May 2011 Newsletter

Women's Vein Health

During the month of May, we honor the special women in our lives and thank them for the love and support they show others throughout the year. Knowing how important you are to others is a wonderful feeling, and it should reinforce the desire to take care of yourself so you can be there for the important moments. One way to do that is to get serious about your varicose veins, which studies indicate about 40% of women in the United States suffer from. The throbbing sensation, surface level discoloration and general achiness in your legs are all indications that a more serious problem may lie below the skin. While varicose veins may not be dangerous on their own, they can be a warning sign for more serious vein disease. Take the time to explore the symptoms associated with varicose veins and vein disease, and then treat yourself to a visit with a local vein specialist.

What Types of Doctors Will I Encounter?

There are several types of doctors that can assess and treat your varicose veins. The doctor you choose should, in part, be decided by your comfort level. Below is a list of specialists you may encounter during your assessment and treatments.
• Phlebologist - vein specialist
• Vascular medicine doctor - focuses on the blood system
• Vascular surgeon - performs surgery and other procedures
• Interventional radiologist - specializes in using imaging tools to see inside the body and do treatments with little or no cutting
• Cardiologist - treats problems of the cardiovascular system, including the heart, arteries and veins
Locate a qualified vein specialist to assess and treat your varicose veins.

What Can I Expect During A Vein Exam?

The most accurate way to diagnose varicose veins and vein disease is through a physical examination. During your examination, the doctor should present a list of questions to help determine the extent of your symptoms and level of pain. Once you have discussed the various issues, they should conduct a physical examination by having you perform simple movements, such as standing, walking and sitting so they can view your legs in action. The doctor may perform an ultrasound or venogram for a closer look into the blood flow of your veins. They may also request further testing to exclude other disorders. Prior to your visit, you should note any and all symptoms you have experienced so you don’t forget any important information. The exam should be fairly simple and will go a long way in caring for your health!
View a list of questions you should ask your doctor to help you learn if the VenaCure EVLT procedure is right for you.