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An Interview with Dr. Lisa Perez

Dr. Lisa Perez 2016_2For Dr. Lisa Perez, the knowledge that she is improving the lives of her patients motivates her every day. “I see patients who were having leg pain that was stopping them from fully enjoying their lives. Maybe they are overweight and their leg pain was preventing them from getting fit, and then I see them after treatment and they are so happy. It is just so gratifying,” she says.

 A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and board certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Perez began her career in that area and transitioned to vein care in 2011 and took her current position in 2015. She is especially enjoying the relationships she is now able to have with her patients. “As an ER doctor you treat the problem, and then the patient goes away. In this field, you help them, and you see the results after treatment,” she says. “It’s great to see patients so happy and excited. They hug you and are glad to be here.”

Clearing up misconceptions

Dr. Perez says her patients have many misconceptions about vein treatment. “They are often afraid it will be painful or will require a lot of time off work. They remember their parents receiving treatment like vein stripping that required a hospital stay. It was just an overall arduous process. That is no longer true. Treatment for venous disease is much easier now,” she says.

According to Dr. Perez, her patients often come in concerned about the costs. “They think varicose veins are a cosmetic issue only and are surprised that insurance will cover treatment,” she says. “People may not come in because they think it’s cosmetic, and that cosmetic equals expensive. It’s exciting when they discover many treatments are actually covered by their insurance.”

Medicine is a family affair

Dr. Perez grew up surrounded by a love of the medical field. Her father, who is still practicing medicine at 70, is a doctor, and her mother is a nurse. When she was a little girl, her father would bring her to the hospital with him. “I knew I wanted to be a doctor when I was very young. I used to play with my father’s medical bag. I really loved the stethoscope,” she says.

For Dr. Perez, it was her father’s encouragement that led her to become a doctor. “My father really enjoyed his career. It was very rewarding to him, and he encouraged all his children to go into medicine. My parents were such good role models,” she says. “If you thought you couldn’t do it, you had someone saying, ‘You can do this.’ That was my dad.”

Up for the challenge

Dr. Perez finds her work challenging and always interesting. “I am doing procedures that we didn’t perform at my previous practice. I’ve learned new skills. It’s made me a better physician overall and specifically better in treating venous disease,” she says.

 A special place to work

 Dr. Perez says it’s the staff at VeinInnovations that make it such a special place for patients and such a great place to work. “The staff makes a huge difference. From the front desk to medical assistants, nurses and ultrasound techs, this is by far the best staff I’ve ever worked with. It really sets us apart.”

For Dr. Perez, the best part of working at VeinInnovations is that their quest for innovation, always looking for new procedures and better ways to help patients overcome their venous disease.

When she’s not caring for her patients, Dr. Perez enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two children.

If you are suffering with venous disease, please contact the caring team at VeinInnovations to discover how we can help.

 

 

How Compression Stockings Can Aid in Leg Health

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Compression stockings are often recommended to people who suffer from achy, swollen legs. They aid the body in moving blood up the leg against the pull of gravity and while being worn, are often a conservative treatment option to increase blood flow to the lower limbs. Sufferers of chronic venous diseases, such as varicose veins and spider veins, are the main candidates for compression therapy. If you are thinking of using stockings in your treatment, there are some things you should consider to get the maximum benefits.

Graduated compression

Most stockings are graduated, which means they have a decreasing strength of compression up the leg. By being tightest at the ankle and reducing compression strength up the leg, compression stockings help guide the blood upward and away from the lower leg. This compression also squeezes the veins and creates less area through which blood can flow, forcing the rate of blood flow to increase.

 Compression levels

Support stockings are available in multiple compression support levels. Most commonly used compression

support stockings come in mild (8-15 mmHg), medium (15-20 mmHg), firm (20-30 mmHg) and x-firm (30-40 mmHg) gradient compression levels:

  • Mild compression (8-15mmHg) provides relief and minimizes tired and achy legs.
  • Medium compression (15-20mmHg) provides relief for minor to moderate varicose and spider veins.
  • Firm compression (20-30mmHg) provides relief for moderate to severe varicose veins (helpful during pregnancy).
  • X-Firm compression (30-40mmHg) provides relief for severe varicose veins.

