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How to Relieve Varicose Vein Pain During Pregnancy

pregnant womanVaricose veins can be a pesky annoyance. From itchiness to pain and unsightly veins on our legs, there is nothing good about varicose veins. Unfortunately, one of the biggest causes of varicose veins is pregnancy. Pregnancy can often lead to varicose veins because of the pressure placed on your inferior vena cava, a large vein that transports blood from your legs and feet back to your heart. As your uterus expands during pregnancy, it places pressure on this vein and can restrict its blood flow a bit, leading to varicose veins. If you have them while you’re pregnant, you can’t, unfortunately, receive treatment. However, these tips can help you alleviate some of the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins.

Tip #1: Get Up and Move Around

If you work in an office or another environment that requires you to sit for many hours a day, it can increase your chances of getting varicose veins in general, not just during pregnancy. Try getting up and walking around regularly. Stretch a little, walk around the office, maybe even try walking during your lunch break. This can help get your blood flowing and reduce your chances of developing varicose veins.

Tip #2: Watch What You Wear

Clothes that are too tight can restrict your blood flow, which as we all know, is not good for your odds of not getting varicose veins. When pregnant, try wearing looser clothing.

Tip #3: Wear Maternity Hose

There are specialized maternity support pantyhose that you can buy that can help to reduce your chances of developing varicose veins or alleviate some of the symptoms caused by these pesky veins. They’re slightly compressed, which can help to improve blood flow.

Tip #4: Keep Your Feet Elevated

As you get further along in your pregnancy, keeping your feet elevated can help with varicose vein symptoms. They can also help with feet swelling that is common during pregnancy.

Contact Physician’s Vascular Services Today!

While you can’t receive varicose vein treatment while pregnant, should your varicose veins persist long after pregnancy, we can help. We offer a wide variety of varicose vein treatment options that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort these nuisance veins can cause. If you’re still pregnant, however,  well, take advantage of these tips to try and alleviate your pain and discomfort. Feel free to call us today to learn more about varicose veins and the many ways we can help.

Accredited in Medical Imaging: What Does That Mean?

varicose veinsWhen it comes to receiving vein care, doctors will use a variety of medical imaging methods, tools, and equipment to diagnose and treat varicose veins. At Physician’s Vascular Services, we are accredited in medical imaging by the American College of Radiology. So what exactly is medical imaging and how does being accredited benefit you? Let’s discuss.

What is Medical Imaging?

Medical imaging, or radiology, is essentially a branch of medicine that relies on imaging for diagnosing and treating diseases and other health issues. It may sound scary, but chances are you’ve already undergone medical imaging in your life before. For example, if you or your partner were pregnant, you’d receive an ultrasound so you and your doctor can view images of the baby while in the womb. You may also have received an MRI to search for issues below the surface, such as an ulcer or abscess tooth. It’s also commonly used to detect and diagnose cancer, including breast MRIs which look for breast cancer and other issues.

Medical imaging is 100 percent safe, which is why it is often used by medical professionals in multiple disciplines. It can be used both for diagnosing issues and during treatment of different diseases, so the need for surgery is not necessary. That is why medical imaging is so important. It allows doctors to diagnose and treat issues without the need for surgery.

Medical Imaging and Varicose Vein Care

At Physician’s Vascular Services, we rely on medical imaging to diagnose and treat varicose veins, ulcers, and other issues caused by venous reflux. Medical imaging allows us to reduce the number of varicose veins you have without having to perform surgery. We often use ultrasound technology to guide our tools during varicose vein removal and to diagnose varicose veins beforehand, making sure everything is done accurately, efficiently, and comfortably.

How Does Our Accreditation Help You?

As an accredited vein care center, you can guarantee you’ll receive the best care with nothing but the best in equipment and methodology. Being accredited means we must hold ourselves to high standards set by the American College of Radiology. This means you can rest assured knowing we’ll actively help you reduce your varicose veins while also maintaining a professional, comfortable environment.

Schedule An Appointment Today!

Don’t wait to treat your varicose veins and their associated complications. Call us today to schedule an appointment, so you can receive the vein care you deserve!

