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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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Yes, Men Can Have Varicose Veins Too.


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4 Great Things to Do to Help Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).


Over 300+ thousand inviduals are diagosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) each year - a disease where blood clots form and could lead to serious side effects including death. Many people are not even aware of the fact as the symptoms are generally difficult for most to recognize at first. Tired legs or cramps in the ankles and calves, long plane rides that leave your legs swollen and uncomfortable, even restless legs during the night. Many of these common symptoms are often associated with getting older - nothing more, nothing less. Having DVT on the other hand is really quite serious, however, and if these symptoms are noticed during the day you should seek a consultation from a trained vein specialist.

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Important Things to consider when choosing your Varicose Vein Doctor (or any doctor).


Choosing a doctor can often be a challenging task, particularly when you are not well versed in the area of medicine, or the specialty seems new to you. There are many things to consider, but generally you want to seek someone that understands your particular illness or symptoms and has the training to properly provide the right solution. Thinking about this for a minute, if you do not already know that type of ailment or type of treatment options available it make seem overwhelming to even know where to begin. Starting with a few best practices when choosing any specialist, whether it be automotive, physical fitness, or your medical service provider, looking at their track record and relying on word of mouth is probably a good place to begin.

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March Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month


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What is Endovenous Laser Therapy? EVLT Explained.


Over the last decade treatment for varicose vein disease has made significant advancements. These advancements have improved efficacy rates and recovery time, reduced pain as a result of the procedure and allowed patients to seek treatment in the comfort of an out patient clinic setting. While there are a few very common procedures offered these days, one of the most popular forms of varicose vein treatment is known as Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT).

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