Vein Pain

You don’t need to suffer.

Do swollen, twisting veins snake blue and purple streaks across your legs? Do your legs swell or ache, causing distracting discomfort? Do you want those ugly veins to disappear? You may have varicose veins. These enlarged, swollen veins occur when the valves in the veins stop working efficiently. The dysfunction of the valves prevents blood from flowing easily through the vessels.

Fortunately, treatment is available. In office procedures can eliminate up to 80% of veins treated in each session.

The discomfort of varicose and spider veins can be halted. Find out if varicose vein treatment is right for you. Contact Premier Vein Specialists, LLC in Camp Hill, Hanover or York for your free consultation. Call 717-412-7226.

 

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You are not alone.

Damage to vein valves and vessel walls causes varicose veins. Inside each vein, valves help direct blood back to the heart. When valves function normally, blood flows smoothly. However, when a valve becomes damaged, blood may pool in the vessel. Over time, the pooling blood may weaken the vessel wall, causing it to bulge. These weakened vessels form the purple and blue streaks frequently visible on affected legs. There is not just one source of vein damage. Many factors contribute to the development of the lumpy blue and purple bulges.

Varicose Vein Risk Factors
• Family history of varicose veins
• Sit or stand for long periods of time
• Are overweight or obese
• Are pregnant
• Are older
• Use menopausal hormone therapy or hormonal birth control
• Damaged valves

If you are bothered by the appearance or discomfort caused by varicose veins, help is available. Contact Premier Vein Specialists, LLC in Camp Hill, Hanover or York for your free screening. Call 717-412-7226.

 

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Sclerotherapy is a time tested treatment with a high rate of success. During this in-patient procedure, a solution is injected into the troublesome vein. As a result, the lining of the vessel is irritated. The irritation causes the walls of the vessel to stick together and collapse as well as the blood to clot. The now unusable vessel becomes scar tissue, disappearing from view with time.

Safe: The treatment has been in use since the 1930s.
Simple: The procedure is performed in your doctor’s office. No hospital stay needed.
Successful: Up to 80% of veins treated in each session are eliminated.

Stop tolerating the discomfort and of varicose and spider veins. Contact Premier Vein Specialists, LLC in Camp Hill, Hanover or York for your free consultation.

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Pressure on the outside benefits the inside.

Compression stockings are tightly woven garments designed to place pressure on the legs and feet. This pressure allows blood vessels to function better. For example, veins’ efforts to send blood back to the heart are boosted by compression stockings. Swelling is also reduced in the feet and ankles.

With the blood moving more easily, clots are less likely to form. Clots are dangerous because they can travel throughout the body and become lodged in other places, like the lungs or brain. Clots also cause discolored skin and swelling as blood is prevented from flowing freely.

Compression Stocking Benefits
• Aid veins in pushing blood back to heart through putting pressure on legs
• Decrease swelling in feet and ankles
• Assist in spider and varicose vein treatment
• Reduce amount of blood pooling in veins
• Help prevent clots

Compression stockings are just one component of a vein treatment plan. To discover the many benefits of vein treatment, contact Premier Vein Specialists, LLC in Camp Hill, Hanover or York.

 

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We know that both spider and varicose veins are unattractive, but do you know the difference between the two? Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn, while spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn, looking more like spider webs. Both are caused by malfunctioning valves that cause blood to back up and twist the vein.

Though there can be many reasons as to why you develop spider or varicose veins, there are also many preventative measures to take to diminish the appearance and pain that may come with them.

What to do to ease venous disease:

  • Listen to your body – Though most believe either vein condition is a cosmetic issue, there are also serious health concerns that one may experience: fatigue, leg swelling/itching, cramps. Be sure to contact your physician if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Wear Compression Stockings – This helps to elevate pressure to the veins by evenly distributing pressure amongst the legs.
  • Stay active – Keeping the blood flowing in the legs will reduce pressure and blood clots. Try activities such as walking, cycling or swimming.
  • Watch your weight – Maintaining a healthy weight may prevent either of these vein conditions by eliminating added pressure on the legs.

 

What not to do:

  • Do not sit or stand for long periods of time – Keep your legs moving as being in the same position for an extended period of time can add pressure on the veins. To keep blood flowing, change positions every 30 minutes.
  • Don’t presume all treatments work the same for everyone – Vein damage can differ amongst individuals, meaning treatment may be different for all. Speak to your physician to determine the best treatment for yourself.
  • Avoid excessive heat – Heat increases vein swelling and leads to blood pooling. Keep the time spent  in heat to a minimum (hot baths, hot tubs, etc.).
  • Don’t believe all that you see in advertising – Be sure to do your research on physicians and treatments before going through with a procedure; false advertising claims are possible.

 

Premier Vein Specialists, LLC  can treat your vein disease at one of their vein centers in Camp Hill, Hanover, or York.  

 

About Dr. Mathai:

Dr. Mathai is the Director and Leading Physician of Premier Vein Specialists located in Camp Hill, Hanover, and York.  Dr. John Mathai, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. practiced heart surgery for over 3 decades before choosing to concentrate on vein treatment. 

He is double Board Certified with The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a Member of The American College of Phlebology. Dr. Mathai received his medical degree from the University of Kerala, India in 1962. He did his General Surgery Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, my Cardio-Thoracic residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

His career as a Cardiac Surgeon lasted over 32 years. His practice was exclusively related to extremity veins, therefore was considered a phlebologist during that time.  He has been focusing on Phlebology for over 7 years.

 

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Most men feel that varicose veins are only concerns for women.  Men can be affected by venous disease just the same as the ladies. Men and women generally have the same symptoms, even before you see bulging and discolored veins: pain, leg heaviness, tiredness, swelling and muscle cramps, and perhaps restless legs that keep you awake at night.

 

Varicose Veins Are Not Just A Cosmetic Issue

 

Many men may keep from treating their varicose veins, simply because they aren’t concerned with the appearance of the veins. However, having varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. Leaving varicose veins untreated can be downright dangerous.

 

Healthy veins work to pump blood back up to your heart and, when doing their job properly, you won’t even think about it. When there is a problem with your veins, such as a broken valve, those healthy veins quickly go from being fully-functioning and automated, to being twisted, swollen blood vessels that can cause pain, itching, swelling or discomfort. Regardless of your level of pain or other symptoms, varicose veins are a signal that blood flow from that area to your heart is restricted.

 

Blood restriction is more than a cosmetic issue. If you leave your varicose veins untreated, they can lead to pain, swelling, and possibly even ulceration.

 

You’re Not The Only One

 

Varicose veins are a very common issue. In fact, it is estimated that up to 30 million Americans are suffering from varicose veins right now. Perhaps knowing you’re not alone will help you feel more at ease.

 

It’s Time For Change

You should always consult a vein specialist to determine the severity of your varicose veins, and be ready for your doctor to suggest changing up some habits to help.

 

There are a few factors that contribute to Varicose veins:

 

  • Carrying extra weight
  • Aging
  • Genes
  • Hormones
  • Sitting or standing too much

 

While you can’t fight things such as your genes, your hormones, and your age, you can do something about being overweight, and the amount of time that you spend being sedentary. The best way to solve both of those problems and to help with your varicose veins, is to exercise.

 

Start small like a 30-minute walk every day will make a huge difference in your weight and the pressure you’re putting on your veins.

 

In addition to walking, you can try biking, elliptical, or equipment-free leg exercises. The more weight you carry around, and the more time you spend either sitting or standing means more pressure on your veins, which contributes to varicose veins.

 

Watch What You Eat

 

Ensuring you maintain a healthy diet is another way that you can help with your vein health. Yes, what you eat will have an effect on your veins. Improve your vein health by:

 

  • Eating more fiber
  • Consuming more Vitamin C
  • Drinking more water
  • Ingesting more rutin (a flavonoid found in foods such as asparagus, berries, figs, and more)
  • Watching your salt intake — try to keep it low
  • These are simple changes you can work into your daily diet with little to no effort.

 

Most Importantly – Seek Treatment

 

Varicose veins are not something you want to leave untouched. Even if your veins are at a point where they are simply visible, yet not painful, head to a vein specialist near you for a diagnosis. The earlier you’re able to catch your vein problems and properly treat, the easier things will be for you.

 

Depending on the severity of your vein problems, your doctor may simply tell you to:

 

  • Incorporate daily exercise into your life
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Elevate your legs

 

However, if your vein issues persist, you will likely have to seek additional treatment. With the introduction of lasers into the medical world, most vein issues can be fixed via Endovenous Thermal Ablation Treatment, Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment (RFA), or other minimally invasive procedures. Your vein specialist will discuss the best method for your treatment.

 

Expert care will get the average varicose vein patient treated in about an hour with a minimally invasive walk-in walk-out procedure.

 

For vein treatment you can trust, contact Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Screening with no obligation. Premier Vein Specialists offer the free screening so you can meet the staff, and see if Dr. Mathai is the right fit for you.  Call us at 717-412-7226.

 

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Spider veins get their name from the web of red or blue veins that spread across your legs. They’re dilated superficial blood vessels like varicose veins, but smaller and closer to the skin. While they don’t usually cause medical problems, they can be eliminated for medical or cosmetic reasons with a procedure called Sclerotherapy.

Who Gets Spider Veins?

Spider veins are caused by increased pressure in the veins. Some people develop spider because of hereditary, or older age. People who stand or sit for long periods of time may be more prone as well.

In addition to the appearance of a patchwork of red and blue veins that you can see through the skin, people with spider veins may also experience:

  • Swelling in the legs
  • A feeling of heaviness in the legs
  • Tiredness in the legs

Lower Your Spider Vein Risk

You may not be able to totally prevent spider veins from appearing, but there are steps you can take to try to lower your risk:

  • Lose Weight.
  • Avoid Standing Or Sitting For Long Periods Of Time
  • Exercise Regularly.
  • Try Compression Therapy.
  • Elevate Your Legs.
  • Slather On Sunscreen.
  • Treat Your Varicose Veins.

Treatment

Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins. It involves injecting a solution into the vein that forces it to collapse, which stops blood flow. After the veins collapses, the body absorbs them and fades after a few weeks. Most people who receive this treatment see a 50 to 90 percent improvement.

 

Spider veins are mainly a cosmetic issue and can be left alone if they don’t bother you. However, some spider veins are a result of a larger issue like varicose veins. The varicose vein should be fixed first before the spider vein can be fixed.

 

We highly recommend consulting a vein specialist regarding your spider veins. Premier Vein Specialists offers a free screening so you can meet Dr. Mathai and his staff, and see if we’re a good fit for your needs. Call Premier Vein Specialists today. 717-412-7226

 

 

A venous skin ulcer is a sore on your leg that’s very slow to heal, usually because of weak blood circulation in the limb.

 

Diagnosis Of Venous Ulcers

If you have a wound that isn’t healing or you think is infected, you should see your doctor. Usually, all it takes is a quick examination of the sore and the skin around it to figure out whether you have a venous skin ulcer. Your doctor will ask you if you have a history of ongoing (or “chronic”) conditions, such as diabetes or hardening of the arteries.

 

In some cases, however, your doctor might order other tests, such as an X-ray or a CT scan, to check out your veins and the area around the ulcer in more detail.

 

Sometimes, an ulcer can lead to other problems, including serious skin and bone infections. And in rare cases, it can give rise to skin cancer.

Vein Ulcer Stages

 

Treatment For Venous Ulcers

The most common treatment is a compression bandage or stocking. The pressure should improve the blood circulation in your leg, boosting your body’s ability to heal the sore.

 

You’ll probably be told to raise your leg for set lengths of time as well. This also helps circulation. Doctors typically recommend a half-hour at a time, 3 or 4 times a day.

Vein treatment will probably be recommended. The ulcer can not heal if the leaking vein is not fixed.

If your ulcer is infected by bacteria, you’ll probably be given antibiotics to kill the infection. You might also be given a moist dressing to put over the ulcer to help it heal more quickly.

In some cases, your doctor might recommend surgery to improve the circulation in your legs. This can help your ulcer heal and could prevent similar problems later.

Most ulcers heal after 3 or 4 months of treatment. However, some can take longer, and some may never clear up.

 

Prevention

There are a variety of ways you can prevent venous skin ulcers through lifestyle changes, diet or medication. You might:

  • Quit smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Control chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Take aspirin to prevent blood clots
  • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Treat your varicose and spider veins
  • Keep your legs elevated when you can

 

If you feel that you could have symptoms of a venous skin ulcer, don’t hesitate to contact Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Screening!

Call 717-412-7226.

A venous skin ulcer is a sore on your leg that’s very slow to heal, usually because of weak blood circulation in the limb.

 

Who Gets Venous Ulcers?

About 1% of Americans have venous skin ulcers. They’re more common in older people, particularly women.

 

You also may have a chance of getting one if you:

  • Have previous leg injuries
  • Have varicose veins
  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Have had other circulation problems such as blood clots or phlebitis, a painful swelling of the veins

 

Vein Ulcer Stages

 

Symptoms Of Venous Skin Ulcers

A venous ulcer often feels itchy or burns, and the leg around it may be swollen. Other signs may include:

  • A rash or dry skin
  • Brownish discoloration
  • A foul-smelling fluid oozing from the sore

 

An ulcer can also become infected. If that happens, you might notice:

  • A redness or swelling of the surrounding skin
  • Worsening pain
  • A fever
  • Pus

 

If you feel that you could have symptoms of a venous skin ulcer, don’t hesitate to contact Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Screening!

Call 717-412-7226.

If you have a small sore on your leg or discoloration that won’t go away, then you may have an ulcer caused by venous insufficiency.

A venous skin ulcer is a sore on your leg that’s very slow to heal, usually because of weak blood circulation in the limb.

They can last anywhere from a few weeks to years. You may hear a doctor or nurse call them “venous leg ulcers.”

They can sometimes lead to more serious problems if you don’t have them treated. But there are steps you can take to prevent them from happening.

 

Vein Ulcer Stages

What Causes Leg Ulcers?

Venous ulcers happen when there’s a break in the skin on your leg, usually around the ankle.

The veins in the leg, which should send blood back to the heart, might not be doing their job all that well. That’s often because the valves that stop the flow of blood back into the veins aren’t working like they should.

This backflow of blood means increased pressure in the end of the limb. When that happens, it can weaken the skin and make it harder for a cut or scrape to heal. They often occur over bony areas, such as your ankle.

If you think you have a start of a venous ulcer, don’t hesitate to contact Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Screening!

Call 717-412-7226.

Venous disease can range from cosmetic issues to potentially life-threatening conditions. Varicose and spider veins are some of the most common symptoms of venous disease. At one time, these and other vein conditions were treated mainly using surgery. However, there are now many minimally-invasive vein treatments to help your legs look and feel better. Keep an eye out for these causes and risk factors of venous disease. 

Causes of venous disease

Each type of vein disease has its own cause, although some have similar causes. These include:

  • Weak or damaged valves in the veins. Valves in the veins act like a one-way flap to keep blood from flowing backwards. When the valves don’t work properly, blood collects in the vein, which increases pressure in the vein and causes other symptoms. Weak walls of the vein can also cause the valves to not work properly. This occurs in varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency.
  • Pooling of blood in the veins. Blood also pools in spider veins, although these are caused by exposure to sunlight, hormone changes and injuries.
  • Blood clot. If you cut yourself, your blood will clot in order to help stop the bleeding. Blood clots can also occur in the veins. When this happens, it can slow the flow of blood, as with superficial thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If a blood clot in a deep vein breaks free, it can flow to the lungs and block an artery. This is called a pulmonary embolism and is a life-threatening condition.

Risk factors for venous disease

Several factors increase your risk of developing varicose or spider veins, such as:

  • Increasing age
  • If you have had other vein diseases in the past
  • If one or more members of your family have similar vein problems
  • Hormone changes that occur during pregnancy, puberty and menopause
  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Sitting or standing for long periods
  • Exposure to the sun

Risk factors for superficial thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis, both of which involve clotting, include:

  • Sitting or lying for long periods, such as during bed rest or while traveling
  • A personal or family history of blood clots
  • Injury or surgery in the pelvis or legs
  • Having another condition that causes your blood to be thicker or clot more quickly, such as certain types of cancer or autoimmune diseases
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Taking estrogen or using birth control pills, especially if you smoke
  • Old age

 

If you feel these risk factors and causes of vein disease could be affecting your veins, don’t hesitate to contact Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Screening!

Call 717-412-7226.

Venous disease can range from cosmetic issues to potentially life-threatening conditions. Varicose and spider veins are some of the most common symptoms of venous disease. At one time, these and other vein conditions were treated mainly using old fashioned technics like vein stripping and surgery. However, there are now many minimally-invasive vein treatments to help your legs look and feel better.

Types of Venous Disease

Some of the most common types of venous disease include:

  • Spider veins. Small, red or blue veins near the surface of the skin that look like spider webs or tree branches. These are caused by blood backing up in the veins. They often occur on the legs and face.
  • Varicose veins. Swollen, twisted veins near the surface of the skin. These are caused by blood backing up in the veins due to weak or damaged vein walls or valves. They most often occur on the legs.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency. Collecting of blood in the deeper veins of the leg due to weak or damaged valves in the vein. It can also occur as a result of a blood clot in the legs.
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis. A blood clot in a vein near the surface of the skin. It is often the result of injury, surgery or being inactive for a long time.
  • Deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot in a deeper vein in the leg, due to pooling of blood in the vein. This can be caused by injury or surgery, sitting or lying down for a long time, or a condition that causes blood to clot more quickly.

If you feel like you’re suffering from one of these types of venous disease, don’t hesitate to contact Premier Vein Specialists.  We offer a FREE Vein Screening so you can see if our office is a good fit for you.  We’re here to help.  Call us at 717-412-7226.

Hot summertime weather means shedding layers and showing off that bikini body. For many, especially women, the season can make them feel like one big blemish. Spider veins and varicose veins can appear or worsen during the months of July and August more than any other month of the year.

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WHY ARE VARICOSE VEINS WORSE IN THE SUMMER:

The sun’s rays can weaken the skin’s upper layers, sap its moisture and diminish its elasticity making the hot summer sun the primary culprit. This makes both the skin and the veins just below its surface unable to flex and move properly. As a result, the veins are unable to keep blood flowing as normal, causing it to pool instead. Plus, frequent exposure to high temperatures can cause blood vessels to expand, placing more stress on valves in the veins. When the valve breaks or doesn’t work efficiently from stress, the blood pools creating spider veins and varicose veins.

 

TO HELP EASE THE SUMMER SYMPTOMS, FOLLOW THESE TIPS:

  • Don’t forget the sun block and high SPF moisturizers. Of course you want to apply it your legs, but also on your face and nose, where thinner skin is more prone to developing tiny spider veins.
  • Shade is your friend. Cover up or seek shade if you’ll be outside for long periods of time.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It’s great for keeping your skin smooth and clear, too.
  • Summery flats and sandals are more favorable than high heels because they keep your calf muscles pumping blood out of the leg as they flex.
  • Keep moving. Exercises like swimming, surfing and brisk evening walks are best because the coolness helps keep the blood vessels from fully dilating.

