What to Expect When You Visit a Vein Doctor

Visiting a vein doctor for the first time can be nerve-wracking. However, if you have varicose veins or spider veins, seeking treatment from a professional is often the only way to improve your condition. To reduce your anxiety before your first visit, consult the information below. What is a Vein Doctor? A vein doctor is a medical professional who has specialized knowledge and training in the area of vein disease. Vein doctors know how to recognize various conditions that affect the veins, and they also know how to determine which treatment method is best for each patient’s situation. In addition, vein doctors can administer a variety of surgical vein treatments…

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Exploring Options Available from Cardiac Specialists

If you have problems with your heart, you may be planning to visit a cardiac specialist. Cardiac specialists can perform diagnostic tests that help you understand your condition better, as well as effective treatments that may improve your symptoms and quality of life. Below is some information to help you prepare for your appointment. What is a Cardiac Specialist? A cardiac specialist is a doctor who has received specialized training in the area of cardiology. Cardiac specialists know how to diagnosis and treat a variety of conditions that affect the heart. Some of the conditions most commonly treated by cardiac specialists include: Cardiovascular risk Heart failure High blood pressure Coronary…

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When to Visit a Vascular Surgeon

If you are struggling with spider veins and/or varicose veins anywhere on your body, you may benefit from meeting with a vascular surgeon. However, if you haven’t ever made an appointment at a vein clinic, you may wonder whether your condition warrants a visit. To find out whether you should see a vascular surgeon, ask yourself the following questions. 1. Are my veins abnormal? In most cases, the first symptom of spider veins or varicose veins is a change in the appearance of the veins on your hands, chest, face or legs. If you are developing varicose veins, you may notice large, twisted veins that seem to bulge from your…

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What Cardiac Specialists Will Tell You About High Blood Pressure

One in every three people in the United States has high blood pressure and only about half have it safely under control, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. High blood pressure is a little bit like taking a bat to your cardiovascular system – seventy times a minute. It is a precursor of a number of chronic illnesses, so if you ask cardiac specialists about this condition, they will have plenty to say. What is High Blood Pressure? Medically, it is a called hypertension and it means that blood is hitting the walls of the arteries hard enough to cause damage. Two factors go into blood pressure: How…

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How Can You Get Rid of Varicose Veins

What does it take to get rid of varicose veins? There is no quick fix for vein diseases, but a combination of treatment at a vein clinic and lifestyle changes will make a difference. A vein doctor can determine if an underlying cause is to blame for those ugly red, blue and purple lines and give you suggestions on how to get back your beach legs. What are Varicose Veins? Start by educating yourself about the problem. Varicose veins occur when valves built into the vein walls fail to close completely. These valves help keep blood from flowing backwards. A varicose vein pops up when one or more valves gap…

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Exploring Your Spider Vein Treatment Options

If you suffer from spider veins, you know just how embarrassing this condition can be. Depending on the location of your spider veins, you may not be able to wear the clothes you like, or you may feel compelled to wear heavy makeup at all times in order to cover these unsightly veins. Fortunately, you can reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins with the right spider vein treatment. About Spider Veins Spider veins are abnormal blood vessels that may appear on the face, hands, chest or legs. They are easily visible through the skin, and they often appear twisted. Spider veins may be red, blue or purple in…

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Important Facts About Spider Veins

Although some patients with spider veins might experience no pain, these small red or blue vessels can rob them of self-confidence.  They typically appear in very visible spots, most often on the legs or the face.  Most sufferers want to know if there is a vein treatment or a home regimen to prevent more of these vessels from forming. Spider and Varicose Veins Many people believe that a varicose vein and a spider vein are the same problem.  Although these two disorders are similar vascular conditions, there are differences between them, the Stony Brook School of Medicine reports. While varicose veins are typically dark blue or purple, “spiders” tend to…

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Peripheral Vascular Disease FAQ

What is Peripheral Vascular Disease? Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is an umbrella term for a group of diseases that affect blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. PVD often involves narrowing of the vessels carrying blood to arms, legs, stomach or kidneys.   Are There Different Types of PVD? Yes, there are two main types – organic PVDs and functional PVDs. Organic PVDs are the results of structural changes, such as inflammation, blockage or tissue damage, within blood vessels. Functional PVD does not involve physical problems in blood vessels; this type of PVD causes spasms or other short-term symptoms.   What is Peripheral Artery Disease? Peripheral artery disease (PAD)…

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How Various Varicose Vein Treatment Approaches Work

If you have varicose veins and are thinking about varicose vein treatment, you are not alone. As many as 40 million Americans suffer from varicose veins, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. Varicose veins appear as blue, bulging, twisted veins lying near the surface of the skin, usually appearing on the backs of the lower legs and calves. These veins can cause aching and fatigue; in time, they can also cause skin changes, such as rashes, redness and sores that are slow to heal. Left untreated, varicose veins can worsen over time.   There are several non-surgical and surgical treatments for varicose veins and each works in a different…

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How VNUS Closure® Eliminates Varicose Veins

For many people, varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue that affects self-confidence.  They are the patients who suffer from pain, legs that feel heavy, swollen limbs, and sometimes leg ulcers.  The VNUS Closure procedure is a minimally invasive therapy that has greatly reduced the use of vein stripping, which was for many years the standard varicose vein treatment. Overview of Varicose Veins Varicose veins are actually common.  As many as 41 percent of U.S. women develop them, Washington University in St. Louis reports.  Using heat to treat the disorder is a relatively new concept. Over time, one-way valves in leg veins become damaged or break down.  This creates…

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