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October 2011 Newsletter

Focusing On Your Total Health

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is an emotional and inspiring time for women. Many of us have personal connections to amazing women who are Breast Cancer survivors and other women who are courageously battling the disease. Why not make October your "total health awareness" month? Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss all of your health care issues. Find a doctor here to learn more about vein disease and varicose veins. Once you schedule an appointment, spend some time documenting anything of concern. Take our self-assessment quiz to see if your a candidate for varicose vein treatment.  Then, take it one step further and plan out your annual health goals. Set target health goals that you aspire to complete in the next three, six, nine and twelve months. Focus on yourself and your health!

Why Do Women Get Varicose Veins More Often Than Men?

We all know that varicose veins (enlarged veins that often look like twisted and bulging cords typically caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins) can be unsightly and painful. They can affect both women and men, but they tend to affect a great number of women. Why? There are many factors that increase a person's chances of developing varicose or spider veins, such as age, medical and family history, obesity and sun exposure to name a few. In addition to those general factors, there are two female specific factors that can play a role:

  • Hormonal Changes: These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medications containing estrogen and progesterone also may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, there is an increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. More varicose and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.

Learn more about varicose veins, causes and symptoms. Then take the next step and set up an appointment with a vein specialist to discuss what treatment options are right for you.

Don't Forget To Use Your FSA's

There are just two months left to use your FSA accounts. Many people forget that they have money in their accounts and that they will lose if they don’t use it.  Don’t let that happen to you. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider now to make sure you are seen before the end of the year.

Not sure who to talk to about your varicose veins? Find a vein clinic in your area.