 

Think your veins are feeling the summer time symptoms?  We can help relieve your discomfort.  Call Premier Vein Specialists to schedule your FREE Screening.  717-412-7226

 

As the temperature heats up outside, you may not feel like exercising as much. Exercise is important to your health including vein health.  Here’s some tips to make exercising outside in the summer more enjoyable.  

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  • Invest in some wicking clothes:  Lightweight, breathable, wicking clothes are a must. They’ll pull moisture away from your skin, so you really do feel cooler. Wearing a hat to keep the hot sun off your head and face also helps.
  • Take a cold shower:  I know it seems a little odd to shower before a workout, but the cold water will cool you down. Leave your hair wet and pop it in a bun, so when you head outside water dripping down your face and neck will feel so refreshing. If you have short hair, carry a water bottle with you and squeeze a little on top of your head whenever you need a little cooling boost.
  • Change up the type of workout to fit the temps:  On super hot and humid days, choose cooler cardio activities like biking in the wind or swimming in cold water.
  • Exercise in cooler places:  Hit the trails in shady woods or along a breezy beach shoreline. It can be 10 or more degrees cooler than the sunny streets in your neighborhood.
  • Exercise in the rain:  It’s so exhilarating to feel a little sprinkle on your skin while out for a run or bike ride. If it’s thundering and lightening, head home quick; you don’t want to be out running in an electrical storm.
  • Shorten or split up your workouts:  Summertime isn’t the best time to push yourself, so if you can only handle 10 minutes at a time, do what you can, or exercise twice in one day.
  • Slow down your pace:  If you’re set on getting in a 30-minute workout, move with less intensity or do intervals to avoid overheating. Remember it’s OK to take breaks too.
  • Head indoors:  Now is a good time to take advantage of a monthly membership at an air-conditioned gym. Can’t afford it? Burn calories by following along with fitness DVDs, jumping rope, running up and down your stairs, or doing strength training routines at home. If you need to get out, speed walk in the mall.  
  • Drink water all day, not just before or after your workout:  Staying hydrated will help prevent some of the symptoms you may experience from exercising in heat such as dizziness, stomach cramps, and headaches. During your run, sip four to eight ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes.

 

If you ever feel too hot or light-headed while exercising, please stop and see a doctor if how you feel concerns you.

 Do your veins hurt during or after exercise?  Call Premier Vein Specialists for a consultation.  717-412-7226

 

Premier Vein Specialists Staff

There’s a sea of vein doctors out there to choose from so why should you choose Dr. Mathai and Premier Vein Specialists?

Working with an experienced doctor and team allows for a worry-free experience from start to finish. As the Director and Leading Physician for Premier Vein Specialists, Dr. Mathai brings over 3 decades of experience to the practice. He is double Board Certified with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a Member of the American College of Phlebology.   As a Cardiac Surgeon and Phlebologist with his own practice, he focused on problems related to extremity veins. After 32 plus years, he decided to concentrate on Phlebotomy and has been doing so for over 7 years. 

With Dr. Mathai’s experience and his helpful team, he is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition, whether that be a traditional procedure or a new procedure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.


“Our staff is friendly and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.”  – Dr. Mathai


Over 40 million people suffer from a venous disease including spider veins. In most cases, spider veins will cause you to become concerned with the appearance of your legs especially during the summer months. However, spider veins can also cause itching, swelling and aching in the legs.  While spider veins are treated as a cosmetic issue, healing the venous disease will provide you with legs that not only look better but feel better too.  With that being said, you might be wondering what treatment is available for this unattractive disease.

Sclerotherapy  is the most common spider vein treatment method and one that Premier Vein Specialists is able to accommodate. During this simple outpatient procedure, a chemical solution is injected into the small web-like veins. Since you can easily see these small purple or blue vessels which are close to the surface of the skin, the procedure is simple allowing you to walk-in and walk-out in about an hour.  There is no need for time off or rest after the procedure. Walking as much as possible is highly recommended.  It helps get the blood flowing and aids your body in the healing process.  Wearing compression stockings  after the procedure is recommended and helps your body absorb the veins we just treated. Although the incredible results of Sclerotherapy may take weeks or months to appear, your legs should feel better almost immediately.

Is Sclerotherapy right for you? Dr. Mathai and the team at  Premier Vein Specialists  want to identify your needs and help you improve your health and confidence.

We invite you to visit Premier Vein Specialist and have a free screening.  Give us a call today!  717-412-7226

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Ease The Suffering From Vascular Conditions

Patients ask us what can they do to help prevent future varicose and spider veins from developing. It is important to know that varicose and spider veins are not always preventable. Sometimes the causes can be from certain lifestyle patterns or heredity.

 

How You Can Prevent Spider & Varicose Veins

  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to limit spider veins on the face.
  • Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible. This can help reduce chances of varicose veins.
  • Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
  • Don’t cross your legs for long times when sitting.
  • Regular exercise can improve leg strength, circulation & vein strength. Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
  • Don’t strain during exercise or lifting heavy objects.
  • Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time. If you must stand for along time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around, take short walk every 30 minutes or pump your calf muscles.
  • Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber foods. Eating fiber reduces the chances of constipation, which can contribute to varicose veins. High-fiber foods include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, like bran. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that comes with varicose veins.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles to help blood move through your veins.
  • Avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin or legs.
  • Wear graduated compression stockings fitted by a professional.

Would you like to discuss your vein health with a specialist? Take advantage of Premier Vein Specialists FREE Screening. It’ll give you an opportunity to meet our staff and talk with Dr. Mathai about your concerns. Contact us today to schedule your no obligation free screening. Call us at 717-412-7226.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for small (spider veins) and medium size (reticular) veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a solution (called a sclerosant) that irritates the lining of the vein. In response, the veins collapse and are reabsorbed. The surface veins are no longer visible. Depending on the size and location of the veins, different types and strengths of sclerosants are used. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent further complications.

You may need anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any vein region. Depending on the type and number of veins being treated you may have one or several injections per session.

The procedure, performed in the doctor’s office, usually causes only minimal discomfort. Generally, no “recovery” time is needed after sclerotherapy, and patients can resume their regular activities immediately.

Possible complications of sclerotherapy include inadvertent intra-arterial injection, skin ulceration, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), telangiectatic matting (blush spots), superficial phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), and allergic reaction. Scarring and other complications are rare, but it’s important to talk with your specialist about your options to understand the advantages and disadvantages of every treatment option.

If you have little blue or purple lines on your legs, call us to schedule a no obligation free screening.  Dr. Mathai will evaluate your leg veins and discuss options with you at no obligation. We’re here to help your legs be the best they can be.  Call today 717-412-7226.

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Results by Dr. Mathai.  Sclerotherapy can be used on the superficial veins after varicose vein treatment is done.  

Anatomical Vein Terms


Do you sit there confused by what the doctor is saying?  Not sure what the terms are that the Doctor used?  We’re here to help!  Here’s a list of common terms used when discussing your vein health.  And you can always ask Dr. Mathai for further explanation.  He loves to help his patients. 

Anterior
The front of a body part.

Posterior
Back of a body part.

Deep Leg Vein
The veins that are deep in the thigh and leg that carry blood back to the heart.

Connective Tissue
This strong tissue is the white tissue that covers muscle.

Great Saphenous Vein
(sometimes called GSV or long saphenous vein) A long vein that can be seen just in front of the anklebone. This vein travels along the inside of the leg and thigh (about one-half inch beneath the skin in the thigh) until it empties into the deep vein called the common femoral vein in the groin.

Perforating Vein
A vein that passes directly from a superficial vein to a deep vein.

Popliteal Vein
The deep vein located behind the knee. The small saphenous vein originates from the popliteal vein.

Small Saphenous Vein
(sometimes called SSV, Lesser Saphenous Vein, or LSV) A superficial vein that starts at the outside of the foot and travels up the back of the calf where it empties into the deep vein (popliteal vein) in the crease of the knee.

Spider Vein
A tiny varicose vein that may be blue or red color that does not protrude above the skin surface and frequently looks like a spider. Common medical terms you may hear for spider veins are telangiectasias and telangiectatic veins. Slightly larger varicose veins that do not protrude above the skin are called reticular veins.

Superficial Vein
Any vein in the lower extremity above the deep fascia that covers the muscles of the thigh and leg.

Varicose Vein
A bulging vein that protrudes past the skin surface and usually measures greater than one-fourth of an inch (6.4 mm) in diameter.

 

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Can one really prevent venous insufficiency? 

If you have a family history of venous insufficiency, you may not be able to prevent it. There are steps you can take to lessen your chances of developing the condition:

 

  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Avoid long periods of standing or sitting: If you must take a long trip and will be sitting for a long time, flex and extend your legs, feet, and ankles about 10 times every 30 minutes to keep the blood flowing in the leg veins. If you need to stand for long periods of time, take frequent breaks to sit down and elevate your feet.
  • Exercise regularly. Walking is especially beneficial.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Elevate your legs while sitting and lying down, with your legs elevated above the level of your heart.
  • Wear compression stockings.
  • Take antibiotics as needed to treat skin infections.
  • Practice good skin hygiene.

 

If you think you have the potential of venous insufficiency, then talk to a certified phlebologist about treatment.  Dr. Mathai at Premier Vein Specialists can provide you with the proper recommended treatment to help lessen the chances of developing the condition. 

 

Call Premier Vein Specialists today.  717-412-7226

varicose-veinVaricose (VAR-i-kos) veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin. These veins usually occur in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of the body.

Varicose veins are a common condition. They usually cause few signs and symptoms. Sometimes varicose veins cause mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers (sores), or other problems.

There are some vein problems that are related to varicose veins.

Many vein problems are related to varicose veins, such as telangiectasias (tel-AN-juh-ek-TA-ze-uhs), spider veins, varicoceles (VAR-i-ko-seals), and other vein problems.

Telangiectasias

Telangiectasias are small clusters of blood vessels. They’re usually found on the upper body, including the face.

These blood vessels appear red. They may form during pregnancy, and often they develop in people who have certain genetic disorders, viral infections, or other conditions, such as liver disease.

Because telangiectasias can be a sign of a more serious condition, see your doctor if you think you have them.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are a smaller version of varicose veins and a less serious type of telangiectasias. Spider veins involve the capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body.

Spider veins often appear on the legs and face. They’re red or blue and usually look like a spider web or tree branch. These veins usually aren’t a medical concern.

Varicoceles

Varicoceles are varicose veins in the scrotum (the skin over the testicles). Varicoceles may be linked to male infertility. If you think you have varicoceles, see your doctor.

Other Related Vein Problems

Other types of varicose veins include venous lakes, reticular veins, and hemorrhoids. Venous lakes are varicose veins that appear on the face and neck. Reticular veins are flat blue veins often seen behind the knees. Hemorrhoids are varicose veins in and around the anus.

Varicose (VAR-i-kos) veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin. These veins usually occur in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of the body.

Varicose veins are a common condition. They usually cause few signs and symptoms. Sometimes varicose veins cause mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers (sores), or other problems.

Think you have vein problems related to varicose veins or might have some varicose veins?  At Premier Vein Specialists, we offer a range of minimally invasive vein treatments to eliminate visible veins and their uncomfortable symptoms. Call us today to schedule a free screening to discuss your treatment plan. 717-412-7226

 

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It’s a new year and a lot of you may have made some New Year’s resolutions.  Have you noticed varicose or spider veins in your legs? If you have, you most likely have questions about exercise and varicose veins, like if it’s safe to exercise if you have varicose or spider veins? If so, what exercises are best for slowing the progression of venous reflux – the underlying cause of your vein disease? Or, you are wondering how could you possibly have vein disease when you are an athlete?

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Today, we will answer these questions and provide helpful tips about exercising and varicose veins that promote ‘healthy veins for life.’ Plus, we will discuss other solutions if you have a difficult time exercising for various reasons.

 

Athletes, Exercise And Venous Disease:

One example may be: a young woman in great shape, a life-long basketball player and a runner with symptomatic vein disease. The truth is, even athletes and healthy people can have varicose and spider veins. In fact, some exercises can increase your risks of having varicose veins or other vein diseases.

 

Exercise And Varicose Veins

Diseased veins are most commonly associated with prolonged sitting or standing careers, hereditary factors, and pregnancy. However, even if you are at high risk for vein disease, there are principles you can follow to help maintain healthy veins.

 

Exercise is the #1 healthy vein principle, but certain exercises are better for your veins than others. As you exercise, blood is pumped back to the heart from the calf muscle and veins in the arch of the foot – a strong calf muscle promotes healthy blood circulation and minimizes vein disease.

 

Set a goal to exercise 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week. If you do not exercise now, start slow and build up from there. Your veins will thank you for it!

Top Exercises For Varicose & Spider Veins

  • Walking
  • Bike
  • Elliptical
  • Swimming
  • Yoga – non-strenuous

 

What to Avoid

  • Running
  • Weightlifting
  • Jump rope

Other Strenuous Activities With Minimal Aerobics

Other activities can worsen venous reflux. We encourage avoiding these activities or performing them in very short segments combined with aerobic activity.

  • Sit ups
  • Crunches
  • Lunges

 

When Exercise Isn’t An Option

We understand that there are circumstances that make frequent exercise impossible. There are other measures, which promote healthy veins for life.

 

Pump your calf while sitting – While sitting or standing, rock your feet back and forth on the ground from heel to toe activating the calf pump.

Wear graduated compression hose especially while traveling, sitting or standing for an extended period, and during pregnancy.

Avoid high heels except for special occasions.

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition is important for healthy veins. Schedule a healthy legs free screeningor call us at 717-412-7226 if you would like to discuss your vein health.

Varicose veins affect up to 40 million Americans. What is a varicose vein? It’s a weakened, twisted, swollen vein that’s filled with blood. Many people who have them are often embarrassed of the appearance of their legs. But, that should be the least of their worries. For some, varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue.

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If you have varicose veins, you may experience unpleasant, challenging symptoms. With these symptoms, it can make it difficult to stand, walk, or take part in daily activities:

  • Achy, heavy pressure in your legs
  • Throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your legs
  • Extreme pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time
  • itching and bleeding
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Skin ulcers

If you don’t treat these symptoms properly, you can have a serious medical condition on your hands.

Just because something can’t be seen on the surface, doesn’t mean it’s not there. These hidden dangers can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Be sure to pay attention to what you’re feeling, because it’s probably something more serious than you think. Visit our website for frequently asked questions about varicose veins. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms discussed, see your doctor right away.

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Jack frost may be nipping at our toes now but those toes might be hitting the beach in a few months.  Spider veins, those unsightly networks of blue and purple lines that resemble spider webs, and large bulging varicose veins can put a real damper on your enthusiasm for the upcoming warm weather. It’s easy to hide behind your warm clothing now but skin-baring clothes are around the corner. Fortunately, there are easy vein treatments that can eliminate those lines permanently. Greet spring in style by starting your treatment now.

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Benefits and Considerations

The benefits of Sclerotherapy and Venefit Procedure are numerous and include:

 

  • Minimally invasive procedures mean little to no discomfort or downtime afterward.
  • Procedures are quick.
  • Results are permanent, with little to no scarring to worry about.
  • Procedures leave smoother, sexier legs for warm weather clothing.

 

There are also factors to consider before undergoing spider vein or varicose vein treatment. These factors reinforce the benefits of treatment during winter months. These include:

 

  • Sclerotherapy may require more than one treatment session to achieve desired results.
  • Venefit procedure may need additional Sclerotherapy treatment for smaller veins after main vein is taken care of.
  • Some bruising or swelling could occur, which subsides a few days to months after treatment.
  • Although the procedure is permanent, new spider veins could eventually develop in the same location.

 

By starting on your treatment now, you will enjoy smoother, sexier legs by the time that thermometer starts to heat up. At Premier Vein Specialists, we offer a range of minimally invasive vein treatments to eliminate visible veins and their uncomfortable symptoms. Call us today to schedule a free screening to discuss your treatment plan. 717-412-7226

 

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Health insurance document

When performed for medical reasons many insurance companies cover varicose vein treatment. The removal of spider veins, usually done for cosmetic reasons, is not generally covered by insurance. Check with your insurance company to determine which treatment options are covered under your plan.

 

In the event that your carrier does not cover the procedure, you may find it helpful to contact your carrier’s customer service representative as well as our office to discuss any other options.

 

Keep in mind that most carriers require a period (3-6 months) of conservative therapy ( compression , elevation of legs, possibly weight loss) before providing coverage for the vein procedure.

 

What Insurances Do You Participate In?

**Participating insurance companies and plans are subject to change without notice.**

Participating Insurance Companies

Aetna

Capital Blue Cross

Cigna (Great West)

Devon

Federal Blue Shield

Freedom Blue

Geisinger (needs referral)

Golden Rule (part of united health one)

Health America/ Health Assurance

Highmark Blue Shield

Humana (national pos, open access & open access plus, medicare humana ppov)

Keystone Health Plan (needs referral)

Medicare

PHCS/Multiplan

PPHN

Primesource

South Central Preferred

Tricare (needs referral)

United Health Care (HMO needs referral)

United Health Care One, NEF & PPL (no community care)

 

Non-Participating With

Aetna Better Health

Access

Gateway

Amerihealth Mercy

Community Care

Coventry of Delaware

 

Questions about your coverage?

Please call our office to discuss any questions you may have about your procedure and the insurance coverage.  717-412-7226

 

 

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Why get a free screening from Premier Vein Specialist? 

We want you to choose a specialist and a practice that you feel comfortable with. Our free evaluation gives you the chance to see if our office is a good fit for your health care needs. 

Dr. Mathai will perform a general evaluation of your vein health and provide recommended treatment or further evaluation at no obligation. 

 

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Running may be your top choice for exercise, but it is not the best option if you have varicose veins.  

Can you run with varicose veins?

As long as you are not experiencing any pain or discomfort, you can keep running if you have varicose veins, although it would be wise for a doctor to examine them and give you an opinion. If you are having problems you should definitely seek medical advice. Otherwise, there are ways you can help yourself so as not to worsen the condition:

  • Run on more shock-absorbing surfaces such as grass, dirt tracks, athletic tracks or a treadmill.
  • Ensure your running shoes have sufficient cushioning. If in doubt, consult the staff in your local specialist running shop . They will be able to assess the level of cushioning in your shoes and establish whether it meets your needs or not.
  • When not running avoid standing or sitting still for long periods and aim to move around every 30 minutes to aid the circulation of blood.
  • Wear graduated compression socks or athletic compression sleeves while running and/or when recovering in order to help the flow of blood back to the heart. Many people are familiar with wearing compression socks or stockings when on long-haul flights. The principle is to help squeeze the veins just the right amount so that the blood flow can be encouraged back to the heart. Try  compression tights  or  compression socks . A range of sizes ensures that you can get just the right level of compression for you.
  • Consider your running style to see if you can run more lightly, with less impact. 

