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The Effect of Caffeine on the Circulatory System

Caffeine and the circulatory system

For many caffeine enthusiasts, it’s time to celebrate National Coffee Day in America on Friday, September 29th. But before you reach for that celebratory cup of joe, have you ever wondered about caffeine’s effect on the circulatory system? “While moderate doses of caffeine can have beneficial effects on the body’s cardiovascular system, such as reducing resting heart rate, excessive consumption can cause rapid heart rate and contribute to cardiac arrhythmia—an abnormal heart rate,” says Dr. David Park, one of the leading physicians at VeinInnovations. While a direct correlation between vein disease and caffeine has never been proven, consuming too much coffee can have definitive effects on your circulatory system.

Patients already afflicted by venous insufficiency should not be too concerned, as it’s unlikely that coffee will make a serious impact on your vein health. However, it’s always safest to consume caffeine in moderation, since it is medically classified as a stimulant. Studies have shown that this substance can cause negative side effects, such as constricted blood vessels, decreased circulation and increased blood pressure. As you might have guessed, individuals with venous disease are especially vulnerable to these symptoms. Keep reading to discover more about how caffeine can affect your body.

Signs of excessive caffeine consumption

 Throughout the Western world, coffee is part of many people’s morning rituals. Beyond its comforting taste, this beloved beverage contains enough caffeine to jolt the adenosine neurotransmitters in your brain, which in turn release norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is responsible for the “fight-or-flight” effect, which increases blood flow and makes you feel more alert.

Now, all of this might sound harmless, but there are numerous reasons why it’s recommend that you limit your coffee intake to 24 ounces per day. Indeed, an excess in caffeine causes these brain systems to go into overdrive. As a result, patients often report emotional symptoms, such as feeling anxious and irritable, and physical side effects, including increased heart rate, heart palpitations, muscle spasms, headaches and insomnia.

Beyond coffee, you should watch out for other beverages with high caffeine contents. Abusing caffeinated soda and energy drinks isn’t healthy either. We recommend that you take care of your body by eating a balanced diet, getting seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and exercising at least 30 minutes per day. After all, leading a healthy lifestyle will give you more energy than coffee ever could!

Enjoy a coffee on us!

 In celebration of National Coffee Day, VeinInnovations will be giving away ten $5 gift cards to Starbucks. Five will be available on our Facebook page, while the others are up for grabs on Instagram. Sit back and enjoy your next pumpkin spice latté or cappuccino on us. But remember not to overindulge in those deliciously caffeinated fall drinks!

If you have any concerns about your vein health and live in the Atlanta area, please reach out to VeinInnovations today. Our talented team of doctors are experts at healing the internal and external symptoms of venous disease. We can’t wait to hear from you!

An Interview with Dr. David Park

 

David Park_CroppedA childhood trip to the emergency room inspired Dr. David Park to become a doctor. “It was traumatic for my mother,” he says. “I was taken to the ER, half of my face was split open, and within a few hours, I was sewn up and it healed well. Knowing that the human body can be put back together like that caused me to think about becoming a doctor.”

As he entered medical school, Dr. Park had the idea he would be become a heart surgeon. “I was in awe of working on the human heart,” he says. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1988, graduating with honors, and received a fellowship from the Mid-America Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital. After five years as a resident general surgeon and chief general surgeon at Emory University, he moved into private practice and has continued to work in this field since then. In that time, he has also developed a specialized interest in various vein health concerns, which he now treats in his role with VeinInnovations.

While working on the human heart was a major inspiration in his early career, Dr. David Park found that these surgeries became mundane over time. “It was the same operation over and over,” he says. “I was turned off by that.”

General surgery proved to be the perfect solution, him with a varied workload that kept him refreshed and engaged. To broaden his professional and intellectual scope further, Dr. Park branched into vein disorders, which he has found especially gratifying in terms of their mental challenge. Patients come in with a wide range of problems that require individualized treatment. “What I like best is that it’s a fairly rapid process,” Dr. Park says. “Seeing the before and after is gratifying.”

More than cosmetics

In his work with VeinInnovations, Dr. Park regularly meets with patients who hold misconceptions about the vein treatments offered. The most common such misconception is that vein treatments only have cosmetic benefits. “It’s a nice benefit to having this done, but it is significantly more than aesthetics,” Dr. Park says.