3 Celebrities Who Have Received Varicose Vein Treatment (And Why There’s No Shame in That)

celebrity varicose veinsVaricose veins are not a new concept, and they’re certainly not selective when it comes to who does or doesn’t suffer from them. What they are is a nuisance to those who suffer from them, even to celebrities. In fact, numerous celebrities have suffered from pesky varicose and spider veins, much like us average folk do.

Here are three celebrities who have treated their pesky varicose veins to obtain the beautiful legs that allow them to wear what they want—whether it’s a red carpet look or skinny jeans—feel comfortable, and avoid the health risks associated with untreated varicose and spider veins.

#1: Emma Thompson

The wonderfully talented actress, activist, screenwriter, comedian, and author Emma Thompson admitted to having varicose veins and receiving treatment to help rid her legs of their peskiness. While always gorgeous, even something as annoying as varicose veins can make someone as magnificent as Emma Thompson feel down, which is why she chose to receive treatment. And she’s still just as gorgeous as ever!

#2: Britney Spears

Yup, even the Queen of Pop has suffered from pesky varicose veins. This just proves that varicose veins aren’t exclusive—they’ll go after queens too. Britney, who is a mother of two, may have developed them because of her two pregnancies. Pregnancy, unfortunately, can cause women to develop them. Luckily, there are treatments available that can help rid you of them so you can look great, feel like yourself, and not have to worry about the many health risks associated with varicose veins.

#3: Kristin Davis

Even with her goddess-like status, Kristin Davis is just as human as the rest of us (well, in some ways). She, too, has received treatment to rid her legs of varicose veins. Whether for health or cosmetic purposes, she proves that seeking professional treatment is always helpful.

No Shame in Treatment

One thing these three amazing women have in common—aside from being amazing—is that they’ve all received scrutiny for receiving varicose vein treatment, as if it’s some terrible thing women should be ashamed of. There’s no shame in receiving treatment. There’s no shame in doing so solely because you’re unhappy with how your legs look because of them, and there’s certainly no shame in doing so for health purposes. Not only can varicose vein treatment help with how your legs look but it’s also a good idea because varicose veins can cause serious issues, like blood clots. If you’re looking to seek treatment, Physicians Vascular Services can help. Call today!

How Ultrasound Technology Changed Vein Treatment

How Ultrasound Technology Changed Vein Treatment

It begins with bats. Because bats communicate using the reverberating and reflection of high-frequency sounds. This was, in a sense, the source of ultrasound technology. In the early 1940s an Austrian neurologist used ultrasonic beams to diagnose brain tumors. And as early as 1952, the technology began being used to view pregnancies.

The Beginnings of Ultrasound Technology

People might be surprised to know that the beginnings of ultrasound technology begin with a Catholic priest in Italy in 1794. Lazzaro Spallanzani, a physiologist and biologist, made a series of contributions to the understanding of the body, animal reproduction, and animal echolocation. He conducted experiments on bat behavior and bat navigation. It was he that discovered that bats don’t, in fact, see very well and don’t use their vision for a whole lot. Instead, they are using a different sense: their hearing. So he sought the answer and found that bats navigate using the reflection of echos from high-frequency sound.

The Study of Ultrasound Physics

In 1877, two Frenchmen discovered piezoelectricity, which is the electric polarization of a substance that results from the application of mechanical stress. This breakthrough would lead to the development of underwater sonar detections systems. This, of course, became important for submarines to use in navigation and the detection of icebergs and incoming objects.

An Austrian physician named Karl Dussik became the first one to employ ultrasound in diagnosing brain tumors. It was only around the 1950s that ultrasound technology was used for the viewing of early pregnancy. In 1965, the first International Conference on Diagnostic Ultrasound was held in Pittsburgh. It was around this time that the technology started being used for the detection of certain vascular issues.

In 1973, the occupation of sonographer was created and in 1975 a team from Washington University images of blood-flow using a Doppler system. The images were recorded and superimposed on 2D anatomical images. A Doppler radar is used to detect velocity data on objects from a distance. The 1980s brought the real-time color Doppler imaging, color flow imaging. Echocardiography —a sonogram of the heart— was evolved and further developed in the 1990s thanks to the technology.

