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October 1, 2008

Varicose Vein Treatment could be used for Obesity Problems

Researchers at John’s Hopkins University released information today that varicose vein treatment significantly reduced the appetites of plump and healthy pigs. The researchers believe such methods can be used to treat obesity, rather than risky and drastic weight loss alternatives like gastric surgery.

The Reuters report says that,

“They injected a chemical into blood vessels supplying a very specific part of the stomach to cut off production of the hunger hormone ghrelin.”

This ultimately led to the pigs producing over 60% less of the hunger-inducing hormone.

If the secret to suppressing hunger lies in the veins, the vein-health industry may be in for a boom. Not only can we use the treatments to rid ourselves of unattractive and unhealthy spider and varicose veins, with this recent medical gem combating obesity may be resolved more feasibly and safely as well. Hundreds of thousands of obese patients perform bariatric surgery each year, a minimally invasive procedure like vein treatment has the potential to alleviate many of the complications induced by massive weight loss surgeries.

If you’re looking to get in touch with a vein specialist or have one of the aforementioned procedures done, go to and they can lead you to a physician in your area.


October 2, 2008

Are you too VEIN to wear shorts?

Figures show that not enough of us are concerned with the health of our legs. We tend to shower our skin with monthly microdermabrasions, consult with plastic surgeons and get yearly physicals, but we rarely acknowledge leg-care. Annually varicose veins and spider veins permit us from wearing scantily clad designs or our favorite swimwear to the beach. Over 40 million Americans suffer from vein related ailments, and many go on untreated for years. Until sadly, they result in a potentially fatal disease called “Deep Vein Thrombosis.” DVT is a severe blood clot in the parts of the lower leg.

To prevent yourself from being one of the millions who suffer from aesthetically unattractive varicose veins and constantly aching or sore legs, take initiative and start changing your leg-lifestyle. A cost-efficient strategy is to use compression hosiery products to increase blood flow through tired legs. The key to relieving leg pain is to get a leg up on it – consistent exercise and wearing compression stockings while traveling on long flights are essential.

You can choose your leg compression stockings based on how much pain, pressure and problems you have. If you’re interested in inquiring about leg-health tips, varicose vein treatments and DVT go to to find a physician.


October 3, 2008

VNUS Closure Fast Procedure

If you are one of the 40 million Americans suffering from plagues of the legs, you may be in luck. Doctors in Kentucky are currently using the VNUS Closure Fast procedure on people with varicose veins. As opposed to the standard scelrotherapy or vein stripping treatments used on most cases, these doctors are inserting a catheter into the veins and sealing them shut with extreme amount of heat. Once the veins are closed tight, the blood finds an alternate route to flow.

The real benefit of this newly enhanced treatment is that it is relatively painless and less difficult than other avenues of varicose vein removals. Patients can use their healthy legs to walk out of the operating room. Another fundamental advantage to this surgery is the fact that patients are not put under anesthesia, rather they are kept awake and alert and instead numbed and slightly sedated with Valium. With the recently improved 3D CT Scans guiding the way for doctors and highlighting the varicosy and ropy areas, physicians can accurately, efficiently and promptly rid the patients of these unattractive sores.

The only post-surgery obligation is to wear compression stockings to keep the blood flowing through the legs. Other than some minor discomfort, the surgery is virtually painless and takes a mere 30 minutes to complete. If you are interested in this or any other vein treatments or therapies go to for your entire vein related information and clinics nationwide.


October 8, 2008

Vein Education

SIGVARIS – the worldwide leaders in compression therapy – have ventured into the field of education with hopes of putting an end to venous disease. The company published a pamphlet about compression therapy for pregnant women. Pregnant women commonly experience early symptoms of venous disease, spider and varicose veins. So SIGVARIS has released this information to better equip pregnant women about preventive measures, and pain relief therapies. The free brochure outlines the symptoms and treatments for such problems and also gives a series of home remedies to alleviate pain and prevent these unpleasant veins.

One out of three pregnant women deal with bulging, aching and sore varicose veins, most often beginning during the fourth month. It is essential that women learn more about treating these issues either at home or at a clinic, so their condition doesn’t worsen as the pregnancy goes on (and weight, stress and lack of mobility progress).

SIVGARIS is determined to improve the quality of life for people struggling with venous disease and other vein related problems. If you’re interested in the pamphlet and other SIVGARIS information click here. And for those of you looking to treat your vein conditions go to to find a professional near you.


October 9, 2008

Home Remedies to Help Varicose Veins

For those of you not yet ready to get a medical procedure to rid yourself of bulging and unpleasant varicose veins, there may be a something you can do at home to help. Drinking cherry juice may be the weapon to combat the unsightly veins. Medical research has shown that anthocyanins – which are abundant in cherries and other dark berries like blueberries and raspberries – might have the key element to thicken and strengthen blood vessel walls. Tart cherries have the appropriate anthocyanins – a type of antioxidant – to lessen inflammation. A leading symptom and discomfort associated with varicose veins.