Dr. Park enjoys taking time to educate patients on the benefits, and to address their concerns about the treatment process. “The most common concern is how painful this is going to be,” Dr. Park says. “I reassure them that most patients say it is much better than they expected. I’ve had them done myself and I was able to tolerate it and I can attest to and empathize with their fears. But it isn’t going to be as bad as what they are anticipating.”

Through this process, Dr. Park enjoys the ability to sit down and get to know his patients, while also allowing them to learn more about him.

Building relationships

 “I like engaging with patients, and I look forward to helping them feel better and look better, and the process of getting to know them individually over time,” Dr. Park says. “That’s fun. People come from various backgrounds and stories, and then I’ll share my story.”

Since patients often come into the office for a number of appointments before, during and after treatments, there is ample time to strengthen these relationships and make sure each patient gets the attention and experience they deserve. It also helps that VeinInnovations offers a full spectrum of services that can be provided in-office. “I don’t have to send patients off elsewhere,” Dr. Park says. “We perform everything in our office.”

If you are currently suffering with a venous disease or other vein health concerns, contact the VeinInnovations team today to learn more about how we can help.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

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WANT GREAT LEGS FOR LIFE? REVOLUTIONARY VIRX HEAL AND REPAIR CREAM IS NOW AVAILABLE AT VEININNOVATIONS. 

VeinInnovations, Atlanta’s first independent, patient-centered vein center has partnered with Sally B’s Skin Yummies to offer VIrx, an original formulated healing and repair cream to patients. 

Atlanta, GA (December 14, 2016) – VeinInnovations today announced that it is partnering with Sally Larsen of Sally B’s Skin Yummies to offer Vlrx Healing and Repair Cream. Vlrx is a new, progressive skincare product offered in-house to VeinInnovations’ patients for before, during and after treatment care.

Sally B’s Skin Yummies is a company certified as cruelty-free and providing products that are created with the highest concentration of certified organic ingredients possible. Vlrx is 75% Organic, Gluten Free and Vegan. It is manufactured free of petroleum products to be preservative free and GMO free. Proudly Vlrx is produced without any experimentation on animals to be cruelty free.

How does it work? VIrx offers a one of kind formula harnessing the superb moisturizers organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, and organic argan oil that benefit all skin types. The active ingredients that provide healing and regenerative results are Vigna Aconitifolia, commonly known as Moth Bean Extract (a plant-based ingredient) and Gotu Kola which naturally aid in scar reduction. Arnica Montana which reduces bruising is another important part of this revolutionary formula.

Vlrx, offers patients one naturally-based, skin regeneration solution that takes the place of multiple products for the aftercare of treatment at VeinInnovations.

“Previously, our medical staff would send our patients to the pharmacy to buy multiple creams to reduce bruising and heal scarring in post treatment care. Now, we can offer our own organically based product VIrx, which has shown to produce amazing results, in-house. Our hope is that our patients feel it’s just another aspect of patient care that makes VeinInnovations Atlanta’s leader for vein treatment,” said David Martin, RN, President /CEO, VeinInnovations.

Encompassing a unique, organically scented blend of cocoa butter, lavender, grapefruit and real vanilla, Vlrx offers patients a relaxing as well as healing experience. This innovative product however is not just for vein treatment patients, its amazing benefits are for anyone wishing to improve the appearance of their legs. These benefits include:

  • Softer Skin
  • Enhanced Healing of new scars
  • Reduction of “crepey” skin
  • Improvement of old scar appearance

VeinInnovations, Atlanta’s first independent, patient-centered vein center, uses the latest technology and customized treatment plans created by board-certified surgeons and doctors specializing in vein disease, heavy, hurting, restless legs, varicose and spider veins.

For more information on Vlrx or VeinInnovations please visit us at: http://veininnovations.com/.

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Atlanta Beltline Westside 5K

VeinInnovations was proud to be a sponsor of the 6th annual Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk.Go! Race Series on July 16. The event provided a great chance to explore the paths along the West End Trail of the Atlanta Beltline, which winds through the historic Westview and West End neighborhoods. Some people ran and some took a leisurely walk. Others brought their dogs and children along. Click here to read more »

VeinInnovations Honored For Growth; Named for PaceSetter Award Among Atlanta’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies

VeinInnovations was honored recently by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as being one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Fastest Growing companies, receiving a prestigious PaceSetter Award for this achievement at the Chronicle’s 20th Annual PaceSetter Awards event. Click here to read more »