If you love running but have leg pain caused by varicose veins, it may be time to see a doctor.  Treatment is minimally invasive with fairly easy recovery.  You’ll be back on the track in no time.  

Premier Vein Specialists will provide you with the best treatment options allowing you to continue your running as quickly as possible.  They offer a free screening so you can see your options and meet the staff to determine if Premier Vein Specialists is the right treatment facility for you.  Call today! 717-412-7226

 

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According to VeinDirectory.org, your diet has a direct effect on the development and progression of varicose veins. Nutritious foods strengthen your veins and boost healthy blood circulation.

The top 5 nutrients to improve your varicose veins

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1. Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids do more than give fruits and vegetables their color, they are super-antioxidants that can reduce the swelling and discomfort associated with varicose veins and rebuild the collagen proteins that make your blood vessel walls stronger and more pliable.

The best bioflavonoid-rich foods are red cabbage, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, grape seed, garlic, beets, onion, spinach, mango, papaya, and pineapple.

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your body generate collagen and elastin proteins, which keep your vein walls and arteries strong and flexible. Strong vein walls keep your blood pumping through your legs and back into your heart, and prevent your veins from stretching and becoming varicose. Weak vein walls are a significant factor in developing varicose veins.

Foods packed with vitamin C include oranges, red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit, guava, and kiwi.

3. Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps keep your blood platelets from adhering together and forming blood clots. Blood clots can damage your blood vessels and cause varicose veins, and they can have more significant health impacts as well. If you have diabetes then you may be at a higher risk for blood clots.

Vitamin E-rich foods include tofu, leafy green vegetables, nuts, sunflower seeds, avocados, shellfish, fish, plant oils, broccoli, papaya, olives, parsley, pumpkin, and squash.

4. Fiber

A diet rich in fiber can help reduce constipation and strain when going to the bathroom. Straining puts pressure on your veins and can lead to hemorrhoids, which are actually a type of varicose vein. Abdominal pressure can also limit the blood flow from your legs to you heart.

Foods full of fiber include split peas, lentils, black beans, oatmeal, artichokes, peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, raspberries, and blackberries.

5. Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight oxidation in your body, which is a natural chemical process that can give off atoms called free-radicals, which can damage your cells. Antioxidants have many health benefits, and reduce varicose vein symptoms like inflammation.

Antioxidant-rich foods include dark-green vegetables, grapes, chili peppers, tea, berries, artichokes, beans, and whole grains.

 

Think you have varicose or spider veins?  Contact Premier Vein Specialists to set up a free screening.  Call 717-412-7226 today.  

 

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There are many factors that can affect a person’s vein health. Seasonal changes can also play a role in the development of vein problems especially winter weather. With winter right around the corner, we’ll discuss how it can affect you. Winter weather can lead to vein conditions such as spider and varicose veins that, while relatively harmless, can lead to more serious problems if left untreated too long.

 

So, here are a few ways that winter weather affects your vein health. Also we’ll give you a few tips to help prevent it from becoming too bad.

 

Putting On The Pressure

 

It is important to remember that spider and varicose veins are caused, in part, by excess pressure on a person’s legs. While things such as obesity or standing too long can cause this, changes in the atmosphere can also cause varicose or spider veins.

 

In other words, when it begins to get cold and snowfall occurs, it causes a temporary change in the atmosphere, which actually can affect your body. This change leads to your body feeling heavier, even if it weighs no different than it did before. As a result, the circulation in your body may be slightly less efficient than it otherwise would, leading to the possibility of vein problems.

 

Burrr, It’s Cold

 

Being slowed down by the cold is not just referring to the way people tend to hide under blankets and hot beverages during the winter, rather than do much physical activity. Cold weather is also known to slow down body functions in itself, making everything a little slower.

 

This, like the change in atmospheric pressure, can create a situation of decreased circulation. Of course, it is only made worse by the lack of physical activity. But, the cold weather is something of a catalyst that can lead to the development of vein problems, including spider or varicose veins.

 

Keeping up with your normal routine or adding some exercise can help blood flow more regularly.

 

It’s A Slow Go

 

As mentioned above, the cold slows down the body, and it also makes people want to do less in order to avoid facing the cold weather. While it can be an understandable reaction, staying in a sedentary position in front of the TV or computer for too long will only cause you harm in the long run.

 

Just as standing for too long can lead to vein problems, staying seated causes blood to pool rather than flow like it normally would. To stop this from happening, move around more. Even if you do not go outside, doing some exercise in the warmth of your own home every day can make a world of difference.

 

Comfort Food

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Once the cold weather sets in, the way you eat starts to change a little. The winter season is full of holidays where people eat all sorts of foods they do not have a regular day, and they eat more of it as well. Not only that, but the daily winter diet contains foods that are a lot richer and sometimes fattier, such as hearty soups and stews.

 

During the winter, people also start to eat more junk food- with nothing to do, cookies and sweets become more appealing during a TV marathon. While eating these things is perfectly fine, it is important to remember to eat healthier foods too. Foods rich in fibers and omega-3s will help provide oxygen for the blood and, therefore, increase blood flow.

 

Hide The Scale

 

With the changes in eating habit, comes the usually unavoidable weight gain. It is well known that too much pressure on your legs can create vein problems, and weight gain is one possible way for this pressure to be created.

 

Your body needs the movement, not just to keep any unwanted weight off, but also to ensure that your body does not create any extra pressure on your legs. Regular exercise is the best way to handle this situation, as is eating in moderation. The exercise will also increase the blood flow, as mentioned before, and lessen the likelihood of a vein problem from developing.

 

These are just few ways that the winter weather can affect the health of your veins. By becoming aware of what can possibly happen, you are better equipped to handle the winter.

 

Premier Vein Specialists is regarded as a top vein clinic in Central PA. Dr. Mathai is a double board certified physician with over 40 years experience. Our staff is ready to help you with some of the effects of vein health on your body. Give us a call today and get a personalized treatment plan.

 

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Why get a free screening from Premier Vein Specialist? 

We want you to choose a specialist and a practice that you feel comfortable with. Our free evaluation gives you the chance to see if our office is a good fit for your health care needs. 

Dr. Mathai will perform a general evaluation of your vein health and provide recommended treatment or further evaluation at no obligation. 

 

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Spider veins are mainly a cosmetic issue and can be left alone if they don’t bother you. But if you’re unhappy about the way they look or if they’re painful, you can do something about them.

 

Spider veins appear as thin, red lines or as web-like networks of blood vessels on the surface of the skin. Spider veins, a form of venous disease, typically appear on the legs and feet.

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Symptoms of Spider Veins

The most obvious sign of spider veins is their web-like appearance on the skin. These veins can be red, blue, or purple. Other symptoms include:

  • an uncomfortable feeling in the legs
  • swelling
  • rash
  • throbbing, cramping, or aching
  • restless legs
  • itching around the veins
  • skin ulcers

See your doctor if:

  • your veins are warm to the touch and very tender
  • your veins cause pain
  • you are developing sores, rashes, or ulcers on your skin
  • skin on your ankle or calf is changing color and thickening
  • your spider or varicose veins bleed

 

Spider and varicose veins are generally not serious health issues. Available treatments are usually easy and highly successful. However, new veins can form as you age.

 

If you feel you have some Spider Vein symptoms, contact a vein specialist today for proper diagnosis. Premier Vein Specialists offer a free screening allowing you to experience their office to determine if they are a good fit for you. Contact Premier Vein Specialists at 717-412-7226 to schedule your free screening today.

 

It’s that time of year when the leaves start falling, campfires start burning and hot chocolate is a favorite treat. This year make your hot chocolate a little healthier with this recipe.  Hot chocolate made with almond milk is overflowing with vein health boosting flavonoids and antioxidants.

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Dark, unsweetened cocoa powder is an excellent dietary source of flavonoids such as catechins and procyanidins. A diet rich in flavonoids has been shown to be particularly beneficial for people with varicose veins. However, the flavonoids lose much of their power if cocoa is consumed together with dairy. In order to maximize the health benefits of cocoa, this hot chocolate is made with almond milk instead of cow’s milk.


Ingredients
  5 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups unsweetened  almond milk 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions

  Combine sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan. Whisk in almond milk.
  Warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until hot. Do not boil.
  Remove from heat and add vanilla. Serve hot.

 

 

After a long, hot summer of wearing capris instead of shorts, you may feel relieved to be able to throw on some jeans as fall hits. With the hot weather and summer vacations just about behind us, it’s the perfect time for anyone suffering with varicose veins or spider veins to seek vein specialist options and begin treatment.

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Vein treatment – especially, for spider veins- often requires a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart. Beginning vein treatment during the end of the summer sets you up for recovery during the cooler months. Our vein patients that must wear compression hose for a period of time especially appreciate the cooler weather. Unfortunately, these therapies, like compression hose, alone are not typically able to provide permanent relief from varicose veins or their symptoms. That’s why after you’ve completed the necessary number of weeks, your insurance company will most likely give you the go-ahead for lasting treatment.

 

Fall is, also, often that wonderful time of year when many patients have met their annual insurance deductible, so healthcare procedures become require a much lower out-of-pocket responsibility from the patient. We also see an increase in the number of patients tapping into their Flexible Spending Accounts or Healthcare Savings Accounts. Although remaining funds in some of those funds may roll over to the following year, not all will, so make sure and check the status of your own account.

 

If you’re thinking about getting your veins treated, get the ball rolling by calling Premier Vein Specialists to set up a FREE Screening.  We like to offer a free screening to allow you to meet the staff and see if our office is the right fit for you.  Call Premier Vein Specialists today to set up a free consultation at 717-412-7226.

Do you get this odd, creeping sensation to move your legs and arms in the middle of the night? Does the irresistible urge to move your body keep you from reading a book, relaxing in front of the TV, or simply steals your good-night sleep?

What you may be experiencing is Restless Leg Syndrome. Also called RLS, this is a neurological disorder that makes your body feel uncomfortable all the time, with constant impulses to move it. RLS affects approximately 10 percent of adults in the United States. RLS may begin at any age, including childhood, and affects approximately twice as many women as men. Eighty percent of those affected by RLS also experience Periodic Limb Movement Disorder during sleep, in which the patient has brief “jerks” of the legs or arms while sleeping. Latest research suggests, though, that RLS is frequently misdiagnosed.

 

So, what’s happening?

Suffering from RLS makes your body and limbs – mostly legs – feel extremely uncomfortable. Trying to stay still sitting or lying down is exactly what triggers off the symptoms and prevents you from relaxing. So far, scientists haven’t agreed on what actually causes this unbearable pulling and throbbing in your legs. Those who treat varicose veins have long heard from their patients’ descriptions of throbbing, buzzing, creepy-crawly pains in the lower extremities – symptoms that sound very similar to those of RLS. Restless legs syndrome has long been accepted as a symptom of venous insufficiency by phlebologists.

 

Venous insufficiency and varicose veins develop in your legs for various reasons, but in all cases they are related to non-functioning vein valves. You need your vein valves healthy because they allow blood to flow from the legs toward the heart against gravity, preventing venous reflux (reverse flow). If the valves are damaged or the vein wall is too weak, the blood pools in the legs, which results in formation of varicose veins or their enlargement.

Is RLS common? You could say so. Up to 15% of the American population are diagnosed with Restless Leg Syndrome. Same high numbers go for Varicose Veins – estimates say that at least 20 – 25 million Americans have varicose veins, which makes problems with veins one of the most common chronic conditions in North America.

 

What causes Restless Leg Syndrome to happen?

RLS may have genetic causes, and has been associated with low iron storage in the brain as well as diminished dopamine in the basal ganglia (the brain area also associated with Parkinson’s disease). RLS is associated with Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, renal insufficiency, iron deficiency anemia, peripheral neuropathy, and multiple sclerosis. The focus of this article is the association between RLS and venous insufficiency. RLS occurring secondarily from a chronic disease can often be improved or cured by adequately treating the associated condition.

Whether you are prone to be affected by Restless Leg Syndrome depends on a variety of factors, most of which are direct risk factors of varicose veins as well:

Family history

Pregnancy

Increasing age

Venous insufficiency

Venous reflux

Other conditions (e. g. iron deficiency, auto-immune disorders)

 

Will it get worse over time?

Unfortunately, yes. There is evidence that Restless Leg Syndrome is more common and tends to get worse with increasing age. Plus, if your problem is related to some venous underlying conditions, those will definitely get worse over time and can also develop into something much more serious, such as blood clots or leg ulcers.

How do I treat Restless Leg Syndrome?

This really depends on what the underlying condition of your RLS ultimately is – is it a neurological issue or is it related to one of many venous conditions.

Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is paramount! Make sure to consult as many medical professionals as necessary to understand what the underlying condition of your restless limbs is and thus avoid improper treatment. Whether you end up needing one of the  varicose vein treatments , some supportive medication and compression stockings, or the combination of all these, you definitely need to find the best specialist to treat your condition. And thanks to modern technology, treating varicose veins and venous reflux has become highly effective. The new procedures mostly use laser technologies, don’t require surgery, and can be covered by insurance. You’ll be walking home on the same day of treatment with relatively little discomfort, and most likely sleeping better as a result.

 

What should I do now?

When RLS co-exists with venous insufficiency, treating the venous insufficiency can provide substantial improvement in the patient’s symptoms and subsequently the patient’s quality of life.

 

If you’ve experienced the restless feeling in your limbs, the best way to start is to have your leg veins examined by a phlebologist. This is a painless, non-invasive and absolutely risk free examination. No preparation is necessary, and you will either comfortably lie in a chair or stand in an upright position (this is to assess the blood flow direction).

 

You will need to find a vein specialist – phlebologist  – like Dr. Mathai at Premier Vein Specialists, who will perform a physical examination, using various technological devices. Just call and schedule a free consultation. These are all state-of-the-art facilities, with friendly staff and maximum comfort.

 

If your vein specialist finds nothing usual with the current state of your veins, then you’ll have to proceed to look for further help – typically from a neurologist – to discover the exact cause of your restless limbs, which will most likely be related to your nervous system.

 

Next Step?

Contact Premier Vein Specialists and set up your free consultation.

 

 

Losing weight and staying healthy will help keep your veins on the healthy side.  Here’s a tasty Smoked Trout Salad recipe that incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients to pack a flavorful punch in less time.

 

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A salad filled with refreshing summer produce like heirloom tomatoes and corn is elevated with smoked trout, a fish high in protein, B vitamins, magnesium, and phosphorus. Fresh herbs are the perfect garnish for this crunchy-meets-juicy summer salad.

Ingredients: Olive oil mayonnaise, dill, honey, cider vinegar, buttermilk, corn kernels, cucumber, smoked trout, basil, butterhead lettuce, heirloom tomatoes

Calories: 269

 

    Smoked trout is a super-flavorful source of protein, B vitamins, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Yield: 6

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups chopped butterhead lettuce (about 12 oz.)
  • 3 medium heirloom tomatoes (about 2 lb.), cut into 1/2-in.- thick slices
  • 2 cups multicolor heirloom cherry tomatoes (about 12 oz.), halved
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 3 large ears)
  • 1 small English cucumber (about 6 oz.), cut into 1/4-in.- thick rounds (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 6 ounces smoked trout, broken into 2-in. pieces
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

 

 

 

Whisk together mayonnaise, dill, vinegar, buttermilk, honey, and 1/2 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper in a bowl.

 

Spread lettuce on a platter; arrange tomatoes on top. Toss together corn, cucumber, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Arrange corn mixture and trout over tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with basil.

 

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Exercise is vital to your vein health.  But the hot summer days may have you feeling not so energized.  Here’s some tips from SHAPE Magazine to help beat the heat while working up a sweat.

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Be flexible about when you work out: Become obsessed with checking the weather, and find out when temps are going to be the lowest that day. Sometimes it’s early in the morning, and sometimes late in the evening, so you’ll need to rearrange your schedule to fit in exercise during the coolest time of day. A plus about morning workouts is many of your neighbors might be watering their lawns, so you can run through their sprinklers to stay even cooler.

 

  • Invest in some wicking clothes:  Lightweight, breathable, wicking clothes are a must. They’ll pull moisture away from your skin, so you really do feel cooler. Wearing a hat to keep the hot sun off your head and face also helps.
  • Take a cold shower:  I know it seems a little odd to shower before a workout, but the cold water will cool you down. Leave your hair wet and pop it in a bun, so when you head outside water dripping down your face and neck will feel so refreshing. If you have short hair, carry a water bottle with you and squeeze a little on top of your head whenever you need a little cooling boost.
  • Change up the type of workout to fit the temps:  On super hot and humid days, choose cooler cardio activities like biking in the wind or swimming in cold water.
  • Exercise in cooler places:  Hit the trails in shady woods or along a breezy beach shoreline. It can be 10 or more degrees cooler than the sunny streets in your neighborhood.
  • Exercise in the rain:  It’s so exhilarating to feel a little sprinkle on your skin while out for a run or bike ride. If it’s thundering and lightening, head home quick; you don’t want to be out running in an electrical storm.
  • Shorten or split up your workouts:  Summertime isn’t the best time to push yourself, so if you can only handle 10 minutes at a time, do what you can, or exercise twice in one day.
  • Slow down your pace:  If you’re set on getting in a 30-minute workout, move with less intensity or do intervals to avoid overheating. Remember it’s OK to take breaks too.
  • Head indoors:  Now is a good time to take advantage of a monthly membership at an air-conditioned gym. Can’t afford it? Burn calories by following along with fitness DVDs, jumping rope, running up and down your stairs, or doing strength training routines at home. If you need to get out, speed walk in the mall.  
  • Drink water all day, not just before or after your workout:  Staying hydrated will help prevent some of the symptoms you may experience from exercising in heat such as dizziness, stomach cramps, and headaches. During your run, sip four to eight ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes.

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If you ever feel too hot or light-headed while exercising, please stop and see a doctor if how you feel concerns you.  Do your veins hurt during or after exercise?  Call Premier Vein Specialists for a consultation.  717-412-7226

 

 

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veins in the summerIt’s finally summer and smooth, attractive legs seem to be everywhere! But anyone with embarrassing bright purple, bulging varicose veins on their legs might not be so excited. Many of them may be too self-conscious to wear shorts or bathing suits. Some may be wondering why their legs seem worse during the summer.

Varicose veins are worse in the summer:

The main culprit is the hot summer sun. The sun’s rays can be very dehydrating and weaken the skins upper layers sapping its moisture and diminishing its elasticity. As a result, the veins are less likely to keep blood flowing like normal causing it to pool in the lower limbs wherever broken valves are. Frequent exposure to high temperatures can cause blood vessels to expand, placing more stress on valves in the veins. The resulting pooling of blood is what creates spider veins and varicose veins.

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Tips for staying swimsuit ready:

Slather on the sun block and high SPF moisturizers on your legs, face and nose where thinner skin is more prone to developing spider veins.

