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Current Treatment for Leg Ulcers

Do you suffer from leg ulcers? A leg ulcer is a symptom of severe varicose vein disease and results from veins not returning blood to the heart correctly. Leg ulcers can be quite painful and usually show up around your feet or ankles. The resulting sores can affect the skin and cause it to bleed or deteriorate. Left untreated, leg ulcers may turn into a severe problem.

While a leg ulcer may be indicative of vein disease, it is also a potentially painful and worrisome condition that requires medical attention. A leg ulcer can develop into a painful sore and leave you in discomfort.

You don’t have to live with leg ulcers. Leg ulcer treatment is advancing and is less invasive than you might think.  Through treatment, your leg ulcers can heal, and varicose veins can close. By increasing blood flow, treatments can effectively reduce symptoms and close varicose veins.

If you are wondering what type of leg ulcer treatment is available for you, the Metro Vein Clinic can provide you with outpatient treatment options that can fit your schedule and are completely customizable for your needs. With state-of-the-art treatments, you’ll be back to doing the things you love in no time. Metro Vein Clinic can treat your leg ulcer in several different ways and provide the healing you need.

The options we have for treating your leg ulcers will ensure that you don’t have to worry about invasive or time-consuming procedures to feel better. The current choices for leg ulcer treatment are practical and comfortable. A doctor can help you determine the right course of action.

Compression Bandages

Woman bandages leg with elastic bandage against varicose veins

Once your leg ulcer is clean, and a dressing is in place, a compression sock will help promote blood flow from the legs back to the heart. There are different compression stockings available that will fit your style and needs. Knee high, waist high, and even maternity compression stockings are available, depending on your needs.

Compression legwear is a simple way to get the blood flowing to the heart and heal your leg ulcer. By keeping a clean dressing on the wound and changing it weekly, while also wearing a compression sock, you will help the sore to heal.

Compression legwear effectively promotes treatment for varicose veins and leg ulcers and also has other benefits such as improving circulation and blood flow.

Radiofrequency Ablation Vein Treatment

Radiofrequency ablation vein treatment uses heat to close the walls of varicose veins, which in turn reroutes blood to the existing healthy veins. This state-of-the-art treatment is minimally invasive and occurs in the doctor’s office.

This procedure has very few side effects and will leave you able to complete your daily activities. You will experience very little discomfort with this procedure.  

Echo Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment

An effective alternative to surgical vein stripping is echo sclerotherapy, which injects foam or liquid into the veins. A doctor monitors this process by ultrasound, allowing them to see and treat veins that are below the surface.

The ultrasound allows a doctor to administer medicine to varicose veins to close and eliminate them, even when they are not easily visible on the skin’s surface.

Visual Echo Sclerotherapy

Spider veins on female leg with injection syringe

Visual echo sclerotherapy is much like echo sclerotherapy but does not use ultrasound. As the name implies, this treatment is for varicose veins that are visible on the skin’s surface, thus not requiring an ultrasound.

Doctors use a needle to inject a chemical solution into damaged veins, causing them to collapse. Blood then reroutes to healthy veins and back to the heart. The collapsed veins then absorb back into the body, which reduces the appearance of “spider veins.”

After Treatment Care

After you receive treatment for your leg ulcer, it is essential to take care of yourself to promote quick and effective healing. Staying active can help ensure proper circulation. Walking and exercising your legs will help you heal and prevent future issues.  

Be sure to elevate your leg when you are sitting or lying down. Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight and diet, and reducing alcohol intake will also promote healing of your leg ulcer.

Following up with your healthcare provider is also important. They will determine how your healing is progressing, and assess any need for further care. Once your leg ulcer heals, you may want to continue using compression legwear to help prevent future leg ulcers and other circulatory and vein related issues.

When To Seek Help

If you are experiencing “spider veins” that you can see, venous stasis, varicose veins, leg ulcers, or restless leg syndrome, you can reach out to the Metro Vein Clinic for a consultation to assess your vein condition and plan a course of treatment.

Your noticeable vein condition may be a serious health risk and not just a cosmetic inconvenience. In either case, Metro Vein Clinic can assist you in treatment and in identifying your condition.

Metro Vein Clinic Is Here To Help

If you are looking for outpatient leg ulcer treatment that you can trust to be minimally invasive but highly effective, Metro Vein Clinic is here to provide you with safe treatment options. With expertise and experience, Metro Vein Clinic will select a treatment that best suits your condition and will help your leg ulcer heal effectively.

You don’t have to live with painful or unsightly leg ulcers. You don’t have to worry about invasive treatments that will prevent you from going about your daily life, either. Metro Vein Clinic is here to provide state-of-the-art treatment and solutions for your leg ulcer and varicose vein needs.

Metro Vein Clinic is committed to treating your leg ulcers and other vein related health concerns with care, knowledge, and expertise. Contact us today for a free screening appointment, and let us help you with your leg ulcers, varicose veins, spider veins, and more.

Start living your best life and stop letting your varicose veins and leg ulcers keep you from the things you enjoy. Treatment is easier than you may think and will have you feeling and looking better while avoiding invasive procedures.

Max out Medical Expense Deductions With Vein Treatment

It’s almost the end of the year, which means you only have a little bit of time to max out your medical expense deductions. If you are not tracking how much you are spending on medical expenses, you could be missing out on money in the form of tax breaks.

If you want to save money during tax season in a few months, read on to learn how to max out your medical expenses. Call the friendly staff at Metro Vein Clinic, too. There are experts on hand to walk you through how and when to file insurance claims.

How to Max Out Medical Expense Deductions

Hand writing co-payment on tablet.

Even though taxes aren’t due for several months still, it is essential to think ahead. There are certain things you can do to ensure you get the most money back.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of health care rises every year. In 2017, household spending on health care was at $4,928—up nearly seven percent from 2016. American families are spending more and more on health care every year. It is wise to take advantage of tax breaks aimed at saving you money.

The most important thing to note with tax deductions is that the base percent is expected to rise next year. For 2018, it’s permissible to deduct medical expenses that are above 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. In 2019, that percentage will increase to 10%. The House passed a bill to extend the 7.5%, but it isn’t likely to get through the Senate.

So, if you itemize your deductions, and you have more considerable medical expenses, you will want to take advantage of what little time you have left in 2018. If you can accelerate scheduling and get things done in 2018 instead of 2019, you can save money. You will have to pay the bill in 2018 to take advantage of this.

