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Could Your Job Be Increasing Your Varicose Veins Risk?

      There are many factors can increase your risk for varicose veins. The most important of these are heredity (having a family history of vein disease), age (being over 50), gender (women are more at risk than men), pregnancy, and being overweight. But did you know that one of the things that can…

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How Are Varicose Veins Are Different To Normal Veins?

  Often times when people have varicose veins, the thing they are most worried about is their appearance. The real concern, as most doctors know, is actually the health issues that can occur. If left untreated, varicose veins will not only continue to be unsightly and painful, but may also develop into a medical risk.…

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Does Extreme Exercise Cause or Aggravate Varicose Veins?

Some of the questions most asked of vein doctors by both men and women are, “Is it safe for me to exercise – and exercise hard – if I have varicose veins or have been told that I am at increased risk of developing them because of my heredity?” or “Can intense exercise lead to…

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Varicose Veins and Long-Haul Travel – Know the Risks

Australians love to travel, in 2018 alone over 10.5 million intrepid travellers left our shores to explore the globe.  And given the long distances that separate Australia from other countries, most of these travellers face long haul travel times, during which they will be sitting immobile in possibly cramped seats.       Today’s smaller…

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Can Leg Pain Be Caused by Varicose Veins?

Many patients come to see us at The Vein Institute complaining about chronic leg pain. Upon examination, we often find that their legs are covered with varicose veins. But when we ask, “Have you ever considered the possibility that varicose veins may be the cause of your leg pain?” the answers is always the same:…

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How VenaSeal Treatment for Varicose Veins works

Are you suffering from varicose veins? Or perhaps you’re looking for non-intrusive treatment options that do not include surgery? VenaSeal treatment maybe an option for you.   What Is VenaSeal Treatment? VenaSeal treatment is currently the newest and most advanced treatment method for varicose veins. This vein treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that introduces…

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5 Things You Need To Know Before You Have Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins.

Laser for varicose veins doesn’t refer to skin laser treatments but rather what is known as “endovenous”. This simply means that doctors actually insert a laser tip into your vein. It won’t hurt as it’ll be done under a local anaesthetic. The procedure is performed if you require your varicose veins to be treated and…

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Can varicose veins come back after treatment?

  After going through a vein assessment, selecting treatment, and completing the treatment itself, you’d like to be sure that your varicose veins are gone for good. But can they come back? Unfortunately, it is possible.   Here are three things you need to do in order to reduce the chances of your varicose veins…


Varicose Eczema and Relief for Itchy Veins

General symptoms of varicose veins can include swelling in the legs and ankles, fatigue, low energy levels, and outright pain. But, other than overt pain and loss of mobility, one of the most annoying side effects of varicose veins that “first timers” note, is their itchy veins.    What Causes Varicose Veins to Itch? To…

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Treating Your Veins

You may be concerned about the way your varicose veins look. But whether they are purple, swollen or lumpy, one thing is for certain: they could be affecting your circulation and causing your body harm. Despite your veins making you feel self-conscious, the important thing is that you treat varicose veins correctly. Treatment may reduce…

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What’s the Difference Between Endovenous Laser Ablation and Radiofrequency Ablation?

  Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), are very similar procedures that use heat to treat varicose veins. Both procedures are performed in a clinic, have high success rates and require no recovery time typically. The treatments are usually completed within one hour, are not considered invasive or painful, and no general anaesthetic…


Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency

How is Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency Connected? Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a condition in the legs that occurs when the valves are not working properly, and can cause swelling and pigmentation. Because these valves are not working properly, it makes it difficult for the blood to return to the heart, therefore the blood…

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