The Continuing Developments

The ultrasound works by emitting inaudible sound waves to create a visual image. In the years since further advancements and developments have continued allowing for further precision when it comes to diagnosis of heart conditions and to detect abnormalities or conditions in early pregnancy.

How Ultrasound is Vital for Vein Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

When people seek treatment for some kind of vein condition, a lot of the initial studies are conducted with ultrasound. Ultrasound combined with the Doppler radar a complete picture of the vein structure can be seen. This pictures can help your vein doctor asses how blood is flowing in your veins and if there are any visible blood clots. The technology allows for clear imaging to see the condition of the vein and the position. It is also non-invasive so it can be used as a way to diagnose without having to introduce any instruments or incision.

Ultrasound technology is used in a variety of treatments for venous disease. It accurately helps doctors find where the vein problems are and is used in endovenous ablation, sclerotherapy, and microphlebectomy. Ultrasound is also used for sclerotherapy, when a solution is injected into the spider vein to damage it and prompt the body to eliminate the damaged veins.

Vein Problems? Call Us For More Information

If you’re experiencing pain in your legs from spider veins or varicose veins, come in today to get it checked out. We use ultrasound for a variety of tests and procedures and have only the latest technology to ensure the best possible result.

 

Veins and the Wonders of the Human Circulatory System

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We’ve spent a lot of time on our blog discussing the causes, treatments, and symptoms of venous disease. We’ve gone over tips to alleviate some of the discomfort and how to prevent it, but we have yet to spend a lot of time discussing the wonders of the human circulatory system. Probably most vein doctors were drawn to the practice because —at some point in their studies— they were blown away by the intricacy and brilliance of the human circulatory system.

The body is composed of a number of complex biological systems that perform certain functions and allow our body to work properly. These systems are the digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, nervous, muscular, and circulatory systems. So at any given second, there are multiple gears turning in your body that allow you to be alive and in a functional state.

The veins are part of the circulatory system and are responsible for the flow of blood, nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and hormones throughout the body. There are three types of blood vessels inside of us: arteries, veins, and capillaries. Each have a specific task. Arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart, veins carry blood back to the heart, and capillaries connect the two. Some of these vessels can be very small and measure less in width than a human hair.  The network of blood vessels of an adult—if laid out into a straight line— would expand close to 100,000 miles. A baby’s would reach about 60,000 miles.

Other Fun Facts About Hearts, Veins, and Self Catheterizations

The Three Layers in Every Vein. They are incredibly complex and within each vein there are three layers. The outer layer is composed of connective tissue. The middle layer—called tunica media—is muscle and fiber. The innermost layer, tunica intima, is the one that comes in direct contact with blood and is made up of smooth cells and has a hollow center.

How Veins Led to the Study of the Heart. Early 20th century medicine believed that the heart was off limits and there was no sensible ways to cure or study the complex ailments of the heart. A German physician named Werner Forssmann was the first person to perform a self catheterization that proved the medical community wrong by showing that the heart could be studied through the veins. This painful experiment set the foundations to the study of cardiology. He threaded a thin tube through his vein, pushed it, and had it go all the way to the heart. As evidence of his discovery, the doctor had his assistant take an X-Ray to show that he had in fact reached the heart through the vein in his inner left elbow. He won the Nobel Prize in 1956 for his contribution.

Strong Veins are Essential to Your Health. Because veins perform the necessary function of carrying blood back to the heart, veins that are weak can begin to cause problems. This is called venous insufficiency. Valves in the veins help guide the blood in the right direction. When these fail, the veins become bulged and become varicose veins. This can cause pain, discomfort, and bigger problems.

The Bigger the Mammal the Slower the Heart. Heart rate is inversely related to body size. The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car—think compact care—and only beats five times per minute. A human heart, on the other hand, beats about 75 times per minute. A human heart beats about the same amount per minute as a sheep.