Only medical expenses that are not reimbursed are eligible. So, if you use a flexible savings account or a health savings account to pay for the procedures, they will not qualify. However, many other medical expenses are eligible, including co-pays, co-insurance payments, dental work, travels costs for health care, and most insurance premiums.

A helpful hint: you can count any money you pay in 2018 towards the medical expense deduction, even if the procedure or treatment is not until 2019. This includes January premiums. You can also include any medical expenses you pay for a non-dependent, like an elderly parent.

What Are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Spider veins and varicose veins are ultimately damaged veins. These damaged veins occur when small valves inside the veins become weak. In a normally operating vein, blood is pushed back to the heart through these valves.

However, in weakened valves, all the blood is not pushed to the heart, so it flows backward. When this blood isn’t able to be forced to the heart, it accumulates in the vein and pools. This extra blood creates pressure inside the vein.

As more and more blood pools in the vein, the vein will begin to bulge. Over time, we see these growing veins, also known as spider veins or varicose veins.

Many people get these unsightly veins. If you have family members with either of these, you are more likely to get them yourself. If you sit or stand for long periods for many days during the week, you are likely to get varicose or spider veins. If you are or have been pregnant or have other hormone fluctuations, you are a higher risk. As you age, spider and varicose veins become more likely. Prolonged exposure to sunlight or injuries to your legs could cause damaged veins, as well.

What is Vein Treatment?

Adult woman legs with varicose veins on dark background

If you have spider or varicose veins, there are some things you can do at home that might help. There are also medical procedures a professional can perform to ease the discomfort of these veins.

When you are at home, elevate your legs to decrease blood flow to the damaged veins. Do not sit or stand for long periods, and take a brief walk every 30 minutes or so. Also, avoid long, hot baths.

Compression stockings will apply pressure to your legs throughout the day. This pressure will help the blood to flow back to your heart. It can also reduce swelling in your legs. All these tips will help prevent future varicose or spider veins, but will not fully heal existing ones.

A medical professional can use a vein treatment technique called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment method in which a doctor injects a chemical into the affected vein. This chemical agitates the wall of the vein, causing the walls to stick together. This should improve circulation.

After treatment, doctors encourage massage and compression stockings. Spider veins should diminish in three to six weeks. Varicose veins take a little longer to heal but usually disappear in three to four months. Often, more than one treatment is needed, though.

Endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation are also available. While slightly more invasive, both these methods have great results. A medical professional uses local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. They make a small incision to insert a laser fiber or catheter into the vein. The vein is heated, which will cause it to collapse and close. You will need compression stockings for a period after treatment.

Why Should I Get Vein Treatment?

The old age and sick of a woman. Varicose veins on a legs of woman.

Spider veins and varicose veins aren’t just unsightly; they can be uncomfortable or downright painful. Beyond the discomfort, you might be at a higher risk for health complications, like blood clots or open sores.

Getting vein treatment will improve your quality of life. Not only will your legs look better, but you also will not have the negative symptoms of spider and varicose veins anymore. Say goodbye to pain and fatigue!

To get the best treatment available, call the experts at Metro Vein Clinic. They have the experience you need at the affordable prices you want. The friendly staff will work with you to ensure you have the best possible scheduling, and that you are paying what you should. Leave the insurance questions to them. Call Metro Vein Clinic today.

6 Reasons to Give the Gift of Med Spa

We all want to look our best, feel attractive, and age gracefully. With the gift of a med spa certificate, you can give a loved one the ability to turn back time, contour their body, erase wrinkles, or clear up acne. You’re giving the gift of health and beauty, along with boosted confidence and self-esteem.

At Metro Vein Clinic and Med Spa, we know how important your appearance is to your mental and physical health. For years, we have been helping clients feel better about themselves with quick results. When you give the gift of a med spa session, you’re giving options for someone to control their appearance and achieve lasting results.

Here are six reasons to give the gift of med spa sessions to help you understand why this choice will be well-received for any gift-giving occasion.

1. Safe, Professional Treatment

Women resting and receiving facial spa treatment

Many people give spa treatments such as a facial or massages as gifts. These are lovely retreats and pampering sessions that show you care, but they do not achieve anything beyond the comfort of the session. A medical spa combines cosmetic treatment with medical knowledge to create visible results.

Choose a med spa that has a physician on site at all times and who trains their aestheticians with the latest techniques to maximize comfort. Med spas can do more than relieve muscle tension and exfoliate dead skin cells. With ingredients and procedures only available to board-certified doctors, a med spa treatment can make real changes to your skin and body.

2. Clear Up Acne

Some people are lucky enough only to have an occasional pimple. Others struggle with significant and recurring acne, eczema, or other dermatological issues. A med spa treatment can lead to the immediately visible clearing of acne, and the medications we have available can help keep it at bay. Although acne is most common in adolescence, many people deal with it throughout their lives. Acne often responds better to combination therapy, including the laser treatments and medical-grade peels a med spa offers.

3. Give a Loved One the Incentive They Need

Middle aged woman looking at wrinkles in mirror.

If someone you love has spoken about wanting to try a medical spa treatment but hasn’t yet had the courage to make the appointment, you’ll be helping them with their wish fulfillment. It can be hard for many people to justify the expense for their personal appearance and well-being. A lot of those conversations about the med spa treatments may be subtle hints that they would like to try them out. You can give them their chance. Plus, you’ll have removed the cost barrier, too. They deserve this gift, and now have the funds to spend on themselves.

4. You Don’t Have to Know

When you give someone a med spa gift certificate, you don’t have to know what treatment they choose when they arrive. The person can still have their little secret about how they look younger, more rejuvenated, or slimmer. A med spa gift certificate says, “Go do something just for you; no one has to know.” You’re giving them the opportunity to indulge in something that will help them look and feel more comfortable and confident.

5. The Opportunity to Turn Back Time

Let’s face it. Aging is no picnic. It can be difficult to look in the mirror and not recognize the face looking back as it loses its fullness and elasticity. If you’ve ever seen your friend Google “med spas near me” or heard a loved one mention wrinkles, crow’s feet, smile lines, bags under the eyes, or other common complaints, it’s likely they are struggling with the effects of aging and would appreciate a med spa treatment. The gift of med spa lets them know you’ve been listening, and that you’re opening a door for them if they want to walk through it.

