Give Spider Veins the Brush Off

Give Spider Veins the Brush Off

1 week ago

People have a lot of strong feelings around spiders. Some can’t stand them and want them out of the house no matter what, while others leave them alone so that they catch more annoying insects. As Halloween approaches, we’re sure to see “spooky” spiders adorning our friends’ houses and yard. Regardless of our stance on actual spiders, we should all be able to agree that spider veins aren’t useful and should be eliminated. Many aren’t aware that they may be a sign of venous disease. Fortunately, spider veins can be wiped out with a minimally-invasive treatment called sclerotherapy.  What Causes Spider Veins? Healthy veins bring deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Venous disease, a medical condition that affects nearly 40% of US adults, causes valves within leg veins to close improperly. Veins fight against gravity to move the blood from your feet back up to your heart. As the blood

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Met Your Deductible?

2 months ago

Start Vein Treatment Now Have you ever taken your car in for an oil change or minor repair and then learned there was a major problem needing to be addressed? The mechanic may even have explained that you could have avoided the larger issue (and a hefty bill!) if you’d brought the vehicle in sooner. As problematic as this is with a car, it can be even more serious when something similar happens with your body, especially when it comes to vein health. People often ignore symptoms that seem minor: persistent aches, twinges of pain, a few spider veins here and there, or just frequent leg fatigue. However, these symptoms could be early warning signs of potentially serious complications to come if nothing is done to stop the progression of venous disease. Ideal time At Artemis, we tell patients that “any time” is a good time to start vein treatment,

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Travel Smart for Vein Health

4 months ago

Summer is here, and many are looking forward to a long-awaited vacation. There’s a lot to think about when preparing to travel, and vein health probably isn’t a priority. However, taking some easy steps to support your health can help insure that you feel good enough to have all the fun you’ve been planning on. We’ve compiled some smart travel tips that will help keep you on your feet and on the go. Hydrate Drinking enough water is essential for staying healthy, but this is especially important when we’re more active or the weather is hot. Hydration is important for vein health because it helps maintain the blood’s fluidity, facilitating circulation and reducing swelling. On planes, opt for water when the flight attendants are taking beverage orders. You can also carry a reusable bottle filled with water so that hydration is always near at hand. Travel Smart: Clothing As a

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Venous Disease 101

6 months ago

In 1735, Benjamin Franklin wrote the famous line “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While the little-known context for this quote is actually a letter outlining recommendations for fire safety, today we tend to reference it in matters of health. Knowing about the development and signs of common diseases may enable you avoid them or to recognize symptoms and begin treatment sooner when they do arise. Such is the case with venous disease, which afflicts around 40% of the US adult population. This article provides a brief refresher about how the venous system works and its common afflictions. The venous system is the network of veins that return blood to the heart. Throughout much of the body, especially the legs, veins fight gravity to move blood vertically. The mechanisms within veins that facilitate the upward movement of blood are special one-way valves that, when closed, look

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Shape Up Your Veins for Summer Fun

7 months ago

Coloradans love our winters, but around March many people are looking forward to summer. While you’re planning vacations and visits with family, it’s also a great time to address any nagging health issues that might take away from your enjoyment of the warm weather. Many people suffer from painful, aching and tender legs that make them reluctant to participate in activities. If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, or if you’ve noticed raised veins in your legs, know that non- or minimally invasive treatments are available that can relieve your discomfort. The key is to start treatment now so that you’re back on your feet in time for fun in the sun. First: Talk to a Specialist A licensed phlebologist has the expertise and proper equipment to detect and diagnose venous issues. The presence of varicose veins means that valves in the veins are malfunctioning and allowing blood to flow back

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Do I Really Need To Think About My Veins?

9 months 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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Compression Stockings

11 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

1 year 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?

1 year 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.

1 year 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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