8 SYMPTOMS OF VARICOSE VEINS

DO YOU KNOW the symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Delaware Vein Center treats varicose veins and spider veins For many people, varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort.

Sometimes varicose veins lead to more-serious problems.

SYMPTOMS:

Varicose veins may not cause any pain. Signs you may have with varicose veins include:

  1. Veins that are dark purple or blue in color

2. Veins that appear twisted and bulging; often like cords on your leg

 

When painful signs and symptoms occur, they may include:

3. An achy or heavy feeling in your legs

4. Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your lower legs

5. Worsened pain after sitting or standing for a long time

6. Itching around one or more of your veins

7. Bleeding from varicose veins

8. A painful cord in the vein with red discoloration of the skin

* Color changes, hardening of the vein, inflammation of the skin or skin ulcers near your ankle, which can mean you have a serious form of vascular disease that requires medical attention.

 

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but they’re smaller. Spider veins are found closer to the skin’s surface and are often red or blue. They occur on the legs, but can also be found on the face. Spider veins vary in size and often look like a spider’s web.

 

Delaware Vein Center treats varicose veinsWhen to see a doctor

Self-care — such as exercise, elevating your legs or wearing compression stockings — can help you ease the pain of varicose veins and may prevent them fr
om getting worse. But if you’re concerned about how your veins look and feel and self-care measures haven’t stopped your condition from getting worse, see your doctor.

Varicose Veins Treatment

Treatment options for varicose veins include minimally invasive Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT), foam Sclerotherapy and compression. It is best to consult with an experienced varicose vein doctor, who can recommend the best treatment option depending on the condition of your veins.

Dr. Henry Childers of The Delaware Vein Center is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon with nearly two decades of experience in vein disease and vein treatment. His surgical experience combined with his finely honed procedural skills ensures patients who receive vein treatment receive successful and lasting results.

 

For a free consultation and screening, or to learn more contact The Delaware Vein Center today – where recovery is quick and the results are long-lasting.

20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 203,  Georgetown, DE
Phone: (305) 258-8853

Free screening for Varicose Veins

VARICOSE VEINS?
FREE SCREENING:

free varicose vein screening
free varicose vein screening

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Delaware Integrative Medicine has scheduled 3 daytime Varicose Vein screenings during the next 2 months.

Free screening: All are welcome, reservations suggested

 

UPCOMING VARICOSE VEIN SCREENINGS:
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Wednesday, April 20 11 am – 1pm
Thursday, May 5   11 am – 1pm

This is a complimentary service  Reservations suggested:
Call 302.258.8853 to make your appointment

Varicose veins can be a sign of a serious vein disease. Often thought of as a cosmetic nuisance, varicose veins can progress to a more serious form of disease called chronic venous insufficiency. If left untreated, CVI can develop into severe symptoms.

If you are experiencing discomfort, leg pain, or swelling, schedule an appointment for a free varicose vein screening with Dr. Henry Childers. Treatment, if advised, is covered by insurance.

Henry Childers,  MD,  FAAO,  General & Cardio-thorasic Surgeon
Dr. Childers is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in vein disease and  treatment. Because of his past surgical experience, Dr. Childers is intimately familiar with the saphenous vein—the vein most likely to be involved in your vein treatment procedure. This specific training combined with his finely honed procedural skills ensures patients who receive our vein treatment successful and lasting results.

www.thedelawareveincenter.com

Henry Childers, MD
THE DELAWARE VEIN CENTER

20930 DuPont Blvd, Suite 203, Georgetown, DE

302-258-8853

4 causes of varicose & spider veins

4 causes of varicose & spider veins
4 causes of varicose & spider veins

Varicose & spider veins are extremely common, but that doesn’t make them any less unappealing.

What are varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose (VAR-i-kos) veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. During pregnancy, varicose veins can form around the vagina and buttocks.

Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.

What causes varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body through the arteries. Veins then carry the blood from the body back to the heart. As your leg muscles squeeze, they push blood back to the heart from your lower body against the flow of gravity. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. (This problem is called venous insufficiency.) When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.

Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.

How common are abnormal leg veins?

About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older.

What factors increase my risk of varicose veins and spider veins?

Many factors increase a person’s chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These include:

  • Increasing age. As you get older, the valves in your veins may weaken and not work as well.
  • Medical history. Being born with weak vein valves increases your risk. Having family members with vein problems also increases your risk. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
  • Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.
  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. More varicose veins and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.
  • Obesity. Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins. This can lead to varicose veins.
  • Lack of movement. Sitting or standing for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This may be a bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
  • Sun exposure. This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.

