Did you know that many women develop varicose veins during pregnancy? While a pregnant woman’s body undergoes many changes during this time, venous insufficiency is often overlooked. This is so common, in fact, that pregnancy is the most common cause of varicose veins in women. The key factors that lead to this are:
Other key factors affecting varicose veins during pregnancy are genetics, being overweight, carrying twins or higher multiples, and occupational factors such as standing or sitting in one position for prolonged periods.
While varicose veins are common during pregnancy, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. In fact, there are simple, everyday measures you can take to prevent or minimize varicose veins during pregnancy.
There’s not a strict rule, but varicose veins developed during pregnancy often improve within a few months after giving birth. If they don’t get better, we can help. VasCare’s surgeons specialize in treating varicose veins, spider veins and other venous disorders.
During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as a symbol of love. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States, but now there is a message of hope that many people will be glad to hear.
A recent study reports that patients with varicose veins are better at making arterial collaterals. These collaterals are often referred to as “natural bypasses” and are capable of delivering an adequate amount of blood to the hearts muscles which can prevent a heart attack.
At VasCare, our focus is on venous insufficiency and varicose veins. People hate varicose veins because they are unattractive and can cause many symptoms such as aching, pain, heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, itching, burning, leg cramps, swelling, and restless legs . Don’t worry, fixing your bad veins won’t limit your body’s creation of arterial collaterals – it’ll just make your legs look and feel better.
Love Your Legs!!
Post by Dr. Charles Gutierrez
With winter upon us, our patients are packing away their shorts for the season and embracing the changing weather. And as seasons shift, it’s an ideal time to see if spider or varicose veins treatment is right for you.
To start, the change in weather makes compression stockings for varicose veins a little more bearable. I always recommend that patients wear compression stocking for 48 hours following a procedure, and during the day for at least two weeks. These stockings aren’t too cumbersome, but it is always best to avoid the Texas heat whenever possible. Compression stockings can be worn comfortably under your winter clothing.
The colder months also see an increase in factors that lead to venous disease. Typically, people are less active during this time of year. On its own, remaining sedentary can increase the risk of varicose veins, but the decreased activity pared with holiday meals can lead to weight gain. Combined, this leads to a much higher risk of deteriorating vascular health over the next few months.
At VasCare, we offer several treatments options for varicose veins including conservative therapy, sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy, and radiofrequency endovenouos thermal ablation. If you’re unfamiliar with these options, please review our FAQ or schedule an appointment today.
Today, I wanted to take this space to talk about the Venefit procedure. This is a minimally invasive varicose veins treatment in which a thin catheter is inserted into a diseased vein and uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to heat the vein walls, which causes the vein to shrink and seal shut.
This procedure, called radiofrequency thermal endovenous ablation typically causes less bruising than other methods, has a quick recovery, and most patients report little or no pain during the procedure. This is an outpatient procedure and most patients see an improvement in their conditions within one or two weeks after the treatment.
As 2014 winds to a close, the staff at VasCare Vein Clinics would like to wish everyone a happy holidays and a prosperous New Year.
New Year’s resolutions often get a bad rap – and usually for good measure – but despite the negative connotations that come from oft-abandoned promises, the New Year is a great time to look at your personal health and commit to change.
While that resolution to be less stressed could be thrown out the window by February, deciding to embrace vein health has long term benefits. Varicose veins is a serious medical condition and if you’re exhibiting one of the following signs, you could be suffering from venous disease:
These symptoms usually indicate an underlying disorder in the larger veins of the legs. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, consider setting an appointment in our Beaumont or Corpus Christi centers. Treatment for varicose veins is considered medically necessary and could be covered by your insurance.
So this year, follow through with your New Year’s resolution and do something about those spider or varicose veins.
The first step is to find out if you’re at risk. Check our previous blog post to find out the most common causes of spider veins and how to prevent them.
Visit our booth at the 15th annual Southeast Texas Senior Celebration and Consumer Expo Thursday, October 23, from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the Beaumont Civic Center for a free vein screening.
It’s an exciting day for adults of all ages- and an extra special event for Southeast Texas seniors! Admission and parking are FREE!
The expo will have over 100 booths with free health screenings, presentations, refreshments, live music, bingo, and lots of fun!
For those that live in the Beaumont area and would like to request an appointment, please call (409) 924-8600, or fill out an online request form.
This Saturday, August 2, 2014, come join us at the 49th Annual Nueces County Health Fair. VasCare Vein Clinic is proud to be a part of this great local service for Nueces County.
Every year, thousands of people visit the Health Fair, which promotes a healthy lifestyle and wellness in residents of Nueces County and beyond.
This year, the Health Fair will be held at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
We will have a booth at the end will be providing free screenings and distributing information about vein disease and symptoms, so whether you have questions about varicose veins skin discoloration, veneous insufficiency ulcers, or compression stockings for varicose veins, we’re here to help.
Screenings cannot provide you with a medical diagnosis, but can help you identify the common symptoms of venous disorders.
If you’re planning on attending the fair, swing by and say hello!
When it comes to what causes varicose veins, there are many factors, including genetics, gender, and obesity. But one of the biggest risk factors for varicose veins is prolonged standing or sitting. Certain occupations that require people to sit or stand a lot can be bad for the health of your veins.
Here’s our list of top 5 occupations with so much standing or sitting that the jobs themselves can be one of the causes of varicose veins.
In general, office workers sit uninterrupted at their desks for much of the day. In addition to being an unhealthy way to work (humans weren’t designed to sit all day), a sedentary desk job can be a contributing cause of varicose veins.
When you frequently sit for extended periods, the muscles in your legs that normally help pump blood aren’t used very much. As a result, blood could flow backwards in leg veins and pool, causing varicose veins.
In terms of jobs that require long periods of standing, nursing is right near the top. Whether it’s taking vitals, interviewing patients, checking up on patients, or assisting doctors during surgery, nurses spend the majority of the day on their feet. No wonder, then, that finding the right nursing shoe is so important.
Many of the nurses at VasCare wear compression stockings to help prevent causes of varicose veins.
If you’ve ever worked in a factory or an assembly line, then you know how much time these workers spend on their feet every day. If you haven’t, let’s just say it’s a lot. And hour after hour on your feet, sometimes in one place, can be one of the bigger causes of varicose veins.
Of course, as we mentioned before, there are problems associated with prolonged sitting as well.
When we think about jobs that require a lot of standing in one place for hours on end, we immediately think about cashiers and about how the required standing of the profession can be one of the causes of varicose veins.
From retail cashiers at big-box stores to cashiers at grocery stores, working the register for long periods of time can take its toll on your legs and veins. To help fight vein disease, check out these exercises you can do while ringing up customers.
Ever seen a hairstylist sitting while they work? Neither have we. Even though you get to sit in a comfy chair while you get your hair cut, they don’t. Instead, they typically stand on a hard floor all day, which can be what causes varicose veins and a host of other health issues.
Do you have a job that requires standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time? Is there something you do, like wear compression stockings or perform exercises, that help you cope? Let us know in the comments.