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Do I Really Need To Think About My Veins?

1 month ago

When planning New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to overdo it. We expect to accomplish admirable goals like losing weight, making more money, getting organized and breaking bad habits, but we may set ourselves up for failure if we try to tackle too many big changes simultaneously. Choosing only one or two goals is often a better place to start, and if we can develop a focused plan then we’re more likely to be successful. One strategy is to select a single objective that requires accomplishing a series of mini-steps addressing other areas you want to improve. For example, take the goal of “improving vein health.” As far as New Year’s resolutions go, this is probably at the bottom of your list (if it made it on the list at all), but as this article outlines, caring for your veins supports whole-body wellness, which is certainly a top resolution. According to

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Welcome our new team member: Kelli Weaver, RN

2 months ago

We are so pleased to introduce our newest team member, Kelli Weaver! Kelli is a registered nurse and licensed cosmetologist with over 20 years experience personalizing skin care and aesthetic treatments for patients’ unique needs. When asked what is her favorite part of working with cosmetic patients, she explains, There is nothing more rewarding than knowing I’ve helped someone have more confidence in feeling and looking their best. To celebrate Kelli joining us at Artemis, we’re offering 20% off dermal fillers. The best thing about dermal fillers is that their enhancements are typically long lasting – if you receive treatment this month, you could potentially enjoy the benefits all the way through 2019! Now is a great time to arrange a free consultation with Kelli and freshen up your appearance as we head into the holiday season and new year. Currently, Kelli is available only on Wednesdays, so call soon

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Compression Stockings

3 months ago

Try Compression Stockings to relieve painful legs This article about compression stockings was written by Lisa Alexander is a certified medical assistant. If your legs frequently feel painful, achy or swollen, then it is worth trying compression stockings to relieve your symptoms. If this suggestion sounds unpleasant, then you may have an outdated notion of what compression stockings are, and might not realize how effective they can be in vein treatment. To help clear up common misperceptions and concerns, I’ve answered some questions about compression stockings patients often ask me when they come to Artemis. How do compression stockings work? The stockings improve circulation by supporting the veins and making it easier for them to return blood to the heart. This prevents blood from pooling in the legs and weakening the veins over time, and alleviates symptoms of venous disease such as fatigue, swelling and pain. Can compression stockings reverse

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Vein Science – Then and Now

4 months ago

Have you been considering treatment for your varicose veins, but feel nervous about the procedure? It may ease your mind to know that our modern vein treatments are the culmination of centuries of scientific advancement and refinement. Below, we briefly recount key moments from the fascinating history of circulatory science and phlebology (the specialized study of venous disease and treatment), concluding with a look at the state-of-the-art technology utilized by Artemis Colorado – Vein & Cosmetic Center. Knowing a bit of this history may calm any anxiety you feel about seeking treatment, and spur you to speak to a phlebologist about your symptoms. An accurate understanding of how the systems of the body work took centuries to develop. In a famous document from the mid-16th century BCE known as the Ebers Papyrus, it is clear that Ancient Egyptians knew there was a connection between the heart and the arteries. However,

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What is Venous Disease?

5 months ago

We like to present readers with helpful tips and reminders about how they can best care for their veins. Occasionally, it’s worth returning to the basics with a brief refresher about how the venous system works and some of the issues that may arise within it. Having knowledge about the development and symptoms of venous disease may enable you to recognize it in yourself, or a loved one, and start treatment sooner. The venous system is the network of veins that return blood to the heart. This means that throughout much of the body veins are fighting against gravity as they move blood vertically. The mechanisms within veins that facilitate the upward movement of blood are special one-way valves that, when closed, look like an inverted ‘V’. As blood moves up, the valves open to let it through and then close to prevent the blood from flowing back down. In

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Met Your Deductible? Start Vein Treatment Now.

5 months ago

Have you ever taken your car in for an oil change or minor repair and then found out that there was a major problem that needed to be addressed? The mechanic may even have explained that the larger issue (and a hefty bill!) could have been prevented if the vehicle had been brought in sooner. There is an important parallel between this situation and the progression of venous disease. People often ignore symptoms that seem minor: a persistent ache, a few spider veins here and there, or just having tired legs after a long day at work. However, these symptoms could be early warning signs of potential complications to come if no measures are taken to stop the progression of venous disease. At Artemis, we tell patients that “any time” is a good time to start vein treatment, because we want people to avoid bigger problems down the road. That

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Have You Met Your Deductible?

7 months ago

Many patients wonder “When is the best time for treatment?” There isn’t really a right or wrong answer – when to begin treatment depends on an individual’s circumstances and preferences. For example, many people prefer not to start treatment in the summer because the first step is completing a three-month trial of a non-invasive intervention like compression stockings. This is completely understandable: compression stockings are usually nicer to wear in the cooler months because they provide an additional layer of warmth and can be hidden under pants. However, temporary discomfort should be weighed against the level of ongoing suffering caused by painful and swollen legs. Beginning treatment sooner can greatly improve one’s quality of life. Another downside of waiting is that a patient may miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of their end-of-year insurance deductible. With these considerations in mind, we recommend that patients first come to Artemis

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Healthy Summer Leg Care

8 months ago

At Artemis Colorado – Vein and Cosmetic Center, we want people to care for their legs and vein health in every season. Summer activities can impact your veins in unique ways, so it’s important to learn some strategies that can keep you on your feet. To help you enjoy a fun summer – whether you’re traveling, hiking beautiful Colorado, or relaxing by the pool – try the following tips. Adequate Hydration Drinking enough water is essential to maintaining optimal health, but this is especially important when we’re more active or the weather is hot. Hydration has a specific impact on vein health: it helps maintain the blood’s fluidity, which facilitates circulation and reduces swelling.   Traveling Smart: Clothing Long periods of sitting or standing are contributing factors to venous disease, but there are steps you can take before boarding a plane, waiting in line for an attraction or going on

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Nutrition for Healthy Veins

9 months ago

Nutrition for Healthy Veins   It seems to be part of human nature that most people don’t think about their health until a problem develops. However, when people become interested in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle, or want to prevent their symptoms from worsening, they can feel overwhelmed by the vast amount of conflicting information available. There are a few well-established guidelines like exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, and drinking enough water, but they seem so simple – could they really be effective? Read on to learn more about nutrition for healthy veins.   The body’s systems work together, and this interdependency means that caring for one system can promote our health overall. One often overlooked but important system is the network of veins that move oxygen-rich blood throughout our bodies. Making healthy decisions for our veins is important, and fortunately there are simple habits that will benefit

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Pelvic Venous Congestion as a Cause of Pelvic Pain

10 months ago

Pelvic Venous Congestion as a Cause of Pelvic Pain Most of the patients who come to Artemis Colorado – Vein and Cosmetic Center are seeking treatment for venous insufficiency, a condition related to several disorders of the venous system. Venous insufficiency typically causes symptoms in the legs such as swelling, aching, feelings of heaviness, tiredness or pain. Visible symptoms include spider and varicose veins. However, venous insufficiency isn’t confined to the legs, and may be the culprit behind similar problems in other areas of the body. Consider this hypothetical patient: Catherine is a 37-year-old mother of three. She suffers from frequent pain and tiredness in her legs, and has visible varicose veins in her calves. These symptoms began after her first pregnancy and gradually worsened after her second and third pregnancies. After delivering her third child, she noticed swollen and painful veins in her groin, and feels a chronic ache

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