Cover up or seek shade if you’ll be outside for long periods of time.

Exercise to keep the blood circulating. Exercises that are less intense like swimming, surfing and brisk evening walks are best because the coolness helps keep the blood vessels from dilating.

Wear summery flats and sandals rather than high heels. Flats keep your calf muscles pumping blood out of the leg.

Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It’s also great for keeping your skin smooth and clear.

 

Try self-care for Varicose Veins:

If your varicose veins only embarrass you but not terribly pain you, then there are steps you can take to keep them from getting worse.

First, exercise can improve blood flow through your veins. If you do not typically exercise, consult your doctor first, start slowly, and work your way up to exercising 30 minutes a day a few days a week. Maintaining a healthy weight will reduce the pressure on your legs and veins.

Do you sit or stand for long periods of time each day? Make a conscious effort to take breaks. If you typically sit all day, tap your toes to pump your calf muscles or use your lunch hour to take a walk. When standing, raising yourself up and down on your toes or rocking back and forth on your heels can help to improve the blood flow in your legs.

You should also elevate your legs whenever possible throughout the day and more so at the end of a long day. This will help move blood from the veins in your lower legs.

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If your legs are starting to ache or swell, then consider talking to a vein specialist about compression therapy. They can help to increase the circulation and reduce your discomfort. If you feel discomfort in your legs, call Premier Vein Specialists for a free consult. We can help heal your vein discomfort. Call 717-412-7226.

 

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With Vein Disease affecting so many men and women today, there are many vein doctors out there to choose from. So why should you choose Dr. Mathai and Premier Vein Specialists?

One Of The Area’s Top Varicose Vein Doctors

Experience and training are two important components to take a look at when searching for a Doctor. As the Director and Leading Physician for Premier Vein Specialists, Dr. Mathai brings over 3 decades of experience to the practice. He is double Board Certified with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery as well as a Member of the American College of Phlebology.   As a Cardiac Surgeon and Phlebologist with his own practice, he focused on problems related to extremity veins. After 32 plus years, he decided to concentrate on Phlebotomy and has been doing so for over 8 years. 

With Dr. Mathai’s experience and his helpful team, he is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition, utilizing tried and true procedures and cutting edge state-of-the-art technology.  His expertise isn’t the only reason to choose Premier Vein Specialists.  Dr. Mathai and his staff aim to make your experience a comfortable and stress free one.  They understand that facing a medical procedure can be stressful and aim to make it as easy as possible for you.

“One of the best experiences I have had dealing with a Doctor and his staff. First off his work on the leg veins was fabulous, no more bulky varicose veins. Dr. Mathai is very personable and I can’t say enough good things about his caring staff. Thank you! Highly Recommended,” commented Bonnie, a satisfied patient of Dr. Mathai.

 

What Are Varicose Veins?

Over 40 million people suffer from a venous disease including spider and varicose veins. In most cases, spider veins will cause you to become concerned with the appearance of your legs especially during the summer months. Those spider veins may be a sign of a more significant problem. Venous disease can also be the source of itching, swelling and aching in the legs.  Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin and may bulge above the surface of the skin. They may be blue, red, or purple colored in appearance. These veins usually occur in the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg, but they also can form in other parts of the body. While spider veins are treated as a cosmetic issue, varicose veins are a medical condition and healing the venous disease will provide you with legs that not only look better but feel better too.  With that being said, you might be wondering what treatment is available for this unattractive disease.

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Should I See A Doctor For My Varicose Veins?

You should see a doctor about varicose veins if:

  • The vein has become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch
  • There are sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle
  • The skin on the ankle and calf becomes thick and changes color
  • One of the varicose veins begins to bleed
  • Your leg symptoms are interfering with daily activities
  • The appearance of the veins is causing you distress

If you’re having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you don’t need to see a doctor about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse.

 

 

Dr. Mathai Cares

A special message from Dr. Mathai himself, “Our staff is friendly and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.”

Is Varicose Vein Treatment right for you? Dr. Mathai and the team at  Premier Vein Specialists  want to identify your needs and help you improve your health and confidence.

 

We invite you to visit Premier Vein Specialist and have a free screening.  

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Why get a free screening from Premier Vein Specialist? 

We want you to choose a specialist and a practice that you feel comfortable with. Our free evaluation gives you the chance to see if our office is a good fit for your health care needs. 

Dr. Mathai will perform a general evaluation of your vein health and provide recommended treatment or further evaluation at no obligation. 

 

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Your legs have been hiding all winter are about to revisit the sun and air.  Allure Magazine has some tips on to care for your legs in the springtime.  

May, not April, could actually be the cruelest month: The first glimpse of ashen skin, blue veins, callused feet, and unexpected hairs can make you feel as though the body is thoroughly unprepared. “May is really the month of self-discovery,” says Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist at Boston University Medical Center.

What’s more, the change of season can prompt a whole new set of issues.  “It may be instantly hot and humid, so on top of all your  dry skin , you’re suddenly having oiliness and acne, or even an allergy that starts in the spring with the first burst of sun exposure,” says Audrey Kunin, associate clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Fortunately, skin responds well to kindness. The right treatments are new sources of hope — something that spring manages to inspire even in the wasteland.

Your skin resembles your alligator bag
“The two keys are moisturization and things that make the skin glow, such as exfoliation,” says Jeffrey Dover, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. Start with a shower rubdown,  using a moisturizing body cleanser  on a clean washcloth. Don’t bother scrubbing your legs if you already use a razor, since shaving removes dead skin on its own. Tempting though it may be to follow this kind of body exfoliation with a heavy cream, it’s an  unwise move  (except on your freshly shaved legs) because in warm weather, even slight perspiration can leave skin dripping. You can avoid the issue completely by applying a soothing cream at night. Otherwise, any light lotion that contains glycolic, alpha hydroxy, or fruit acid will quickly restore vibrance to dead-looking skin, says Dover. (Alyria Resurfacing Body Care lotion contains time-released glycolic acid to reduce irritation.)
For more intense exfoliation on the arms and chest, the microdermabrasion treatment Vibraderm, available at many dermatology offices, uses a vibrating paddle rather than abrasive particles or suction, and was shown in a company-sponsored study to remove over 75 percent of the skin’s outermost layer on those areas in less than 10 minutes.

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Your arms deserve a penalty for unnecessary roughness
The likely culprit is keratosis pilaris, a genetic condition that can resemble goose bumps (they tend to be white or red), and appears on the arms, legs, or buttocks of about half of all women. “Extra skin cells build up around individual hair follicles, giving you a bumpy texture and a polka-dotted appearance,” says Kunin. Though there’s no cure, a daily moisturizer containing urea, glycolic, or lactic acid can soften the bumps; Dover is partial to AmLactin, a lactic acid cream, while Kunin’s Dermadoctor KP Duty also has a strong following. A body scrub can wear down the bumps even more, but dermatologists preach moderation, since overscrubbing can cause extra redness and inflammation. “Natural particles — crushed seeds or nut shells — have jagged edges that can injure the skin,” says Kunin. Synthetic microbeads, on the other hand, are less likely to tear skin. For an instant improvement, apply a shimmery cream to refract light.

Your knees and elbows have faded to gray
“The skin in these areas is some of the driest on our bodies, and so it can take on a cracked, whitish, or grayish appearance — especially on olive or darker skin,” says Jeanine Downie, assistant attending dermatologist at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, and co-author of “Beautiful Skin of Color” (Regan Books/HarperCollins). The best fix is a potent daily moisturizing cream, such as AmLactin or Salex (by prescription), or even petroleum jelly on the elbows and knees once a week before bed. “Trim the toes off a tube sock, and shimmy it up the arm so the Vaseline stays in contact with your skin instead of wiping off on your sheets,” Downie says. Scrubbing, scratching, picking, or even leaning on knees or elbows can exacerbate ashiness. So, too, can sun exposure. “When the background skin gets darker, the ashy skin on top stands out more,” says Downie, who recommends “constant” use of SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen.

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Acne pops up in unexpected — and unpleasant — places
As if the very presence of  pimples on your back and rear weren’t disturbing enough , the acne there is also most likely to produce a  lasting scar . “The skin is thicker, and there are fewer blood vessels, which means slower healing,” says Dover. Wash the areas with a benzoyl-peroxide cleanser, such as Peter Thomas Roth Medicated BPO 10% Acne Wash or PanOxyl. But be sure to let any creams or gels sink in fully before dressing because they can bleach some fabrics. You can also consider treatments with a diode laser (like Smooth Beam), photodynamic therapy, Intense Pulsed Dye laser, or blue light, which often help to rid the skin of acne gradually over a few sessions (usually for $250 to $600 each). Aesthera’s Isolaz treatment offers the advantage of instant gratification, says Vic Narurkar, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California–Davis School of Medicine. Available in physicians’ offices for $250 to $400, Isolaz suctions the skin to unclog pores while delivering broadband light to kill acne-causing bacteria immediately, for results “just like a cortisone injection,” he says. Narurkar recently co-authored a study on the device in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology that found that it reduced all types of acne (including whiteheads and cysts) by 50 percent in a single treatment and by 90 percent with two treatments, and results were usually maintained for three to six months. “We still recommend a series of three to four treatments, as patients will see improvements in pore size reduction, discoloration, and brown spots,” he says.

Your foot calluses are as tough as leather
High heels and pinched shoes may contribute to calluses by causing friction, but Narurkar says the problem can often be alleviated by slipping in a thin insert. One is Foot Petals Tip Toes, a cushion that supports the ball of the foot and is small enough even for open-toe shoes.

To remove existing calluses, take a shower or bath so that skin is soft and pliable, then buff feet with a foot file, a pumice stone, or a pad premoistened with a cleanser, such as Kerasal Callus Removal Cleansing Pads. Follow with a cream containing urea, which “eats away at and loosens up the dead skin cells, and makes the skin really smooth and hydrated,” says Kathy Fields, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California–San Francisco. You can try Curél Targeted Therapy Foot Cream (which smells of coconut, since company research revealed that most women dislike peppermint scents at night, when they’re most likely to apply cream). For a stronger treatment, ask your doctor for a prescription cream that contains 6 percent salicylic acid or 40 percent urea.

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Your leg veins look like MapQuest
“I don’t care if you’re a runner; I don’t care if you cross your legs; I don’t care if you wear tight everything — 90 percentish of unsightly blood vessels are genetic,” says Seth Matarasso, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California–San Francisco. Women with extraordinary foresight can help prevent visible veins by dutifully wearing support stockings and elevating the feet when possible. For the rest of us, veins can be masked with shimmering lotions, or self-tanner, which minimizes color contrast against fair or medium skin.

No creams exist to treat veins, but you can render them invisible with sclerotherapy, in which a doctor injects a soap or sugar solution into a vessel, irritating it until it closes down. (Blood is harmlessly reabsorbed into deeper channels.) The procedure is by far the most effective for clusters of spider veins and mini varicose veins that are not bumpy, and usually involves no more pain than a few fine needle pricks, although there is usually bruising for about a week. At the recent annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting, information about a new device called the Cynergy was presented. One or two sessions with it are very effective at targeting both smaller spider veins and larger blue veins, says Hirsch, president of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery. The Cynergy is similarly effective as sclerotherapy, but the latter can be more painful, depending on the dermatologist’s experience level with the procedure, she adds.

Your bikini line is dotted with red bumps
The hair here often emerges from the skin only to dive right back down. “The skin thinks the hair is a foreign body like a splinter, and becomes inflamed,” says Arielle Kauvar, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. Kauvar recommends laser hair removal — though it’s costly; it usually takes six treatments to achieve 80 percent to 90 percent reduction of hair and thus the majority of ingrowns. Every year or so, a touch-up session may be required to zap resilient strays. Many women prefer to wax the area because skin stays smooth for four to six weeks, and the hair grows back softer and finer. But Kauvar says waxing has the highest incidence of ingrowns because not all of the hairs are cleanly extracted. “The root may coil up under the skin surface when the broken remnant snaps back,” she says. To help prevent ingrowns from waxing, Fields suggests washing the area thoroughly with an antibacterial soap the day you wax and the day after, and then applying a cortisone cream to reduce any redness.

Shaving causes fewer bumps and ingrowns as long as it is done properly, which means shaving with a liquid antibacterial soap and a new razor: “An old, draggy blade can implant bacteria in the skin and cause inflammation,” Fields says. (Save depilatories for elsewhere on the body; they dissolve the hair just under the pore, leaving it very short, and “ingrown hairs are more common if the hair is less than a quarter inch in length,” Kunin says.)

But no matter what method you used, if the bumps have already appeared, work a scrub onto the outer bikini area to help exfoliate clogged, inflamed pores (use your hands, not a loofah, which can irritate skin or transfer bacteria, making ingrowns worse), and spot-treat ingrowns with a benzoyl peroxide foam or gel (one is DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel). And avoid shaving over the area, since that can irritate skin further.

Stretch is fine for yoga, but not for your skin
When the skin is  pulled  during pregnancy or weight gain, “the collagen and elastin fibers in the middle and deeper layers of the skin literally get stretched and probably torn,” says Dover. “Microscopically,” says Kauvar, “there is no difference between a stretch mark and a scar.” Most creams are useless in preventing these scars from forming, but Narurkar is convinced that the cult eye cream Relastin, which contains antioxidants, moisturizers, and a zinc compound, can help by ramping up elastin production in the skin. Likewise, a prescription retinoid applied daily for six months has been shown to shorten and fade pink stretch marks in about 80 percent of women. Lasers that target redness also can drain the color from an early stretch mark. But once the marks have taken on a silvery color, pulsed dye lasers and fractional lasers are two of the few things known to help. Multiple sessions may fade marks by about half in some people, Dover says.

Your legs feel stubbly just hours after shaving
The 70 percent of women who are faithful razor users, according to a Schick survey, can eke out an extra half millimeter or so of closeness simply by using a good shaving gel or cream, says Fields. Follow it with a moisturizer that contains a soy extract to slow down hair regrowth and a self-tanner, such as Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion, to decrease the contrast between skin and dark hairs.

Laser hair removal helps prevent many follicles from growing new hair. But those who don’t want to undergo the recommended four to six sessions have at-home options. Gillette is launching an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser later this year. That and the Tria, a recently approved laser to be sold in doctors’ offices beginning this month, both “have clinical studies and will slowly remove hair with time and maintenance,” says Fields. A third option is the No! No!, a device that uses a heated wire instead of a laser to singe hair on contact and reduce hair growth over the long term.

Stubble on George Clooney? Sexy. On your underarms? No.
A fresh razor blade can make all the difference. “Many people let the same damn razor sit in the bathroom for days, weeks, months,” Fields says. “To get a really clean shave, it should be a new blade, so go to Costco and buy them in bulk. Shave once with it, and throw it away.” Hang a non-fog mirror in the shower so you can see any missed spots. The closest shave comes from drawing the razor against the direction of growth, says Kauvar, which usually means shaving upward on the underarms. (Though this can cause  irritation and in-grown hairs.) A twice-daily layer of the prescription hair-minimizing cream Vaniqua will slow growth further, but Hirsch has just three words for those with a truly relentless stubble: “Laser, laser, laser.” Four to six treatments are standard, but many underarm-specific patients are happy sooner than that. Again, although the results are unlikely to be permanent, “most people get an excellent response after three treatments, because the hair that does come back comes back finer” and can easily be cleaned up with the occasional swipe of a razor, Kauvar says.

 

So treat your legs well this summer. And more importantly, go see a specialists if you have varicose veins.  Not sure what to do about your painful, unsightly veins?  Contact Premier Vein Specialists for a Free Consultation.  

The following is a grocery list of veggies, fruits and other nutrients for varicose vein sufferers who wish to become better varicose vein managers:

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Citrus Fruits – rich in oxerutins – including diosmin and hesperidin – and vitamin C. Get zesty with oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes – the peel is loaded with rutins.

 

Cherries, Black Currants & Grapes – these non-berries do just as good a job as their berry counterparts. The darker the better the antioxidants!

 

Berries – contain tannins, which protect against blood vessel leakage and free radicals. Pick strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, basically anything ending in -berry for a greater tannin punch

Tropical Fruits – think mangoes and papayas –both are rich in bioflavonoids

 

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Onions – another great antioxidant chockfull of vitamin B6, zinc, potassium, protein, folic acid, fiber, calcium, selenium and vitamin C

 

Red Bell Peppers – contain 3x more vitamin C than orange juice – and like most veggies, best raw

 

Buckwheat – rutin-rich to improve poor venous tone. Dried leaves can be steeped in hot water to make a tea; also found in soba noodles, breads, kasha or pancakes

 

Broccoli – loaded with vitamin C. Most beneficial when eaten raw

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Spinach – leaves other veggies green with envy for its upper-class antioxidant status

 

Brussels Sprouts – a cabbage-y way to reach your daily antioxidant and vitamin C quota

 

Garlic – anti-inflammatory extraordinaire

 

Cayenne – red hot chili pepper with serious cell protection kapow

 

Fiber-rich foods — whole wheat breads, oatmeal, brown rice. Prevents constipation that can lead to varicose vein formation.

 

Liquid Strength For Veins

From wine to teas to smoothies, there are plenty of tasty ways to boost your vein health. Save some money and invest in a juicer or blender for your own smoothie factory at home.

 

Add these liquid vein supporters to your grocery list:

 

Green tea– on its own or mixed with juiced berries or cherries for a green tea with a juicy twist.

 

Teas – a nice cuppa is always the more proactive antioxidant drink to have versus a soda or coffee. Available in a world of flavors.

 

Smoothies & Juices – bring on the berries!

 

Red Wine – tannins galore!

 

Water – the greatest drink on earth for the good of the bod. Flushes all the nasty stuff out, locks the good stuff in. Helps ward off constipation.

 

Being “Vein Aware” helps you make smarter choices for better vein health.

 

So print this post out and keep this list of vein healthy foods and drinks handy for quick reference so you can make smart choices at the grocery store or while dining out. Your veins will thank you!

 

Eating and drinking your way to healthier veins is just one way to take control of your vein situation.

Dr. Mathai and the team at Premier Vein Specialists are always happy to discuss how to take care of your vein health.  If you feel discomfort in your legs or have concerns that you have varicose or spider veins, then call Premier Vein Specialists for a free screening today.  

 

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717-412-7226

 

 

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Fox News Health provides some good tips on how to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy. Read what they have to say: 

Add one more thing to the list of changes that can happen when you’re pregnant: varicose veins. Those twisted, bulging, swollen veins that show up on the legs and on other parts of the body, too.

Sure, they’re not pretty, but the good news is that they aren’t harmful.

Varicose veins are fairly common— up to 55 percent of women will have varicose veins in their lifetimes, according to the American College of Phlebology.

Find out why varicose veins happen during pregnancy and what you can do about it.

What causes varicose veins?
“Pregnancy is one of the biggest accelerating factors in the formation of veins,” said Dr. Luis Navarro, director of The Vein Treatment Center in New York City.