The study concludes that eating roughly 20 cherries a day or drinking tart cherry juice may be enough to ease the pain and inflammation. However, if cherries are not in season, or you are unable to find the juice, you can get cherry capsules to help your body fight off varicose veins.

If you want to learn more about home remedies or medical procedures for varicose veins, go to for all your vein health questions.


October 10, 2008

Double Whammy

Science Daily is reporting today that a double whammy approach (combined approach) to preventing venous disease may be the key to stifling it’s progress into other more serious problems. By coupling daily leg compressions with medications varicose vein sufferers can limit their chances of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a medical issue that has potential to lead to death or serious injury for high-risk patients. Researchers are calling this the “belt and braces” strategy a break-through.

While this is only preliminary evidence, the researchers have faith that this may be a viable stepping-stone for further experimenting. There are a number of other treatments for venous disease, DVT and varicose veins; many of which are invasive surgeries and others with lasers and ultra sounds. So it is vital that you look into all of your options before choosing one. If you want more information go


October 13, 2008

Steps to Stop Venous Disease

The National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (NATT) has joined the Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) with hopes of unifying together and combating venous disease. The VDC is an allegiance of health professionals comprised of patient advocacy groups who seek to improve survival rates, prevention and treatments for varicose veins, spider veins and deep vein thrombosis. The Venous Disease Foundation who started the VDC is a public health organization that outlines risk factors and prevention methods for Americans struggling with any form of venous disease.

Varicose veins and venous disease are some of the most prevalent health problems Americans face today, but learning the symptoms, treatments and procedures available may aid in impeding the progression or outright preventing it. This new coalition of the NATT and VDC has set out on a mission to relay the message about blood clots and venous disease to the public, with hopes that people will seek out treatment promptly and prevent further damage or complications. If you want to learn more about this new coalition click here or if you’d like information about treatments and professionals who can help you go to for the 411 on venous disease.


October 15, 2008

3D CT Scans and Vein Therapy

Science Daily is reporting that 3D CT scans may be of great benefit for doctor’s to diagnose and treat venous disease. They provide a more extensive view of complex varicose veins. The study was done in Seoul, Republic of Korea where over a 100 patients suffering from severe cases of varicose veins in their lower half of the body went under the 3D CT scan. The study showed that doctors were capable of spotting precarious and unpleasant varicose veins better, which they hope may aid in their progress of treating the millions plagued with this horrendous problem. By impeding the progress of venous disease, physicians can better monitor and prevent the rise of Deep Vein Thrombosis. can provide you with information about venous disease and appropriate therapies to help remedy the problem. If you are interested in inquiring or finding a professional in your area check out the website.


October 16, 2008

Channel your Inner Yogi

Whether it is Bikram you love or Hatha tickles your fancy, yoga may be keeping your veins healthy. Varicose veins strike when your legs are not mobile; long hours sitting, working, long flight time or standing. In order to stifle the progress of varicose veins symptoms like swelling, bulging, aching and cramping get the blood flowing through your legs. If you’re suffering from weakened veins due to pregnancy, miscarriage, obesity, prolonged sitting, standing or flying Yoga may be your best home-remedy for alleviating unattractive and painful varicose vein issues.

So think about going to Lulu Lemon and buying yourself a snazzy yogi outfit, enrolling in the nearest Yoga Works and strapping into that inverted asana pose. Because these yoga positions increase the blood flow into your legs, which are situated the furthest from your heart and can thus increase your chances of varicose veins. Whether you are hoping to stop a future attack or simply prevent the veiny bulges from invading your legs, Yoga may be an ideal avenue for varicose vein prevention. For other information about varicose vein removal or to find a physician go to for the 411 on vein health.


October 17, 2008

These Boots aren’t made for Walkin’

Chennai policemen are finding that their uniform boots may the cause of serious vascular problems, provoking symptoms of venous disease. A customary British based tradition is now becoming a widespread issue, as a local division is reporting that at least 80% of the policemen either have problems or vein health complications are likely to ensue. In a highly temperamental climate like Chennai, India the boots are not suitable for long hours in the heat and humidity – which after hours on end walking through the bustling city may be causing bulging, swelling, aching and redness all of which are symptoms associated with varicose veins.

The poorly fitted boots are obstructed blood flow to the lower regions of the legs; they are far too tight and made of bad quality leather. Although the police personnel are aware of the boot problems, they are yet to boot out the obligatory rules forcing the men to wear them at all times on duty. With the increase in vein issues comes the increase in hospitalizations for the men in uniform, which ultimately results in a demobilized and struggling police force. An issue Chennai, like many other areas in India cannot bear.

