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Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

Has one of your friends had sclerotherapy at Valley Vein Center? If so, you may have seen the results and thought, “Wow! I could use something like that for myself.” However, sclerotherapy may or may not be the best treatment option for your particular condition. If you have spider veins or smaller varicose veins – and are looking for treatment in Phoenix, AZ – click here to schedule a consultation at Valley Vein Center. You may discuss a few of these questions during your initial appointment.

#1 What is my vein condition?

Leave the diagnostic work to your physician. Small varicose veins may sometimes be mistaken for spider veins, and vice versa. The type of vein damage that’s present in your legs can have an impact on your health. For example, spider veins are usually only a cosmetic issue; but varicose veins could be an indicator of chronic venous insufficiency or peripheral artery disease.

#2 Do I need treatment?

Not all damaged veins require treatment. Spider veins, for example, usually do not pose any threat to health (though they may cause achiness and discomfort). (Still, many patients at Valley Vein Center choose to undergo sclerotherapy in order to relieve this discomfort and improve their appearance.) Varicose veins may require treatment, or they may only need to be monitored. Your physician can tell you more during your consultation.

#3 What kind of vein treatment is right for me?

Sclerotherapy is one of several treatments for veins offered at Valley Vein Center. Many of our patients choose sclerotherapy in Phoenix because it’s a relatively quick procedure (takes less than an hour), requires no anesthesia, and allows patients to return to their normal activities that same day. However, sclerotherapy isn’t right for everyone. For patients with larger varicose veins, VenefitTM Targeted Endovenous Therapy may be a better choice. Your physician at Valley Vein Center will present all of the options that may be available to you.

Schedule A Consultation: Sclerotherapy In Phoenix

Schedule a consultation to discuss your varicose vein and spider vein treatment options in Phoenix at Valley Vein Center. Call 602-234-0004.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

Did you develop varicose veins during pregnancy? Wondering when – or if – they’re ever going to go away? Don’t worry. Those bulging veins are oftentimes only temporary. Many women find that their pregnancy-related varicose veins resolve on their own without any intervention about three months after giving birth.

Why do pregnancy-related varicose veins develop?

These thick veins develop as a result of the extra weight and pressure that’s exerted on the inferior vena cava, which is the large vein in the lower part of the body that carries deoxygenated blood back up to the heart for re-oxygenation. You may be at increased risk for having varicose veins during pregnancy if your mother or grandmother also had this condition.

How can I prevent varicose veins during pregnancy?

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to have total guaranteed protection from pregnancy-related varicose veins. Here are a few tips for keeping varicose veins from getting worse:

  • Avoid crossing your legs while sitting.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods. Take breaks, and move around.
  • Wear support hose.
  • Sleeping on your right side may put pressure on the inferior vena cava; try sleeping on your left side instead.
  • Exercise daily to promote healthy circulation.

Okay, it’s been three months. How can I get rid of my varicose veins?

After giving birth, your body needs time to recover. It can take several months to start feeling back to normal. While you may be eager to get rid of those veins, give your body time. Exercise, eat well, and rest… and you may find that your veins resolve on their own. If the veins seem like they’ve come to stay, talk to your physician.

You may also schedule a free consultation at Valley Vein Center to learn more about Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy – a procedure we offer at our Central Phoenix location.

Schedule your free consultation with a vein disease specialist. Call 602-234-0004. Contact a Valley Vein Center location near you.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

I know your vein disease specialist isn’t the first person you turn to for fashion advice. (At least, I hope not.) But having worked with hundreds of men and women, I’ve picked up a few tips on how to hide varicose veins.

Dressing for varicose veins in the winter is much easier than it is in the warmer months (when simply covering up deep, bulging veins isn’t an option). But there’s one winter wardrobe essential for varicose veins that all women should know about… supportive hose (or compression stockings).

Dressing for Varicose Veins With Supportive Hose

Of course, you’ve heard about supportive hose. But – more likely than not – you’ve probably written it off as a garment for your grandmother. Not so. Today, there are a number of fashion-forward designers creating compression stockings and other supportive clothing that doesn’t look like it came from a medical supply store!

Donna Karan’s Evolution Tights are one example of a compression garment that’s designed to hide unsightly veins and provide support for the entire day. If you’ve been favoring tights over compression garments out of an aversion to the pharmacy supply store “look,” do yourself – and your legs – a favor. Pick up something more fashionable and more comfortable this winter. (Get more tips on dressing for varicose veins with supportive clothing.)

Do Compression Garments Really Work?

It depends on what you mean… On the one hand, sure, they may hide varicose veins and improve your comfort. But no garment is going to “cure” varicose veins. In order to get full comfort (not to mention protect against CVI), varicose vein treatment is necessary. As a vein disease specialist, I perform Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy for getting rid of varicose veins.

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Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

Varicose veins are deep veins in the inner leg that have bulged out so that they are visible just beneath the skin. These veins may appear thick, rope-like, and knotted. The condition, which is fairly common, can occur in many people – especially women who are pregnant or going through hormonal changes.

