I Need A Vein Specialist – How Do I Choose?

The time has come; you’re ready to deal with those spider veins, varicose veins or other problems related to vein disease. You want to make the right choice, but it’s confusing. Just what is a vein specialist, anyway? Here are some tips from TriCity Cardiology Consultants. So What’s a Vein Specialist? Vein specialists are physicians, which means they are medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DOs). All attend medical school and residency, and usually complete a specialty fellowship for additional training. All must be licensed to practice, and most are board certified. The term vein specialist, however, has no formal meaning, which may contribute to the confusion. Vein Doctors…

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Understanding Vein Disease

Vein disease is common in the United States, affecting as many as 25 million people. Because of the myriad of symptoms that can accompany this disease, many patients notice a profound effect on their quality of life. Fortunately, vein disease treatment is available to qualifying patients. Vein Disease Defined Vein disease most commonly develops when the valves within the blood vessels stop functioning like they should. As a result, blood flows backward and begins to pool in the vein. Over time, the patient begins to notice symptoms. These symptoms vary based on the type of vein problem and the severity of the condition.  People with varicose veins, may notice larger, gnarled veins that are swollen or even raised above the skin’s surface.…

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Vein Doctor Discusses Peripheral Vascular Disease

Vein Doctor Discusses Peripheral Vascular Disease and Vein Treatment Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disorder that affects the peripheral blood vessels far away from the heart. PVD is often the result of narrowing of the vessels carrying blood to the legs, arms, kidneys or stomach, according to the American Heart Association. The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) says that smoking is the main risk factor for developing peripheral vascular disease. Older age and diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke can increase your risk for developing PVD.   Types of PVD Vein Disease Medical professionals categorized PVD into one of two groups,…

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Varicose Veins and Your Vein Treatment Options

Although it may not get much recognition in the press, vein disease is a widespread disease in the United States. It affects about 25 million Americans and is related to venous insufficiency, or poor return of blood to the heart. The varicose veins that can result can be highly visible and uncomfortable. If you have varicose veins and cannot get rid of them on your own, it is a good idea to see a vascular surgeon since the condition can be dangerous. Vascular surgeons can provide effective strategies for treating varicose veins, and the treatment is often quick and with minimal discomfort. Causes and symptoms of varicose veins. Varicose veins…

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Interventional Cardiology and Balloon Valvuloplasty

For patients with stiff heart valves, a procedure known as a balloon valvuloplasty offers an opportunity for treatment less invasive than open heart surgery.  With this type of interventional cardiology, patients have a shorter recovery period and a lesser risk of infection than they would experience with traditional surgery. Why Do Cardiologists Perform Balloon Valvuloplasty? Valves located between each pumping chamber of the heart work to keep blood flowing forward as it moves through the organ.  Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that the four main valves include: Tricuspid Pulmonary Mitral Aortic Sometimes these valves become stiff or partially blocked.  With stiffening, the heart muscle has to work harder than normal to…

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Congratulations to Tri-City Cardiology’s 2016 Best Doctors

Congratulations to Tri-City Cardiology’s 2016 Best Doctors in America Award Recipients Tri-City Cardiology is proud to recognize our physicians that have been awarded Best Doctors in America. Best Doctors works with the best five percent of doctors, ranked by impartial peer review, to help people get the right diagnosis and right treatment. Gallup has certified Best Doctors as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes in polling physicians to discover the doctors they would choose for their own care. Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, the global health solutions company, which has grown to over 30 million members worldwide, uses state-of-the-art technology capabilities to deliver improved health outcomes while reducing costs. Best Doctors seamlessly integrates…

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Varicose veins? Schedule an appointment with a vascular surgeon to learn about your treatment options

Venous reflux disease affects about 25 million men and women in the U.S., causing problems like varicose veins, pain and swelling, fatigue and skin ulcers. Many people who suffer from chronic venous disease find their quality of life is significantly diminished due to the symptoms caused by veins that just don’t function the way they’re supposed to. Seeing a vascular surgeon with extensive experience in treating venous reflux disease is the first step in learning about the safe and effective treatments that can relieve painful symptoms while also improving overall circulation. Venefit® Leads the Way in Venous Reflux Treatment Today, there are several options for treating venous reflux, including minimally-invasive…

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EECP’s Important Role in Medical Cardiology

One of the disorders doctors who practice medical cardiology treat is angina.  A recent tool available to cardiac specialists is Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP).  Understanding how it is beneficial can greatly reduce a cardiac patient’s stress level. Overview of Angina This term describes a sign of coronary artery disease.  According to the Mayo Clinic, it is chest pain from decreased blood flood to an individual’s heart muscle.  Many patients describe a sensation of pressure, heaviness, squeezing, tightness, or chest pain.  They often mistake it as discomfort related to indigestion.  The most serious potential complication associated with angina is a heart attack. Healthcare providers recognize three types of angina with varying…

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