Dr. Frank Ferrier, of VeinInnovations in Atlanta says, “The best compression stockings are well-fitting and are the proper compression strength. The most important factor is that the compression stocking is measured and fitted properly. For most varicose veins, 20-30 mmHg of compression is enough, but for some more advanced venous insufficiency and lymphedema, 30-40 mmHg is required.”

You’ll want to consult with your doctor for recommendations before choosing a compression level.

Sizing stockings

 To fit you for medical grade compression stockings, the doctor will usually measure your ankle circumference, your calf circumference and the distance between your heel and knee, according to Compressionstockings.com. Ankle and calf measurements should be taken in the morning, since your legs will swell the longer you are upright. Medical supply stores may help with sizing if you can’t have a professional fitting done.

When to wear stockings

Compression stockings work best when you put them on in the morning, before you are up and walking around. This will help prevent blood pooling. If you wait until later in the day to put them on, after you have been sitting or standing for a while, your blood will already have started to pool in your legs. This can make it ever harder to get the stockings on and may make them less effective in helping with your symptoms.

Dr. Ferrier says most insurance companies require patients to wear compression stockings prior to treatment as a conservative measure. “After you meet the stocking requirement, you can have additional treatment recommended by VeinInnovations, and your insurance is likely to cover it. While compression stockings make the legs feel better when they are on, when removed, the same symptoms are likely to occur. Treatment of the greater saphenous vein is the only way to completely relieve symptoms of heavy, tired, achy legs,” he says.

Not your grandmother’s stockings

In recent years, compression stockings have gone through a form and function redesign. Gone are the days of rubber socks that only came in flesh colors. Improvements include new fiber materials that are cooler, softer, highly durable and definitely more fashionable.

If you think you may benefit from compression stockings, contact the doctors at VeinInnovations today and schedule an appointment to be fitted.

Meet Our Medical Director, Dr. Darrell Caudill

Dr. Caudill - his fave[1] smallerHow does a distinguished cardiovascular surgeon known for his remarkable innovations in his field spend his retirement years? How about by continuing to follow his passion for helping those who suffer from venous disease? In his post-retirement years, after devoting more than 40 years treating those with cardiovascular disease, Dr. Darrell Caudill was excited to take on the medical director role at VeinInnovations in 2011.

Board-certified in general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Caudill is well-known in the Atlanta medical community. Over the course of his career, he practiced cardiovascular surgery at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta and served for many years as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. After retiring from his surgical practice, Dr. Caudill joined VeinInnovations to continue his quest to help those who suffer from venous disease.

Always one to follow his dreams, Dr. Caudill knew at a young age that he wanted to be a doctor. Inspired by his uncles who were physicians, Dr. Caudill attended University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where he soon discovered his interest in cardiovascular surgery. One afternoon during his first year in medical school, as he took a break from an anatomy class, he wandered into a lab conducting preliminary research into open-heart surgery. “Seeing that investigative work during my first few weeks of medical school started it all,” he says. Within a few months, Dr. Caudill was working for the chair of the cardiovascular surgery department and exposed to the field of cardiovascular surgery on a daily basis.

Saving lives

After graduation, Dr. Caudill served his country as an Army surgeon during the Vietnam War. His time at the 17th Field Army Hospital in Ahn Khe, Vietnam, helped him hone his surgical skills and taught him to never accept what seems like a limitation when it comes to helping patients.

“Vietnam opened my eyes to the fact that there are no limits to the things we can pursue when solving difficult problems,” he says. “With all the mass causalities I saw, I realized I had to extend my limits and my abilities and sometimes improvise to come up with a successful outcome for my patients.”

Expanding boundaries

Never one to stop expanding boundaries, Dr. Caudill began the cardiac surgical program at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, and was the first surgeon in Georgia to use intra-aortic balloon therapy, a procedure that has saved countless lives and is currently used over 70,000 times a year in the United States. He continues his quest for innovation by participating in the development of a revolutionary new venous disease treatment called BASIS. This therapy avoids the use of heat and therefore reduces the discomfort patients feel, since BASIS eliminates the need for additional injected anesthetics. Striving to help patients live happier, more active lives with less pain, Dr. Caudill is currently completing the investigational trial for BASIS at VeinInnovations Sandy Springs.

“I realize one of the greatest barriers to seeking care for venous disease is fears about pain related to treatment and fear of the unknown,” he says. “I am even more excited about BASIS because, by eliminating the need for additional injections of anesthesia, we have significantly reduced discomfort for our patients.”