If you want to get some more information about vein health news, go to You can also find professionals in your area who specialize in varicose vein removal treatments.


October 21, 2008

Vein Treatments at Holiday Destinations

When we think about holiday destinations like Dubai and Italy, typically we associate them with fine wine, foods, sights and great hotels. However, many hotels in both places are setting up spa retreats tailored to health. One such hotel is in Venice, Italy – The Abano Grand Hotel – which dishes out vein health treatments and remedies to holidaying customers. While many of the treatments may seem unusual, thousands of people bare all in the mud baths and spas for some tender love and vein care. Some of the treatments are not solely for vein health, many guests indulge in facials, microdermabrasions, and other types of approved aesthetic and health related facets.

The hot new healthy hotels also urge guests to get active by walking around town sight seeing, playing sports and taking outdoors day trips. This genre is putting a whole new face to holidays and family travel – now you can see sights and seek out healthier sources to do so. If you are looking to learn more about vein health and treatments go to for information and professionals.


October 27, 2008


The Vein Institute of Pittsburgh is beginning to use a new treatment for venous disease and varicose veins. The procedure is minimally invasive and is called VenaCure Laser Venous System. A small laser fiber is inserted into the vein where the laser then energizes the fiber and closes the vein. In doing so, the body then begins to transfer the blood flow into other healthy veins in order to let the treated vein heal properly.

Patients are lining up in droves with hopes of ridding their legs of unattractive and unsightly varicose veins. The institute has said the treatment is quick, nearly painless and effective. Another advantage of VenaCure mentioned is it’s beneficial for men and women busy working; they can come in during the work week and get the procedure done and go to work that day or the next without any problems. Doctors are hoping this treatment will become the field’s dominant form of laser vein removal.


October 28, 2008

Athletes and DVT

Some athletes who suffer from blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) may have their diagnosis delayed or missed because many do not consider the medical issue to be of primary concern. Though there are no studies examining the numbers of athletes troubled with DVT or varicose veins, those who do have it may be delaying visits and check-ups in fear of sitting out from competition or practice. Similarly, many athletes are young and fit men and women who rarely think blood clots affect the fruitful youth; however some cases of DVT do strike young and active people. Blood clots are not an issue just for the elderly.

Many symptoms of DVT and dangerous blood clots are similar to that of a muscle tear or cramp – Charlie horse. Which is why athletes tend to disregard the issue as anything serious. Whether you are a young athlete or an elderly individual it is vital to your leg and vein health to take caution and consider the chances of DVT and blood clots.


October 29, 2008

Vein Health getting Notoriety

The notion of vein and leg health is gaining significant notice. After all 40 million people suffer from some sort of venous disease, varicose veins, DVT or spider veins nationwide. Vascular Surgeons are hoping to inform people about symptoms, home treatments, procedures and problems associated with ropy, red, unpleasant vein health issues. One particular Doctor is paving the way for expanding and promulgating the importance of vein health knowledge. Dr. Paul Gagne will be presenting a program for treating vein ailments on November 13th.

His program will highlight the treatments available for vein disease and outline a number of conservative and more aggressive procedures. The presentation, doctors and attendees are hoping to expose the dangers of venous disease and make available preventive measures with hopes of stifling the disease.


October 30, 2008

All Natural

With the Holiday Season rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to outline some home remedy treatments for getting rid of pesky, ropy and unattractive varicose veins. You don’t want to be seen at your favorite hot spot or Thanksgiving fete with red unpleasant veins popping out of your legs.

There is a month before the season kicks into gear, so here are some simple things you can do at home to prep for partying:

Vitamin C: Get a healthy dose of Vitamin C daily. It is said it Vitamin C may help maintain blood vessel health, especially in the elderly.

Gingko Biloba: This extract may help in oxygenating your veins which promotes longevity by circulating blood thoroughly and smoothly. This may be a good option for decreasing chances of vascular damage.

Horse Chestnut Extract: Don’t be fooled by the outlandish name, 300mg three times of a day of this extract reduces leg volume and inflammation caused by venous disease.

It is important to note these helpful pointers are still in their preliminary stages of testing, however positive progress has been seen. So always consult your physician before taking on any home remedies.


Celery Juice – Who would have Thought!

If you’re looking to keep your veins healthy and blood pressure low, celery may be your savior. The super-food is filled with Vitamins A, B and C, as well as loads of potassium and good sodium. The vegetable is filled with sodium, however this is not table salt were talking about, the sodium rich veggie is essential for keep arteries and veins running smooth and limiting the chances of varicose veins.

Helping vein health is only one of the many perks of celery and celery juice. Fighting cancer, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and weight loss are just a few other benefits of the super-veggie. So some celery a day may keep the doctor away.


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