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Dr. Stephen Rivard

Medical Director and Founder of Illinois Vein Specialists -- Board Certified in Phlebology, i.e. the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins.
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IVS Remains at the Forefront of Global Vein Care: Takeaways from the ACP 32nd Annual Congress Meeting

JP_160610_Illinois_Vein_Institute_0532Having just returned from the ACP 32nd Annual Congress meeting, I thrilled to know my practice continues to be on the forefront of vein care. At Illinois Vein Specialists we pride ourselves on our commitment to yearly-continued education workshops and lectures. We are a specialized field and our dedication to your health and well-being is the benchmark that many try to copy.

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Pregnancy and Your Circulatory System

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The feeling of having a human life growing inside you is nothing short of amazing. A little kick or sudden movement is a welcome distraction. The many changes your body endures during pregnancy are just a preview of the flurry of changes that will soon become your new normal.

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Sitting, Standing, and Varicose Veins

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If you read any ergonomics studies or workplace articles, you are likely to hear that standing desks are all the rage. Why is that? While we know that sitting in front of a computer all day isn’t good for you, haven’t we also heard that being on your feet all day takes a toll on your body. So, what’s all the fuss about?

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5 tips for a successful vein treatment

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The Initial Consultation: The First Step Towards Healthier Legs

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Before we can begin vein treatment, an initial consultation is necessary to determine the best treatment plan for each patient. At Illinois Vein Specialists, we review your medical or clinical history and perform a thorough examination of your veins using an ultrasound. The initial consultation helps us understand the scope of treatment and also work out the insurance coverage process.

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