6. A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Unlike single-night outings like gift certificates to restaurants, concerts, professional sporting events, theatre, or movies, a med spa gift provides lasting benefits for as much as a year or 18 months, depending on the treatment. A single injection of juvéderm, radiesse, or Restylane® provides immediately noticeable changes and continues to do so for months following treatment. It takes time for your body to break down the materials in dermal fillers, so the results last.

Furthermore, many of these treatments stimulate your body’s production of collagen, increasing their effectiveness. Finally, you receive a detailed analysis of your skin as part of your treatment. This information will help you create a plan for maintaining healthy and beautiful skin, letting you look and feel younger and more vibrant.

But Isn’t It Rude to Tell Someone They Need to Go to a Med Spa?

Spa. Pretty woman enjoying anti-aging facial massage

Some people worry that giving a certificate for med spa treatments will be perceived as telling a loved one that you wish they looked different. Worrying about how a med spa, gym membership, or another gift will be received is normal and shows how much you care. No one wants to give a gift that says, “Change to please me!” Fortunately, that’s not the message you’re sending with a med spa gift.

A med spa gift certificate is never about you, the gift-giver. It’s always about the loved one. Many people, women, in particular, are socially conditioned to make sacrifices and not to spend money and time on themselves. And if they have a family, it can be hard to justify the expense for personal appearance when there always seems to be another need in the budget.

Simultaneously, we are bombarded with advertisements for cosmetics and creams to help us look younger and be attractive to others. It can be overwhelming and expensive to receive these mixed messages. Purchasing many cosmetic products with the hope that you will see and feel a difference can be disappointing as well as costly.

Unlike some creams and supplements, med spa treatments do what they promise. They produce real results that make people feel good about themselves and their appearance. They feel a bit indulgent, which makes them perfect as gifts for someone you care about. They boost confidence, esteem, and happiness.

At Metro Vein Clinic and Med Spa, you’ll speak directly with one of our certified aestheticians when you call, and our doctor is always available to supervise procedures, giving you peace of mind. Contact us today and let us help you surprise your loved one with the gift of med spa sessions.

How to Find the Right Doctor for Your Veins

Choosing a partner for your health care is an important decision. As medical specialization increases, more often than not you have a team of doctors as part of your health and wellness. If you have a good relationship with your general practitioner—and you can get a prompt appointment to be seen—you can ask them for recommendations for other physicians and healthcare providers. But even then, it helps to have a general understanding of the types of doctors and what they do.

If you have unsightly or painful varicose veins or suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome, you may be searching for a doctor who can help relieve your symptoms. Did you know there are several types of doctors and healthcare providers who specialize in vein care? Here at Metro Vein Clinic, we want you to be informed about the health professionals who will take care of you. Let’s take a look at several vein doctors who may make good partners in your care.

Types of Vein Doctors

Phlebologist

A phlebologist is a doctor who takes care of veins. They are board-certified general practitioners who have also received training in vascular issues and minimally invasive vein treatment. The American Board of Phlebology was established in 2007 and helps oversee these vein doctors and their practices. Don’t be confused between a phlebologist, or a vein doctor, and a phlebotomist, which is someone who is certified to draw blood. They share the same root, phleb, which means vein.

Interventional Radiologist

Relatively new to the medical field, an interventional radiologist specializes in minimally-invasive procedures to diagnose and help treat diseases throughout the body, including veins. IRs use images created from x-rays or other radiation to see inside the body and guide procedures without making large incisions. These procedures have less pain, less overall risk, and lower recovery times compared to open surgeries. These vein doctors often use endovenous laser ablation treatment (EVLT) to treat vein issues, a technique that is guided by x-ray imagery.

Vein Specialist

A “vein specialist” is an umbrella term for a group of doctors, usually cardiologists, dermatologists, and interventional radiologists, who are board certified in their respective specialties, but then take additional coursework and training in varicose vein treatment techniques and other cosmetic venous procedures.

Vascular Surgeon

A vascular surgeon is a vein doctor who has been extensively trained to diagnose and treat all types of arterial and venous disorders and diseases. These doctors do not frequently treat more cosmetic vein issues such as varicose and spider veins. Instead, they mainly focus on placing catheters and stents in arteries and veins, such as for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or aneurysms. Vascular surgeons can consult with the other types of vein doctors to provide additional advice or be available should more invasive surgery be required.

Registered Vascular Technologist or Vascular Sonographer

A vascular sonographer is a technical term for an ultrasound technician who specializes in veins. You’ve probably heard of an ultrasound if you’ve ever had a child or known someone who was pregnant. An ultrasound is commonly used to “see” inside the uterus and get pictures of your developing baby. Ultrasounds are also used to examine other parts of the body, such as organs and blood vessels.

A vascular sonographer uses ultrasound to view and analyze your veins and to generate images of blood vessels for diagnosis and treatment. Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT) have proven their knowledge by successfully passing a two-part professional certification exam administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

How to Choose the Right Doctor for Your Veins

Phlebology. Surgeon performing surgery operation for varix vein treatment

Now that you know about the types of doctors and what they do, it’s up to you to choose the best vein doctor for your needs. Let’s go over some important considerations when choosing a health professional for your vein issues.

Is the Health Professional Well-Trained and Experienced?

All doctors go through years of schooling as well as on-the-job training as residents and fellows. Every vein doctor listed above has been through a rigorous program and passed specific examinations to become certified by a medical board.

You’ll need to determine which type of specialty and experience is most relevant for your needs.

You wouldn’t go to a dermatologist for trouble with your kidneys; you’d go to a nephrologist for that. In the same way, you don’t need to go to a vascular surgeon who specializes in stenting arteries for open-heart surgery for help with reducing the spider veins in your legs. While a vascular surgeon may be able to help with your spider or varicose veins, that is not something they regularly do.

A vein specialist or phlebologist may not have training or experience in arterial stenting or open surgery, but they have performed hundreds or thousands of sclerotherapeutic injections, endovenous laser treatments, and radiofrequency ablations to help patients with cosmetic vein issues.

Is the Health Professional Board-Certified?

