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It’s a common misconception only women suffer from varicose veins, however, it is estimated that somewhere between 15% and 45% of men will develop varicose veins or venous insufficiency at some point in their lives. The exact number is unknown, primarily because a significant number of men do not seek treatment for vein disorders.

There are several factors that contribute to varicose vein formation; genetics, age, diet, exercise, stress, and weight are all important to vein health. But gender is also considered a risk factor and there are some indications that our “sex hormones” may be the culprit - particularly estrogen.

Estrogen in Men? Definitely!

While women synthesize most of their estrogen in their ovaries and other reproductive tissues, men produce estrogen through a process involving an enzyme called aromatase. Aromatase is found in many tissues including gonads, brain, adipose tissue, blood vessels, skin, and bone. Aging men sometimes have too much aromatase activity, which causes their testosterone to convert to excess estradiol, the predominant form of estrogen.

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