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Community Events: Partnering with the ADA

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Diabetes, a metabolic disorder where the body is incapable of naturally producing enough insulin, can result in excess sugar accumulating in the blood. Over time, that surplus sugar can cause significant damage and deterioration to nerves, kidneys and veins. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) works tirelessly to educate the public about the dangers of diabetes and helps prevent the disease through community outreach, efforts that VeinInnovations is thrilled to be a partner in. Read on for more information about diabetes and vein health and ways that VeinInnovations and the ADA are joining forces around this deadly disease.

Increased blood sugar levels damage blood vessels

The extra, unusable, glucose floating in the bloodstream of an individual living with diabetes is akin to having small shards of glass scraping and scratching the vein and artery walls.

The smallest blood vessels – such as those within the eyes, kidneys, feet and hands are the most easily affected and often show the first signs of harm. In fact, it’s not uncommon for damage to become apparent before someone has been officially diagnosed with the disease.

Veins and nerve damage

When the blood vessels that supply nerves in the fingers and toes become damaged, people living with diabetes can experience numbness, hypersensitivity and potentially be affected by conditions such as varicose veins and other vein conditions. Additionally, because the body’s longest nerve, the sciatic nerve, originates in the lower spine and travels down into the feet, ending at the toes, legs can be the target of peripheral neuropathy, damage to the nerves that send messages to and from the brain and the spinal cord.

American diabetes association

Affecting nearly 29 million children and adults across the country, with an additional 86 million at risk, diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the United States. Unless current trends change, one in every three children born in the United States can look forward to a life affected by the disease. But the ADA wants to stop that from happening. They’re committed to curing the illness and preventing new cases from occurring.

Partnering with the ADA at community events

VeinInnovations shares that commitment to improve the quality of life for those living with diabetes. That’s why we’ve become a part of their Stop Diabetes® movement, a nationwide call to action with a goal of eradicating diabetes and its impact on our community.

Tour de Cure

VeinInnovations is joining forces with others who want to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the disease. Atlanta’s premier cycling event and one of the ADA’s most popular community events, the 2017 Tour de Cure Atlanta, June 3 at Boundary Waters Park, brings together cyclists of all skill levels on a multiple-route fundraising tour of the city, culminating with a rollicking finish-line wellness festival.

Treatment options

If you or someone you love is living with diabetes and varicose or spider veins, contact Atlanta’s vein specialists today and find out how you can help stop nerve damage before it starts. Book your consultation today.

David Martin: Vein Health Champion

 

David MartinIt’s Monday morning, and you’ll find David Martin at one of four VeinInnovations clinics across metro Atlanta, prepping for another busy day helping patients living with venous disease improve their health.
For the past 15 years, David Martin has been at the helm of VeinInnovations. During that time, thousands of patients have benefited from the latest, most up-to-date technology and his commitment to improving the experience for everyone who’s walked through VeinInnovations’ his doors.

While facing the challenge of treating critically ill patients at the Neurosurgical ICU at Emory, David Martin found his calling in the pursuit of cardiovascular medicine. In 2002, he opened the first VeinInnovations office.

“The more I studied, the more fascinated by the importance of cardiovascular medicine I became.”

Martin leads an expertly trained, specialized staff that has performed more than 12,000 ablation cases, using both radio frequency and laser energy. In addition to ablations, VeinInnovations has performed thousands of ambulatory phlebectomies and episodes of sclerotherapy, highlighting a scope of experience unrivaled by the competition. At VeinInnovations, the team’s expertise and experience stem partly from the fact they specialize, focusing only on vein health.

Leader in Vein Health

Martin’s thorough understanding of cardiovascular medicine led VeinInnovations to be first in Atlanta to end the use of compression stockings following sclerotherapy. They were also the first to offer all thermal ablation techniques under one roof and to use foamed polidocanol for both surface and deep injection.
It didn’t take long for those innovations to find their way into other practices who specialize in vein treatment across the state. In fact, Martin and his venous disease specialists are often so far ahead of the curve that other practices pay close attention to what they’re doing to stay relevant.
In addition to introducing the latest best practices to metro Atlanta patients, Martin believes that patient care is the most important part of clinical advancements.

“We empower all our staff to do whatever they can to make the VeinInnovations experience a pleasant and satisfying one for each patient” he says. “We are less about the business of medicine than serving our patients with the highest level of care.”
Martin says his greatest reward is the almost immediate relief most of his patients feel after receiving treatment for their vein disease. “The fact that these treatments are so easy on the patient (and getting easier all the time), compared to the old surgical procedures, makes it that much more enjoyable.”