Again, all vein doctors are board-certified by one or more medical boards. While the American Board of Phlebology does not administer an examination in one of the 24 currently recognized medical specialties, a phlebologist is board-certified as a medical practitioner. Likewise, a cardiologist is board-certified in diagnosing and treating heart ailments, and a dermatologist in conditions and treatment of the skin.

There is no board certification specifically for vein issues. Any doctor working with them has their board certification in something else and has then completed additional coursework and training to become registered as a vein specialist.

Does Your Health Plan Provide Coverage for This Service?

health insurance form with stethoscope on it.

Treatment for varicose veins is often deemed medically necessary, which means it meets the criteria for coverage by insurance. To do so, a doctor must conduct an ultrasound of the veins to determine if you have venous insufficiency. This is the medical term for veins that have “gone bad” because their valves now permit a backwards flow of blood, which creates the painful and unsightly bulges. Before they will approve treatment of varicose veins, all insurance plans require a venous ultrasound.

Most vein doctors participate in several insurance plans for your area, but you’ll want to determine if they accept yours. Other treatments for vein issues are considered cosmetic, so they’ll expect you to pay out-of-pocket. Your vein doctor can help you determine the costs and payment plans for these services.

Metro Vein Clinic Specializes in Vein Issues

The healthcare professionals at Metro Vein Clinic have been helping patients with their vein issues for many years. The team has performed hundreds of procedures to provide relief from varicose veins and Restless Leg Syndrome. Contact us to set up an initial consultation by calling 612-789-8346. You may also speak directly with one of our doctors at this number.

Why do I Have Blue Veins and What Can I do to Reduce Them?

Have you noticed blue veins on your legs or another part of your body? Do you find yourself avoiding shorts or knee-length skirts that would show off your legs and knees, and therefore your blue veins? Or maybe you have blue veins on your chest and arms and avoid tank tops or swimsuits.

Wherever your blue veins are visible, you are not alone. Blue veins affect many people in our country and around the world. If you are concerned about blue veins on your body, consult an expert at a vascular vein center for a professional diagnosis and advice. There are options to help you cover or fade your unsightly veins.

What Are Blue Veins?

Women holding leg skin tight to show blue veins.

Veins are responsible for returning blood to the heart after it has dispersed oxygen throughout the body. Sometimes called reticular veins, feeder veins, or intradermal veins, blue veins appear blue or green under the skin. Typically, blue veins are more extensive or more prominent than spider veins, but not as large or painful as varicose veins.

Blue veins are most common around the knees and thighs and regularly noticed on the chest. They can range in diameter from one to three millimeters. They are also usually flatter than varicose veins. Many people accept blue veins as a normal part of life or aging, but this does not have to be the case.

Generally, blue veins do not denote a significant problem. However, in some instances, these veins can point to a more severe, undiagnosed concern. Most often, blue veins on the chest and legs are cosmetic and make the patient uncomfortable with the sight of them, but are not dangerous. This issue affects both men and women and is the result of a variety of causes.

What Causes Blue Veins?

While there can be many causes of blue veins on your chest or legs, the most common ones are genetics, medical conditions, hormones, quick weight loss, exercise, or a combination of these factors.

  • Genetics: As the most common cause, it is easy to know if you have a chance for blue veins. You will notice visible veins on the chest or legs of family members.
  • Medical Conditions: There are a variety of medical conditions that can lead to visible blue veins on your body. However, cirrhosis, as well as other liver conditions, makes you more susceptible to blue veins. Also, any condition that results in an increased amount of fluid in the abdomen makes you more likely to have blue veins visible.
  • Hormones: Blue veins on the chest, in particular, the breast area, are often related to the development and menstrual cycles of women. Visible blue veins in the breasts respond to changes in levels of hormones and often fade at the end of a cycle. Sometimes, however, they remain apparent. Pregnancy can also lead to blue veins because of the drastic changes in hormones.
  • Quick Weight Loss: When you lose weight rapidly, the skin in areas with drastic changes often becomes fragile and thin. When the skin is weaker, blue veins can appear.
  • Exercise: Vigorous activity, such as heavy weightlifting or running, cause an increase in blood flow, causing the veins beneath the skin to become enlarged and more visible.

These are a few of the common symptoms of blue veins. If any of these issues cause your blue veins, you have options for treatment. However, there are a variety of other reasons you might be experiencing blue veins. If you want more information on your blue veins, a doctor at a vascular vein center will have answers to help you understand your choices.

How Can I Treat Them?

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If you have noticeable blue veins on your chest, legs, or another part of your body, you have options. Visiting a vascular vein center will help you determine if your blue veins are temporary from hormonal changes, or permanent, requiring assistance to remove them. An expert will also help you determine if there is an undiagnosed issue, such as liver disease, that is causing your visible veins. If this is the case, the underlying problem would need to be treated first.

If your blue veins have no underlying cause and are superficial, you have several treatment options.

  • Laser therapy: There are two forms of laser treatments commonly used to treat blue veins, YAG laser, and pulsed dye laser. YAG, yttrium-aluminum-garnet, laser deals with blue veins that are slightly deeper with a concentrated laser to help them permanently fade. Pulsed dye laser works similarly. Both of these non-surgical treatments have high success rates.
  • Sclerotherapy: In this treatment method, a sclerosing, or hardening, serum is injected into the blue veins directly, causing them to collapse or break down. This treatment method is most common on the chest and typically happens in the doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure.
  • Superficial or cosmetic treatments: If you are uncomfortable undergoing a more risky procedure, there are some things you can do on your own. Vitamin K cream can help fortify the skin and increase the strength of the blood vessels. All you have to do is apply the cream to your skin near the blue veins. Covering your blue veins with concealer is also an option.

The vital thing to remember is that there are treatment options for blue veins, no matter the cause. And not all treatments are invasive. If you are unsure what you should do about your blue veins, contact a professional for medical advice.

If you are looking for a friendly place with years of experience, give Metro Vein Clinic a call. Patients leave satisfied after receiving the best treatment possible. Metro Vein Clinic is the most highly reviewed vascular vein center in the Twin Cities.

You can be sure you will receive excellent care. Call us at (612)789-8346 or visit us online to read more about vein treatments or schedule a free consultation. Join the countless patients who walk out of our office thrilled by the disappearance of their blue veins.

