Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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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…

Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings After My Vein Procedure?

Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings After My Vein Procedure?

Do I Need to Wear Compression Stockings After My Vein Procedure? Compression stockings are often used as part of a conservative treatment plan for varicose veins. They improve circulation, reduce fatigue, and ease swelling in the feet and ankles. Although compression stockings help control the symptoms associated with varicose veins, they won’t make diseased veins…

Why Winter is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins

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Why Winter is the Best Time to Treat Varicose Veins Many sufferers from varicose veins refrain from wearing shorts or clothes that expose their legs, embarrassed by the appearance of their varicose veins. All too often we hear from patients who have been putting off treatment assuming that surgery is the only option. This couldn’t…

How Compression Stockings Can Help People With Varicose Veins

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How Compression Stockings Can Help People With Varicose Veins What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are leg veins that do not pump blood effectively up the legs to the heart. They are often seen as bulging veins just underneath your skin on either or both legs. All veins contain small valves that propel blood up…

Why are Varicose Veins Primarily Found in the Legs?

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  So Why Are Varicose Veins found in the Legs? There are a few reasons that varicose veins are found in the legs. Firstly, it is all about gravity. According to MyDr. – “Veins have the job of taking blood back to the heart. Blood moves from the superficial veins (found just under the skin)…

Are Your Veins Trying To Tell You Something?

Are Your Veins Trying To Tell You Something?

Our veins are an integral part of our circulation system, acting as a roadway which drives de-oxygenated blood back to our hearts.   When young, we may only be able to see our veins through the paper-thin skin on the insides of our wrists and elbows. But as we age, we may be able to…

Everything you Need to Know About Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Varicose Veins

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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis and is it Serious? DVT is a condition that involves blood clots (thrombi) in the deep veins of the legs. When blood clots develop in the deeper veins it can be serious and require medical attention. The obstruction caused to venous blood flow by these deeper clots, or thrombi, is…

3 Reasons Varicose Veins can Return

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If you have been thinking about treating your varicose veins, you may have heard that they can’t be cured or that some treatments have a high recurrence rate. While this is somewhat true, there are a number of reasons why your damaged vein may return so we have pulled together a few tips that might…

Varicose Veins Treatment – Does it Hurt?

Varicose Veins Treatment – Does it Hurt?

Many people avoid having varicose veins treated as they believe the procedure can be invasive and painful. This is a myth. Technology has improved dramatically over the years, which provides patients with a variety of treatment options that are considered to be practically painless. The different treatment options and any pain associated with them below.…

Tips for Nurses – What You Can Do to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

Tips for Nurses – What You Can Do to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

If you are a working nurse, you may have concerns about developing varicose veins. For many reasons, these fears are justified. Two of the biggest risk factors that determine one’s likelihood of developing vein diseases like varicose and spider veins are gender and lifestyle. Due to hormones, women develop varicose veins more often than men.…

4 Common Questions About Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

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1) How common are varicose veins during pregnancy? If you don’t have varicose veins before you’re pregnant, the good news is that you’re less likely to develop them. Two out of three women (60 to 70% ) go through their pregnancies and give birth without the appearance of varicose veins. The bad news is that…

Is Superglue as Effective as Surgery when Treating Varicose Veins?

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A special type of superglue for varicose veins can be as effective as surgery for your veins. VenaSealTM represents the next generation in varicose vein treatment and permanently seals varicose veins shut permanently. Like most modern vein procedures such as sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation, the goal of VenaSeal is to seal the varicose vein shut.…

When Varicose Veins Become Dangerous?

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Varicose veins and spider veins are unsightly and a nuisance, but at what point do they become a danger to your health? In this article we’ll explain the stages of progression of chronic venous disease, and why the earlier the treatment, the better. Those annoying varicose veins are the result of a gradual weakening of…

Do Natural Remedies Work for Varicose Veins?

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The symptoms of varicose veins vary significantly from one patient to another. Mild symptoms include a dull ache or ‘heaviness’ of the leg, right through to more severe symptoms such as swelling in the legs and ankles, extreme pain, fatigue or changes in skin colour. If you’re looking for some relief from your varicose vein…

The 4 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins are unfortunately common – in industrialised countries such as ours; it is estimated that 41% of women and 24% of men will develop varicose veins by the time they are in their 50s. Many people have unanswered questions about varicose veins. In this article, we’ll address the questions most commonly asked of us…

Get the Right Scan for Your Legs

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If we were to ask you how you would know if you have varicose veins, your first intuitive answer would probably be, “Well, I’d look in a mirror.” Right? Well, as it turns out, this intuitive answer could be wrong. You can probably see superficial (close to the surface of the skin) varicose veins in…

7 Best Exercises for Vein Health While Travelling

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Previously we wrote about “economy class syndrome,” and how sitting motionless in cramped conditions during long airline flights can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. We listed a few tips to help reduce your risk, such as getting up to walk around every few minutes, staying well hydrated, and if you have…

New Year, New Legs

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Hello and welcome to our first blog post for 2017! For most of us, January is proving to be an absolute scorcher and it is way too hot to be letting your varicose veins hold you back from wearing shorts! Many sufferers from varicose veins prefer not to wear shorts or clothes that expose their…

Does Being Overweight Lead To A Greater Chance Of Developing Varicose Veins?

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In a nutshell, yes. In this blog post, we’ll explain why it is more common for overweight and obese people to develop varicose veins, and how you can best prevent, detect and treat them. Extra Weight Places Extra Stress on the Circulatory System. The latest statistics from the ABS National Health Survey 2014-2015 show some…

5 Common Questions Men Ask About Varicose Vein Treatment

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In the first part of this Men’s Health blog series we answered frequently asked questions about endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) – one of the safe, effective methods of varicose vein removal that we specialise in at The Vein Institute. To recap, EVLA is: A safe, minimally-invasive procedure to permanently remove varicose veins and eliminate the…

Types of Varicose Veins Treatments

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Less than a decade ago, varicose vein treatment was limited to stripping and in-hospital procedures. In today’s modern medical world there are many types of varicose vein treatment options available, from laser to superglue. Let’s take a look at each – Types of varicose vein treatments: One of the most popular treatments is a technique…

VenaSeal: The Safe and Effective Alternative To Thermal Ablation

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Varicose veins symptoms cause a significant amount of distress – you may be familiar with the burning, throbbing and itching associated with problematic veins. Years ago, the only option for varicose vein treatment was surgical, vein stripping. Today, advances in technology mean we have non-surgical treatment alternatives. Over the past twenty years vein specialists have…

3 Simple Benefits of Treating Varicose Veins

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There are many benefits to seeking out varicose vein treatment, from symptom relief such as swelling, aching and throbbing pain, to prevention of more serious health issues like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots. However, there are also many emotional and mental health benefits which should be considered: Improved Self Confidence Low self-confidence can…

Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt?

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Painful varicose veins Pain associated with varicose veins is often described as a “dull ache,” sometimes accompanied by throbbing, itching, and general discomfort. Common side effects of such pain include tiredness, lack of energy and feelings of “heaviness” in the legs. For most patients who experience painful varicose veins, the symptoms are aggravated by inaction…