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Vein Resolutions: The Start of a Healthy Lifestyle

The beginning of a new year prompts us all to make resolutions for personal development.
We believe focusing on your overall health is a great way to prevent varicose veins and spider veins. Often times, resolutions are too ambitious without a plan. However, making realistic and simple resolutions with a concrete plan is the key to consistency, while achieving your health goals. Explore our simple New Year vein resolutions to ensure sure your veins are healthy for years to come.

At Via Vascular, we want to make sure all of our current and prospective clients lead a healthy and vein disease free lifestyle. Keep your vein resolutions concise and simple. To get you started, here is an example:

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Get Healthier Veins
  2. Get Fit
  3. Lastly: Enjoy Your Life!

To achieve these vein resolutions, we have some simple ideas and solutions to keep you on the right track!

BMI > 35

A healthier lifestyle equals healthier veins! Paying attention to your BMI (Body Mass Index) is an excellent way to monitor your health. Also, maintaining a BMI of 35 or less is the target goal. Add that with elevating the legs for at least 20 mins daily. Calf-pump muscle exercises to help improve muscle strength, ankle flexibility, and overall health. These exercises are also designed to strengthen the muscles in the legs. They will ultimately help veins pump blood flow back to the heart.

Compression Socks

Problems develop in veins when the walls are stretched and blood begins to pool in the legs. Whether from genetics, pregnancy or work that requires an excessive amount of sitting or standing, your veins may be at risk. Wearing compression socks is one easy solution to improve vein health. Compression socks give veins support and allow for blood to return to the heart more easily. You can find compression socks at local pharmacies, sports equipment stores, online, in various styles and color options. Plus, some have found that wearing compression socks/stockings have vastly improved their symptoms and did not need further treatment. If problems do persist, contact Via Vascular for vein treatments that will best assist your needs.

Be Proactive

Symptoms of venous disease should not be overlooked. If checked by a professional early on, the root of the vein problem can be discovered.  If ignored, these symptoms can later develop into spider or varicose veins that will require proper treatment. Even if you remain healthy and utilize compression socks, the symptoms may only be alleviated, but not cured. Here at Via Vascular, we are specialized in treating both spider and varicose veins. Catching the signs early on can save you from serious complications in the future.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular is a leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. We provide excellent solutions through treatments like endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Our procedures are minimally invasive with no required hospital time. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at (206) 525-8346 or contact us online here.


What Is Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a vascular condition involving the veins of the legs. Varicose veins are often a sign of venous insufficiency.

Veins work to bring blood back to the heart, thus keeping the flow of blood moving throughout the entire body. Occasionally, these veins might weaken and become ineffective. This is most commonly a result of damage to or poorly functioning valves within the veins of your legs.  If this occurs, blood flow decreases, and can accumulate in the legs and cause pain and swelling, especially when standing. This is venous insufficiency.

This is why it is so important to seek treatment for your varicose veins. Varicose veins are a sign of improper blood flow that can lead to complications of venous insufficiency. Consider consulting Via Vascular to discuss possible treatment options, particularly if your varicose veins are causing you any pain,

Causes

Certain risk factors can cause venous insufficiency. A family history of varicose veins is a major risk factor.  Also, they are more common in women, but they are not uncommon in men, particularly as they get older. An inactive lifestyle that includes extended periods of sitting and immobility can trigger varicose vein symptoms and increase the chance of venous insufficiency. Similarly, standing in one place for long periods of time can lead to stagnant blood flow and venous insufficiency

Symptoms

Symptoms of venous insufficiency can be similar to that of varicose veins. In fact, varicose veins are a sign of venous insufficiency which makes it critical to make sure that your varicose veins are properly treated. Symptoms include:

Treatment of Venous Insufficiency

In treating your varicose veins, Via Vascular can both diagnose and treat venous insufficiency. We can assist you in both non-invasive and minimally invasive therapies, helping you understand this disease and avoid the complications that can occur.

Compression stockings are first line therapy.  They put gentle pressure on the legs to get the blood moving, increasing the flow of blood through the legs. They also can help with swelling.  As this is one of the main issues with venous insufficiency, they are a great first step. Periodic movement and stretching can get the blood flowing and the veins functioning properly. Similarly to treatment of varicose veins, compression socks can assist in the treatment of venous insufficiency.

In some cases, minimally invasive in office surgery might be indicated.   If so, the goal of the therapy would be to eliminate the non-functioning veins, allowing the blood to re-route through the many remaining normal veins.  Specific techniques include endovenous laser treatment, microphlebectomy, or sclerotherapy.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular is a leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. We provide excellent solutions through treatments like endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Our procedures are minimally invasive with no required hospital time. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call us at (206) 525-8346 or contact us online here.


Varicose Vein Treatment During Winter

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Are you suffering from varicose veins or spider veins but aren’t sure when the right time to get treatment is? Varicose veins are a common problem that affect many individuals, especially women. It is estimated that between 30 to 60 percent of adults have varicose veins. Varicose veins tend to get worse during colder months, due to decreased physical activity, which can lead to worsening conditions such as inflamed varicose veins. Explore our blog for other significant benefits of getting varicose vein treatment during the winter!