During pregnancy, the blood volume increases and the pressure from the growing uterus on the body’s big vein, the inferior vena cava, puts pressure on the veins in the legs.

It’s already harder for the blood to return to the heart from the legs because of gravity, but add to that the increase in progesterone, which dilates the veins and causes the blood to pool, and you’ve got “dilated, sore, swollen, uncomfortable veins,” Dr. Mary Rosser, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City said.

Varicose veins usually develop in the legs but can also show up in the vulva or as hemorrhoids, which are a type of varicose veins. “Varicose veins can occur in any type of vein, especially the ones with gravity involved,” Rosser said.

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For most pregnant women, varicose veins are just uncomfortable. Yet if they become pronounced, they can bleed, cause a superficial clot in the vein, severe swelling in the ankles, changes in skin color or problems during a vaginal delivery if they’re in the vulva, Navarro said.

Are you at risk?
One of the most common reasons for varicose veins is a genetic predisposition to weak vein walls or weak valves, Navarro said.  

Varicose veins also increase with age, weight and each subsequent pregnancy. If you stand for long periods of time or are carrying multiples, you’re more likely to get them.

Varicose veins usually resolve three to six months after giving birth, but there are things you can do now to prevent them.

Sleep on your left side.

Since the interior vena cava is located on the right side of body, lying on your left side is best so the blood can return back on the right side.

Exercise.
Exercise is one of the best ways to increase circulation and experts say it’s safe to start during pregnancy. Thirty minutes or more of moderate exercise most days is recommended, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Elevate your legs.
Propping your legs up above your heart and sitting down every three hours will help with circulation. When you do stand, alternate your weight on each leg. Change positions when you’re uncomfortable and try not to cross your legs, Rosser said.

Don’t gain too much weight.
Too much weight gain during pregnancy can cause varicose veins. Talk to your doctor about how much weight you should gain.

PREGNANCY

Avoid constipation.
Constipation can increase varicose veins and cause hemorrhoids, so drink lots of water, limit your salt intake and eat high fiber foods. If constipation persists, a stool softener is safe during pregnancy.

Wear support hose.
Mild support hose or compression stockings that are tighter at the ankle and looser at the thigh redirect blood back to the heart. If you’re overweight, however, they can cut off circulation below the knee so use the pantyhose type instead.

Talk to your doc.
If your varicose veins are inflamed and feel hard, use warm compresses and elevate your legs. Although it’s uncommon, if the varicose veins are red, swollen or warm, see your doctor because he might prescribe antibiotics, Rosser said.  

If you’re pregnant and experience varicose vein symptoms, call Premier Vein Specialists for your FREE Screening at 717-412-7226.

Julie Revelant is a health journalist and a consultant who provides content marketing and copywriting services for the healthcare industry. She’s also a mom of two. Learn more about Julie at revelantwriting.com. 

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Most women love how their legs look in high heels. They make women feel taller and more beautiful. While high heels may help you feel and look more beautiful, they may not be good for your vein health. The higher the heels, the more they negatively affect the venous blood flow.

Over 25 million Americans have  varicose vein disease. Many people and their physicians are unaware they have a problem. Symptoms of vein disease are vague: heaviness, aching, swelling, tiredness, burning, stinging, and leg cramps. Some of the visible signs are obvious: skin changes, unsightly spider veins, bulging varicose veins, and blood clots. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to painful ulcers.

Vein problems often get worse over time, it is important to engage in a healthy lifestyle and see a  phlebologist if you have any of the signs or symptoms of vein disease. 

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High Heels And Varicose Veins

The problem with high heels and varicose veins would be easier to understand if you know about venous blood flow. The veins are pipes that carry the blood. Walking activates the foot and calf muscles which pump the blood up the leg veins. Valves in the veins keep the blood flowing up the veins in one direction, overcoming gravity as they return blood to the heart. Normal walking flexes the calf muscle allowing it to contract propelling blood up the deep veins.

High heels change the natural walking motion, shifting the weight to the fore foot and toes and causes the calf muscles to remain contracted. This results in a decrease of the pumping calf muscle. This lost efficiency causes pooling of venous blood in the leg.

Top 5 suggestions if you love your high heels:

  1. Save High Heels For Special Occasions
  2. Limit The Height Of The Heel
  3. Wear Compression Hose With High Heels
  4. Do Heel Raises Or Tap Your Foot When Sitting Or Standing To Give Your Calf A Pumping Motion
  5. See A Vein Specialist If You Have Symptoms Of Vein Disease

Call Premier Vein Specialists today at 717-412-7226 to learn how you can enjoy healthy veins or if you have more questions about high heels and varicose veins.  Schedule your FREE Screening today.  

Dr. Mathai is the Director and Leading Physician of Premier Vein Specialists located in Camp Hill, Hanover, and York.  Dr. John Mathai, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C. practiced heart surgery for over 3 decades before choosing to concentrate on vein treatment. 

 

Do you exercise on a regular basis? Have you noticed varicose or spider veins in your legs? If you have, you most likely have questions about exercise and varicose veins, like if it’s safe to exercise if you have varicose or spider veins? If so, what exercises are best for slowing the progression of venous reflux – the underlying cause of your vein disease? Or, you are wondering how could you possibly have vein disease when you are an athlete?

 

Today, we will answer these questions and provide helpful tips about exercising and varicose veins that promote ‘healthy veins for life.’ Plus, we will discuss other solutions if you have a difficult time exercising for various reasons.

 

Athletes, Exercise And Venous Disease:

One example may be: a young woman in great shape, a life-long basketball player and a runner with symptomatic vein disease. The truth is, even athletes and healthy people can have varicose and spider veins. In fact, some exercises can increase your risks of having varicose veins or other vein diseases.

 

The Do’s & Don’ts Of Exercise And Varicose Veins

Diseased veins are most commonly associated with prolonged sitting or standing careers, hereditary factors, and pregnancy. However, even if you are at high risk for vein disease, there are principles you can follow to help maintain healthy veins.

 

Exercise is the #1 healthy vein principle, but certain exercises are better for your veins than others. As you exercise, blood is pumped back to the heart from the calf muscle and veins in the arch of the foot – a strong calf muscle promotes healthy blood circulation and minimizes vein disease.

 

Set a goal to exercise 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week. If you do not exercise now, start slow and build up from there. Your veins will thank you for it!

 

Top Exercises for Varicose & Spider Veins


The Do’s

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  • Walking
  • Bike
  • Elliptical
  • Swimming
  • Yoga – non-strenuous

Walking is a low-impact activity that stretches and strengthens your calf pump, thereby improving your blood flow. Other low-impact exercises like riding a stationary bike, using the elliptical or swimming are great for exercising the calf muscle and improving calf pump blood flow without placing stress on your joints and bones.

 

The Don’ts

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  • Running
  • Weightlifting
  • Jump rope

Running or jogging is a fantastic aerobic exercise that gets the calf muscles and feet moving, but it may adverse effects on the veins. Any exercise that causes you to strain or has a repetitive pounding on the ground can cause damage to the valves in the vein without you knowing it.

 

Other Strenuous Activities With Minimal Aerobics

Other activities can worsen venous reflux. We encourage avoiding these activities or performing them in very short segments combined with aerobic activity.

  • Sit ups
  • Crunches
  • Lunges

 

When Exercise Isn’t An Option

We understand that there are circumstances that make frequent exercise impossible. There are other measures, which promote healthy veins for life.

 

Pump your calf while sitting – While sitting or standing, rock your feet back and forth on the ground from heel to toe activating the calf pump.

Wear graduated compression hose especially while traveling, sitting or standing for an extended period, and during pregnancy.

Avoid high heels except for special occasions.

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with exercise and good nutrition is important for healthy veins. Schedule a healthy legs free screening or call us at 717-412-7226 if you would like to discuss your vein health.

March-DVT-Awareness-Month

 

March is national Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month, a public health initiative aimed at raising awareness of this commonly occurring medical condition and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism.

 

Deep Vein Thrombosis DVT:

Signs and Symptoms

Deep vein thrombosis DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs, but sometimes in your arm.  The signs and symptoms of a DVT include:

  • Swelling, usually in one leg (or arm)
  • Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or Charley horse
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg (or arm) warm to touch

These symptoms of a blood clot may feel similar to a pulled muscle or a “Charlie horse,” but may differ in that the leg (or arm) may be swollen, slightly discolored, and warm.

Contact your doctor as soon as you can if you have these symptoms, because you may need treatment right away.

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Pulmonary Embolism:

Signs and Symptoms

Clots can break off from a DVT and travel to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal.  The signs and symptoms of a PE include:

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest pain-sharp, stabbing; may get worse with deep breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus

Call an ambulance or 911 immediately for treatment in the ER if you experience these PE symptoms.

 

Know your risk for blood clots. The first and most important thing you can do to protect yourself from a life-threatening blood clot is to learn if you are at risk. 
 
Below is a list of some of the most common risk factors for blood clots. Know your risk:  
 
  • Hospitalization for illness or surgery
  • Major surgery, particularly of the pelvis, abdomen, hip, knee
  • Severe trauma, such as a car accident
  • Injury to a vein that may have been caused by a broken bone or severe muscle injury
  • Hip or knee replacement surgery
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Use of birth control methods that contain estrogen, such as the pill, patch or ring
  • Pregnancy, which includes the six weeks after the baby is born
  • The use of hormone therapy, which contains estrogen
  • A family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Confinement to bed
  • Sitting too long, especially with legs crossed

Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider if any of these risk factors apply to you and know your risk for blood clots.  Call Dr. Mathai at Premier Vein Specialists to discuss any risk factors you may be worried about.  Our FREE  Screening may help save your life.  Call 717-412-7226.

 

 (If You Basically Haven’t Worked Out Since High School)

No matter if you’ve been lounging on your couch for years or have done some periodic exercising, REAL SIMPLE tells you how to start exercising and establish a fitness routine you’ll actually stick with.

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Don’t beat yourself up for being lazy, it’s time to forgive and move on. REAL SIMPLE asked weight loss experts and personal trainers for their best advice on how to start exercising again after a lull. Here’s how to get up, establish a fitness routine, and stay motivated long past waning New Year’s resolutions.

 

Focus on What You Love About You Now.

People often focus on their fitness goals—a certain dress size, weight, or athletic achievement, for instance—without appreciating where their bodies are now, says Jonny Straws, a certified personal trainer based in Orange County, Calif. Rather than starting your fitness and health journey obsessing about so-called “problem areas,” begin from a positive perspective. Write a list that includes at least “Five things I really like about myself right now,” Straws suggests. “It’s important that people love themselves now for who they are and not for what they want to become, because sometimes they’ll reach their goal and still not appreciate themselves when they’re at their finish line,” he says.

 

Take Some Selfies.

In order to accurately track your progress, it’s helpful to identify your starting point and then define your goal. It’s helpful to not only take measurements of your body but some photos as well. You’ll be able to see how far you’ve come. Throw on a sports bra and shorts (or a bathing suit or whatever you feel comfortable using), then take a video with your smart phone to capture your body from all angles. You can turn the video into still photos by taking screen shots. Do this every two to four weeks to track your progress, Straws says. You might also want use a tape measure and track measurements in your biceps, waist, hips, bust, and thigh areas so you can see you’re losing inches, even on weeks when it seems the scale hasn’t budged.

 

Start Small.

So you haven’t lifted weights other than a can of coke to your mouth? Give yourself a break. “People want to go back to where they were with their fitness a few months ago, but they can’t,” says Liz Josefsberg, CPT, a weight loss expert who worked several years as the director of brand advocacy for Weight Watchers. The first week you’re easing back into exercising, start small. Know that any movement is good movement. Commit to doing 10 minutes of an exercise video or walking for exercise three days this week. “This will help you establish behaviors and create the habit you want to have in place,” she says.

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Make One Change at a Time.

The first week you intend to exercise, look ahead at your schedule and establish modest changes to your routine. “Set the bar low with new behavior modifications in order to make changes that’ll last,” says Josefsberg. She doesn’t even suggest exercising that first day. Just prep the night before and wake up earlier. Then on the following morning, slip on those exercise clothes and do 10 minutes of one exercise DVD, suggests Josefsberg.

 

Write down five ways you are going to be healthy today. Your daily success list could include things like not drinking soda, eating more vegetables, doing 30 minutes of walking today, taking the stairs in your office once a day, and drinking more water. Keep them small and achievable so you’ll be motivated by your daily victories.

 

Plan Out Your Mornings.

Starting a morning workout routine is just like establishing any other new habit: It requires some plain-old hard work and dedication. Prepare as much as you can ahead of time: Prep your coffeemaker to go off tomorrow, pack your lunches the night, decide which workout you’re going to do the next morning, and lay out your work clothes the evening before. Advance prepping and planning can eliminate decisions about your workout, clothes, or what you’re eating that day—freeing up time to actually exercise.

 

Expect to Fall.

Here’s the reality of any journey, whether it’s business, relationships, diet, or fitness—you’re going to make mistakes and stumble along the way. There will be times when life will get crazy and you’ll temporarily be derailed, says Straws. “Everyone falls. It’s part of the experience and you should expect it. But the difference between failing on a diet or fitness routine and succeeding is that you pick yourself up from the fall and keep going, or you use it as an excuse to quit,” he says. Just like you would if you were faced with an issue in the workplace, identify the problem and take action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

 

Look Beyond Weight Loss.

“I would suggest divorcing the terms ‘weight loss’ and ‘exercise’ from one another,” says Josefsberg. Exercise for the health benefits that aren’t related to weight loss, like feeling more energized, happier, calmer, and experiencing better sleep. “I think it can become punishing when you think of exercise in terms of weight loss, especially when you’re starting out,” says Josefsberg.

 

When you don’t feel like exercising, remind yourself of how good you’ll feel during or after exercise, says Sydney-based exercise physiologist Bill Sukala. “If you can begin to associate being active with pleasure and how good you feel as a result of it, you’ll be more inclined to stick to your exercise routine,” he says.

 

Find Something You Can Stick With.

Fitness experts and doctors alike often say the “best exercise” is the one you enjoy and will keep doing. If you hate boot camp workouts or can’t see yourself making a weekly commitment to yoga, move on to something you’ll look forward to showing up for. That workout could be a dance class, Spinning, ballet-inspired barre workouts, or walking with friends. You want to make this experience as pleasant as possible. “Take an inventory of what needs to happen in your life to make this time that you’re starting an exercise program very, very different from the last time you tried and quit,” says Josefsberg.

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Do It for Yourself.

“If you made a promise to anyone else in your life—your husband, child, boss, or friend—you would do stick to it, but because it’s you and because you can somehow always negotiate with yourself, you might not stick to your commitment,” says Josefsberg. So if you hit snooze a few times one morning and skipped your early workout, find time to get those 30 minutes in later in the day. “What I see is that when someone slips up once, that becomes the excuse not to do the exercise at all,” says Josefsberg. “Figure out where you’re going to put it in the schedule… later in the week or that day.” This is one of the most common problems Josefsberg sees her clients make. Treat the fitness and health commitments you make for yourself like you would your job, family, and friendships. You wouldn’t let important people in your life who are counting on you down, so why do it to yourself?

 

 

Adapted from:

http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/workouts/how-to-start-working-out

Apples are rich in pectin, a type of dietary fiber that absorbs water in the colon, keeping the stool soft and preventing constipation. Constipation increases pressure on the veins, which can contribute to the development of varicose veins over time. This soup is also rich in flavonoids, which help support the structure of capillaries.

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Ingredients

 

1 Tbsp canola oil

2 medium yellow onions, sliced

1 small leek, chopped

1/2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

1/2 Tbsp fresh thyme

3 organic apples, cut into small dices

6 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth

 

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until golden.
  • Pour in the broth and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Add the apples, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

 

 

Nutritional Information

 

Nutrition facts for this Apple and Onion Soup are provided per 100 grams, per recipe (2321 grams), and per portion (387 grams) in the table below. The Percent Daily Values are provided in brackets.

 

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For Patients Who Suffer from Vascular Conditions

Patients ask us what can they do to help prevent future varicose and spider veins from developing. It is important to know that varicose and spider veins are not always preventable. Sometimes the causes can be from certain lifestyle patterns or heredity.

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How You Can Prevent Spider & Varicose Veins

  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun and to limit spider veins on the face.
  • Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible. This can help reduce chances of varicose veins.
  • Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
  • Don’t cross your legs for long times when sitting.
  • Regular exercise can improve leg strength, circulation & vein strength. Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
  • Don’t strain during exercise or lifting heavy objects.
  • Don’t stand or sit for long periods of time. If you must stand for along time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around, take short walk every 30 minutes or pump your calf muscles.
  • Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber foods. Eating fiber reduces the chances of constipation, which can contribute to varicose veins. High-fiber foods include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, like bran. Eating less salt can help with the swelling that comes with varicose veins.
  • Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Lower-heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles to help blood move through your veins.
  • Avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin or legs.
  • Wear graduated compression stockings fitted by a professional.

 

Would you like to discuss your vein health with a specialist? Take advantage of Premier Vein Specialists FREE Screening. It’ll give you an opportunity to meet our staff and talk with Dr. Mathai about your concerns. Contact us today to schedule your no obligation free screening. Call us at 717-412-7226.

 

Spider veins, those unsightly networks of blue and purple lines that resemble spider webs, and large bulging varicose veins can put a real damper on your enthusiasm for the upcoming warm weather. Skin-baring clothes are not enticing when those visible veins can peek out for everyone to see. Fortunately, there are easy vein treatments that can eliminate those lines permanently. Greet spring in style by starting your treatment now.

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Benefits and Considerations

The benefits of Sclerotherapy and Venefit Procedure are numerous and include:

 

  • Minimally invasive procedures mean little to no discomfort or downtime afterward.
  • Procedures are quick.
  • Results are permanent, with little to no scarring to worry about.
  • Procedures leave smoother, sexier legs for warm weather clothing.

 

There are also factors to consider before undergoing spider vein or varicose vein treatment. These factors reinforce the benefits of treatment during winter months. These include:

 

  • Sclerotherapy may require more than one treatment session to achieve desired results.
  • Venefit procedure may need additional Sclerotherapy treatment for smaller veins after main vein is taken care of.
  • Some bruising or swelling could occur, which subsides a few days to months after treatment.
  • Although the procedure is permanent, new spider veins could eventually develop in the same location.

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The temperatures outside may say it’s still winter, but spring is right around the corner. By starting on your treatment now, you will enjoy smoother, sexier legs by the time that thermometer starts to heat up. At Premier Vein Specialists, we offer a range of minimally invasive vein treatments to eliminate visible veins and their uncomfortable symptoms. Call us today to schedule a free screening to discuss your treatment plan. 717-412-7226

Common questions about Spider Veins.

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What are spider veins?

 

Spider veins (also known as telangiectasias) are small superficial thread like veins close to the skin surface. They are more prominent on the back and sides of the thigh and just below the knee. These veins are more distinct in fair skinned people, and more common in females. The spider veins may seem to appear spontaneously and they may or may not have symptoms. They appear as numerous fine bluish/red spider web-like circles on the legs.