You Need Your Heart But Your Heart Doesn’t Need You. Well, this might be a bit of an exaggeration but the truth is that the human heart can beat outside the body for some time. As long as the oxygen receives oxygen it can continue to beat, as it produces its own electrical pulses.

Suffering from Leg Pain? Your Veins Might Be the Cause

Here at Physicians Vascular Services, we specialize in the veins and their role in the circulatory system. We may not think about our veins often but their health and strength is directly tied to our overall health and wellness. Problems with veins can disrupt a person’s daily life. If you  think you suffer from varicose veins, give us a call. There is a solution.

Health Tips and Food For Improving Circulation and Vein Health

Bad circulation is usually an indication that something is not working right in your body. If you suffer from diabetes, thyroid disease, hypertension, and obesity, poor circulation can also become a factor.  Some of the symptoms of poor circulation include tingling of the limbs and varicose veins. When you have poor circulation it means that blood is not flowing properly throughout your body, and it is through your blood circulating your entire system that nutrients and oxygen are dispersed. When blood is not getting where it needs to, it means that parts of your body are not getting the nutrition they need.

Our sedentary lifestyle and world-at-your-fingertips convenience is not exactly helping us become more physically active. In fact, many of our day-to-day routines demand a lot of sitting down time. At the same time, our easy access to fast food and lack of time for home cooked meals can lead to a series of bad habits that spiral into health problems that lead to bigger health problems and so on.

  1. Movement is life. Our bodies were designed to move, to bend and run and lift things up. Adding a regular and consistent exercise regimen to your daily routine is imperative to achieving good health. If your job requires a lot of sitting, do your best to move around.
  2. Give your body what it needs. Getting a healthy and balanced diet is more than just about weight management. It’s about getting the right nutrients in your body needed to perform certain functions and maintain your body alert and energized. Bad food means bad heart and bad circulation and a lot of other bad things.
  3. Play with your position. If you have a job in an office, think about ways that you can move around and get the blood flowing throughout the day. This includes getting up and walking around, switching between sitting and standing, changing your position frequently, not sitting with your legs crossed, elevating your legs after a long day.

Foods That Help Improve Circulation

So you might be wondering if there are any specific foods you can eat that might help your circulation and aid in getting that blood flowing a little better.  We’re so glad you asked! Here are a few things you can add to your diet that can actually be beneficial (with a good balanced diet and exercise regimen) for varicose veins or other bad circulation problems.

Dark chocolate: The flavonoids contained in coco—also found in plants and fruits—have been linked to improving blood circulation.

Cayenne Pepper: So aside from the fact that ingesting some cayenne pepper might make you get up and dance, it has been associated

Ginger Root: Ginger is a well-known item for helping digestion and nausea. It also has other uses like helping for bad blood circulation. This can be consumed raw or cooked and is a good garnish and even a delicious tea.

Salmon: This fatty fish is high in heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which supports the cardiovascular system.

Avocado: Just like the salmon above, avocado’s contain the very necessary fatty acids, which increase blood circulation and support the entire cardiovascular system.

Stay Healthy and Seek Treatment

If you suffer from poor circulation and have suffered from varicose veins, there are steps you can take to improve your health and aid in the betterment of your blood circulation. If you already suffer from varicose or spider veins and feel discomfort, then it is important to seek help and get treatment. Here at Physician’s Vascular Services, we specialize in helping people get cured of their venous discomfort.

 

3 Tips for Keeping Legs Healthy During the Holidays

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For some, the holidays can be a time where we find ourselves spending more time indoors, couped-up in front of the television or at the dinner table catching up with friends and family. When the winter weather finally braces El Paso, the desire to stay indoors, perhaps bundled up in a cover can certainly set in.

However, if you do find yourself spending too much time indoors, particularly sitting on the sofa, it can have damaging effects on your health. For your legs, this could mean the risk of getting varicose veins. Sitting for hours on end block the blood flow in your legs. Another aspect to consider is how our diets change during the winter, particularly around the holidays. Who can resist Christmas cookies? The key to maintaining healthy legs during the holidays is all about balance.

