What do you know about deep vein thrombosis?

?????????????????????????????????????????????Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a serious health condition that causes blood clots to form in the lower extremities. It can also develop throughout the body and can be fatal if left untreated. Many of our patients ask about developing DVT symptoms. Watch for signs like:

  • swelling
  • cramping in the legs
  • foot or ankle pain
  • areas of the skin that feel warmer than others
  • a red or bluish color patch of skin

DVT is a serious medical condition. The reason it can be so dangerous is that there is a potential for the clot to travel up the body to the heart or lungs. This can cause a blockage that can lead to severe health conditions like a pulmonary embolism or heart attack. Patients who develop DVT are treated with medication such as blood thinners and, in severe cases, require surgery to remove the blockage.

One of the misconceptions about many of the vein treatments we offer is that they put you at risk of developing blood clots. Fortunately, this is rare. The majority of patients who seek treatment for varicose or spider veins improve their odds of avoiding severe blood clots by removing problematic vein issues before they get worse. The recovery process for vein treatment for varicose and spider veins is quick and easy. Many of our patients find that they can return to regular activity within a few days, provided they follow the aftercare instructions correctly and wear compression stockings.

If you are concerned about developing DVT, there are some risk factors you should be aware of including:

  • an injury that has caused vein damage
  • being overweight
  • family history of DVT
  • use of birth control or hormone therapy
  • smoking
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • a history of blood clotting disorders
  • a diagnosis of cancer, heart failure or IBS

If you are concerned about DVT, take preventative measures like losing weight, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and using compression stockings if necessary. Make sure to follow up with your doctor if you are at risk of developing blood clots so they can monitor any warning signs.

It’s rare for our patients to develop severe complications after a procedure. We have years of experience and monitor our patient’s health closely to ensure that they stay healthy for years to come. If you have questions or think you may be a risk of developing blood clots after a procedure, talk to us. We are here to help you feel at ease and get the care you need for your vein issues.

5 ways to keep your legs cool (even if you don’t have air conditioning)

Middle-aged woman enjoying thermal bath in thalassotherapy centerThe summer heat can be brutal. If you don’t have air conditioning, it can be hard to cool down. When you suffer from vein issues like varicose or spider veins, the heat can make your symptoms worse. Your legs may swell and ache more. It can be hard to find relief, especially if you usually wear compression stockings to ease your symptoms. Compression stockings will make you feel even hotter.

If you aren’t able to beat the heat in some fresh air conditioning, try a few of these suggestions to cool your body off naturally. They may not be as effective, but it’s better than nothing!

  1. Drink plenty of water. Insufficient hydration not only makes you hotter, but it can also lead to sunstroke (if you are outdoors) or dehydration. Both of these conditions can be dangerous if left untreated. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Cool it off with ice cubes for refreshing relief. If you struggle to drink water, try infusing your water with fruit or herbs. Here are some great recipes to try!
  2. Eat plenty of fresh food. Plant-based foods contain more water than processed foods, so eating fresh fruit and vegetables will help cool you down. Some fruits like watermelon even help keep you hydrated. Avoid spicy foods. They’ll just make you feel hotter!
  3. Wear loose clothing (and less of it). Tight clothing keeps all your body heat trapped. Avoid tight, synthetic fabrics. Instead, opt for breathable, natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Don’t be afraid to show some skin, either. The less you wear, the cooler you will feel. If you’re nervous about showing your legs off in the summer heat, our vein treatments can remove unsightly vein clusters so you’ll feel confident in your skin.
  4. Change your workout routine. Avoiding the heat during the hottest part of the day is a great way to cool down. Avoid hanging outside or exercising during mid-day, instead opt for early morning or late evening outdoor workouts when the sun isn’t so high in the sky.
  5. Go swimming. There is nothing as refreshing as jumping into the water on a hot summer day. It’s the perfect way to cool off. Get your suit on and head to your nearest swimming hole. Your body will thank you.

The symptoms of vein disorders are often worse in the heat. That’s why it’s a great idea to book your treatments now. Recovery takes only a few days, and you’ll feel relief from your symptoms right away. You’ll be so happy with your results that you’ll want to show off your beautiful legs! Book an appointment today.

Work out your veins!

32624106 - happy asian elderly seniors couple biking in the parkExercise is powerful medicine. Even a slight increase in daily movement can help improve your health, especially if you are suffering from vein disease. Vein issues like varicose and spider veins can be caused by poor circulation and venous reflux. Exercise helps to pump blood throughout your blood and may reduce your risk of developing vein issues.