 

Can spider veins cause leg swelling or pain?

 

Spider veins are minute veins and thread like. They are only of a cosmetic nuisance. They may or may not cause pain, leg swelling or fatigue. In any individual who has these symptoms, the spider veins may not be the root cause of the problem and may have further venous insufficiency.

 

What causes spider veins?

 

The real cause of spider veins is not known but they are more prominent in obese individuals, females, individuals who are on their feet for prolonged periods, minor trauma, pregnancy and perhaps use of contraceptives. There may be a familial component to these veins. In general, any condition that will increase pressure in the veins, can lead to spider veins.

 

How are spider veins treated?

 

The most important thing to know is that these veins are entirely of a cosmetic concern and most likely not covered by insurance. There are several options in treating spider veins. The most common is sclerotherapy, laser and camouflage. Surgery is never used to treat spider veins.

 

How do lasers treat spider veins?

 

Laser treatment is a safe, effective option for spider veins. It does not involve any injection and takes a few minutes. Repeat sessions may be required in some cases. The laser causes the blood in the vein to disappear.

 

How is sclerotherapy done?

 

Sclerotherapy involves injection of a sterile solution (called a sclerosing solution) into the small veins using a very fine, thin needle. This solution irritates the vein lining causing it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear. Multiple veins can be injected at each session. The sclerosing solution used may be either hypertonic saline or sodium tetradecylsulfate.

 

Is there any harm in removing spider veins?

 

Spider veins have no function and removing does no harm. The only reason they are removed is because of their unsightly cosmetic.

 

Which is the best treatment for spider veins: LASER TREATMENT OR SCLEROTHERAPY?

 

Sclerotherapy has been round for 20 years and is a safe procedure. The procedure involves the use of multiple injections to destroy the vein. Lasers on the other hand do not require needles and are currently in vogue. Laser therapy is also slightly more expensive than sclerotherapy. 

 

Can anyone undergo sclerotherapy?

 

Almost anyone with unwanted spider veins can be treated, except women who are pregnant or nursing. Other relative contraindications include those with skin infections, uncontrolled diabetes, fever, history of deep vein thrombosis, anticoagulant therapy those patients taking corticosteroids.

 

Is there any preparation required before sclerotherapy?

 

No extensive preparation is required before the procedure. It is recommended that one stop smoking and stop taking aspirin a few day before the procedure. Any patient on a blood thinker is not a candidate for sclerotherapy.

 

What happens after sclerotherapy treatment?

 

There is some mild pain which can easily be overcome with Tylenol. The injected site will appear bruised and swollen for a few days. Continual wearing of the ace bandaged will relieved the swelling and pain. The bruising usually disappears in 2-3 weeks. One will have no problem with walking. After the first 2 days, most patients can resume their normal activities.  Treatment and recovery methods depend on what your doctor instructs you to do.

 

How long is each sclerotherapy session?

 

Generally, most individuals have multiple spider veins and only up to 15-20 injections can be done at seating. Each treatment session lasts up to 30 minutes. After the treatment, sterile dressings are placed over the injection site and the entire leg is covered with an ace bandage. The ace bandage is left on for 2-3 days until the patient returns to see the doctor. Most individual require 2-3 sessions the sessions are best done at weekly intervals. The interval between sessions does not affect the treated veins.

 

When is the best time to have the spider veins treated?

 

Spider veins may or may not show symptoms and the problem is considered cosmetic. Therefore, the surgery is strictly elective and can be done any time. Spider veins do tend to become more prominent during pregnancy and so it is best to wait until the pregnancy is over.

 

Can spider veins recur?

 

Although spider veins can develop during subsequent pregnancies, previously treated veins should not reoccur if treated properly. Spider veins can be treated but new ones can always occur. Most people who have spider veins have a predisposition and despite treatment, new veins will appear in the coming years. 

 

What are side effects of sclerotherapy?

 

Besides some stinging pain, sclerotherapy can rarely cause a few side effects. Allergic reactions are rare. A few individual may develop intense itching at the site of injection. If the chemical is injected outside the vein, profound discoloration and pain can occur.

 

Does insurance cover spider care treatments?

 

Unfortunately, spider veins are considered cosmetic in nature and many insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment.

 

Have more questions about Spider Veins?  Contact Premier Vein Specialists today for your Free Screening. Call 717-412-7226.

 

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The cold weather has arrived and if you’re like most of us, you are quite content with curling up in front of a roaring fire. It feels good, but what about your blood pressure? Seasonal changes can significantly affect the way your blood circulates, contributing to varicose and spider veins.

 

Atmospheric Pressure

When it snows, the atmospheric pressure changes. This changes the way your body accommodates its own weight. When there is more humidity in the air, this causes the body to feel heavier. This can cause circulation to become less efficient, especially in higher elevations, like in New Mexico.

Weight Gain

It’s not just the weather that causes more pressure on your body. Weight gain is common during the holiday months, which means your legs are under more stress to pump blood back to your heart. On top of this, the cold air makes people less likely to exercise, which weakens the muscles that pump the blood through the veins.

What You Can Do

Winter weather is a vital time to prevent varicose and spider veins. Even while eating delicious feasts, you can still do what you can to keep your legs in great shape:

  1. Elevate your legs for 30 minutes before you go to sleep
  2. Eat high fiber foods that promote good circulation
  3. Stretch in the morning, midday, and before you go to bed
  4. Lower stress with deep breathing and mindfulness
  5. Massage ankles and lower legs when you can

Varicose and spider veins are an unfortunate fact of aging, for most. But, you don’t have to live with them. Varicose vein and spider vein treatment is easy, non-invasive, and usually covered by insurance.

FREE SCREENINGS By Premier Vein Specialists

If the colder weather is making your legs feel swollen and heavy, you may be at risk for developing spider or varicose veins. Contact Premier Vein Specialists today to schedule a FREE vein screening and learn about your treatment options! Premier Vein Specialists have 3 convenient locations.

 

 

http://unmmg.org/clinics/vein/cold-weather-vein-health/

Holiday Eating Tips

The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and food. And, contrary to popular belief, you can have all three without putting on the extra pounds!

On average,  Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. While this weight gain isn’t dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. Added pounds can affect your vein health too. Luckily, those pounds can be avoided through mindful eating in moderation and a few simple strategies.

In preparation for a big holiday party or feast, do not skip meals throughout the day as this may result in overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. Include lots of fiber in your diet by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High-fiber foods are high in volume and will satisfy hunger, but are lower in calories.

Holiday meals tend to be large, buffet-style and include second and third helpings. While one might not eat an entire cake, a common mistake is eating large portions of foods that are perceived as healthy. It’s important to include nutrient-rich foods in your diet, but also remember that these foods have calories as well and should be eaten in moderation. Using this approach at the holiday dinner table will allow you to maintain a healthful eating plan — one that can also include dessert.

There are many strategies to help you avoid overeating. Using a smaller plate, for instance, allows you to put less food on your plate and encourages proper portion sizes. Also, start by filling your plate with vegetables and salad before going to the entrees and desserts. Eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall. Eat slowly and savor every bite, and before you go back for seconds wait 10 minutes to see if you really are still hungry.

Finally, after dinner, get some physical activity. This is a great time to go for a walk and catch up with family members, or play catch or a game of basketball with the kids.

For more information on how to eat healthy, contact a  registered dietitian nutritionist in your area.

 

http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/lifestyle/holidays/a-healthy-approach-to-holiday-eating

Summer is gone and winter clothing is the norm now. For some, fall and winter is a chance to hide the varicose veins and spiders that have been on full display all summer long. If you have varicose veins on your legs, you may find yourself grateful that you can more easily cover up the unsightly veins with long pants, leggings or skirts. Hiding those unsightly veins is not the best solution for venous disease.

Some spider and varicose veins can be purely cosmetic and superficial, while some pose deeper, more serious problems. If your veins are accompanied by symptoms such as tiredness or achiness in your legs, particularly after standing or sitting for long periods of time, this may be a sign of a deeper problem with the valves in your veins, called venous insufficiency or “reflux.”

The veins in the legs carry blood from the feet up to the heart and it is a one-way system because the valves prevent the blood from falling backward towards the feet. When the valves do not work well, they become “leaky,” allowing blood to “reflux” backwards and pool in the lower extremities. When this happens, tiredness and achiness occurs. The appearance of spider and varicose veins is when veins fill with blood and bulge out of the skin.

Whether you’re dealing the aforementioned types of painful symptoms or are simply dissatisfied with the cosmetic appearance of spider and varicose veins, it’s important to realize that both situations can be evaluated and treated in an office setting with minimally or non-invasive techniques. Winter happens to be an ideal time to seek treatment for varicose and spider veins, and here’s why.

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Post-Treatment Compression Socks Add a Layer of Warmth

Many physicians will recommend the use of graduated compression stockings before and after varicose vein treatment to boost blood circulation by applying pressure to the veins of the calves and ankles. Many insurance companies require that you try this form of treatment before approving coverage of other treatments. Patients find they are more willing to wear these compression stockings in the winter when they offer an additional layer of insulation against the cold rather than the summer when they are more difficult to tolerate.

 

Time To Heal

Patients who receive varicose veins treatment often find relief of  symptoms  such as throbbing, cramping and a heavy feeling in their legs relatively quickly after treatment. However, changes in the physical appearance of the varicose veins in the legs may take a few months to notice. After treatment, some patients experience bruising which can be hidden more easily during colder months.

Treating varicose veins in the winter allows you sufficient time to heal and to begin seeing noticeable differences in the appearance of your legs before the warm months arrive. In addition, many patients discover that their venous condition will require subsequent treatments, so the earlier they begin their treatment plan, the more likely they will achieve the results they want before the hot months return.

 

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While your veins are healing, it is best to keep them out of the sun. The winter months are obviously a prime time to stay covered up.

 

Regardless of what time of year you decide to treat your venous disease, just deciding to start treatment is a step in the right direction. Call Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Evaluation of your venous disease. The free screening will allow you to meet our staff and see if our office is the right fit for your vein health needs. Contact Premier Vein Specialists at 717-412-7226.

 

Bulging Veins in Arms and Hands

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If you follow celebrity news, you have probably noticed a lot of stars, like Madonna and Angelina Jolie, with bulging veins in their arms and hands. You may wonder if there is something physically wrong with them that is causing their veins to bulge.

In truth,  bulging veins , also known as “vascularity” in bodybuilding circles, can have a variety of causes — both serious and benign.

Benign causes of vascularity

Low body fat

One benign reason a person’s hand veins or arm veins might bulge under the skin is because they have very little body fat. Another reason for those bulging hand veins or arm veins might be that a person lifts weights. In fact, in weight lifting and bodybuilding circles, vascularity is a sign of success — it means that you have lost enough fat under the skin that the veins (and muscles) are highly visible. In world of bodybuilding, vascularity is a sign of success. Vascularity, along with the clear appearance of muscle fibers, or “shreds,” under the skin can be a highly sought-after look.

So what does it mean when someone who is obviously not a bodybuilder has bulging veins in the hands or arms? It could simply mean that they have very little body fat. This could be from exercise or diet, or a combination of the two. A person could also be naturally skinny.

While it is true that it’s unhealthy if your body fat gets too low, you can’t really determine someone’s health status based solely on their level of body fat. However, if you are thin and have concerns about the appearance of the veins in your hands and arms, consult your physician to rule out any health issues related to vascularity that may need treatment.

Age and genetics

As you get older, the veins in your hands may become more visible. Additionally, some people’s veins are naturally more visible. This could be due to skin pigmentation, body fat distribution, or a variety of other genetic factors. In most cases visible veins in hands are not a sign of a medical condition, or of any other problems. However, if you notice that your veins seem to be larger or more visible than before, you should discuss the change with your doctor.

Serious causes of vascularity

Vascular disease

There are several different types of vascular disease, including deep vein thrombosis and peripheral vascular disease, that are characterized by malfunctions in your blood and lymph vessels, which obstructs blood flow.

In the case of your arms and hands, an obstruction could occur in the blood and lymph vessels in your arm, or in one of the larger vessels that feeds the vessels in your arm, such as the vessels that run along your collarbone. In other cases, there could be obstructions in nearby vessels, such as your carotid artery, which can cause the vessel to swell and compress the surrounding vessels.

Vascular disease causes

Vascular disease has several causes, including:

  • Injury to the blood vessels
  • Age
  • Other diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension
  • Genetics
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking

Vascular disease symptoms

In addition to bulging veins, people with vascular disease in the arms could experience:

  • A heavy feeling in your limbs
  • Changes in the skin of your arms and hands — such as discoloration
  • Wounds that won’t heal
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain and reduced mobility

Depending on the location and severity of vascular disease, you could also experience symptoms in other parts of your body such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you notice any of the above symptoms, consult your physician.

Diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease

Vascular disease is usually diagnosed by viewing the blood vessels with an imaging machine, such as an angiogram or  ultrasound . The doctor can also perform physical tests such as the treadmill exercise test, or can measure and compare the blood pressure in different areas of your body.

Vascular disease is usually treated by clearing the blockage in a vessel. This can be done either by inserting a device to hold the blood vessel open and remove the blockage, or by  removing the blocked or damaged segment  of the vessel. The method your doctor uses depends on the location and severity of the blockage.

 

http://www.veindirectory.org/article/conditions/bulging-veins-in-arms-and-hands

Weight Loss Muffins

 

Love muffins in the morning but not a muffin top?  Here’s a healthier version of a muffin.  Weight loss helps your vein health as well.  Happy baking!

PVS-muffins

Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats, soaked in 1 cup skim milk for 1-2 hours
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites
1 cup skim milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup blueberries

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C, gas mark 6).
Beat together egg whites, oat-milk mixture, and applesauce. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not over-mix). Fold in blueberries.
Fill 12 paper muffin cups with batter (about two thirds full). Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

Source: http://www.healwithfood.org/recipes/weight-loss-muffins.php#ixzz4Qc80IVc8

Graduated Compression Therapy: Treatment For Varicose Veins & Spider Veins

What is Graduated Compression Therapy?

Graduated compression therapy is highly recommended in the conservative treatment of venous disease. In order to be effective, legwear used to provide graduated compression therapy must be knitted so that they are graduated; meaning they must exert their highest pressure, measured in mmHg, at the ankle and that pressure must decrease proximally (up the leg).

We utilize Venosan Compression Therapy Stockings here at Premier Vein Specialists.

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Problem
Veins in the legs literally move blood back to the heart through a series of valves that open and close, with muscle contraction preventing backward flow of blood. A multitude of problems: age, disease, heredity, overweight, as well as prolonged sitting or standing can cause these valves to malfunction, allowing blood to pool in the lower legs. The result is pain, swelling, and stagnation of the blood.

 

Solution
VENOSAN legwear is scientifically designed to apply decreasing pressure from the ankle up the leg, This controlled pressure compresses surface veins, keeping them small and forcing blood to deeper veins in the legs. This process accelerates the velocity of blood flow to the heart and ends pooling of the blood, thus assuring healthier feet and legs. 

Legwear that provides graduated compression therapy is used to prevent mild varicosities and edema, as well as the treatment of severe cases of chronic venous insufficiency, including the prevention of the recurrence of venous stasis ulcers.

Graduated Compression Medical Hosiery has been effectively used in therapeutic treatments for over fifty years throughout the world!

Graduated Compression Therapy hosiery is routinely prescribed for…
• Chronic pain and swelling of the feet and legs.
• Serious Edema
• Mild and Intense cases of discolored legs from Varicose Veins
• Dangerous skin ulcerations
• Mild and Intense Venous Insufficiency

…and millions of men and women use light graduated compression legwear to relieve leg and foot pain and fatigue caused by both prolonged sitting and standing!

 

Contact Premier Vein Specialists for a free screening where we can discuss your treatment and fit you with compression stockings.  Have questions about compression stockings?  Call us today! 717-412-7226.

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It is well known that people with venous disease can benefit from healthier dietary habits, but it is not always easy to come up with recipes for tasty dishes that are also rich in vein health boosting nutrients. We post occasional recipes in order to inspire people with varicose veins to create meals and dishes that are naturally rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, fiber and other nutrients that promote healthy veins and capillaries.

Tangy Tomato Soup with Basil

 

Ingredients

  3 large garlic cloves
3 oz shallots, peeled sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of freshly ground red pepper
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped

Directions

Peel and crush garlic and set aside. Leaving crushed or minced garlic for at least 5-10 minutes after crushing helps maximize its health-protective effects.
While health-promoting compounds are forming in crushed garlic, combine shallots, tomatoes, chicken broth, and apple cider vinegar in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Add tomato mixture, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and stir in basil. Serve hot.

Source: http://www.healwithfood.org/recipes/tomato-basil-soup.php#ixzz4OJdERICZ

Many factors increase a person’s chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These include:

  • Increasing age. As you get older, the valves in your veins may weaken and not work as well.
  • Medical history. Being born with weak vein valves increases your risk. Having family members with vein problems also increases your risk. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
  • Hormonal changes. These occur during  puberty , pregnancy, and  menopause . Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing  estrogen  and  progesterone  also may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.
  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The growing  uterus  also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. More varicose veins and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.
  • Obesity. Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins. This can lead to varicose veins.
  • Lack of movement. Sitting or standing for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This may be a bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
  • Sun exposure. This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.

How common are abnormal leg veins?

About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older.

 

Should I see a doctor about varicose veins?

You should see a doctor about varicose veins if:

  • The vein has become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch
  • There are sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle
  • The skin on the ankle and calf becomes thick and changes color
  • One of the varicose veins begins to bleed
  • Your leg symptoms are interfering with daily activities
  • The appearance of the veins is causing you distress

If you’re having pain, even if it’s just a dull ache, don’t hesitate to get help. Also, even if you don’t need to see a doctor about your varicose veins, you should take steps to keep them from getting worse.

 

Not sure if you should see a doctor?  call premier vein specialists for your free screening.

Our NO OBLIGATION free screening will give you a chance to learn about your vein health and if you should proceed with treatment.  Call Premier Vein Specialists at 717-412-7226.

doctor-patient-consultationPeople can often manage their own varicose veins with home treatments like exercising regularly, elevating the legs and wearing  compression stockings . This type of self-care may reduce the pain of varicose veins or keep them from worsening.

If these steps don’t help, or if you are concerned about how your  varicose veins  look or feel, it may be time to see your primary care doctor or vein specialist. Your primary care doctor may refer you to a vein specialist, such as a phlebologist, a vascular surgeon or a dermatologist.

Why see a vein specialist

The way in which doctors diagnose and treat varicose veins has improved a lot in the past few years. In some cases, a doctor who specializes in vein disease may be able to provide the best treatment for your condition. This is true for both patients with only visible signs of varicose veins and those with more severe symptoms.