As a vein treatment clinic, we’re committed to providing you with tips to maintain healthy legs all year round! If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the holidays and keep your legs in excellent, be sure to follow these three key recommendations:

1. Drink plenty of water.

It’s important for your body to stay hydrated. If you’re someone who tends to eat a lot of salty foods then you should especially attempt to incorporate more water into your diet. Foods high in sodium cause swelling and impact your water retention. With high sodium levels, your body will retain water. Extra water in the blood adds pressure to the veins and can prevent healthy blood flow. When you keep your body hydrated, it allows your system to flush out sodium.    

2. Resist the urge to sit all day.

Keeping your legs in the same position can lead to varicose veins. Even if you plan on staying home, be sure to move around every hour and stretch! When you are sitting at home, try to keep your legs elevated. If you’re traveling and your plane or bus ride is more than an hour, try to get up and walk for a couple of minutes or stand up and stretch as much as possible. You can also do circular motions with your calves to get the blood in your legs pumping.   

3. Wear loose-fitted clothing and save the heels for special occasions.

If you’re someone who wears layers upon layers when the temperatures drop, then one key thing you will want to avoid is wearing too tightly fitted clothing. If your pants or undergarments feel extra tight around the groin area, it can prevent blood from circulating. When it comes to your choice of footwear, opt for shoes that aren’t completely flat but have a very low heel that balances out the position of your foot. High heels cause damage to your calf pump, preventing the circulation of blood.

Get treated at Physician’s Vascular Services

Keep your legs healthy this winter season. If you do notice any changes in your legs such as the appearance of varicose veins, be sure to contact us! We offer several vein treatment options and can offer recommendations for the health of your legs, based on your unique lifestyle.

Varicose Veins and Fashion: 3 Things You Should Know

fashionable womanVaricose veins are more than just a cosmetic issue; they often cause pain, discomfort, and other complications that can disrupt your life. But did you know that sometimes the latest trends in fashion can have adverse effects on your varicose veins and the way they make you feel? Here are three items of clothing that may aggravate the symptoms of your varicose veins.

1. Skinny Jeans

Some pairs of skinny jeans, depending on the brand, size, or style, are extra tight and they can make varicose and spider veins feel worse because they reduce blood circulation in your legs. They can aggravate the pain, itchiness, and swelling of the veins and make it uncomfortable to sit or stand in certain positions. If you don’t want to deal with these symptoms, ditching the skinny jeans for a pair of flared jeans may be a good idea.

2. Leggings

Some leggings, especially those that are soft and looser than normal, can be extra comfortable to wear. However, leggings made of a certain material may make varicose veins itchier than normal. Our advice? Ditch leggings for a pair of compression stockings instead. Compression stockings can help stimulate circulation without the itchy materials.

3. High Heels

What we wear on our feet can actually have a dramatic effect on varicose veins, especially if the shoe is uncomfortable. High heels, shoes that are too tight, and so on can affect you because they change the way you walk, aggravating your varicose veins. While they don’t cause new spider or varicose veins to form, they can irritate ones that already have.

4. Girdles

Girdles can also restrict blood circulation, irritating varicose veins and increasing your chances to develop more. It’s probably in your best interest to skip this fashion trend.

Should You Get Vein Treatment?

If you suffer from varicose veins, vein treatment can help. There are numerous vein treatments available that can help eliminate the varicose veins you already have and prevent new ones from forming. Plus, without varicose veins, you can wear what you want and not have to worry about feeling uncomfortable.

Vein Treatment at Physician’s Vascular Services

Physician’s Vascular Services offers various vein treatment plans that can help to reduce the appearance and symptoms of spider and varicose veins. Call us today to learn more about the available treatments and to see which would be the best fit for you.

 

Vein Doctors and How Can They Help You Live a Better Life

A vein doctor is normally called a vascular surgeon or specialist. The word vascular means affecting the veins and/or arteries in the body. This complex system affects many aspects of our everyday life and can cause some major discomfort if not treated. At Physicians Vascular Services we have dedicated specialists with in-depth training ready to help you with your varicose veins.