First-Hand Experience

Martin’s latest vein health innovation is an injectable treatment that avoids the use of heat and the possible complications of tumescent anesthesia (the injection of anesthetic fluid into the leg). Called BASIS, it promises even greater effectiveness and less discomfort than the current treatments available, setting a new standard in vein health treatment. Having experienced the procedure first-hand, Martin is extremely excited to introduce this brand-new procedure to VeinInnovation patients.

What’s Next?

Always striving to develop new techniques in treatment which are safer, more comfortable and more efficient for his patients isn’t just something Martin talks about, it’s what pulls him out of bed each day. Every morning, he leaves his Druid Hills home in the pursuit of a passion he’s been chasing for as long as he can remember: A calling to help heal vein health and improve his patients’ overall quality of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about how VeinInnovations can help you get more out of life contact us  today.

How Health Fairs Can Support Your Team

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Your business depends upon your employees. For them to be able to perform at their peak, their good health is important. Not only does a health fair offer employees options and information to improve their health, it also sends them a strong message that you care about their well-being.

What is a health fair?

Have you ever attended a job fair, where companies come together under one roof to recruit new team members? They’re a great opportunity for job-seekers to meet new employers and explore their options for making a positive life change.

Health and wellness fairs are very similar. A cross-section of clinics, benefits and healthcare providers from within the community set up booths and displays to provide information about different medical and wellness programs available. And they do all of this at no charge to the employer.

What a health fair can do for employees

Employees can benefit from attending a health or wellness fair by:

  • Being able to speak directly with doctors and other wellness professionals about issues or concerns they may have about their health
  • Learning about a broad range of traditional, alternative and cutting-edge treatment options, and how that can improve the quality of their lives
  • Getting inspired to take a proactive role in their health, connecting them with clinics and practitioners

What a health fair can do for your company

Hosting a health and wellness fair is an ideal way to let your employees know you’re interested in their overall well-being by:

  • Providing education on how to maintain good health in the workplace
  • Bringing employees together with community-based health care providers, clinics and practitioners
  • Improving overall morale and boosting productivity in the workplace

Want VeinInnovations at your fair?

While vein health is a topic that may not be well understood, the fact is that as many as 60 percent of adults have some form of vein disease that can affect their overall health. A company health fair is a great opportunity to help educate and offer solutions to employees who may not understand how vein disease can lead to leg restlessness, heaviness and fatigue which can affect them on and off the job.

With as many as 90 percent of corrective vein procedures covered by insurance, there’s no need to suffer. Organizations can make a positive difference in the lives of their employees by helping educate them about their options to improve vein health.

If you’re planning a health or wellness fair and would like VeinInnovations to attend, call us today (678) 731-9815. Choose option 4 from the voice menu for the corporate office, then option 3. Our marketing specialists are waiting to talk with you and answer any questions you have.

Upcoming fairs

VeinInnovations will be participating in future health and wellness fairs around the state. Here are some of the employers who are offering their teams options for better health.

PepsiCo.

Wednesday, March 15th
10:00 am. – 6:00 p.m.
PepsiCo
1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA

The Peachtree Building Health Fair

Monday, March 20
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hosted by Property Managers CBRE
1355 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA

Why not join these top companies in promoting employee wellness by scheduling your own health fair?

Keep Your Veins Healthy by Caring for Your Heart

 

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February is the month for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also American Heart Month – an annual campaign designed to get people talking about heart health. Heart disease affects more Americans than all types of cancer combined, in ways ranging from cardiovascular disease to strokes, heart attacks and vein health.

Heart and circulatory problems

All parts of the circulatory system must work well together for optimal heart health. Here are some conditions you should be aware of:

Venous insufficiency (inadequate blood flow)

Good overall health depends on your circulatory system – your veins, arteries and heart – working together harmoniously, carrying nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to your hard-working organs and extremities. When there’s a breakdown in that system, blood can collect or “pool”, in your veins. If your circulatory system is out of sync, arteries can’t efficiently carry blood away from your heart to other parts of your body, and veins can’t bring it back.

Varicose and spider veins

Those thick cord-like veins bulging along your leg can often be a sign of a much bigger issue. In addition to significant physical discomfort, the elevated vein pressure of varicose veins has been linked to right-sided heart failure. Now is an ideal time to check your vein health and get checked for early signs of varicose or smaller spider veins.