Which types of exercise are best for your circulation? The answer is all of them! Anything that gets your blood pumping will help to improve your circulation. Some work a little better than others, especially if you are dealing with the discomfort of vein issues. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  1. Walking/Jogging: Walking or light jogging is one of the most natural forms of exercise to start with, and the easiest to see improvements quickly. No matter where you are on your fitness journey, increasing your daily step count by walking or jogging will help improve your health.
  2. Yoga: Yoga is another excellent beginner exercise that is easy to do anywhere. It can be especially helpful if you have vein issues because the stretching and bending can provide pain relief from uncomfortable vein issues. These movements are also great for compressing and decompressing your veins, which helps to improve how they function.
  3. Bicycling: One of the hardest parts of exercising with vein issues can be the discomfort of swollen or heavy legs. Biking is a low impact way to reduce the weight on your legs while still working those muscles and your circulation in the lower half of your body.
  4. Swimming: Hopping in the pool for some laps is another low impact exercise that can relieve some of the discomforts of vein disease. The water acts as a natural lubricant for your body to ease the pressure so you’ll feel lighter and more capable. If you aren’t ready for laps just yet, try water aerobics or another water exercise class to get started.
  5. Leg workouts: Your legs contain some of the most massive muscles in your body. Moving and strengthening those muscles is vital, especially if you are at risk of developing vein issues like varicose or spider veins. There are many varieties of at-home bodyweight leg workouts. Simple movements like leg lifts, calf raises, bicycle legs, squats, and other exercises can go a long way. Make sure to make your legs a priority in the gym. Seek the advice of a trainer if you want to try more specific exercises.

Regular exercise is critical in the fight against vein disease. It gets your heart pumping and your blood circulating. The better your body learns to do that, the better your veins will work. Keep in mind that anyone can develop vein issues, even very physically active people, so if you suspect you are at risk of vein disease, see us. We’ll take a look and recommend proper treatments, including regular exercise!

Will I develop vein issues while I’m pregnant?

Southeast asian pregnant women with swelling feet, pain foot and lying on bed in the room. Swollen feet and fetal poisoning or toxicity conceptThere are a lot of uncomfortable symptoms when you are pregnant. One of the lesser-known potential symptoms is the development of varicose and spider veins. This issue occurs because of the increased blood flow, hormones and weight gain that come with pregnancy.

Many women start to develop vein issues beginning in their second trimester. It usually starts with a pain in the legs, feelings of itchiness, throbbing or aching. These feelings will get worse over the day and may disrupt your sleep at night. Some women may even start to notice vein clusters as their pregnancy progresses.

Can you seek treatment while pregnant? Unfortunately no. It is not recommended that pregnant women attempt surgical procedures for vein issues while pregnant. However, there are some measures that you can take to relieve your symptoms.

  • Exercise. Frequent movement helps to improve your blood flow and may help with the increased weight gain during pregnancy, which can exacerbate vein issues.
  • Don’t stay still too long. Staying in one position for an extended period can reduce blood flow and put pressure on your veins. Make sure to get up and move every hour and to change positions often when sitting.
  • Drink plenty of water. Hydration will help improve your blood flow.
  • Recline your legs. During pregnancy, your blood moves slower to your lower extremities, which can cause vein issues. Reclining your feet can help reduce swelling that is common in pregnancy and improve circulation.
  • Wear supportive footwear. Your gait and posture change while you are pregnant. Supportive footwear can reduce aches and pains in your legs and help keep your blood flowing properly.
  • Reduce your salt intake. Increased sodium levels can cause swelling and bloating, especially when you are pregnant and already susceptible.
  • Wear compression stockings. They may not feel comfortable (or be easy to put on), but they can help reduce the pain of varicose and spider veins while pregnant.

Many women experience vein issues while pregnant. The problem may get worse with each subsequent pregnancy. Once you have delivered, our team can recommend surgical treatment options that are quick, easy to recover from and give you a great result. If you are experiencing pain while pregnant, we can still help identify the issue and recommend nonsurgical options. Book a consultation today.

Go take a hike! It’s good for your veins

compassLooking for a great way to boost your health and well-being? Go take a hike! Regular physical activity not only can help you live a healthier life, it also can help reduce your chances of developing varicose veins. Hiking is a great exercise choice because you’ll reap the benefits of both physical activity and of getting outdoors and in nature. It’s a powerful combination.

On a beautiful day, it doesn’t get much better than being surrounded by nature. The sunshine, the blue sky, the clouds, birds, trees and green plants — it’s all relaxing and inspiring. In fact, being in nature can help your mind get a reprieve from the stress of day-to-day life. A growing body of research points to a wide variety of health and wellness benefits from getting outdoors in nature. Yale researchers, for example, found that exposure to the natural world has positive and profound effects on health and healing and can help people better manage stress and have a more positive outlook. And the best part? Studies show that all you need is as little as two hours of week outdoors to enjoy these benefits.

One perk specific to hiking: It can help you become more physically balanced. If you choose to hike on dirt paths or uneven terrain, it will push different muscle groups to work. This can help you become more stable on your feet. Developing a better sense of balance can lower your risk of falling. Hiking is also a good core workout. In addition, rocky terrain can help you avoid making simple repetitive motions that can lead to injuries from overused muscles in a gym setting.

Keep in mind, if you’re new to hiking, you should take it easy. Don’t just jump in and take a 10-mile hike. Take your time and try shorter, easier hikes to start. As you build up your muscles over time, you’ll be able to handle more intensive trails. And, if you’re concerned about your stability, use trekking poles that can help you stay upright on the path and avoid potential spills.

Are you ready to get outside and explore? Use hiking as an opportunity to get together with friends or catch up with family if you’d like it to be a social outing. If not, take to the trail by yourself and enjoy the scenery and peace of mind (just make sure to tell someone where you’re going and bring a phone in case of emergencies).