Joining VeinInnovations

Dr. Caudill was drawn to VeinInnovations because of their long history of providing high-quality treatment. They are one of the first practices in Georgia to offer services for those with venous disease. As Medical Director of VeinInnovations, Dr. Caudill says one of the most exciting parts of his work is being able to improve the quality of life for his patients.

“Seeing a patient’s legs go from swollen, brown and unsightly to an almost normal appearance and more importantly, to feeling normal, is one of the greatest things about being here. Daily, I am struck by the tremendous improvement we can provide in the lives of our patients,” he says.

Dr. Caudill brings his significant knowledge of vascular disease to his work at VeinInnovations. His deep understanding of the pathology of venous disease is especially helpful in assessing patients and helping develop individualized treatment plans.

“I know patients want a one-step cure, but the causes of venous disease are complicated and the treatment requires a multi-phase and individualized approach. However, patients soon discover that it was all worth it when they see and feel the results.”

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Caudill enjoys golfing, reading and traveling with Helen, his wife of 20 years. With three sons all graduates of the University of Georgia, Dr. Caudill is also an avid Bulldogs’ fan.

If you or someone you love is suffering with venous disease, please contact us today and learn how Dr. Caudill and the team at VeinInnovations can help.

 

Varicose Veins and Insurance Coverage

InsuranceAccording to WebMD, approximately 30 to 60 percent of adults have varicose veins. These are enlarged, bluish veins that appear swollen or twisted. They are usually present on the legs and feet, and although they do not bother some people, they may present more serious complications for others. For some people, they may indicate a more serious circulation problem.

Spider veins are a common, milder form of varicose veins. These tiny veins also appear on the legs or feet and are usually not painful. Many people choose to treat spider veins because they are concerned about their appearance.

Varicose and spider veins can run in the family. Women are more likely to have them than men. Causes of vein problems include damage to the leg veins, problems with blood flow from the veins back to the heart and increased pressure in the leg veins. There are a number of vein treatment options available that insurance can cover, at least in part. Learn more about treatment details and what kind of coverage you can expect from your insurance provider.

Treatment options

A vein specialist can help determine the best treatment plan for varicose or spider veins, based on your condition. The provider may use special ultrasound techniques to determine the severity of your varicose veins. The good news is that many vein procedures can be done in a doctor’s office or other outpatient setting. Some of the most common treatments for varicose or spider veins include:

  • Sclerotherapy
    This pain-free procedure involves injecting veins with a medication that scars and closes them.
  • Laser therapy
    Laser therapy is another treatment that can treat spider veins. A laser sends bursts of light into the vein, which will make the vein collapse and eventually disappear. Laser therapy is not always effective on larger veins.
  • Foam sclerotherapy
    This procedure is often used to treat larger, more severe varicose veins. It’s a newer technique that closes off a vein using a foam solution.
  • Radiofrequency ablation
    A minimally invasive procedure that uses a thin tube to direct radiofrequency energy that heats and destroys the vein wall.Please visit the VeinInnovations’ treatment page for all available options.

Insurance coverage for vein procedures

If you’re considering having a vein procedure, don’t be discouraged by the financial impact of treatment. You might even be surprised to learn that your procedure may be covered by health insurance. When a vein procedure is medically necessary because of the presence of disease, rather than for just cosmetic improvement (sclerotherapy and laser therapy), many companies will provide some type of coverage so that you can get treatment and symptom relief.

Your benefits and coverage depend on your diagnosis and insurance company’s policies. Your provider will check your eligibility and let you know what is covered and what is your responsibility or copayment. You can also call your insurance company to determine your eligibility. Be sure to find out the amount that you will pay out-of-pocket and how much your insurer will pay. VeinInnovations takes all major insurance plans, including Medicare.

Payment options

Most vein centers want you to get the treatment you need without creating a large financial burden. Some vein therapy centers offer a variety of payment options such as payment plans, discounts or special pricing. Talk to your provider to determine which payment options are available. If you have to meet a deductible or pay a copayment, many vein centers will work with you so that you can have the treatments that will bring you pain relief and improvement of your vein symptoms.

Contact VeinInnovations today to see how we can work together to give you healthy, beautiful legs.

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.