Why Are my Veins so Visible and How to Get Rid of Them?

women examining her varicose veins

Are you wanting to wear a new, knee-length cocktail dress to a holiday party this season but have concerns about how your legs might look? Do you have spider veins or varicose veins that make you pause and rethink what you can wear? Do you have pain in your legs that keep you from doing things you love?

Thousands of women across the country struggle with the same issues. Whether you are uncomfortable wearing certain clothes because of how your veins look, or you have leg pain that interferes with your daily life, you can do something to help; you can make a change.

So many wonder why their veins are so visible and how they can get rid of them. What can you do? Fortunately, there are many options to treat varicose veins and other vein diseases.

The experts at Metro Vein Clinic have 75 years of combined experience treating spider and varicose veins, among other vein diseases. They are ready and willing to help.

Do You Have Vein Disease?

Inflammation in vein of leg.

Do you have leg pain, swollen legs, aching legs, phlebitis (which is red, hard, and painful veins) or restless leg syndrome? Do you have blue veins, bulging veins, spider veins, skin discoloration or skin breakdown around the ankles?

These are all symptoms and signs of varicose veins or other vein diseases. Has your primary doctor told you that you have varicose veins or venous stasis? If your answer is yes, the staff at Metro Vein Clinic can help.

Vein disease affects many people, but many do not know that treatment is affordable and accessible. Vein disease is a chronic condition either related to or caused by diseased or abnormal veins.

There are many veins throughout your legs, and it is not uncommon for some of these veins to become damaged or diseased and not allow blood to flow back to your heart freely. Blood then collects in your legs which can cause vein disease and all the symptoms associated with it.

If you have noticed discolored spots or bulges around veins in your legs, you might have vein disease. But don’t worry! The staff at Metro Vein Clinic is more than able to help, and the screening appointment is free!

What Kind of Vein Diseases Are There?

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There are many different kinds of vein disease.

  1. Spider Veins are very common and affect many people. Typically, red or blue veins are visible on the surface of the skin, most often on the legs. This discoloration is the result of blood pooling from varicose veins. Generally, spider veins are superficial but can cause itching, tenderness, bleeding, or burning. Treating spider veins will help ease this discomfort
  2. Varicose Veins are usually large or swollen blue veins most often on the legs. Varicose veins are created by damaged veins not allowing blood to flow back to your body from the legs. This blood pools in the legs. These veins can be painful and cause a variety of symptoms including burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness.
  3. Chronic Venous Insufficiency happens when veins are damaged and cause blood to flow in the opposite direction of the heart. This blood flow reversal can occur because of blood clots in deep veins or damage in superficial veins.
  4. Restless Leg Syndrome is an uncomfortable sensation in your legs, feeling like you need to get up and move to relieve the itchy feeling. Many people describe this as “pins and needles.” For many, the symptoms are worse and night and affect one’s quality of sleep.
  5. Leg Ulcers can occur when blood that should return to the heart is not able to. These ulcers are most common around the ankle. While not always painful, bleeding can happen if not treated.
  6. Phlebitis occurs when a vein wall becomes inflamed. Whether it happens to superficial or deep veins, painful swelling and redness are symptoms.
  7. Venous Stasis happens when chronic poor blood flow affects the skin on your lower legs. Consistent pooling of blood causes discoloration and hardening of the skin.
  8. Deep Vein Thrombosis is blood clots in the deep veins, most commonly in the legs. There are many causes of DVT, and it is a severe condition that, left untreated, can be fatal

What Are My Treatment Options?

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Treatment will depend on a diagnosis, but there are several options.

  • Compression helps heal veins after treatment, as well as prevent disease.
  • Radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation is minimally invasive and use heat to affect the vein walls closing the vein, which allows blood to be re-routed to healthy veins.
  • Echo sclerotherapy is a non-surgical alternative to surgical vein stripping. An ultrasound is used to monitor foam that is injected into the vein while you are in the office.
  • Visual sclerotherapy involves a solution injected directly into the vein.

After reading through this information, do you feel you have vein disease? If you do, there is good news. Vein disease is generally easily treated in the office with little to no downtime.

Are you ready to be confident and happy in whatever you choose to wear? Are you prepared to be pain-free in your legs and get back to doing the things you love and not be slowed down?

If you’re tired of missing out on things, big or small, because of leg pain or unsightly veins, now is the time to call Metro Vein Clinic. They have support staff on hand ready to take your call and walk you through the steps of scheduling your initial consultation and managing insurance.

You can take matters into your own hands. Metro Vein Clinic is there to help.

Just ask the thousands of satisfied patients who are thrilled with the results they have seen from the experts at Metro Vein Clinic. The reviews on Google and Facebook speak for themselves. Check them out.  

If you are ready, Metro Vein Clinic is prepared to start on this journey to healing with you. You will not regret the pain-free life without dark or bulging veins noticeable on your legs!

Medical Spa: Expectations Vs Reality

women discussing with clinician at a medical spa

At some point, most of us find ourselves in need of medical treatment. How many times have you made an appointment with a medical provider, dreading the thought of being in a cold room, in a thin gown, waiting uncomfortably for the doctor to come in and take care of you? This scenario has been the only option until the advent of medical spas.

Medical spas, also known as MedSpas or Medi-spas, are starting to gain popularity for people from all walks of life. A Medical Spa is a place you can go to get a range of medical treatments you need but in a day spa atmosphere rather than a doctor’s office setting.

Medi-spas were created to make sure that a client’s health needs are taken care of with the knowledge and expertise found in a traditional medical setting while also enveloping the client in a serene environment that has the potential to increase healing.

Much research has been done over the years examining complete wellness of mind and body as an aid to faster healing. A medical spa offers just that: professional treatment for your body and top-grade relaxation for your soul.

What Does a Medical Spa Offer?

women laying down and receiving a chemical peel. treatment to face and chest

So, what services can a MedSpa include? Most medical spas deal with treating skin problems, such as severe acne, discoloration, sun damage, and other issues related to the skin that are beyond the help of a simple facial peel or mud mask.

Day spas are very popular for facials to maintain skin health. MedSpas evolved from the idea that the same type of atmosphere should be available for those needing more medical grade skin treatment. Because of this, medical spas have begun to multiply in the medical community and likely will continue to see rapid growth.