  • If you only have visible signs of varicose veins. A vein specialist can help people who have spider veins or bulging varicose veins, even if they don’t have more severe symptoms. A specialist can offer you various treatments that may be able to make your legs look healthier.
  • If you have more severe symptoms of varicose veins. If you have pain, swelling in the ankles, or open sores in the legs, a vein specialist can provide you with a clear diagnosis. This includes ruling out other, more serious conditions such as circulatory problems caused by diabetes. You will also learn about the  best treatment options  to help you regain your quality of life.

Symptoms to keep an eye out for

If you have any of the following symptoms, you can see a vein specialist for a consultation. During your visit, you will find out if you have varicose veins or other underlying conditions. You will also learn about your best treatment options.

  • Twisted or bulging veins
  • Dark purple or blue veins
  • Discomfort, pain or a feeling of heaviness in your legs
  • Swelling in your lower legs
  • Itching around one of your leg veins
  • Open  sores (ulcers)  near your ankle

Symptoms of varicose veins may worsen after sitting or standing for long periods, or toward the end of the day. They can also be severe enough to interfere with daily activities like exercising or playing with your children or grandchildren.

Warning signs of more serious problems

If you have varicose veins, you should contact a vein specialist or your primary care doctor if you develop any of the following more serious symptoms:

  • Sudden pain or swelling in the leg. This could be a sign of a blood clot in a deep vein, a serious condition that may need immediate treatment.
  • Bleeding in the skin over a varicose vein, with or without an injury. Because this skin is often thin, it can bleed heavily. To stop the bleeding, apply pressure and elevate your leg.
  • A tender lump in the your leg, which could be caused by inflammation or a clot in the vein. This may not be serious, but could require treatment.
  • An open sore in the legs, known as an ulcer.
  • Varicose vein symptoms that don’t get better with treatments at home, or new symptoms that concern you.

Preparing for your appointment

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To make the most of the appointment with your vein specialist, write down the following before your visit:

  • Any symptoms that you have been having, including those that you don’t think are related to varicose veins.
  • Personal information, such as whether other members of your family have had varicose veins or heart or circulation problems.
  • Medications, vitamins and supplements that you are taking
  • Questions you want to ask your doctor

Steps to take before your doctor’s visit

Even before you meet with your doctor, you can take steps to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins.

  • Do not sit or stand in the same position for more than half an hour at a time.
  • Elevate your legs while seated or lying down.
  • Wear comfortable footwear and loose-fitting socks or hosiery.

 

http://www.veindirectory.org/article/treating-veins/when-is-it-time-to-see-a-vein-specialist

Wondering how long the Venefit Procedure will take or what it’s like?  Here’s a little Q&A about the Venefit Procedure to give you a heads up on what to expect.

 

How long does the Venefit™ procedure take?

The Venefit™ procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes, although patients may normally spend 2-3 hours at the medical facility due to normal pre- and post-treatment procedures.

 

Is the Venefit™ procedure painful?

Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the Venefit™ procedure. Your physician will give you a local or regional anesthetic to numb the treatment area.

 

Does it require anesthesia?

The Venefit procedure can be performed under local, regional, or general anesthesia. It is generally performed using local anesthesia in a vein specialist’s office or an outpatient surgical facility.

 

How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?

Many patients experience a quicker return to normal activities4. For a few weeks following the treatment, your vein specialist may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (heavy lifting, for example) or prolonged periods of standing.

 

Is the Venefit™ procedure suitable for everyone?

Only a vein specialist can tell you if the Venefit™ procedure is the right option for your vein problem. Experience has shown that many patients with CVI can be treated with the Venefit™ procedure.

 

Wondering if the Venefit procedure is right for you?  Contact Premier Vein Specialists today to schedule your free screening.  Dr. Mathai will properly evaluate your vein health and guide you in the right direction. Call 717-412-7226.

With the cool weather rolling in, this hot beverage will warm you up and help your veins stay healthy.  Hot chocolate made with almond milk is overflowing with vein health boosting flavonoids and antioxidants.

 

Dark, unsweetened cocoa powder is an excellent dietary source of flavonoids such as catechins and procyanidins. A diet rich in flavonoids has been shown to be particularly beneficial for people with varicose veins. However, the flavonoids lose much of their power if cocoa is consumed together with dairy. In order to maximize the health benefits of cocoa, this hot chocolate is made with almond milk instead of cow’s milk.

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  Ingredients
  5 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups unsweetened  almond milk 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions

  Combine sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan. Whisk in almond milk.
  Warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until hot. Do not boil.
  Remove from heat and add vanilla. Serve hot.

 

Enjoy!

While home remedies will not cure varicose veins or spider veins, they may help decrease symptoms.  It is highly recommended to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment of venous disease.  However, you can try some home remedies to decrease the severity of venous disease as well as reduce some of the discomfort it can cause.  Here are some tips from Top10HomeRemedies.com: 

 

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1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful treatment for varicose veins. It is a natural body cleansing product and it also improves blood flow and circulation. When the blood starts flowing naturally, the heaviness and swelling of varicose veins will decrease to a great extent.

  • Apply undiluted apple cider vinegar on the skin over the varicose veins and gently massage the area. Do it every day before going to bed and again in the morning. Follow this remedy for a few months to reduce the size of varicose veins.
  • Add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and stir well. Drink the mixture twice a day for at least one month to see positive results.

2. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is considered a miracle treatment for varicose veins. Being a very  rich source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids, it increases blood circulation and eases the pain of congested, swollen veins.

  1. Add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to a cup of hot water and stir it well.
  2. Drink this mixture three times a day for one or two months.

3. Olive Oil

Increasing blood circulation is essential to treating varicose veins. Massaging with olive oil can help increase circulation, thereby reducing pain and inflammation.

  • Mix equal amounts of olive oil and vitamin E oil and warm it slightly. Massage the veins with the warm oil for several minutes. Do this twice daily for one to two months.
  • You can also mix four drops of cypress essential oil in two teaspoons of warm olive oil and massage with this mixture.

4. Garlic

Garlic is an  excellent herb for reducing inflammation  and the symptoms of varicose veins. It also helps break up harmful toxins in the blood vessels and improve circulation.

  1. Slice up six garlic cloves and put them in a clean glass jar.
  2. Extract the juice from three oranges and add it to the jar. Also add two tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Let the mixture sit for about 12 hours.
  4. Shake the jar and then put a few drops of the solution on your fingers. Massage the inflamed veins with the solution in a circular motion for 15 minutes.
  5. Wrap the area with a cotton cloth and leave it on overnight.
  6. Repeat daily for several months.

Also, include fresh garlic in your diet.

5. Butcher’s Broom

Butcher’s broom is very helpful for relieving the aches and discomfort of varicose veins. This herb contains compounds known as ruscogenins that help reduce inflammation while constricting the veins due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-elastase activity.

Take 100 mg of butcher’s broom supplements three times a day. Created from the roots and seeds of the plant, butcher’s broom supplements have vitamins B and C along with calcium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, silicon and zinc.

These nutrients will help tighten, strengthen and decrease inflammation in the veins as well as improve blood flow up the legs.

Note: People with high blood pressure or benign prostate hyperplasia should not take this herb without consulting a doctor.

6. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a very effective herb for strengthening blood vessels and hence can reduce symptoms of varicose veins. Apart from being an astringent, it also contains gallic acid and several essential oils that can help reduce the swelling as well as the pain.

  • Soak a washcloth in witch hazel and place it on the affected area. Do this two or three times a day for one or two months.
  • Alternatively, fill a tub with lukewarm water and add 10 to 20 drops of distilled witch hazel. Soak your legs in the solution for at least 15 minutes. Then wash your legs with clean water and pat them dry. Follow this remedy once daily for one or two months.

7. Horse Chestnut Seeds

The seeds of horse chestnut have been used for ages to treat varicose veins. Horse chestnut seeds have anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling properties  that can successfully increase ‘venous tone’ and in turn reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

Horse chestnut seed extract has a compound called aescin that improves the elastic strength of veins and prevents the release of enzymes that damage capillary walls.

A review of clinical studies by the Cochrane Collaboration found that horse chestnut extract is an effective short-term treatment for symptoms of varicose veins.

  • You can purchase horse chestnut seed gel available in the market. Use the gel externally on the affected area twice daily. When used regularly, it can significantly reduce leg pain and swelling.
  • You can also take horse chestnut supplements. The most common dosage is 300 mg twice daily. Do not take raw horse chestnut as it contains large amounts of a toxic compound known as esculin.

Note: Pregnant or nursing women should not use this remedy.

8. Parsley

Parsley is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that encourages the production of collagen and aids in cell repair and reproduction. It also contains rutin, which plays a key role in strengthening the capillaries and hence is very useful in reducing symptoms of varicose veins.

  1. Boil a handful of chopped fresh parsley in one cup of water for five minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat, cover and allow the solution to cool to lukewarm. Then strain the solution.
  3. Add one drop each of rose and marigold essential oils.
  4. Put the solution in the refrigerator for several minutes.
  5. Using a cotton ball, apply the solution to the affected area.
  6. Do this daily for several months to see positive results.

Also, try to eat raw parsley as often as you can.

9. Grapevine Leaves

Grapevine leaves have a good amount of flavonoids, which help keep veins healthy. The leaves also have astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and homeostatic properties that are very helpful for treating varicose veins.

  1. Boil one cup of grapevine leaves in four cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow it to steep for several minutes until it is lukewarm.
  2. Pour it into a bucket and soak your feet in the solution for five minutes.
  3. Then put your feet in another bucket filled with cold water for 10 seconds.
  4. Do this three or four times at a stretch, ending with the cold water soak.
  5. Afterward, massage your legs in an upward direction with castor oil.
  6. Finish by putting your legs in an elevated position for a few minutes.

10. Marigold

The beautiful marigold flower is a rich source of flavonoids and vitamin C that stimulate the production of collagen and aid in cell repair and reproduction. It also helps improve circulation, thus helping alleviate various symptoms of varicose veins.

  1. Boil one cup of marigold flowers in four cups of water for five minutes.
  2. Soak a cotton cloth in the solution and place the cloth on the affected area. Leave it on until it completely cools.
  3. Repeat several times a day for a few months until you notice improvement.

You can also eat fresh marigold petals.

 

With these remedies, you can reduce the swelling and discomfort of varicose veins as well as minimize their appearance. In addition, you should  regularly go walking , bicycling, or swimming to improve blood circulation in the legs.

Resources:
 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3833478/ 

How is the Venefit™ procedure different from laser ablation treatment?

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The Venefit™ procedure utilizes radiofrequency energy to provide consistent and controlled heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to gently collapse and seal. Once a leg vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.

Laser ablation, on the other hand, uses laser heat to collapse and seal the affected vein. The laser targets the blood in the vein, which causes the blood to boil. This heat creates a steam bubble inside the vein, creating damage to the vein so that the vein collapses. Unlike the Venefit procedure, laser temperatures can reach over 700 °C. Animal studies have shown that laser can potentially lead to perforation and destruction of the vein walls, causing significantly more bruising and post-procedure pain for patients.2,3

The 2009 RECOVERY Study compared the experience of patients treated with the Venefit procedure and those treated with 980 nm laser ablation. The findings clearly demonstrated that:

• The Venefit™ procedure resulted in less pain, less bruising and fewer complications.1

• The Venefit™ procedure proved to be up to four times faster in improving patients’ quality of life.1

http://venefit.covidien.com/pages.aspx?page=Patients/FAQ

 

Contact Premier Vein Specialists today to discuss what treatment options are best for you.  Call 717-412-7226.

When you’re young, you do not expect to develop bulging, varicose veins. But if you think it can’t happen, think again. It is just a myth that varicose veins are just for older people. The risk does increase after age 50, but young adults can indeed develop varicose veins, too.

More than 80 million Americans suffer from venous disease, a medical condition that can lead to further health problems if ignored.

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Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins

For many people who have spider veins, it’s simply a cosmetic concern. For others who have varicose veins, it’s more than cosmetic. Varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort and can lead to more serious health problems like blood clots.

Varicose Veins

  • Varicose veins are gnarled and enlarged veins
  • Any vein can become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet
  • Standing and walking for long periods of time increases the pressure in the veins of your lower body
  • Varicose veins may be an indication for high risk of other circulatory problems

Spider Veins

  • Spider veins are smaller, red, purple and blue vessels that also twist and turn
  • Dilated capillaries on the skin, resembling spider legs
  • Common among younger adults
  • Easily visible through the skin
  • They are typically visible on the legs and face

 

Who is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Increasing age is a slight risk factor for varicose veins because of wear and tear on the vein valves that regulate blood flow. Patients certainly perceive it as more common as they age because the disease has had longer to make its symptoms known and has done more damage.

A primary cause of vein disease is heredity. However, many women develop them during pregnancy. And men are just as vulnerable to varicose veins as well.  Also, it is not at all unusual to find varicose veins in young adults and even teenagers who may develop varicose veins due to the activities they are involved in.

 

Causes of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Here are some factors that predispose a person to varicose veins and spider veins:

  • Heredity – if a family member had varicose or spider veins, you are more likely to develop them as well
  • Occupations that involve a lot of standing, such as nurses, hair stylists, teachers and factory workers
  • Obesity
  • The use of birth control pills
  • Hormonal influences during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
  • A history of blood clots
  • Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen; such as tumors, constipation and externally worn tight garments like girdles
  • Other reported potential causes include injury to the skin or trauma, previous vein surgery and exposure to ultraviolet rays

 

What are the Symptoms of Varicose and Spider Veins?

Varicose veins do not always cause pain. See a doctor to determine if you have varicose or spider veins.  There are potential signs that you may have varicose or spider veins:

  • Veins that are dark purple or blue in color
  • Veins that appear twisted and bulging, like cords on the legs
  • Tiredness, itching, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling or heaviness in the legs
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Pain from these veins is usually relieved by elevating the legs or by wearing compression hose
  • Slow or non-healing wounds on the legs
  • In extreme cases, swelling, ulcers and a darkening of the skin, especially around the ankle region
  • Symptoms may develop or worsen for women during a certain part of their menstrual period or pregnancy
  • Occasionally, varicose veins can form a painful blood clot with inflammation of the vein, a condition called thrombophlebitis

 

What treatments does Premier Vein Specialists offer?

Depending on your diagnosis, we have comprehensive, minimally invasive approaches to treat your veins.  This includes but not limited to treatments like compression therapy, sclerotherapy, or the Venefit procedure. 

 

Venefit™ procedure

  • Quick, minimally invasive radiofrequency energy treatment that requires no hospitalization
  • The vein is closed using a special catheter inserted through a small incision below the knee
  • There is very little to no pain
  • Covered by most insurances

 

Sclerotherapy

  • Uses a solution injected into the veins
  • Causes veins to seal off from the other veins in the leg, close over time and eventually be absorbed into the body
  • For larger veins, Dr. Mathai uses ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, allowing precise injection for best treatment results

Our refined use of sclerotherapy, combined with the Venefit procedure, allows us to meet the needs of our patients by treating the smallest spider vein to the largest rope-like varicose vein.

The great news is that neither option requires hospitalization or surgery. Instead, each is performed in a physician’s office. Patients can be back on their feet doing their day-to-day activities the same day.

 

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How is the Venefit™ procedure different from vein stripping?

p_strippingandligation_lrgVein stripping is a grueling procedure of the past.  It is a surgical procedure, where, the surgeon makes an incision in your groin and ties off the vein, after which a “stripper” tool is threaded through the leg vein in order to pull it out through a second incision just above the calf. Luckily technology has improved the way we treat varicose veins.

 

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The Venefit™ procedure, is minimally invasive. In contrast to vein stripping, the vein remains in place and is closed using a special catheter inserted through a small incision below the knee.

 

Vein stripping is usually performed in an operating room under a general anesthetic, while the Venefit procedure is often performed using local or regional anesthesia allowing you to walk-in and walk-out for your treatment. 

 

Interested in the Venefit Procedure?  Call our office and set up your FREE Screening appointment to discuss with Dr. Mathai your vein problems. 717-412-7226

Varicose Veins & Diet: Treat Enlarged Veins With These 5 Diet Tips

Tips From Healthwithfood.org.
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What is the best diet plan for treating varicose veins, those painful enlarged veins that develop in some women’s legs, especially during and after pregnancy? While a diet plan alone will not cure Varicose Veins, these diet tips can help you prevent and improve varicose veins and spider veins.

Important notice: The information below is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified health care professional for any questions you may have regarding varicose veins or any other medical condition. Premier Vein Specialists is a reputable office ready to help you overcome the pain and health issues associated with venous disease. 

#1:  Restrict Calories Consumed

A high energy intake is associated with an increased risk of varicose veins because it can contribute to the development of obesity and excess body weight. Many people have experienced a dramatic improvement in the appearance of varicose veins by losing as little as 10% of body weight. To lose weight, you will have to create a calorie deficit, either by reducing calorie intake from foods so that your body must draw on reserves for energy (such as fat stored within your body) or by increasing physical activity.

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Weight loss is a key aspect of the anti-varicose vein diet.

To lose 1 pound per week, you need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories per week. This can be done by reducing a daily caloric intake by 500 calories per day (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). Most health professionals recommend creating a caloric deficit of 3,500 to 7,000 per week for healthy and successful weight loss.

An extreme caloric deficit (a deficit of more than 7,000-10,500 calories per week) can compromise bodily functions and even result in heart rhythm abnormalities, which can be fatal. Furthermore, cutting too many calories may also be counterproductive to weight loss efforts, as extremely low calorie diets boost the activity of fat-storing enzymes and decrease the activity of fat-burning enzymes in the body. In addition, cutting too many of calories can accelerate loss of lean muscle mass and decrease the output of the thyroid hormone, which will result in a decrease in the metabolic rate and thus fewer calories will be burned throughout the day.

In addition to restricting the amount of calories consumed, overweight people with varicose veins should pay attention to the timing of the daily caloric intake. It is generally recommended to spread the calories throughout the day by having 5-6 small meals. This will keep the metabolism humming and reduce cravings for sweets and starches, thus promoting weight loss. The breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day as a big breakfast will rev up your metabolism and you will burn more calories throughout the day.

 

#2:  Eat Plenty of Foods Rich in Vitamin C

If you have varicose veins, one of the best diet tips you can follow is to include plenty of foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin E in your daily diet. Vitamin C is needed for the manufacturing of collagen and elastin, two important connective tissues that help keep veins strong and toned. Vitamin C is also known to increase circulation. Therefore, it is no surprise that a deficiency of vitamin C has been associated with varicose veins. The positive effects of vitamin C on blood vessels are believed to be more pronounced when vitamin C is consumed together with vitamin E.

