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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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Why varicose veins happen?

At Illinois Vein Specialists we constantly see older people with this type of disease. Although many patients we treat are often older, this doesn't necessarily mean that varicose vein disease is an older person's disease or the result of age itself.  It's often the opposite, and while many of us think that these bulging veins happen because of age, the fact of the matter is that by the time you notice the larger veins, it has been the result of long-term damage and disease. Varicose veins can occur in patients in the early teens, actually we've treated several of them with severe venous hypertension. 

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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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