Benefits of Medical Spa

 

women receiving Botox at medical spa

Many people don’t realize that the skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It is the first line of protection from outer elements and needs to be taken care of. In addition to the physical health benefits of vibrant skin, there are mental health benefits as well. Feeling good about their appearance helps many people feel confident and strong.

One reason medical spas have grown in popularity is that they give their clients a place to go to receive medical treatment for skin issues, without the stigma of walking in and out of a dermatologist’s office. The Medi-spa experience has the potential to boost the self-esteem of a teenager with severe acne issues while giving them the medical attention they need to help correct the problem.

Not only do medical spa clients receive treatments they need in a relaxed setting, but they also receive the benefit of medically-based skin education. Most MedSpas even offer medical grade skin care products for purchase.

And depending on the spa, the client may be able to enjoy the traditional day spa experiences of massage therapy, facials, and seaweed wraps as well.

MedSpas offer a fantastic opportunity for all-around mind and body treatment. They combine the doctor’s office and the day spa into a one-stop shop that offers wonderful healing.

Different from a Non-medical Spa

women in towel receiving a spa treatment

So what makes a medical spa so much different than a day spa? A facial is just a facial, right? No. All facials are not alike. Each type of spa can offer different levels of treatment.

A traditional day spa can offer a specific set of skin care options and procedures, but they are limited by the knowledge of their practitioners and are thereby limited in what they can do for their clients.

A medical spa employs a licensed physician who either does the medical grade procedures or oversees them. This means that you can expect the same level of medical care that you would receive in a doctor’s office, something a day spa cannot offer.

Even though medi-spas came into existence to offer a more relaxed atmosphere, their main focus is on the results of the medical treatments they provide.

What to Expect

women laying down receiving laser treatment

In true spa fashion, you can expect to feel calm and relaxed as you walk through the door. The MedSpa experience is not like a traditional visit to the doctor’s office.

If you are in need of medical skin care, the doctors perform or oversee treatments such as injections, invasive therapy, or laser therapy.

An aesthetician is a person trained in non-medical skin care therapy, such as body scrubs, non-invasive chemical peels, facials, wraps, and facial massage. Both day spas and MedSpas may employ aestheticians, but they likely will have different levels of training.

The feelings of calmness and serenity set the MedSpa experience apart from other medical visits you may have had in the past. Choosing a medical spa is a new way of getting medical treatment in a peaceful setting that that strives to focus on you as a whole.

If going to a medical spa is starting to entice you, know that getting the best experience is in your hands.

If you are going to spend your time and money at a medi-spa, make sure to take advantage of the traditional day spa offerings there, too. You can get your chemical peel done anywhere. Why go to a medical spa if you are not going to enjoy the relaxation of the health spa aspects?

Look at what the medical spa has to offer as a whole and take advantage of what they have to offer. You may not have the medical knowledge to understand what medical treatments you need, but you can guide your relaxation and mental wellness during your visit.

There may be times when you need medical treatment for skin issues. Your mind and esteem may need care as well during these times. For more information about MedSpa treatments and offerings, contact us. You’ll be glad you did.

Treatment for Spider Veins

women in short displaying her spider veins.

Spider veins are, common, unsightly nuisances frequently appearing on the lower part of the body. They commonly affect people who are older, as well as pregnant women, and require an examination and tests by a doctor for an official diagnosis.

Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?

Spider Veins and varicose veins

People typically associate spider veins with varicose veins, but there is a difference. Spider veins are smaller, and you can find them closer to the surface of the skin. They range from purple to blue and can cause discomfort and lead to more severe issues. Luckily for you, spider veins are treatable. There are several methods of spider vein treatment that can bring you some relief to those uncomfortable and ghastly veins.

Symptoms and Causes

women rubbing painful legs with visible varicose veins

While for most people spider veins are merely a cosmetic issue, they can cause discomfort in others and occasionally lead to a bigger problem. Spider veins usually appear on the lower half of the body on the legs because standing and walking increases the amount of pressure on your veins in the bottom portion of your body. They can also appear on your face. Spider veins are blue and purple, are raised, and seem to be twisted like cords and are in the shape of a spider web. Older adults, pregnant women, and people who stand are their feet frequently for extended periods are the most at risk for spider veins.

The discomfort associated with spider veins include:

  • Your legs feel heavy and ache.
  • The lower parts of your legs burn, throb, and you get muscle cramps.
  • Bleeding from the spider veins.
  • The pain worsens when you sit or stand for long periods of time.
  • Itchy and burning around your veins.
  • If you have any color changes, your vein hardens, or you get ulcers near your ankle, you might have a serious vascular disease.

Spider Veins: Diagnosis

Doctor examining patients veins.

An official diagnosis of spider veins requires a physical exam by a doctor. He or she will examine your legs while you stand and ask for descriptions of any discomfort in your legs. If the physician thinks it’s necessary, you may need an ultrasound to ensure that the valves in your veins are functioning properly. The ultrasound will also test to see if you have any blood clots.

There is an alternate procedure that is less invasive. The doctor will run a handheld device over your veins called a transducer. It transmits images of your veins onto a monitor so that your doctor can see them.

Spider Vein Treatments: Do You Need Vein Removal?

vein removal

Treatment for spider veins doesn’t require an extended hospital stay or extensive surgery. Most of the time you can complete spider vein treatment on an outpatient basis. Some of the ways you can heal spider veins are:

  • Self-care: Taking care of yourself is an excellent way to treat spider veins. Practicing good health by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, wearing loose fitting clothes, and not standing or sitting for excessive amounts can decrease your discomfort and prevent them from worsening.
  • Compression Stockings: Wearing compression stockings can help move blood throughout your veins better by providing constant pressure to your legs.
  • Sclerotherapy: This is an outpatient procedure that your doctor performs in the office. They will inject a solution into your small and medium-sized veins that scars and closes them off.
  • High Ligation and vein stripping: Another outpatient procedure done in the doctor’s office. It involves tying of a smaller vein before it connects to a more prominent vein and cutting it out.
  • Laser surgeries: New innovative technology is offering doctors a new way of doing medical procedures. Laser treatments can now be used to seal off spider veins. During the surgery, the doctor sends intense bursts of light into the vein. Gradually it makes the vein start to disappear. There’s no need for incisions or needles.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Through a minimal outpatient procedure, the doctor will remove small spider veins by making tiny puncture holes in the skin. Don’t worry; they’ll numb the part of your legs that they poke and there’s usually only minor scarring.
  • Catheter-assisted procedures using radiofrequency or laser energy: During one of these treatments, the doctor inserts a catheter into one of your large veins and heats the tip using radiofrequency or laser energy. They then pull the catheter out and seal the vein shut because the heat causes the vein to collapse. This treatment is preferred.
  • Endoscopic vein surgery: They use his technique if all other procedures fail or if you have a more severe case like ulcers. The physician inserts a small camera into your leg to see and close the of the veins.
  • Foam sclerotherapy of large veins: This technique is a newer one and involves injecting warm foam into the vein to close it off.

