Do you have vein disease?

Don't miss the Livonia Vein Center booth, May 2-5 at the Novi Women's Expo

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Vein problems can include blood clots, phlebitis, and varicose and spider veins

As many as 50 percent of individuals over the age of 50 have some sort of vein health issue, says Dr. Lisa Pavone of the Livonia Vein Center. These issues include:

Dr. Pavone suggests individuals ask themselves the following questions to determine if they have a vein issue:

  • Are your legs tired, heavy, restless, swollen, sore or painful, especially at the end of the day?
  • Are symptoms worsened by prolonged sitting or standing?
  • Do your legs feel better when you’re walking or when legs are elevated?
  • Have you tried support stockings to alleviate the pain?
  • Do you find yourself using Motrin or other ibuprofen to relieve the pain?

 

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Varicose veins? Exercise can help

Don't miss the Livonia Vein Center booth at Schoolcraft College April 23d

man-swimmingFor patients with vein issues, “Immobility is your enemy,” says Dr. Emily Cummings of the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center. She recommends low-impact exercise for good vein health. Walking, swimming and biking are examples of low-impact activities that activate the calf muscle, which works like a pump to squeeze the veins and drive blood out of the leg. Dr. Cummings says runners often have fewer symptoms from their varicose veins, likely due to their calf muscle use.

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Do you have healthy legs?

Sitting or standing most of the day can cause vein problems

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Sitting at a desk for most of the day can cause vein issues

Do you spend much of your day sitting or standing? If so, you may have vein issues ranging from spider veins to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots, says Angela Haley, manager of the Michigan Livonia Vein Center. If your legs are in need of attention — either for cosmetic purposes or health-related issues — Haley advises you to see your doctor or a healthcare professional “for a comprehensive evaluation of the health of your legs.”

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Here’s to your vein health

March is DVT Awareness Month

Back of bare legsDr. Lisa Pavone is a strong supporter of vein disease awareness. “Venous health issues are prevalent,” she says, noting that as many as 50 percent of individuals over the age of 50 have some sort of vein health issue, which could include:

  • Deep or superficial vein thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Phlebitis
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Varicose and spider veins
  • Venous ulcers

What are the risks of untreated vein disease? If the valves inside your leg veins are damaged as a result of vein disease, the valves may not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward or flow in both directions, affecting leg health.

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