Blood clots

Whether caused by poor diet choices, smoking, dehydration, or underlying medical conditions, blood clots can cause life-threatening medical emergencies. The body naturally forms blood clots in response to bleeding. But when a clot forms inappropriately inside a vein or artery, the decreased blood flow can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

High blood pressure

Elevated blood pressure makes your heart, veins, and arteries work harder and less efficiently. Over time, that increased workload can lead to arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), heart attacks, and strokes.

Liver disease

Your liver plays a vital role in both breaking down and getting rid of harmful substances, such as homocysteine, an amino acid found in the blood that results from eating meat. If the liver isn’t breaking this chemical down effectively, it can result in plaque formation along artery walls, which in turn can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Because healthy veins are essential to your overall good health, the best way to keep veins in tip-top shape is to take care of your heart. A healthy heart moves blood throughout the body efficiently and can prevent the formation of both varicose and spider veins.

Lifestyle changes + treatment = putting your best foot (and leg) forward

Lifestyle changes can actually help reverse early signs of heart disease, improving overall heart health. These include:

  • quitting smoking,
  • getting regular exercise,
  • eating a well-balanced diet,
  • drinking plenty of water,
  • going for daily walks, and
  • sleeping enough each night

Treatment for spider and varicose veins can reinforce your heart-healthy lifestyle changes by supporting the look and health of your veins.

Most women and nearly half of men will have vein disease by the time they’re 60. Vein disease can lead to serious circulatory problems, so it’s important to get yourself checked for this condition. What better time than American Heart Month?

You don’t have to suffer from vein problems. A consultation with the vein specialists at VeinInnovations can help you identify vein damage and find treatment options to get you back in the swing and living your best life.

 

Men’s Guide to Dealing With Varicose Veins

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Many people think of varicose veins as a condition that primarily affects women. Women are more prone to them than men. However, at least half of all men develop varicose veins -– usually once they get into middle age. Our Atlanta vein doctors treat a lot of male patients.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Many of the same factors that can cause varicose veins in women apply to men, including:

  • Heredity
  • long periods of sitting
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Trauma to the legs
  • weightlifting

Varicose veins often result from damage or weakening of the vein walls. This impacts circulation and can cause the blood to pool in the veins. That’s what creates enlarged, discolored varicose veins.

Why It’s Important to Treat Varicose Veins

At our Atlanta vein centers, we see a lot of men who have put off having their varicose veins treated because they thought of them primarily as a cosmetic issue –- until they were more than that. The circulatory problems that can cause varicose veins can cause a multitude of other symptoms, including discomfort or even pain, swelling and heaviness and fatigue. All of these can impact your quality of life.

In more serious cases, they can lead to skin ulcers and even blood clots. Therefore, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis of the underlying vascular issues that are causing your varicose veins and/or other symptoms. At VeinInnovations, we have the latest in ultrasound technology that shows us exactly what and where the problem is.

Once we’ve determined that, we can recommend the best treatment. Sometimes a conservative treatment like compression stockings (lots of men wear them!) will help. Other times, we recommend one of our non-invasive vein removal treatments.

We perform all of our treatments on an outpatient basis at our conveniently-located clinics throughout the Atlanta area. Most of our patients are finished within an hour or less and go on about their day. No one has to know you’ve had it done if you don’t want them to. However, your legs will start feeling better very soon, and you can go back to the activities you may have had to curtail. Plus, you won’t hesitate to wear shorts the next time you play golf, go to the gym or take a beach vacation.

Contact Us Today

To schedule a consultation with one of our Atlanta vein doctors, give us a call or fill out our quick and easy online contact form.

Can Watching Too Much TV Give You Blood Clots?

TV and Blood ClotsEven people who lead an active lifestyle and exercise regularly often find themselves spending hours in front of the television binge-watching their favorite TV show. With hundreds of channels available, it can be tempting to stay on the sofa longer than we intended.

When you add that to the hours a day most people spend sitting at a desk or in their cars, that’s a big part of our day that we spend sitting. You’ve likely heard that “sitting is the new smoking.” All of that sitting, as our Atlanta vein doctors tell our patients, can be dangerous to our health.

