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What Is Chronic Vein Disease?

 

Painful varicose and spider veins on womans legs who is active and working out self-helping herself in overcoming the pain. Vascular disease varicose veins problems active life concept.Chronic venous disease (also known as chronic venous insufficiency) occurs when the veins in the legs do not allow blood to flow efficiently to the heart. Weakened, faulty valves cause blood to pool in the legs. These blood flow issues can lead to other problems that affect vein health. Common vein problems include varicose veins and spider veins, with spider veins being the least serious of the most common vein disorders.

Who’s affected? 

Vein disease is fairly common and can affect anyone. By the age of 55, almost half of men and women suffer from some form of it. . A widely reported statistic estimates that spider veins affect up to 72% of American women and 40% of men. People who work jobs that require them to stand for a long time are more susceptible. But a sedentary lifestyle can also increase risk. Vein problems become more frequent with age, but being female, having a family history of varicose veins, injury, smoking, lack of physical activity, and gaining weight contribute to the disease.

 Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic vein disease affect the legs and ankles and may be uncomfortable or painful. Individuals may experience itching, a heavy feeling one or both legs, cramping and skin sores or ulcers. Other symptoms include swollen ankles, varicose veins and brown-colored or dark-colored skin.

 Prevention

There are no true prevention methods, however, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise are always good habits.  If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, taking regular breaks during the day to walk for a few minutes can help to get the muscle pump in your calf moving again.  If your doctor has prescribed a blood thinner for blood clots, it is imperative to consistently take the medicine as prescribed.

Chronic venous disease is a common medical condition, affecting millions; however, it can be treated. If you have been diagnosed, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Treatment

One conservative treatment option for chronic vein disease is elevating your legs when sitting. If your job requires you to sit or stand for long periods of time, your doctor may recommend that you take breaks throughout your day and walk to improve circulation in your legs and feet.

Your doctor may also prescribe compression stockings or socks to reduce swelling, relieve pain and help heal skin ulcers.

 Sometimes, lifestyle changes alone are not adequate to treat vein disease. Fortunately, vein specialists, such as those at VeinInnovations, offer a variety of treatment options that are virtually pain-free. After a thorough consultation and diagnosis, board-certified physicians will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. VeinInnovations offers state-of-the-art approaches to the treatment of vein diseases, including non-surgical procedures.

If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic venous disease, contact VeinInnovations today to schedule a consultation with our caring team of vein care specialists.

Common Causes of Spider Veins

 

Causes of spider veinsThe appearance of unattractive red, purple or blue web-like formations on your legs, commonly referred to as spider veins, is the result of deteriorating blood vessels caused by weak connective and circulatory tissue. More than 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men in the U.S. suffer from vein disease. While age and family history are the most common causes of spider veins, other factors play a role.

Lack of movement

Our circulatory system relies on the aid of muscles to push oxygen-depleted blood from the feet back to the heart. The constant pressure from prolonged sitting and standing can cause vein walls to become stretched or distended. As a result, valves may no longer close properly, allowing blood to flow back down to the lower extremities. Poor circulation, leg pain and permanent vein damage are possible.

If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting or standing, doctors recommend taking frequent breaks to increase circulation by stretching, walking and elevating your legs.

Diabetes damage to blood vessels

Diabetes can negatively impact your health by causing damage to the nerves and blood vessels in your legs. Because diabetics cannot process glucose properly, glucose can build up in the bloodstream. This excess glucose may lead to a buildup of fatty deposits in the blood vessels, weakening veins and artery walls. Constant uncontrolled high blood sugars have a detrimental effect on the circulatory system, so veins and their valves can, over time, become debilitated by high sugars. If you have varicose or spider veins and diabetes, it’s even more important that you get proper vein health check-ups and treatment at an early stage.

Pregnancy and hormones

During pregnancy, blood volume increases by 20 to 40 percent, and your veins have to work harder to keep up with the flow. The growing uterus places additional pressure on the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the legs and feet to the heart. This makes it even harder for blood to return to the heart and lungs for re-oxygenation.

Both the amount of blood in a pregnant woman’s body and the increased amount of progesterone can lead to the development of spider and varicose veins. Progesterone is the hormone that causes ligaments to loosen. It also causes other tissues to relax, including the walls of blood vessels. This can cause veins to enlarge.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, taking birth control pills may contribute to the formation of varicose or spider veins. Medications containing estrogen can affect the way blood clots form and can put some women at an increased risk for clot formation and other vein health issues.

Extra weight strains veins

Being overweight may lead to various health problems and put extra pressure on your veins. Too much pressure causes the veins to work harder to circulate the blood. While you may initially experience superficial spider veins, larger veins will start to bulge as the blood pools in the veins due to insufficient valves made worse by the extra weight.

While some varicose veins are simply cosmetic concerns, most are caused from vein disease.  Painful symptoms in the legs including aching, swelling and itching may occur. If neglected, varicose veins can have major implications for your health.

Symptoms of vein disease and treatment

The primary symptoms of vein disease are highly visible, twisted veins most commonly on the legs, which may cause pain, heaviness, swelling and achiness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment.

The vein specialists at VeinInnovations can ease the pain and appearance of your spider and varicose veins. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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.

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?

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.