If you’re a pregnant woman who has developed spider veins, then you’ll be relieved to know that they usually don’t require any treatment. They will resolve themselves around 12 weeks postpartum or sooner.

Prevention of Spider Veins

Women putting her feet up on table.

While you can’t altogether avoid spider veins, you can take measures to prevent and prolong them. If you know that you are prone to spider veins then integrating the following things into your everyday lifestyle can avoid them for as long as possible.

  • Exercise
  • Watching what you wear.
  • Watching what you eat to prevent obesity.
  • Elevating your legs.
  • Not sitting with your legs crossed.
  • Avoid sitting or standing consistently for extended periods.

In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent spider veins. But, when and if they do become a problem for you, there are methods of treatment. Talk with your doctor to determine which route is the best to remove painful and unsightly spider veins. Ask your health insurance provider what kind of procedure’s they’ll cover. If it’s just the cosmetic look of spider veins you’re worried about, then you may want to ask if they cover cosmetic treatment.

If you have questions or concerns about spider veins or other vein related subjects, we encourage you to contact Metro Vein Clinic. The professionals can offer you quality and safety procedures that won’t break the bank. Call them today for a consultation with experienced physicians.

Restless Leg Syndrome Home Remedies

RLCtablet that says restles leg syndrome next to a phone and stethoscope

Restless leg syndrome plagues one in ten Americans. Women are twice as likely to experience it as men, and a person’s risk for restless leg syndrome increases with certain factors such as age and pregnancy. Restless leg syndrome can be stressful, and it can interrupt your ability to sleep. We believe that issues affecting your quality of life deserve medical attention.

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

women grimacing while sitting in bed rubbing legs

Restless leg syndrome is characterized by the insatiable desire to constantly move your legs, especially during the evening hours. It can impact your quality of life and cause difficulty when paired with other conditions. It’s technically a sleep disorder, and it’s also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease.

You can experience either primary or secondary RLS. Primary restless leg syndrome means there is no other apparent cause of the RLS. Secondary means that it is associated with another condition, such as another sleep disorder, arthritis, or other autoimmune diseases.

There is growing evidence to suggest that RLS may be related to varicose veins and other venous diseases. Varicose veins occur when valves in the veins don’t function properly and allow blood to flow backwards. This results in pooling of the blood which leads to pain, itching, and a sense of heaviness. With such similar symptoms, it is highly likely that varicose veins and RLS are linked. Often, treating one problem will help alleviate the discomfort of both disorders.

How Do You Know If You Have Restless Leg Syndrome?

Doctor examining a women's foot.

Only a doctor can diagnose you with RLS, but if you experience that restlessness at night, and if your itchiness goes away when you move your legs, it’s a likely culprit. Doctors look at the following criteria when they consider a restless leg syndrome diagnosis:

  • Movement stops the annoying discomfort, but it resumes as soon as you stop moving your legs
  • The symptoms seem to begin when you rest or prepare to sleep
  • An intense desire to move
  • Few or no symptoms in the morning, but persistent symptoms at night

Your doctor may prescribe a sleep study to rule out other conditions or complications. Diagnosis is a bit more difficult in children, as doctors sometimes lean towards an ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) diagnosis in young patients.

Additionally, you may exhibit any of the symptoms of sleeplessness, such as irritability and inability to concentrate. RLS can significantly affect school or work performance and can negatively impact your personal and professional relationships.

Pregnancy and Restless Leg Syndrome

Pregnant women sitting on couch rubbing legs

Have you experienced a tingling sensation in your legs during your pregnancy? What about a feeling akin to bugs crawling all over it? These are potential indications of restless leg syndrome. RLS pregnancy symptoms can also include an extreme need to move the legs. On top of other pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and heartburn, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a desire to move your legs, especially in the later months.

This can happen as a result of iron deficiency, a shift in hormones during pregnancy, and your genetics. In many cases, RLS doesn’t activate until the changes in your body that come along with pregnancy.

What’s your outlook, if restless leg syndrome pregnancy symptoms persist? For most women, they go away after three months.

You can prevent restless leg syndrome during pregnancy if you:

  • Begin your pregnancy at a healthy weight
  • Ingest folic acid and other prenatal supplements as advised by your doctor
  • Consider vitamins D, E, B12, and calcium upon your doctor’s agreement
  • Get into a massage routine, and ask your partner or family member for a light massage before bed
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress

Unfortunately, many common restless leg syndrome medications are counter-indicated for pregnancy. This means you should expect your doctor to go heavier on the vitamin and relaxation recommendations to avoid complications with your pregnancy. If you’re ever unreasonably uncomfortable during your pregnancy, you should speak up and notify your doctor immediately.

Restless Leg Syndrome Home Remedies

If your restless leg syndrome is caused by vitamin D deficiency, especially during pregnancy, it’s possible to mitigate via over the counter vitamin D supplements. However, you should not alter your regimen without checking with your doctor. If you’re pregnant, make sure you consult your OB/GYN if you consider any changes, even if it just means adding vitamins.

You can consider the following restless leg syndrome home remedies:

  • Easily identify and eliminate causes, such as iron deficiency or new medication. Think about the lifestyle changes you’ve made recently, as well as your stress level. Have these things changed?
  • Reduce caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol intake. These are known to make RLS worse, and since your doctor may tell you to start here anyway, you can save yourself some money by trying this first. Additionally, if you’re pregnant, these substances are directly harmful to your child and you’ll want to avoid or cease use of them immediately.
  • Look closely at your medications. Did you know that even Benadryl can cause RLS? Don’t forget to consider those over the counter drugs. Tramadol, lithium, levothyroxine, SSRIs, and antipsychotic drugs.
  • Many RLS sufferers report that tight clothing and increased sugar intake worsens their symptoms. Try avoiding that to see if your symptoms are relieved.
  • Improve sleep habits. Whatever you can do to improve your sleep habits can help, whether it means heading to bed at the same time each night, creating a healthier sleep environment, or adjusting your pillow so you can breathe better.
  • Alternating hot and cold treatments, such as hot water bottle and ice compress applications.
  • TENS unit treatments. Icy Hot brand sells these over the counter now.
  • Yoga, stretches, and light exercises during the day.