Good leg circulation will help prevent them, and there are treatments that will erase them.

If you’re having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you don’t need to see a doctor about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse. The single most important thing you can do to slow down the development of new varicose veins is to wear gradient compression support stockings as much as possible during the day.

Current treatments for varicose veins and spider veins have very high success rates compared to traditional surgical treatments. Over a period of years, however, more abnormal veins can develop because there is no cure for weak vein valves. Ultrasound can be used to keep track of how badly the valves are leaking (venous insufficiency). Ongoing treatment can help keep this problem under control.

Treatment options for varicose veins include minimally invasive Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT), foam Sclerotherapy and compression. It is best to consult with an experienced varicose vein doctor, who can recommend the best treatment option depending on the condition of your veins.

The Delaware Vein Center under the direction offers innovative and comprehensive vein treatments for the elimination of venous insufficiency and its symptoms including varicose veins and spider veins. Dr. Henry Childers created the center as a medical facility devoted exclusively to the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and related venous disorders.

Dr. Childers is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon with nearly two decades of experience in vein disease and vein treatment. Because of his past surgical experience, Dr. Childers is intimately familiar with the saphenous vein—the vein most likely to be involved in your vein treatment procedure. This specific training combined with his finely honed procedural skills ensures patients who receive our vein treatment receive successful and lasting results.

To find out more about our minimally invasive vein treatments or to schedule your free vein screening with initial consultation, please contact us during our business hours. Dr. Childers and the staff at The Delaware Vein Center are committed to the highest level of patient care.

 

20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 203, Georgetown, DE
(305) 258-8853

OVERLOOKED HEALTH ISSUE: VARICOSE VEINS

Varicose veins are very often related to a more serious medical condition called chronic venous insufficiency.
Varicose veins are often related to a more serious condition called chronic venous insufficiency.

VARICOSE VEINS AND LEG PAIN MAY BE SIGNS OF MORE SERIOUS ISSUES.

Individuals often “brush off” nagging leg pain and unsightly leg veins as something they “have to live with.” In reality, varicose are very treatable, and new treatment methodologies can typically be done on an outpatient basis.

In fact, treating leg pain and related vein disease is a great example of preventive medicine.

 

According to the Millennium Research Group, more than 30 million Americans have varicose veins. This condition happens when the valves in leg veins no longer function, the result of which is pooling blood.

People often assume these blue, red or flesh-colored veins are just a cosmetic nuisance, and many individuals mistakenly write them off as an unavoidable reality of aging, pregnancy or heredity.

 

Varicose veins are very often related to a more serious medical condition called chronic venous insufficiency. In addition to causing leg pain and swelling, CVI can result in leg restlessness, skin damage and even skin ulcers. And, surprisingly, less than 10 percent of people with CVI seek treatment for it, according to the Millennium Research Group.

 

Signs and symptoms of venous disease include:

• Cramps/pain in the calf.

• Heavy/swelling feeling in the leg.

• White atrophy, which is a scleroderma-like plaque on the legs.

• Skin discoloration.

• Open wounds.

• Skin problems (Dermatitis).

• Eczema that is dry or weeping.

• Dermatoliposclerosis, which is inflammation of subcutaneous fat.

If you have any of the symptoms above, mention them to your health care provider and know that customized treatment, tailored to your particular needs is available.

Procedures are much less complicated than in the past and recovery time is usually minimal. Many people are back to their normal exercise routines in a matter of days.

Some varicose veins facts:

• Painful vein stripping is a thing of the past. There are now minimally invasive treatment options, which are usually covered by insurance, that allow for a quick return to everyday activities, according to the British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.

• People who spend a lot of time on their feet – health care workers, teachers, flight attendants, for example – are at increased risk of developing varicose veins. It’s a good idea to rest legs daily by elevating your feet above the heart, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a simple thing to do after work while watching your favorite television show, reading or just taking 10 minutes in your favorite recliner or on the couch.

• Excess weight and unhealthy eating can cause varicose veins. So, regular exercise, combined with a healthy diet, help increase blood flow to the legs and maintain a healthy weight, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Nutrition guidelines that support vein health include:

• Think antioxidants. Load up on antioxidant-rich foods to improve the function of your vascular system. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables provides vitamins C, E and K, giving your body nourishment for healthy veins. Vitamin C helps to build and protect strong blood vessels, which can help some of the problems associated with varicose veins. Among ways to take in antioxidants, add blueberries to your yogurt and have raspberries or blackberries for a snack.