Researchers Link Increased TV Time to Pulmonary Blood Clots

A recently-published study by Japanese researchers looked at the correlation between television watching and blood clots. They tracked the TV-watching habits of over 86,000 people in their 40s through 70s over nearly 20 years and the incidents of pulmonary blood clots in those participants in the study. They determined that:

  • For every additional two hours per day of TV watching above 2.5 hours, participants increased their risk of a blood clot by 40 percent.
  • Those who watched more than five hours of TV each day had a 2.5 times greater chance of developing a clot.

How Are Pulmonary Blood Clots Caused by Sitting?

While these are pulmonary blood clots and given that name because they end up in the lung, most start in the legs or pelvis. If a person is sedentary for long periods, the blood flow through the legs slows, which can cause it to clot. If that clot breaks free and moves to the lung, it can be fatal (as it was for 59 of the people in the study).

While most people who have varicose veins and other types of vein disease don’t develop blood clots, they’re all related to vascular health and circulatory issues. That’s one reason why, if a person has varicose veins, particularly if they’re causing symptoms like pain, swelling, heaviness and fatigue, it’s essential to see an Atlanta vein specialist who can diagnose the cause and extent of the problem.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk?

While we would never tell our patients to forgo their favorite TV shows or video games, we encourage people to take a break every hour or so, walk around and stretch. This is wise if you’re sitting anywhere for a long period. If you can keep your legs elevated, preferably with your feet above your heart, that can also help keep your blood from pooling in your lower legs.

If you’re suffering from unsightly varicose veins or other unpleasant symptoms of vein disease, one of our non-invasive vein removal treatments may be able to provide you with relief and help reduce the chance of clotting. Contact us to schedule a consultation so that we can properly diagnose you and recommend the best treatment for you.

 

 

 

 

Why Is Winter the Best Time to Have Your Veins Treated?

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Many people don’t give a lot of thought to their varicose veins during the winter. They’re wearing long pants and likely engaging in less physical activity such as golf, biking and swimming where their legs are exposed. However, winter is actually the best time to get a varicose vein treatment.

It may take a bit of time after a vein removal treatment to see the results. Therefore, if you want to be beach-ready this summer, this is an excellent time to have your varicose veins removed.  When spring and summer months roll around, your legs will feel and look their best.

No One Will Notice Your Compression Socks

Many times, we prescribe compression socks to our patients to wear before treatment due to insurance company requirements. We also prescribe them post procedure to help the blood circulate as it should after the damaged veins are closed. In the cooler months, it’s easier to wear these without anyone noticing that you have them.  Also, it is much harder to wear thicker compression garments during the summer months in the Atlanta heat. 

Contact Us Today

Call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation at one of our conveniently-located Atlanta vein care centers. We look forward to helping you have the best legs possible when spring and summer roll around.

 

The Difference Between Veins and Arteries

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Both vein disease and arterial disease are potentially serious conditions that require medical care. However, they’re very different. To understand the differences, you need to understand the differences between veins and arteries -– something that most people haven’t thought about since their high school biology classes.

Here’s a quick refresher on veins and arteries and on the impact of vein and artery disease on the body.

Veins

  • Carry deoxygenated blood from throughout the body to the heart after it has provided nutrients to the body. (The exception is pulmonary veins, which carry blood filled with oxygen from the lungs over the left atrium of the heart).
  • Can be either superficial (close to the skin’s surface) or deep in the muscle tissue.
  • Contain valves that keep the blood flowing in the intended direction when they’re working properly.
  • Have thin walls that can be injured, causing blood to flow out of them, causing pooling that can result in vein disease and varicose veins.

Arteries

  • Generally carry oxygenated blood from your heart throughout to organs and tissue throughout the body
  • Are located deep in the body. (There is a corresponding artery for every deep vein.)
  • Have thick walls.
  • Do not have valves because they use their own pressure to move the blood.

Vein Disease vs. Arterial Disease

  • Usually vein disease occurs when the valves or walls of the veins are damaged or weakened. This causes blood to pool rather than return to the heart as efficiently as it should. This pooling causes varicose veins and other symptoms of vein disease like swelling, discomfort and fatigue in the legs. It can also cause more serious conditions like skin ulcers and blood clots.
  • Arterial disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, blood cells, cholesterol and/or fibrous tissue on the walls of the arteries that’s called atherosclerosis. It’s commonly linked to hypertension, heart disease and strokes if not treated in a timely manner.