Essentially, varicose veins develop when valve flaps in the veins weaken. Ordinarily, these flaps allow blood to pass in one direction (up through the legs and back to the heart). When they weaken, blood can pool in the veins of the leg, inhibiting circulation and weakening the vein. The vein then bulges out.

What You Can Do to Prevent Varicose Veins

Prevention is the best kind of medicine there is. If you are at-risk for this condition, follow these guidelines to prevent varicose veins from developing. If you’ve already developed varicose veins, you may able to take some steps to keep your varicose veins from getting worse.

  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time. Give your legs a rest and sit down or walk around. If you absolutely have to stand for thirty minutes or more, make sure you shift your weight back and forth between your legs. Try stretching your calves and raising up on the tips of your toes from time to time.
  • No high heels. Also, no restrictive clothing on the waist/upper thighs, for that matter!
  • Watch your weight. If you’re overweight, talk to your doctor about a weight loss plan to keep varicose veins from getting worse. Losing weight relieves your legs and the damaged veins of pressure.

Ultimately, intervention is required to treat varicose veins. However, you may be able to prevent your condition from worsening with these tips. Learn more about varicose vein treatments in Phoenix, AZ.

Schedule An Appointment About Varicose Veins

Do you suffer from varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) in Phoenix, AZ? Contact a Valley Vein Center location near you to learn more about the in-office treatments that may be available.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

Varicose veins – those thick, ropy, bulging veins in the legs – are a health problem that affects one out of two adults over the age of 50, according to the Society of Interventional Radiology. Once a vein becomes dilated, diet, exercise, and other supplements will not “cure” the vein. (Though you may be able to prevent veins from worsening with these dietary changes.)

Today, I’d like to address some of the common misconceptions about supplements for varicose veins. Fish oil, omega-3s and vitamin K are some of the supplements you may have heard you use as a varicose vein treatment. However, the truth is, these supplements are not valid varicose vein treatment options. Here’s why…

Fish Oil As a Supplement for Varicose Veins

Fish oil – which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids – is often touted as a beneficial supplement for vein health. It is often praised by nutritionists and physicians for its role in opening up blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and preventing clotting (all beneficial things, which can reduce risk of stroke, atherosclerosis and other health issues). However, there is little to no evidence that a fish oil supplement provides any benefit for varicose veins.

Vitamin K As a Supplement for Varicose Veins

Vitamin K is another oft-praised “supplement” for varicose veins. This is because vitamin K is believed to help prevent blood clotting. However, there is not enough substantial evidence to suggest vitamin K prevents the formation of or worsening of varicose veins.

Should you avoid omega-3 fatty acids or vitamin K? Not at all! Get plenty of them! Just don’t load-up on these supplements with the intention of at-home varicose vein treatment. Learn about Venefit, an effective, in-office procedure for varicose veins – available in Phoenix, AZ.

Schedule a Free Varicose Vein Consultation

Do you suffer from varicose veins in the East Valley area? Contact us at Valley Vein Center to schedule a free varicose vein consultation. Call 602-234-0004.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

I’ve blogged before about the many benefits of the Mediterranean diet: a reduction of risk in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and death from (or occurrence of) cancer. But the potential benefits of the Mediterranean diet – compounded with a healthy regimen of exercise – extends all the way down to the legs.

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Creating a Diet for Varicose Veins

Have you started to notice thick, bulging veins in your leg, and want to do something about it through diet? While diet alone will not “cure” varicose veins, you can use diet to (1) reduce your risk for developing additional varicose veins and (2) prevent veins from worsening. Here are four recommendations for creating a diet for varicose veins.

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Most people have an idea of what varicose veins are: thick, bulging, rope-like blood vessels in the legs. But this conception of varicose veins only scratches the surface. The cosmetic “issues” of varicose veins are minor in comparison to the potential threat that looms beneath.

While many patients are understandably concerned about how varicose veins make them look, more patients should take an interest in the health risks posed by varicose veins. One of the biggest potential risks is blood clots.

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If you are one of the 30 million people in the U.S. who suffer from varicose veins, you may have heard about Venefit, a revolutionary minimally invasive procedure for treating varicose veins and CVI (chronic venous insufficiency). Valley Vein Center (with locations in Phoenix, East Mesa, and Tempe) is one of just a few practices to offer Venefit in the East Valley area. Learn more below about four of the top benefits associated with choosing Venefit for varicose veins.

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For most patients, varicose veins develop slowly, over a period of several months or years. The patient’s physician typically observes the bulging and painful veins developing during this time; it’s ordinary during this stage for the physician to suggest prevention strategies and educational materials about chronic venous insufficiency, which can develop if varicose veins are untreated.

While this may be the medical “norm,” it’s certainly not the only way that varicose veins develop. In a few patients, varicose veins may appear suddenly and without warning. In fact, a patient may not even have any of the traditional risk factors or see any of the usual warning signs.

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