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    Tips for Preventing Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Varicose veins can unfortunately lead to a wide variety of unpleasant symptoms, from aching and heaviness of the legs to itching and burning over the affected vein. The development of varicose veins is a common part of pregnancy for many women, especially those with genetic predispositions. Varicosities during pregnancy are typically due to the increased pressure that the growing uterus applies to the inferior vena cava, or the vein that returns blood from the legs to the heart. This applied pressure in turn increases the pressure on the leg veins, which already must work hard against the forces of gravity to return blood back up the legs. The increase in progesterone and blood volume during pregnancy can also contribute to the development or exacerbation of varicosities.

    For women whose mothers or grandmothers developed varicose veins during their pregnancies, there is an increased likelihood that they, too, will develop them. Fortunately there are ways to reduce your likelihood of experiencing varicose veins that will also help to alleviate the symptoms if they have already developed. Consider the following tips to help prevent the development of varicose veins during pregnancy.

    • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time. Move around as much as possible—when taking breaks, avoid crossing your legs while sitting.
    • Try to fit low-impact physical activity into your daily routine. Developing the muscles in your legs and moving around often will facilitate venous return (blood returning to the heart).
    • Elevate your feet frequently. This will help blood return to the heart.
    • Sleep on your left side. This will help to reduce the pressure applied to the inferior vena cava, which is located on the right side of the body.

    Varicose veins that develop during pregnancy will often improve after delivery, but they can persist. If you are looking for expert treatment for varicose or spider veins, contact the helpful staff of Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan by calling (212) 204-6501.


    4 Reasons to Treat Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Now, Not Later

    Last updated 6 years ago

    According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some kind of venous disorder. Many factors can affect the development of vein conditions, from hormonal changes to sun exposure. If you are one of the many people burdened with varicose or spider veins, you may be wondering why, or how, you should get them treated. Consider the following reasons to have them treated sooner rather, than later:

    1. Avoid unpleasant symptoms. In some cases, spider and varicose veins can occur with only mild symptoms. As the condition worsens, however, those suffering from these vein conditions can experience pain or burning over the affected area. In more advanced cases of varicose veins, the condition can lead to severe pain, cramping, swelling, and ulceration.
    2. Improve your self-image. Many patients who have developed varicosities or spider veins feel as if they have an unpleasant and unsightly appearance. Fortunately, new cutting-edge treatments can improve the appearance of these veins with little pain and a short recovery time.
    3. Prevent serious health concerns. Varicose veins, if left untreated, can lead to a variety of serious health problems. Over time, sores known as ulcers can develop over the affected vein and may not heal until the condition has been resolved. Varicosities can also lead to a condition known as deep vein thrombosis, in which a blood clot forms in a deeper vein in the leg. If the clot travels to the lungs, this condition can be fatal.
    4. Improve venous return. A varicose vein is an insufficient vein. When blood pools in a varicose vein, it is not returning to the heart effectively. Getting treatment for the condition will prevent the swelling and redness that is often caused by poor blood flow and will allow the blood to find healthier venous channels back to the heart.

    Do not wait to get your varicose or spider veins treated. Look to the experts of Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan for the resolution of your venous disorders—our physicians are board certified and experienced in vein care. Schedule your consultation with us today by calling (212) 204-6501.

    Varicose Vein Removal | The VNUS Closure Procedure

    Last updated 6 years ago

    The VNUS Closure Procedure is a perfect option for the patient who needs a quick and effective treatment and suffers from mild varicose veins. Performed as an outpatient service, The Closure Procedure uses ultrasound and radio frequency energy to enter into vein walls and heats the collage within, until the vein disappears completely. Since this procedure is minimally invasive and performed as an outpatient service, recovery time is rapid and the majority of patients resume their daily activities within the same day. Another benefit of this service is that there is little to no scarring or bruising, leaving you with beautiful and natural legs and feet, instantly. Patients who undergo The VNUS Closure Procedure will receive local or general anesthesia here at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan.

    Watch the informative video below to learn more about Venous Reflux Disease and The VNUS Closure Procedure. This video provides a detailed explanation of what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment.

    If left untreated, your varicose veins may worsen over time, causing more intense pain and more visible veins on your legs and feet. Be proactive in treating your veins and contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan at your earliest convenience.

    Our doctor, Ronald Lev, is certified by the American Board of Phlebology and will meet with you personally to develop an individualized varicose vein removal treatment plan specifically for you. Contact us today by calling (212) 204-6501 or by visiting our website.

    The Three Stooges in Out West

    Last updated 6 years ago

    One thing that we know about varicose veins and spider veins is that they do not discriminate. Whether you are male or female, tall or short, varicose and spider veins can appear on any persons legs and feet. While some people are more prone to developing unsightly veins, such as overweight individuals who have a heavy amount of weight bearing down on their joints, there is no one person who is completely immune to developing a vein or two on their legs and feet at some point in their life.

    A prime example of this can be seen with The Three Stooges in Out West, a 1947 film released by Columbia Pictures. One of the main characters, Shemp, notices a rather large vein on his leg and thinks that he may have to amputate his entire leg if he does not get the vein removed immediately. Funny enough, Shemp’s doctor recommends that he head to the ‘old west’ for a couple weeks and that this will cure him of the “the biggest vein you ever saw.” In the film, Moe, Larry, and Shemp travel out West and in keeping with tradition, this trio finds the perfect ways to make us laugh at even the most non-humorous parts of life! Watch the YouTube clip below to see an 8-minute segment of the video, including a scene with the doctor Shemp meets out west who scares him silly by saying that he might use dynamite to get rid of the vein. Thankfully, varicose veins are much easier to treat nowadays!

    If you suffer from varicose veins, spider veins or leg ulcers and live in or around the 5 boroughs, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan by visiting our website or calling (212) 204-6501. Dr. Lev is certified by the American Board of Phlebology to treat patients by using the most effective and current procedures and treatments available. During a consultation at our office, our vein doctor will conduct an assessment of your veins and develop a personalized treatment plan just for you. We look forward to helping you restore your feet and legs to their natural and beautiful vein-free state.

    Varicose and Spider Veins

    Last updated 6 years ago

    In our latest blogs, we’ve discussed VenaCure EVLT and the connection between heart conditions and venous disease. You can learn more about these topics by exploring the links below. 

    To schedule a treatment evaluation for your varicose or spider veins, call Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan today at (212) 204-6501.

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