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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.


Three Unexpected Areas Spider Veins can Appear

Spider Veins

At Via Vascular, we are able to treat unsightly spider veins and our treatments are profoundly successful. Spider veins (also known as Telangiectasia) are the miniscule and narrow red or blue veins that tend to spread throughout the legs as one ages. They are caused by increased pressure in the veins. Typically, you can find them in the lower limbs, but sometimes there are found on other unexpected areas of the body. Explore our blog to learn the three other unexpected areas where spider veins can appear and why.

Face

Spider veins can appear in facial veins. They are usually discovered under the eyes, or around the cheeks and nose. The cause can come from skin diseases (rosacea and eczema) as the added pressure due to irritation will cause them to turn visible. Smoking (which can cause premature aging) and the free radicals from overexposure from the sun are two factors that may cause spider veins to appear on the face.

Hands

Aging is the top reason why veins can occur in the hands. The older the hands become the less fatty tissue it has, which can cause the skin to thin out and have less elasticity. As a result, hand veins will be more visible underneath the skin. Unfortunately, this is common, yet unavoidable. Without treatment, the spider veins will become more prominent with time. That is why having treatment earlier on will make the treatment less difficult and even more effective.

Feet

If not reduced, spider veins can evolve into varicose veins that can also spread to the feet. While spider veins may be more of a cosmetic issue, varicose veins can cause pain and aching that can lead to circulatory problems. Therefore, it is important to look into treatments as soon as possible before problematic issues surface from spider veins and developed varicose veins.

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 vein or spider vein 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.


Varicose Vein Treatment Phases: What to Expect

varicose vein treatment

Are you or anyone you know with varicose veins ready for treatment? Here at Via Vascular, our treatment of varicose veins involves a multi-step process that will include several visits to our office. Many members of our excellent team, which involve the physician, nurse, practitioner, sonographers, and medical assistants, will all assist you during the process of treatment. Explore this blog to understand the phases of treatment for varicose veins to be well prepared for your next visit.

Phases of Treatment

Initial Evaluation/Consultation:  (Approximately 30-45 min.)

The first step will require an initial consultation with the physician or nurse practitioner. This consultation will involve an examination of the legs and an assessment to figure out the severity of your varicose veins. If needed, an ultrasound exam may be necessary in order to determine which veins are the causes of any symptoms. For those with spider veins, an ultrasound may be required to rule out larger vein involvement. Additionally, medical grade compression stockings may be prescribed of 20-30mmHG as part of the treatment to address any current symptoms.

Venous Ultrasound: (Approximately 45 min. (per leg) and 30-45 min. with physician)

The sonographer during this comprehensive ultrasound will then examine and identify the veins in the legs to see if there are any diseased or unusual veins, which may take 45 min. for completion. The reason why a venous ultrasound is imperative is this is the step to determine the cause of varicose veins that will help guide the physician in recommendations for care. Also, your insurance company will need this report for authorization of any treatment beyond this point. After the ultrasound is complete, you will then meet with your physician to deliberate the overall results and treatment options available for you.

Pre-Procedure Appointment: (Approximately 45 min.)

If varicose veins and symptoms do no respond to the conservative therapy, we will then submit for pre-authorization to your insurance for the recommended treatment(s) from the physician.  Once approved, the next step will require you to schedule a time to see our nurse practitioner for a pre-procedure appointment. This visit will also include a full explanation of the treatment(s) as well as a discussion about the benefits and risks of each recommended procedure. Furthermore, the pre and post procedure instructions will be provided with the prescriptions for medications that will be needed for treatment(s).

Treatment: (Approximately 2-3 hrs.)

First, the physician and medical assistant will make sure you are comfortable and at ease throughout the entire procedure.  Note: the provided medication prescribed will make you unable to drive for that day. Please plan ahead for a driver to take you to and from the office. After the treatment(s), you and your driver will need to walk for 20 minutes after the procedure. Keep in mind one leg is treated at a time due to safety reasons. The next leg can be scheduled for treatment 1-4 weeks out.

Post Procedure Ultrasound: (Approximately 30-45 min.)

After relatively one week after the treatments, an ultrasound will be performed to make sure the veins have been closed and to identify any potential concerns.

Follow up Appointment: (Approximately 30 min.)

The follow-up visit will be scheduled 6 weeks after the last treatment for either one or both legs. This visit will call for a meeting with the physician to discuss the cosmetic treatment of spider veins with the sclerotherapy procedure if necessary.

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.

 


Facts About Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment

 

With summer well on its way, don’t hide beneath layers of clothes just because of some spider veins. You should be comfortable in whatever you’re wearing, not self-conscious.

One of the most highly regarded ways to get rid of spider veins is sclerotherapy. If you’re interested in sclerotherapy spider vein treatment and want to know more, here are some facts:

There’s no single cause. Spider veins typically occur in the lower extremities when a weakness in the vein wall allows the vein to stretch and enlarge. Some people are more prone to spider veins because of genetics, while others may get it from a skin injury.

It’s simple and brief. The affected veins are injected with a solution that causes them to disappear from view. Only 15 to 45 minutes in office and you’re done, free to drive to wherever you need to be next.

The solution does all the work. Unfortunately, spider veins don’t heal themselves—that’s where sclerotherapy comes in. Though simple on the outside, inside the vein there’s a little more going on. The solution clots the blood and scars the vein so that the blood begins flowing to other, healthier veins. Eventually the veins turn into scar tissue and that’s when they fade out of sight. It can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a month for the veins to fully disappear.

It’s effective. According to WebMD, studies show that as many as 50% to 80% of injected veins may be eliminated with each session of sclerotherapy, with less than 10% not responding to the injections at all.

Negative side effects are rare. Like any medical procedure, complications sometimes occur. Most side effects are small and temporary, and should go away without treatment. These include:

The process can take some time, so don’t be alarmed if your results are not instantaneous.

Afterwards, avoid heat and strenuous exercise. This is a rare instance where more exercise won’t help. Avoid hot baths and sun exposure as well, since too much heat can lead to dark spots on your skin. Only for a couple weeks, though, and then we suggest you get back to an active lifestyle.

Avoid certain medications. Meds we’d like you to avoid include: aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory medications for 48-72 hours before sclerotherapy to minimize potential bruising.

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