• Choose fiber-rich foods. Dietary fiber can be classified into two main categories: soluble and insoluble. Due to its ability to make stool bulkier and softer, soluble fiber can prevent constipation. Constipation increases pressure on the veins, which over time can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include oats, flaxseed, peas, beans, apples, carrots, barley, berries and psyllium.

• Drink enough water. We all know that drinking water is important for our health, but did you know that keeping hydrated can help with symptoms of varicose veins? Water is an important part of your diet, especially if you’re eating enough fiber. Water helps fiber do its job by flushing out the system and reducing any cramping or bloating.

Busy days might make it difficult to consume the recommended 8 cups per day. Be sure to ask your health care provider if increasing your water intake is right for you based on your medical history.

Here are a few tips to increase your water intake:

Start your day with a glass of water – have a full cup with breakfast.

Have a water bottle nearby at all times – at your desk, in the car and on the go.

Add flavor to keep it interesting – try slices of lemon, mint leaves, oranges or cucumbers.

Sodium

Foods high in sodium can cause the body to retain fluid, which could increase damage to veins. By reducing sodium intake and upping water consumption, the fluids in your tissues can begin to balance out.

Sodium is not just salt added at the dinner table – it’s hidden in canned soups, deli meats, salad dressings, sauces, frozen entrees and fast food. Did you know that, according to the American Hearth Association, 75 percent of salt in the typical American diet comes from processed foods?

Changing your nutrition can help slow the development of varicose veins, increase the effectiveness of vein procedures, and make you healthier.

There are many misconceptions about varicose veins and venous disease. Though gender (women are more likely to have varicose veins than men), genetic disposition and pregnancy can be risk factors, people above the age of 50 are also more likely to develop varicose veins.

 

As boomers who want to stay active and healthy, we needn’t suffer unnecessarily with leg pain from varicose veins or other venous disease. Thanks to new advances in treatment, you no longer have to suffer with either varicose or spider veins! Minimally invasive procedures, like endovenous laser ablation (EVLT) alleviate both the pain and unsightly appearance and are virtually painless.

 THE DELAWARE VEIN CENTER offers the most innovative and comprehensive vein treatments for the elimination of venous disease and its symptoms including varicose veins and spider veins. Procedures are performed in-office under local anesthesia. Patients will be free of the symptoms that they had formerly suffered beginning the next day.

We can benefit greatly if as individuals, we pay greater attention to leg pain and noticeable spider and varicose veins, and take action. Why not make that call today?

 

For a free screening, contact THE DELAWARE VEIN CENTER today. Most procedures are covered by your health insurance policy.

(305) 258-8853

dimc.childers@gmail.com

http://thedelawareveincenter.com

 

The Delaware Vein Center  20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 203, Georgetown, DE

 

 

 

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article from the Missoulian. The Booming section features a monthly column sponsored by the Missoula City-County Health Department in order to assist baby boomers to be healthy and resilient. 

Varicose or spider veins? What’s the difference?

Millions of people are affected by both varicose and spider veins.
What type of veins do you have?

Varicose Veins: Large twisted and dilated veins

Spider Veins: Small superficial veins that appear close to the surface of the skin.

 

Millions of people are affected by both varicose and spider veins. While spider veins can be primarily a cosmetic concern, varicose veins are both unsightly and can be painful, causing heavy cramping and discomfort. Because varicose veins are often the result of a chronic vein condition known as venous insufficiency, these unsightly veins tend to increase in number and size over time.

Thanks to new advances in treatment, you no longer have to suffer with either varicose or spider veins! Vein treatment options at The Delaware Vein Center can alleviate both the pain and unsightly appearance.

The Delaware Vein Center treats venous problems and alleviates the symptoms of venous disease, with the goal of always achieving the best health and cosmetic results. Founder and medical director Dr. Henry Childers established the Delaware Vein Center as a full service facility dedicated to the treatment of venous disorders. Dr. Childers is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon with nearly two decades of experience in vein disease and vein treatment. His specific training combined with his finely honed procedural skills ensures patients who receive our vein treatment receive successful and lasting results.

The center offers innovative and comprehensive vein treatments for the elimination of venous insufficiency and its symptoms including varicose veins and spider veins. Minimally invasive procedures, like endovenous laser ablation (EVLT) are performed in-office under local anesthesia to completely numb the vein before treatment, making it virtually painless.