Medications for Restless Leg Syndrome

Sitting on bed taking medication

If you and your doctor choose to pursue medication to help with restless leg syndrome, you may have the following options:

  • Anti-seizure drugs, such as gabapentin. This is usually where doctors begin when they’re prescribing medication for RLS. This medication can also make you dizzy and sleepy (though sleepy could be a desired side effect), so it’s important to monitor yourself for these additional symptoms.
  • Klonopin can help you sleep, though it’s considered a more drastic medication to prescribe for RLS.
  • Opioids can help, but due to the opioid epidemic, don’t expect this to be a first choice for your doctor.

What if Home Remedies and Medication Don’t Work?

It might be time to take a different route, such as inspecting your varicose veins. In some cases, patients report relief after varicose vein procedures.

Get Help With Restless Leg Syndrome

Are you experiencing RLS symptoms? Are you curious about restless leg syndrome home remedies and medications for restless leg syndrome? At Metro Vein Clinic, we’re here to help. Give us a call at 612.789.8346 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

Vein Problems 101

vascular system

Unless you are giving blood or getting an IV, it is likely you don’t think much about your veins. They just exist, doing their job in your body, with no input from you, right? Well, usually, yes. But your venous system is so incredibly vital to your overall health that it’s worth taking some time to thoroughly understand how this system works and what you can do to avoid or alleviate vein problems that can occur.

Your veins are part of your body’s circulatory system, which is the system that helps to move blood throughout your body, allowing the lungs to re-oxygenate the blood on its journey. Veins themselves are part of the venous system, and they work hard to carry out their particular jobs. Let’s take a closer look.

Systems Within Systems

network of veins.

You already know that your body is an amazing machine that, for the most part, functions well as long as we provide proper maintenance. But you may be surprised to learn the layers upon layers of organization that exist within your body.

The circulatory system is no different. It includes the cardiovascular (heart) and pulmonary (lungs) systems, along with the blood vessels that do the transporting. The main types of blood vessels are arteries, veins, and capillaries, each with a different role to play.

  • Arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the organs and tissues throughout the body. Arterioles are the body’s smallest arteries. They take blood to the capillaries.
  • Veins carry blood back to the heart and lungs to be re-oxygenated. Venules are small veins that collect blood from the capillaries.
  • Capillaries are small, thin-walled blood vessels that connect the arteries and veins.

The venous system alone has several layers within itself. The vast majority of veins are systemic veins. They do the transporting of oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart where it is pumped into the system of pulmonary veins. These unique vessels carry the blood to the lungs to be reoxygenated and then back to the heart to be pumped out through the arteries. They are the only veins that carry oxygenated blood.

Types of Veins

visible veins in a patients foot

The systemic veins then are further categorized:

  • Deep Veins: These aptly-named vessels are deep within the body, not near the surface of the skin. They reside in muscles or alongside bones and have one-way valves to stop the blood from flowing backward. The muscles surrounding these veins contract to help push the blood in the right direction. Deep veins do a significant amount of the transporting for the blood.
  • Superficial Veins: These veins are under the skin, in a fatty layer. They are the ones you can see through your skin, and that medical providers use when drawing blood or administering an IV. These vessels also have a valve to prevent backward blood flow. Without nearby muscles to compress them, superficial veins carry blood more slowly than deep veins.
  • Connecting Veins: Another body part with a clear name, these vessels are short veins that connect superficial and deep veins.

Common Vein Problems

Venous Insufficiency

Now that you see how much is going on beneath the surface, literally, it probably isn’t surprising to discover that there are a lot of things that can go wrong with your veins. With such a complex set of systems to support, your veins are mighty things that need care and attention. Here are some common problems and difficulties that can affect your venous system.

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI): This disorder occurs when the veins’ walls weaken, or the valves are not functioning correctly. This malfunction allows the blood to flow backward, causing it to pool in the feet and legs. CVI can lead to sores and ulcers on the skin, pain, blood clots, spider veins, and varicose veins.
  • Phlebitis: This condition occurs when there is swelling in the deep or superficial veins. Thrombophlebitis is swelling in a vein that occurs because of a clot.
  • Thrombosis: Thrombosis is when a blood clot develops in a vein, restricting the flow of blood. We need blood clots to protect us when we get a serious cut or external injury, but when one forms in a vein, it can be deadly.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): As you likely can guess, this is a blood clot that forms within a deep vein in the body, usually in the legs or pelvis. Because the deep veins are bigger and carry more blood, these clots are particularly dangerous. If a clot should break off, it could travel to the heart or lungs, potentially creating a life-threatening situation. DVT often occurs without any warning signs, but sometimes there is warmth or redness around the clot.
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE): This is the term given to a blood clot in a lung, leading to decreased oxygen in the bloodstream. It may develop there initially, but more likely it is a clot from DVT that breaks off and travels to the lung. Pulmonary embolisms often produce no symptoms, but sometimes they bring on shortness of breath, chest pain, or even coughing up blood. PE requires immediate medical attention as it can lead to organ damage due to lack of oxygen, and, in severe cases, it can be fatal.
  • Congenital Vascular Malformation: This is a general term that refers to genetic vascular defects that can impact both veins and arteries. Situations such as birthmarks and missing valves fall under this umbrella diagnosis. Some of the malformations are diagnosed at birth, and some do not make themselves know til later in life.

Your veins are workhouses in your body. They are unheralded heroes that help build the superhighway of your circulatory system, and they deserve your attention. As with all of your body’s tissues, organs, and systems, your veins will benefit when you maintain a healthy weight, proper nutrition, and consistent exercise habits.

Concerns?

If you have concerns about spider veins, varicose veins, thrombosis or other venous issues, reach out today. With many treatment options available, the expert medical staff at Metro Vein Clinic is happy to help you set up a plan to get you feeling your best.