How To Treat Varicose Veins

There are a number of causes and treatment options for varicose veins. Dr. Scott Baker of the Vein Clinic of North Carolina offers a minimally invasive treatment for people suffering from superficial venous reflux, the condition that causes pain, swelling and unsightliness of varicose veins. Superficial venous reflux develops when the valves that usually keep…

Arteries vs. Veins

Though veins and arteries are similar, they have different functions and different structures to better accommodate those functions. Veins and arteries work together to transport blood throughout the body. Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Once the oxygen is deposited, veins carry the deoxygenated blood back to the…

Who shouldn’t wear compression stockings?

While many people do benefit from compression stockings, there are some people who should not wear them. Individuals who should not wear compression stockings may include those who have been diagnosed with ischemia (advanced arterial disease), untreated septic phlebitis, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, and phlegmasia coerulea dolens. People may also be discouraged from using compression…

Spider Veins

Spider Veins, also known as telangiectasias or vascular extasias, are small, widened blood vessels that can develop anywhere in the body but are most often seen on the skin. These small red, purple and blue “threadlike” veins are found on the surface of facial skin and on legs. Spider veins vary in size and often…

Spider Veins

The causes of spider veins or Telangiectasias is often under speculation. There are actually many factors that can result in spider veins, not just in your legs but various other parts of the body. The legs, however, are the more prominent area for accumulation because of the push against gravity for blood flow back up…

Are there different types of compression stockings?

Hospital patients who are recovering from surgery and are not yet mobile may use anti-embolism stockings, also known as TED stockings, to assist with recovery. These stockings have the same level of compression throughout the entire garment. Most people with varicose veins will benefit more from graduated compression stockings. These stockings are designed to accommodate…

Venous Reflux

Blood flow in healthy leg veins allow blood to flow against gravity back to the heart. The tiny valves in the veins open and close to help control blood flow and pressure. Venous stresses such as pregnancy or standing for long periods of time can weaken and stretch the veins in the leg. The weakening…

Visible Veins

Veins that are visible through the skin don’t always mean they are varicose or spider veins. There are many factors that can cause veins to be more prominent, such as in individuals with fair skin, since veins tend to show more easily through lighter skin. Other contributing factors that can cause veins to show through…

Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged, usually rising above the skin, and are blue, red, or flesh-colored. Normal veins have valves that prevent the blood they carry from flowing backwards, away from the heart. Varicose veins are the result of valves that are no longer functioning as they should, causing blood to pool in the area. Like…

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings come in different styles, sizes, compression levels and materials. A trained medical professional can help recommend the type of compression stockings best suited for your condition. Some of characteristics of compression stockings include: Sizing – Although the sizing system used for compression stockings varies slightly based on the length of the stockings, most…