The process is delivered through a tiny nick in the skin to avoid scarring. No stitches are needed to close the small nick so there is no downtime. Patients are up on their feet immediately following the procedure. This procedure makes traditional surgery for varicose veins obsolete, avoiding hospitalization and general anesthesia as well as large incisions and long recoveries.

EVLT uses heat to permanently shrink and collapse the abnormal vein, thereby leaving it in place without surgically removing the vein. Laser energy is delivered through a tiny laser fiber inserted into the targeted varicose vein. Most patients will be free of the symptoms that they had formerly suffered beginning the next day, Malinowski said.

 

DO YOU HAVE VARICOSE OR SPIDER VEINS?

Find out today. For a free screening, contact THE DELAWARE VEIN CENTER today. Most procedures are covered by your health insurance policy.

(305) 258-8853
http://thedelawareveincenter.com

 

The Delaware Vein Center
20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 203, Georgetown, DE

dimc.childers@gmail.com

VARICOSE VEINS; NOT JUST GRANDMA’S PROBLEM

statistics show if both of your parents have varicose veins; you have a 90 percent chance of developing them.
Statistics show if both of your parents have varicose veins; you have a 90 percent chance of developing them.

CHICAGO. (Ivanhoe Newswire) More than 40-million people in the U.S. have varicose veins. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not just your grandma’s problem. The swollen, twisted veins can strike anyone at any age and, it can lead to serious medical issues.

At age 29, Andreas Garcia doesn’t fit the profile for someone with varicose veins.

Garcia told Ivanhoe, “Never thought of it. It was just, oh my grandma had it. Okay, all old people have it. So it never really occurred that it would happen to me.”

His first symptoms began at age 25 when his legs became tired, achy and heavy, but he didn’t think much of it until they started to swell.

“My leg just started getting bigger and bigger, and then pain,” he explained. Garcia is not alone. Of the 40-million people in the U.S. who have varicose veins, 25 percent of them are men.

It’s not a small problem. This is actually a very, very common problem. And one that’s not just cosmetic. Garcia’s veins got so bad he developed ulcers on both legs.

Garcia explained, “It looked like raw meat. It would secrete puss and blood sometimes.”

That’s when he took action and met with doctors for surgery.

In the legs, blood flow should be from the feet towards the head. But in Garcia since his saphenous vein is not working, the blood flow is actually going down the leg or “refluxing.”

Doctors first treated Garcia’s wounds and then used lasers to remove and seal shut the varicose veins. They can actually improve the overall circulation by sealing that vein off. It’s a quick, noninvasive surgery that put Garcia back on his feet again.

Garcia had the veins on his left side removed and is getting ready to have surgery on the right side. He’s not sure why he developed them, but statistics show if both of your parents have varicose veins; you have a 90 percent chance of developing them. If one parent is affected, you have a 40 to 50 percent chance of developing them.

At The Delaware Vein Center, Dr. Henry Childers, a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, has treated patients with vein disease and vein treatment. Because of his past surgical experience, Dr. Childers is intimately familiar with the saphenous vein—the vein most likely to be involved in your vein treatment procedure. This specific training combined with his finely honed procedural skills ensures patients who receive our vein treatment receive successful and lasting results.

The Delaware Vein Center has restored countless patients to health with minimally invasive procedures.

Schedule a consultation and free screening today. Most treatments are covered by insurance.

The Delaware Vein Center   20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 202 Georgetown, DE

(305) 258-8853

www.thedelawareveincenter.com

 

Copyright 2016 by Ivanhoe Newswire – All rights reserved.

VEIN TREATMENTS CAN RENEW YOUR LEASE ON LIFE

Varicose and spider veins are no longer things we have to suffer with! Vein treatment options at The Delaware Vein Center can help alleviate both the pain and unsightly appearance.
The Delaware Vein Center can alleviate varicose veins.

Thousands of us struggle with body image, but you don’t have to be disappointed with what you see in the mirror every day. With today’s body treatments and procedures you can rejuvenate your self-esteem and boost your body image.

The one way that aging affects almost all of us is in the appearance of veins. But varicose and spider veins are no longer things we have to suffer with! Vein treatment options can alleviate both the unsightly appearance—and pain!

Recapture your self-confidence and start loving the way you look with help from The Delaware Vein Center.