Your vascular system is comprised of blood vessels or arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood and veins carrying blood back to the heart. It is like the internal highway system that ultimately leads to your heart. Without blood flowing smoothly through this highway system, there will be clogs—traffic jams, so to speak—that will cause problem spots and prevent your body from functioning effectively.

Becoming a Vascular Surgeon

People often wonder what makes a good vein doctor or vascular surgeon. It requires rigorous training and specialty learning about the veins. This journey begins with students obtaining their Bachelor’s degree in a medical related field like biology or chemistry. After this, students will undergo more specialized education in medical school. Once out of medical school, additional training is required through a residency program and fellowship.  These programs are intense and rigorous while providing hands-on experience and education with developing technology and procedures. Some vascular specialists even go on to become board certified. A board certification indicates that a physician has gone above and beyond the minimal requirements to practice medicine and have really mastered the subspecialties.

The Responsibilities

Physicians that specialize in the vascular system of the body are more than just surgeons. They are profoundly knowledgeable about the system of the body that causes conditions like varicose veins and therefore provides a lot of guided treatment that might not require surgery. At the same time, vascular physicians must stay at the forefront of changing and advancing technologies in their field, like the use of radiology and medical imaging, which can significantly reduce the recovery time. A big part of what a vein doctor does is help patients understand the condition of varicose veins and how lifestyle changes and non-invasive treatments can be a good option for them.

Long Lasting Patient-Doctor Relationships

Most surgeons will come into a patient’s life, perform the surgery, maybe see them through one or two follow up visits and then disappear. Vascular treatment is often fairly long and more involved and requires ongoing treatment and observation from your surgeon. This means they often interact with the patient months or years before or after the surgery. This maintains a healthy back and forth and keeps patients engaged with their health in a more proactive way.

Choose the Best Physician for Your Vascular Vein

Our physicians here at Physician’s Vascular Services are highly trained and specialized in their areas. Both of our doctors have also been Board Certified and have a personal and profound commitment to the well-being of their doctors.  When struggling with varicose veins trust only a vein doctor with proven experience and a commitment to you! Come by Physician’s Vascular Services for the best treatment.

 

Why Should You Visit a Vein Center That’s Been Accredited?

varicose veins on woman's legsPhysician’s Vascular Services in El Paso is honored to announce that we have been accredited by the American College of Radiology in medical imaging. Medical imaging plays a vital role in diagnosing and treating varicose veins and other venous issues, so it’s important to go to a vein center that has been accredited and guarantees to give you the best care possible. Here are five benefits to think about.

Benefit #1: The Best in Care

As an accredited vein center, we must hold ourselves to the high standards set by the American College of Radiology in order to maintain our accreditation. That means our staff and personnel work hard to ensure you feel comfortable, see results, and receive the care you deserve. We understand that varicose veins can be painful and unsightly, which is why we work hard to help you and the accreditation is always there to keep us in check.

Benefit #2: The Best in Equipment

Not only do we provide the best in care, we also provide the best in equipment. Much like our personnel, our equipment and facilities must stay in top-notch shape and can never be too old to function properly. We keep up with the trends, replace equipment, and invest time, money, and education into learning the newest equipment in the industry, so we can easily treat your varicose veins.

Benefit #3: Trustworthiness

We understand that seeing a new doctor, receiving treatment, and opening up about a health issue can all be intimidating and scary, but with us, you can guarantee that you’ll work with staff and personnel you can trust. Not only does our accreditation hold us to higher standards than the average medical professional, but we also care and are dedicated to helping you feel better.

Benefit #4: Resting Easy

We take out the stress of going to the doctor. As an accredited vein center, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting the best of the best, so you don’t have to stress! This way, you can focus on getting better.

Benefit #5: It’s Easier Choosing a Doctor

We understand that we’re not the only vein center in El Paso and that making a choice about which doctor to see can be rather difficult. But with our accreditation, you can guarantee you’ll receive the best care and can have an easier time coming to a decision.

If you’re in need of varicose vein treatment, schedule an appointment with the newly accredited Physician’s Vascular Services today!