More Time to Heal

When receiving varicose vein treatment, it is crucial to take some time to rest and recover after treatment. It would be smart to take a few days off immediately following the procedure to stay at home and take it easy. Winter is a slower season for many people and is a good time to recuperate, especially after the holidays, when things are less hectic. Cold weather provides ample time for healing and is especially ideal for those requiring subsequent treatments, since it provides enough time to heal between procedures.

Covering Up & Skin Protection

If you are suffering from varicose veins, winter is not only a great season to spend recuperating after treatment; it is also a good time for covering up. During the winter, we tend to bundle up and wear more clothing, so it is easier to disguise any bruising, swelling and other temporary side effects that could occur after treatment. Winter is also a great time to receive varicose vein treatment because one can get the most protection from UV rays during this time. Exposure to UV rays can cause discoloration following varicose vein treatment, which is why it is best to avoid getting treatment during the summer, if possible.

Winter clothing can help disguise compression stockings, which patients are sometimes required to wear following treatment. Compression stockings are used to keep treated veins in close contact and prevent them from filling back up with blood.

Choose Via Vascular for Varicose Treatment

Are you considering getting varicose vein treatment this winter? If so, Via Vascular has new minimally invasive techniques that are done by highly experienced technicians. We offer procedures such as endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy which require no hospital stay, have minimal postoperative pain and provide nearly immediate relief from your symptoms. Check out some of our testimonials, to see what our patients have to say about their experience and results at Via Vascular.

About Via Vascular

Via Vascular can help you decide if you are a candidate for treatment, and can inform you about the different types and phases of vein treatments offered. If you are unsure about varicose veins symptoms or procedures, contact Via Vascular. Find out more information and make an appointment today by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.


What to Expect After Varicose & Spider Vein Treatment

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, raised swollen blood vessels. Most people who have them already know because, they are visibly stretched out where blood has pooled. Usually found on the legs, varicose veins have a thick, “ropey” appearance. Once the extent of venous disease is discovered, typically combinations of treatments are used to fully treat venous insufficiencies. Your physician will start with conservative therapy, less invasive methods, and progress from there.

Types of Treatment

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

This is a minimally invasive procedure that has a 98% success rate in providing relief from painful and unsightly varicose veins. EVLT seals off defective superficial saphenous veins, which eliminates the source of surface varicose veins.

What Should You Expect After EVLT?

Following the procedure, Steri-Strips, dressing, compression stockings, and a compression wrap are placed on the treated leg. You will be asked to walk for at least 20 minutes immediately following your treatment. The medical grade compression stockings will need to be worn for the first 36 hours and then about two weeks following the procedure to achieve maximum healing and results. Most people are able to return to normal activities of daily living immediately, although, strenuous activities, such as exercise, will be limited for approximately one to two weeks to promote healing. It is common to have some discomfort and bruising after this procedure. Pain is usually managed by an over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain reliever.

Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to remove large surface varicose veins. Veins are outlined and abnormal or diseased veins are accessed and removed through a series of pinhole perforations. Typically this is used in combination with EVLT.

What Should You Expect After Microphlebectomy?

Following the procedure, the small punctures are closed with Steri-Strips and bandages, compression stockings and a compression wrap is applied to the treated leg. You will be asked to walk for at least 20 minutes immediately following your treatment. The medical grade compression stockings will need to be worn for the first 36 hours and then about two weeks following the procedure to achieve maximum healing and results. Most people are able to return to normal activities of daily living immediately, although, strenuous activities, such as exercise, will be limited for approximately one to two weeks to promote healing. It is common to have some discomfort and bruising after this procedure. Discomfort is usually managed by an over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain reliever.

What to Expect After Varicose & Spider Vein Treatment

Spider Veins

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and the vessels appear red, purple, and blue. Easily visible through the skin, spider veins are typically found on the face and legs. Usually spider veins can be a sign of poor circulation and varicose vein formation.

Types of Treatment

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive technique used in the treatment of spider veins or reticular veins that are too small to be removed surgically. This treatment involves a needle as small as an eyelash to inject a sclerosant, directly into the veins. No sedation is necessary, and you will be able to return directly back to work.

What Should You Expect After Sclerotherapy?

Expect treated areas to look worse before they look better. Bruising is normal and is to be expected for healing to occur. Results may be seen at 6 to 8 weeks, with maximum cosmetic benefit seen at 3 to 12 months following the procedure.

Many patients come, wanting to have their legs ready for the summer or for an event. In considering the healing time and the need to wear compression stockings post-treatment, many patients find it best to have treatments during the cooler months. If you have an event or vacation, it is advised to start treatments at least 4 months or greater prior to the date.

About Via Vascular

Do you have varicose veins or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive Seattle varicose vein treatment, including endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy. Seeking treatment for spider veins? Via Vascular also performs Sclerotherapy as treatment for spider veins. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.

 


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