Both venous and arterial disease can be lifestyle factors such as being overweight, not getting enough exercise and smoking. However, vein disease is more likely to have a hereditary component as well.

If you are experiencing symptoms of vein disease, including varicose veins, the vein specialists at VeinInnovations can perform a state-of-the-art ultrasound test to determine the exact location and extent of any vein damage, and then recommend the best minimally-invasive treatment to remove the diseased or damaged veins. Call us or contact us online to schedule an evaluation.

 

 

 

 

Does Restless Leg Syndrome Always Indicate Vein Disease?

Flickr_-_Nicholas_T_-_Limbs__n__SuchAs we get into our 40s and beyond, many things begin to happen to our bodies that we never experienced before. One of them is a movement disorder called restless leg syndrome, or RLS. Our Atlanta vein specialists see a number of patients with RLS, which feels like a tingling or crawling underneath the skin and makes you feel the urge to move your legs. Sometimes the legs will even jerk uncontrollably.

Symptoms most often occur as people are trying to get to sleep. It can even wake people up during the night. However, some people experience symptoms when they’re seated for long periods as well.

Who Is Most Likely to Get RLS?

Restless leg syndrome affects up to 15 percent of the population, but it’s even more common in seniors and women. It’s still a bit of a mystery to researchers. There are a number of potential causes, including heredity.

Many of our patients complain of restless legs. They may not have the neurological disorder, RLS, at all, and simply have vein disease.

Is Your RLS Caused by Vein Disease?

If you have vein disease, vein treatments can relieve the symptoms of restless legs as well as varicose veins and fatigue and discomfort in the legs. In fact, many patients who had vein removal treatments have reported relief from their restless legs at night.

When you come to VeinInnovations, we will conduct a complete medical evaluation including an ultrasound examination to determine if you have vein disease, and which veins are impacted. Even people who don’t have noticeable varicose veins can have CVI.

What Else Can Cause RLS?

If you have RLS, but you aren’t diagnosed with vein disease, there are a number of other potential causes, including:

  • Central nervous system abnormalities
  • Neurological abnormalities in the spine or brain
  • Cortisol or iron deficiency
  • Family history
  • Certain medications
  • Caffeine and other stimulants

What Can VeinInnovations Do For You?

If you do have vein disease, we offer a variety of non-invasive, virtually pain-free procedures that treat the diseased or malfunctioning veins. Blood will automatically be redirected into the other veins for improved circulation. This will most likely relieve your RLS symptoms as well as any other symptoms caused by these damaged veins. About 90 percent of these vein treatment procedures are covered by insurance.

If you’re experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of RLS, call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our of our conveniently-located Atlanta vein centers. We look forward to improving your life.

 

 

 

I Exercise Regularly, So Why Do I Still Have Varicose Veins?

jogger-603620_960_720That’s one of the questions that our Atlanta vein specialists hear most frequently from our patients. They’ve heard that varicose veins and vein disease in general linked to obesity and lack of exercise, so they think that by staying in shape, they shouldn’t have to worry about this problem.

Certainly, maintaining an active lifestyle and avoiding being overweight are important for overall health and wellness, and that includes vein health. However, there are other factors that can make you prone to varicose veins, including:

  • Family history
  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging

Therefore, people who are physically active (and even athletes) can and do develop varicose veins.

At VeinInnovations, once we diagnose the extent and location of your vein disease, we can recommend the best choice from among our non-invasive varicose vein treatments for you.

If you’re already exercising regularly, this may mean some adjustments to your routine. While certain types of exercise are good for vein health, others can actually increase your risk of developing vein disease.

Exercises for Vein Health

Exercising the calf muscles is important, because these pump blood up the legs and to the heart. Aerobic exercises are good for this, including:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Running on a synthetic track, treadmill or grass

Exercises That Can Harm Vein Health

  • Weightlifting with heavy weights. If strength training is part of your routine, it’s best to switch to more reps with lighter weights to avoid the abdominal pressure that impedes blood flow. You should also follow a weightlifting session with some aerobic activity to improve circulation.
  • Abdominal exercises. This includes crunches, sit-ups and certain yoga positions that increase pressure on the abdomen.
  • Running on pavement, which can strain the joints.

If you’ve been doing a considerable amount of any of these exercises, you may be inadvertently contributing to your vein problems.

Contact Us Today

Don’t let the discomfort, fatigue and unsightliness of varicose veins prevent you from being as active as you’d like. Call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our Atlanta vein specialists.