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Are varicose veins hereditary?

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/17/2017 - 03:02 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
If you have spider veins or varicose veins—including visibly bulging, twisted veins—there is a good chance that someone else in your family does, too. In about 95% of cases, these venous health issues are indeed hereditary. If a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle has or had varicose veins, it’s even more important for you to stay on top of your vein health.
 
If both of your parents suffered from varicose veins, chances are that your own veins are already compromised.
 
To maintain proper blood flow, veins must remain “elastic,” and just like an over-stretched elastic waistband, veins can ...

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Stockings aren’t just for Santa

by mimivanderhaven.com on 02/17/2017 - 03:53 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Center
 
Everyone knows how stressful the holidays can be, but there is another health concern this time of year: your legs. For people with varicose veins or other venous health issues, the season can bring with it leg pain, fatigue, blood clots and other symptoms that result from holiday activities like shopping, long-distance travel, dehydration, or simply brushing your legs against heavy shopping bags or visiting grandchildren.
 
In fact, the hustle and bustle of the holidays is one reason why we see so many patients coming to our practice in early January suffering with pain and life-threatening blood clots.
 
One of th ...

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How veins “take out the trash”

by mimivanderhaven.com on 01/25/2017 - 01:11 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
The subject of veins can be confusing because practitioners often use fancy medical terms to explain it, and few of us can recall details of the circulatory system that we may have learned in high school biology.
 
Here’s a brief look at what our veins do and why venous health is so important:
 
The heart pumps blood to the body through arteries, delivering oxygen, vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients. Our body then converts these nutrients into what it needs for activity. (That’s why what we eat matters.)
 
Once the body takes what it needs, trash is left over. And that’s what veins d ...

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Problem veins are more than just a co...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 12/13/2016 - 03:22 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
Many patients suffering with symptoms of venous disease have fallen victim to the stubborn myth that varicose veins are simply “a cosmetic concern.” And there’s a good reason for this. 
 
For our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there were no treatment options available for varicose veins except for painful, major surgery. As a result, most physicians would not treat the condition unless it had progressed to life-threatening blood clots or ulcers. If these symptoms did not exist, doctors would dismiss patients with a reassuring, “Oh, it’s just a cosmetic concern.”
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Start now for healthy legs in spring

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/25/2016 - 02:03 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
Treating varicose veins is a process that takes longer than most people realize, in part, because of insurance regulations. Virtually all insurance companies have a six-week to three-month compression stocking requirement before treatment can be approved. And that approval process can take up to another month after the conclusion of the stocking requirement. That means treatment can be delayed by up to four months.
 
Plus, contrary to unrealistic demonstrations on popular health TV shows that show instant results, there is a healing process, which can take from a few days to several weeks. Each patient responds to treatment ...

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Fall is a good time to begin varicose...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/24/2016 - 11:33 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
When it comes to varicose vein treatment, many patients elect to start the process in the fall. It’s a good time because the kids are back in school, your insurance deductible is met and treatment can usually be completed before the end of the year.
 
The process takes additional time because most insurance companies have a six-week to three-month stocking requirement before treatment can begin. And although most treatments are covered, insurance approval can take an additional two to four weeks after completion of the stocking requirement.
 
To get a jump-start on your stocking requirement, you may purchase you ...

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Free health screenings are fast and easy

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/22/2016 - 04:36 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
One of the best ways to maintain your peace of mind is through regular health screenings, which can include something as simple as a free blood pressure check at a local discount store. Unlike a medical exam, health screenings are quick and easy and are often offered at no charge.
 
But health screenings can also target more specific symptoms. For example, at Center for Advanced Vein Care, we offer free screenings for people who are concerned about any varicose vein symptoms they may have. The screening is performed by one of our staff members and takes only 5-10 minutes. And because it’s a screening and not an exam, y ...

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Best not to hide the symptoms

by mimivanderhaven.com on 06/08/2016 - 04:10 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Advanced Vein Care
 
It is human nature to avoid bringing unwanted attention to ourselves, and that includes taking steps to hide our perceived imperfections—from coloring our grey hair to using cover-up to reduce the dark circles under our eyes.
 
The same is true for patients with varicose vein symptoms who often use makeup, artificial tanning beds or self-tanners to help hide the telltale red or blue-ish indications of a venous health issue.
 
In addition to the dangerous long-term effects of chemical make-ups and indoor tanning, hiding your varicose veins can lead to delayed treatment, which can cause worsening symptoms, like swelling, red ...

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Vein treatments take time

by mimivanderhaven.com on 05/18/2016 - 09:49 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
A couple of weeks ago, a mother-of-the-bride called our office to discuss having varicose vein treatment in advance of her daughter’s wedding.
 
“When’s the wedding?” I asked.
 
“Next month,” she replied.
 
Unlike many essential medical treatments that can begin with little up-front notice, varicose vein treatments need some time. That’s largely because most insurance companies have a 6- to 12-week compression stocking requirement. That means you’ll probably need to wear compression socks for a couple of months before treatment begins. And while you’ll notic ...

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Teachers, start varicose vein treatme...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 04/15/2016 - 03:48 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Sonja Stiller, Center for Advanced Vein Care
 
When it comes to venous disease, one group of professionals is particularly vulnerable: teachers.
 
Teachers often sit for long periods of time, which can encourage the development of varicose veins, especially if you have a genetic predisposition. But teachers also stand for long periods, which can allow blood to collect in the feet and ankles, resulting in pain, swelling, fatigue and other symptoms associated with venous disease.
 
Right now, most educators are looking forward to the end of the school year and a little freedom in their schedule. That makes this a good time to begin treatment for varicose veins.
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