 

#3:  Eat Plenty of Fiber Rich Foods

Dietary fiber is the part of plant foods that the enzymes in your body cannot digest. It is therefore not absorbed into the bloodstream and cannot be used for energy. Dietary fiber can be classified into two main categories: soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel when mixed with water while insoluble fiber, which does not dissolve in water, passes the intestines largely intact. Due to its ability to make stool bulkier and softer, soluble fiber can prevent constipation. Constipation increases pressure on the veins which can, over time, contribute to the development of varicose veins. Excellent sources of soluble fiber include oats, flaxseed, peas, beans, apples, carrots, barley, berries, and psyllium.

 

#4:  Drink Enough Water

If you eat a lot of fiber rich foods in order to avoid constipation and varicose veins, be sure to drink enough water or otherwise fiber can have the opposite effect and precipitate constipation, which in turn can increase pressure on the veins. It is also advisable to shy away from alcohol, coffee, and tea as these substances have a dehydrating effect on the body.

 

#5:  Eat Foods That Contain Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids (or simply flavonoids) are a group of compounds that occur naturally in plants. These compounds give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors and protect them from microbes and insects. A large body of evidence suggests that the properties of bioflavonoids not only protect plants, but also humans. Some studies have found a link between a high, long-term intake of flavonoids and improvements in the appearance of varicose veins. The beneficial effects of flavonoids are believed to result from their ability to strengthen the walls of blood vessels and to prevent free radical stress inside the vessels.

Rutin is one of the flavonoids that have been researched extensively as a potential dietary remedy for varicose veins. Evidence suggests that this powerful bioflavonoid, abundant in buckwheat groats, may help relieve swelling, aching, and pain associated with varicose veins. In addition to buckwheat, there are a handful of other foods that contain rutin in significant amounts.

Questions about your vein health?  Call Premier Vein Specialists at 717-412-7226.

Source:  http://www.healwithfood.org/varicoseveins/diet.php#ixzz4F90yRsaX 

7 Top Tips for Varicose Vein Prevention in Men

By Bart D with The Aspiring Gentleman Blog

Like many men, you might think that varicose veins are a women’s health issue or only affect older people. If so, you’d be wrong! Around 10-20% of men develop varicose veins at some point in their lives, and that number is rising due to increased longevity and obesity.

Young men are also developing varicose veins, which aren’t just a cause of potential embarrassment over appearance. These bulging veins can be itchy and painful, and may lead to problematic bleeding, ulceration of the skin, and a heavy feeling in the legs that hampers normal activities and enjoyment of life, and can cause a raft of other symptoms.

Fortunately, there are a number of things men can do to minimize the risk of varicose veins, including following these 7 top tips for vein health:

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  1. Exercise – staying active helps to keep blood flowing and stop it pooling in the veins of the legs, where it can cause veins to bulge. Exercise also helps with weight management and supports strong vein walls. If you work standing up, make a point of swaying from side to side to keep your leg muscles active. Men who spend more than 6 hours a day on their feet have a three-fold increase in the risk of developing varicose veins.
  2. Elevate your legs and keep moving – to avoid blood pooling in your legs while sitting at a desk or lounging on the couch, it is smart to raise your legs above heart height for 15 minutes twice a day, or engage in some foot-tapping or general fidgeting so as to keep those leg muscles active and keep the blood flowing. Some people even put a pillow at the end of the bed so they can keep their feet raised while they sleep.
  3. Compression hose – you might not think they’re particularly becoming, but knee-length compression stockings can significantly reduce the likelihood that you develop varicose veins. These stockings, which often just look like long socks, help to push the blood up from the ankle so as to avoid pooling. As a preventive measure, compression hose with a pressure measurement of 10 to 30 millimeters of mercury should suffice. If you already have varicose veins, ask your doctor for advice.
  4. Eat well – a diet that is rich in antioxidants and fibre from plant foods, and low in salt, saturated fat (mainly found in animal products), and simple sugars is your best strategy for keeping varicose veins at bay. Skipping processed foods can help to cut your intake of sugar and salt, which lead to inflammation and water retention, both of which increase the likelihood of varicose veins.
  5. Stay hydrated – a good intake of fluids from food and drinks helps to keep your whole body healthy, reducing the risk of constipation (and, therefore, hemorrhoids), and supporting healthy blood pressure and blood flow.
  6. Watch your weight – rapid weight gain can put a huge amount of pressure on your veins (ask anyone who is pregnant!), so if you want to avoid varicose veins be sure to address any sudden weight gain by reassessing your diet and exercise regimens and by seeing a doctor if there’s no clear reason for such weight gain.
  7. Relax! – Seriously. Making time for a little R & R can make a big difference to your blood pressure and overall cardiovascular health. In turn, this reduces the likelihood of inflammation and blood pressure-related varicose vein development.

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While these preventive strategies can help, it’s important to note that some risk factors cannot be modified, such as genetics and simple old age. Others can be difficult to change, such as unavoidable workplace stressors like heavy lifting. Men whose jobs frequently involve heavy lifting have almost four times the risk of developing varicose veins, so if your job is increasing your risk, it’s a good idea to find ways to reduce your risk in other areas.

It’s never too late to start taking control of your health, but if you have concerns about existing varicose veins it is a good idea to talk to a qualified vascular surgeon who will be able to address more serious causes of chronic venous insufficiency. In some cases, varicose veins may indicate systemic vascular problems that could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Many men choose to undergo treatment for their varicose veins to enhance their appearance, to address symptoms such as itching and pain, or for both reasons. Advances in medical science now allow many treatments to be performed in an outpatient capacity, offering a safe and effective way to address varicose veins in men with little to no downtime required.

Are you a man with symptoms of Venous Disease?  We can help!  Call Premier Vein Specialists to schedule a Free Screening today!

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Complaints about spider veins increase during the summer months, probably because we’ve stopped wearing long pants that covered them all winter.

You are out and about, enjoying the warm, beautiful weather when you quickly realize that your skin is becoming red and irritable. Ah, sunburn! A little bit of sun helps produce energy and boost our immune system by giving us vitamin D, but too much sun will dry out and damage the skin. Insufficient moisture and elasticity in the skin will give the outermost layer of veins a hard time by stopping them from moving properly. As a result, blood can start to pool, which will cause more spider veins. 

As your legs are frolicking in the sunshine this summer, be sure to protect them from the sun; it can help keep them from getting worse.

Tips to help your Spider Veins through the summer.

Always wear sunscreen: If you’re outside and are wearing shorts, put on some  sunscreen  to protect yourself.

Use aloe: Try putting on aloe vera lotion at night to restore any lost moisture to your legs.

Ditch the heels: Wearing high heels can hinder blood circulation, especially in the calves. Opting for sandals this summer will help reduce your risk of spider veins.

Keep hydrated: Drinking water will help moisturize your skin and keep you hydrated in the heat.

 

Don’t hide from the sun, just be smart and protect yourself!

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your legs, contact  Premier Vein Specialists  for your no obligation, free screening.

the-411-on-spider-veinsWhat are Spider Veins?

While spider veins are highly common, that doesn’t help you look past them; they’re still extremely unattractive. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are smaller and much closer to the skin and typically spread across your legs as you age. Oh, the joys of getting older! These reddish, bluish veins are often found in areas behind the knee.

Who gets them?

Like a lot of other medical conditions, spider veins can be hereditary. However, you’re still susceptible to them even if they don’t run in your family. Did you know your occupation could put you at risk for developing them? If your job requires a lot of standing time, such as nurses or teachers, you’re adding to the amount of pressure in the veins on your legs, which puts you at a higher risk for spider veins.

What are some symptoms of Spider Veins?

-Appearance of red/blue veins

-Swelling in the legs

-A feeling of heaviness in the legs

-Tired legs

What can you do to lower your risk?

Relieve some of the pressure. Alleviate the pressure you may be putting on your legs by eating a healthy diet to keep your weight down and by avoiding standing or sitting for long periods of time. If you must sit for long periods of time, try taking a walk every 30 minutes.

Let the blood flow. Exercise! It keeps the blood flowing. Go for a walk, a run and do some leg workouts to strengthen your leg muscles.

Get Support. Lightweight  compression stockings  are great for preventing and managing symptoms, and can also reduce swelling.

Kick back and relax. Elevating your feet higher than your heart can be very effective.

What can you do to treat existing spider veins?

 Sclerotherapy  is the most common treatment. This treatment involves injecting a solution into the vein that forces it to collapse, stopping the blood flow. The vein will then scar and fade after a few weeks. Ohmic Thermolysis (Vein Gogh) is used in the treatment of fine spider veins that are too small to inject.

Are you unhappy with the way your legs look?  Premier Vein Specialists  can help you.

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Summer is just right around the corner, which means people will be ditching the long pants and sweaters, and opting for shorts and tank tops. I think it’s safe to say we all know the effect the sun has on the skin, but can it also affect existing  spider veins ? The answer is yes; too much sun exposure can absolutely worsen the appearance of spider veins. In warmer temperatures, the veins dilate and enlarge. The sun ultimately breaks down the collagen beneath the skin and the blood vessels near the surface of the skin.

What is Collagen?

It’s a connective tissue that helps to maintain the body by holding the parts together. Collagen can be found in joints, tendons, ligaments, the eyes and the bones. When it comes to the skin and blood vessels, collagen provides strength and elasticity. When it begins to break down, the strength of the tissues decreases and the veins and arteries may even stretch more without returning back to normal.

How can you enjoy the sunshine while preventing damage to your spider veins?

Remember the last time you had sun burn? Try and remember how tight your skin is then and how uncomfortable it can be to move. When your skin is unable to move, so are the veins.

-If you are concerned about the appearance of spider veins on your legs, then you should definitely limit the amount of time spent in the sun. The sun’s rays are strongest during the hours of 10am and 2pm; it’s best to limit your sun exposure during that time period.

-Wearing pants will give you more coverage from the sun.

-Use sunscreen; apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply at least every two hours to all exposed areas.

By taking these extra steps, you’ll be able to protect your legs from the sun.
Please call Premier Vein Specialists for  treatment of spider veins  at 717-412-7226 or contact us if you have any questions regarding your spider veins.

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There’s many vein doctors out there to choose from so why should you choose Dr. Mathai and Premier Vein Specialists?

Working with an experienced doctor and team allows for a worry-free experience from start to finish. As the Director and Leading Physician for Premier Vein Specialists, Dr. Mathai brings over 3 decades of experience to the practice. He is double Board Certified with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a Member of the American College of Phlebology.   As a Cardiac Surgeon and Phlebologist with his own practice, he focused on problems related to extremity veins. After 32 plus years, he decided to concentrate on Phlebotomy and has been doing so for over 7 years. 

 

With Dr. Mathai’s experience and his helpful team, he is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition, whether that be a traditional procedure or a new procedure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

Over 40 million people suffer from a venous disease including spider veins. In most cases, spider veins will cause you to become concerned with the appearance of your legs especially during the summer months. However, spider veins can also cause itching, swelling and aching in the legs.  While spider veins are treated as a cosmetic issue, healing the venous disease will provide you with legs that not only look better but feel better too.  With that being said, you might be wondering what treatment is available for this unattractive disease.

Sclerotherapy  is the most common spider vein treatment method and one that Premier Vein Specialists is able to accommodate. During this simple outpatient procedure, a chemical solution is injected into the small web-like veins. Since you can easily see these small purple or blue vessels which are close to the surface of the skin, the procedure is simple allowing you to walk-in and walk-out in about an hour.  There is no need for time off or rest after the procedure. Walking as much as possible is highly recommended.  It helps get the blood flowing and aids your body in the healing process.  Wearing compression stockings  after the procedure is recommended and helps your body absorb the veins we just treated. Although the incredible results of Sclerotherapy may take weeks or months to appear, your legs should feel better almost immediately.

Is Sclerotherapy right for you? Dr. Mathai and the team at  Premier Vein Specialists  want to identify your needs and help you improve your health and confidence.

A special message from Dr. Mathai himself, “Our staff is friendly and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.”

We invite you to visit Premier Vein Specialist and have a free screening.  Give us a call today!  717-412-7226

If anyone understands the importance of beauty, it’s celebrities who are constantly in the spotlight; people who are constantly being judged. We know that celebrities tend to undergo just about any and every treatment there is to look their best, even if it comes with a hefty price tag. What you should also know is that a disease such as varicose veins, doesn’t discriminate. Whether you’re a celebrity or not there is the possibility you will develop this unattractive condition on your legs.

 

5 celebrities who have battled varicose veins – you might be surprised to see who makes this list:

1. Britney Spears – We all know who she is. This popstar sought treatment for varicose veins in 2012.

2. Kristin Davis – This “Sex and the City” star had vein treatments done in 2008.

3. Janice Dickinson – Former “America’s Next Top Model” judge had dealt with varicose veins in her past.

4. Emma Thompson – “Love Actually” star underwent vein surgery in 2006 to remove varicosities.

5. Serena Williams – An athlete who is always on her legs, experienced a pulmonary embolism in 2011. Would you think an athlete who is in such great shape as she is would experience a vein disease?

 

Yes, stars as big as the ones above are also humans and deal with normal everyday crisis like we do. No matter how healthy they may seem, I think this definitely highlights the importance of a vein checkup.

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We know that both spider and varicose veins are unattractive, but do you know the difference between the two? Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn, while spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn, looking more like spider webs. Both are caused by malfunctioning valves that cause blood to back up and twist the vein.

Though there can be many reasons as to why you develop spider or varicose veins, there are also many preventative measures to take to diminish the appearance and pain that may come with them.

What to do:

  • Listen to your body – Though most believe either vein condition is a cosmetic issue, there are also serious health concerns that one may experience: fatigue, leg swelling/itching, cramps. Be sure to contact your physician if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Stay active – Keeping the blood flowing in the legs will reduce pressure and blood clots. Try activities such as walking, cycling or swimming.
  • Watch your weight – Maintaining a healthy weight may prevent either of these vein conditions by eliminating added pressure on the legs.
  • Wear Compression Stockings – This helps to elevate pressure to the veins by evenly distributing pressure amongst the legs.

What not to do:

  • Do not sit or stand for long periods of time – Keep your legs moving as being in the same position for an extended period of time can add pressure on the veins. To keep blood flowing, change positions every 30 minutes.
  • Don’t presume all treatments work the same for everyone – Vein damage can differ amongst individuals, meaning treatment may be different for all. Speak to your physician to determine the best treatment for yourself.
  • Avoid excessive heat – Heat increases vein swelling and leads to blood pooling. Keep the time spent  in heat to a minimum (hot baths, hot tubs, etc.).
  • Don’t believe all that you see in advertising – Be sure to do your research on physicians and treatments before going through with a procedure; false advertising claims are possible.

 Premier Vein Specialists, LLC  can treat your vein disease at one of their vein centers in Camp Hill, Hanover, or York.  

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Varicose veins affect up to 40 million Americans. What is a varicose vein? it’s a weakened, twisted, swollen vein that’s filled with blood. Many people who have them are often embarrassed of the appearance of their legs. But, that should be the least of their worries. For some, varicose veins can be much more than a cosmetic issue.

If you have varicose veins, you may experience unpleasant, challenging symptoms. With these symptoms, it can make it difficult to stand, walk, or take part in daily activities:

  • Achy, heavy pressure in your legs
  • Throbbing, muscle cramping and swelling in your legs
  • Extreme pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time
  • itching and bleeding
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Skin ulcers

If you don’t treat these symptoms properly, you can have a serious medical condition on your hands.

Just because something can’t be seen on the surface, doesn’t mean it’s not there. These hidden dangers can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Be sure to pay attention to what you’re feeling, because it’s probably something more serious than you think. Visit our website for frequently asked questions about varicose veins. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms discussed, see your doctor right away.

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Buckwheat is one of the best natural sources of the flavonoid rutin. Foods rich in rutin are highly recommended by nutritionists to people with varicose veins. Rutin has the ability to promote vascular health. Some even think a lack of rutin in the diet may contribute to varicose and spider veins. See the recipe below, from www.healwithfood.org, for a nutritious choice that includes Buckwheat.

 

Ingredients
Servings: 2 (8 crepes)
 
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup of rice milk
2/3 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 cup quinoa flour
1 Tbsp. canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
Vegetable cooking spray, for frying
2 large bananas, sliced
Brown rice syrup, to serve
 
Directions:
Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add rice milk, buckwheat flour, quinoa flour, canola oil, and salt, and whisk until well combined.
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with vegetable cooking spray.
For first crepe, pour about 1/3 cup of batter into skillet, rotating skillet quickly until bottom is evenly coated. Cook crepe on medium high heat for 1-2 minutes until bubbles appear. Flip over and cook for another 30 to 60 seconds, then remove from skillet.
Repeat previous step until batter is gone.
Serve crepes with banana slices and brown rice syrup.
 
Enjoy!
Ginger & Cucumber Salad
 

In herbal medicine, Ginger is often used to treat varicose veins. It has the ability to dissolve fibrin in blood vessels and to improve circulation throughout. See the recipe below, from www.healwithfood.org, for a nutritious choice that includes Ginger.

 

Ingredients

Servings: 4

 

2 cucumbers, diced

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp agave nectar

1 tbsp canola oil

1/3 cup pickled ginger, drained

Chopped mint leaves, to taste

Salt, to taste

 

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine diced cucumbers and ginger.

Whisk together vinegar, agave nectar, canola oil, and mint leaves. Pour over cucumbers and ginger. Toss and season with salt. Let marinate refrigerated for 3 hours.

Divide onto plates, and garnish as desired.

 

Enjoy!

Carrot & Avocado Salad

Both avocados and carrots contain two key vitamins for vascular health, Vitamins C and E. Avocados are also packed with natural nutrients that help fight off varicose veins, as well as a high concentration of glutathione, which protects the heart, veins, and arteries from oxidant damage.

See the recipe below, from www.healwithfood.org, for a nutritious choice that fights off varicose veins.

Ingredients
Servings: 2
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
4 medium carrots, peeled and grated
Dash of balsamic vinegar
Sunflower seeds, to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  
Directions
Combine avocado and grated carrots in a medium salad bowl. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving.
  

Enjoy!

DR. MathaiChoosing a vein specialist can be difficult, especially among the stress of your vein condition and appearance. When choosing a vein specialist, it is important to consider the following qualities:

Experience

  • Working with an experienced doctor and team allows for a worry-free experience from start to finish. With an experienced team, the doctor is able to suggest the best solution for your vein condition, whether that be a traditional procedure or a new procedure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

Area of Specialty

  • With various vein conditions, it is important verify that the Vein Specialist that you choose provides the proper treatment specific to your needs.

Personal Comfort

  • As with any visit to a doctor, your vein specialist should be no different; you should feel comfortable and welcomed by not only the Doctor but the entire staff at the practice

Dr. Mathai and the team at  Premier Vein Specialists  strive to fulfill the aforementioned qualities. A special message from Dr. Mathai himself, “Our staff is friendly and we like to think it is a welcoming environment. One of the reasons we offer a free evaluation screening appointment for spider veins is so that you get a chance to see what your situation is and see how you like it here at no risk.”

Call us today to discuss your options  ☎ 717-412-7226 .

Premier Vein Specialists Staff
Premier Vein Specialists Staff