Modern surgical technology and new procedures mean that nothing should hold you back from finding the right treatment. Thanks to safer, more effective and minimally invasive solutions, thousands of Americans are turning to medical treatments to help them restore their appearance and enhance their health. A study conducted by the Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that 87% of patients felt satisfied with their body image following a cosmetic procedure. Overall, women reported feeling less negative about their bodies in both work and social situations.

The fact that the body is probably the most popular treatment area shouldn’t come as a surprise. With so many cosmetic procedures and anti-aging treatments out there, the right medical spa can help you improve almost any part of your body that you’re not feeling comfortable about. And new techniques have made the procedures more affordable than ever.

It all starts by meeting with an experienced medical consultant and discovering what options will have you feeling younger, refreshed and renewed.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Henry Childers, a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, has treated patients with vein disease and vein treatment. Because of his past surgical experience, Dr. Childers is intimately familiar with the saphenous vein—the vein most likely to be involved in your vein treatment procedure. This specific training combined with his finely honed procedural skills ensures patients who receive our vein treatment receive successful and lasting results.

The Delaware Vein Center proudly treated countless patients, helping them feel restored and refreshed. If you’re curious about how cosmetic surgery can benefit you, schedule a consultation and free screening today.

Most treatments are covered by insurance.

The Delaware Vein Center     20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 202 Georgetown, DE

(305) 258-8853

www.thedelawareveincenter.com

LESS INVASIVE PROCEDURE FOR VARICOSE VEINS

Varicose veins can be more than just unsightly, they can be very painful.

ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT OFFERS LESS INVASIVE PROCEDURE FOR VARICOSE VEINS
Varicose Veins before and after endovenous laser treatment.

Health officials say varicose veins affect 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men.

Endovenous laser treatments offer less invasive procedures for varicose veins.

Traditional treatment for varicose veins is invasive and recovery can take weeks. But endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) offers a less invasive procedure with less down time.

Endovenous laser treatments treat varicose veins using an optical fiber that is inserted into the vein to be treated. A laser light, normally in the infrared portion of the spectrum, shines into the interior of the vein. In the procedure the laser gets to the source of the damage and destroys the vein from the inside. There is no cutting and nothing is removed. The procedure takes less than one hour to perform.

A study by the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee determined that endovenous laser treatment for varicose veins “appears to be more effective in the short term, and at least as effective overall, as the comparative procedure of junction ligation and vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins.” The study of 516 patients treated veins over a 69 month period and reported a success rate of 98.1%. 

The Delaware Vein Center is a premier vein treatment center located in Georgetown, DE.

At our vein center, we believe in a holistic approach which is why each patient’s unique condition, from varicose veins to spider veins, is diagnosed with a free, comprehensive vein screening at their initial consultation.

To schedule an appointment or learn more contact The Delaware Vein Center today – where recovery is quick and the results are long-lasting.

The Delaware Vein Center
(305) 258-8853
20930 DuPont Blvd. Suite 203 GeorgetownDE

EVLT procedure is covered by Medicare and most PPO insurance companies.

Weight gain’s impact on veins can result in more weight gain!

Weight gain can damage the valves inside the veins in your legs and keeps them from functioning properly. In turn the symptoms from varicose veins keep many people from exercising due to the pain, leading to further weight gain. This vicious cycle can only be ended with treatment.

When exercising, your calf muscles act as a pump for your leg veins.
When exercising, your calf muscles act as a pump for your leg veins.

When healthy, our veins carry blood back to the heart for purification. When damaged, they’re unable to prevent blood from leaking and traveling backwards down the leg veins, leading to blood collecting in the veins. Veins become swollen and enlarged, and that extra pressure makes them even more prone to leaking. Symptoms of varicose veins include aching, cramping, fatigue, restlessness, itching, swelling, and feelings of tiredness and heaviness in the legs.

But proper treatment of varicose veins helps eliminate the pain and other symptoms so you can gain mobility and increase health. Non-invasive treatments that eliminate unhealthy veins allow you to return to a more active lifestyle. This will promote weight loss and increase your health overall.

And any type of exercise that strengthens the “second heart” – the muscles of the calf and foot – is beneficial. Suggested activities include walking, running, swimming and bicycling.

The Delaware Vein Center specializes in the treatment of venous disorders. Our full-service vein treatment facility is geared to serving our patients—all testing and procedures are done on premise, ensuring that patient safety and comfort is our first priority. Our non-invasive vein treatments can help you achieve maximum health and cosmetic results.

Contact us for a consultation and free screening today.

The Delaware Vein Center, Georgetown, DE

(305) 258-8853