It is easy to forget about unsightly veins in the winter time when leggings and sweats are worn almost 24/7. In addition, the cooler weather helps to mitigate symptoms such as fatigue, heaviness, cramping, and swelling; all indications of underlying venous insufficiency. With spring right around the corner, now is the time to think about how you want your legs to look and feel when bathing suit and short weather arrives.
As you navigate your way through the barrage of holiday parties this season, it may be difficult to decide on certain indulgences. The general recommendation here at Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona is everything in moderation. However, there is one thing on a lot of holiday tables that can benefit your vascular health…cranberries!
Binge watching your favorite series or games this week? . . . Avoid painful legs!
Are you in to Game of Thrones or the Handmaid’s Tale? Maybe you are an avid NFL or MLB fan and can’t wait for a day to lounge around and catch up on the series, or binge all the games in the line-up for the day. Sounds like and amazing day for a lot of people, however, prolonged periods of sitting or standing in a stationary position can have an adverse effect on the circulation in your legs.
Dancing with Varicose Veins
Has leg pain kept you in your seat and off the dance floor these days? You may have eliminated dancing because of symptoms associated with vein disease. Vein disorders are not always visible to the naked eye. Varicose veins or venous disease can cause aching legs, painful or restless legs, as well as tired, heavy legs, swollen ankles or muscle cramps. Varicose veins can occur at any age and affect both men and women.
Peripheral Vascular Disease: Not Always Just An Artery Issue
When the term peripheral vascular disease (PVD) comes up; it is a common misconception that this refers to just arterial disease. PVD refers to both the arterial and venous circulation. Arteries in the legs carry blood from the heart to the toes (periphery), and veins carry the blood from the toes back to the heart. While peripheral artery disease is common, a surprising fact for most people is that chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is ten times more prevalent than arterial disease.
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.
HERE'S HER STORY:
Magdalena, a 63-year-old retired woman that has lived with painful varicose veins and CVI 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 she had several ruptured varicose veins on her right leg, had chronic wounds draining a yellowish fluid from her left leg, and both legs severely hurt to the point she awoke every night.
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!
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 are 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 or PE), which can be fatal.