Varicose veins are a type of vein disease. It occurs when the veins, which carry blood from the extremities back to the heart, fail. The pressure is too strong for the valves that guide the flow of blood through the vein up to the heart. When the valves fail, the blood cannot continue its journey and expands, changing its shape and size. This causes the blood to remain stagnate in the extremities and could potentially cause leg ulcers, neuropathy, and poor healing in the extremities, especially after hip or knee surgery. In severe cases, varicose veins can cause heart problems, develop into deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or blot clots, known as pulmonary embolisms (PE), which can be fatal. In a few words it can cause you death if you do not treat them correctly.
Colder months brings daylight saving time which means rising when it’s dark and going to sleep when it’s dark for us mid-westerners. We get a slight disruption in our biological clocks as we adjust. When we are out we bundle up with more layers of clothes. And sometimes don’t notice changes that may take place on our skin besides it getting dry and sometimes very itchy. And while those two things could be only winter related they could also be due to a more significant issue. They can be signs of a venous circulation issue. Many have compromised venous health and do not understand that while they feel fine, they actually could be feeling incredible.
IVS Remains at the Forefront of Global Vein Care: Takeaways from the ACP 32nd Annual Congress Meeting14/11/2018
Having 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.
NFL Football and fantasy football season are in full swing. All over the country, men are checking their teams to see how they are doing, but in general, not often do men take the time to check their own health. And now that fall and winter months are here, it’s a bit harder to see any changes our body may be making as we pile on our sweaters and cold-weather gear.
It’s Halloween and everyone dresses up as vampires and ghosts. I see stickers that say “Great veins”!! It reminds me of when I have to get blood drawn; that’s what I am usually told. But I always say that even though my arms have great veins, what is really important are checking the veins in my legs! The phlebotomist usually looks at me funny and then tells me they rarely need to draw blood from a leg.