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5th Annual Western Mass Mom Prom

Hello Mom—Join us on October 26 at the Delaney House to kick up your heels for a great cause! We are proud to support the 5th Annual Western Mass Mom Prom to celebrate breast cancer survivors and support the fight to beat cancer. Tickets are $75 each and include a signature cocktail, gourmet dinner, dancing, a photo booth, raffles and an auction. This year’s theme is a Pink & Black Masquerade. Hope to see you there!

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9 Jobs that May Contribute to Varicose Veins

IS YOUR JOB WORSENING YOUR LEG PAIN?

We see patients from all walks of life who come to us seeking relief from and treatment for varicose veins and other vein conditions. There are several factors that increase the likelihood you will suffer from varicose veins, ranging from genetics to pregnancy to your level of physical activity. However, many people underestimate the role their job plays in developing unsightly and often painful varicose veins.

To explain why, you must understand that the movement of your blood through your body depends on more than just the mechanics of your heart pumping. Especially in the areas that are the furthest from your heart—your legs, ankles and feet—muscle movement helps keep the blood flowing up and back through your heart.

This means that if you have a job for which you spend most of your time stationary—either standing or sitting—your muscles are not helping to move the blood flow from your legs back up to your heart. The effects of gravity also come into play, increasing the likelihood that blood will pool in the veins in your lower extremities, leading to or worsening varicose veins.

JOBS AT INCREASED RISK FOR VARICOSE VEINS

The professions of the people we see the most in our practice for varicose veins include:

  1. Teachers and teacher’s aides
  2. Health care professionals
  3. Law enforcement personnel
  4. Correctional officers
  5. Factory workers
  6. Construction workers
  7. Hair stylists and aestheticians
  8. Office workers
  9. Retail employees

PREVENTION & TREATMENT

If you work in any of these or similar jobs, you can help reduce your risk of developing varicose veins by maintaining a healthy weight, ensuring you get regular, daily physical activity, wearing compression socks, and elevating your legs, especially in the evening if you’ve been on your feet or sitting all day.

If you develop varicose veins, we offer the latest treatments performed in our office under local anesthetic. Best of all, the vast majority of our patients return to their regular activities, including their jobs, soon after treatment, so downtime and missed work are kept to a minimum. 

Contact us today to schedule your appointment for an evaluation and treatment options.

Empty Nest, Fuller Living

DON’T LET VEIN CONDITIONS HOLD YOU BACK

If you recently dropped your youngest off at college or helped furnish their first apartment, you’ve joined an honorable, if bittersweet, club: You are now an empty nester. While we miss our children when they leave the nest and become independent, or relatively independent, adults, it also gives us more time to pursue our own interests and activities.

Perhaps you want to improve your health by increasing your physical activity, maybe taking a dance class or spending time outdoors hiking or biking. But if you suffer from achy, tired legs due to varicose veins, all of this might seem easier said than done. Likewise, if you have unsightly spider veins, you may be reluctant to bare your legs, knees and ankles any more than necessary. Luckily, we can help, and with little to no downtime.

VARICOSE & SPIDER VEINS

Varicose veins are generally a result of venous insufficiency. This happens when veins cannot efficiently circulate blood back to the heart, forcing the blood to pool in the lower veins of the legs, ankles and feet.

Spider veins are smaller, more superficial veins on the surface of the skin. While they are often just a cosmetic concern, they may also be an indication of underlying venous insufficiency and should be evaluated before treatment.

While there can be several reasons an individual develops venous insufficiency, varicose veins are most common in older adults, with women at higher risk of occurrence if they’ve been pregnant. Heredity and obesity also play a major role and, due to simple gravity, prolonged periods of sitting or standing are sure to make the condition worse.

EFFECTIVE TREATMENT

We offer the latest, most effective treatments for varicose and spider veins in the comfort of our office. We’ll customize a treatment plan to your specific condition. Procedures are performed under local anesthetic, and there is virtually no recovery period, which means you can get back to doing what you love without delay.

Don’t put off those dance lessons, tennis matches or hiking dates any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Varicose Vein Leg Pain Intensifies in Summer

WHY, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

While the George Gershwin song may say, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” most of our patients who have varicose veins express a different sentiment, noting that their leg pain increases during the hot summer months.

There are a couple different reasons for this. One is that the increased temperatures result in increased vasodilation, which means that the veins expand and hold more blood, intensifying pain and pressure.

Secondly, many patients are more active in the summer months, and when you spend more time on your feet, gravitational pull works against you, making it harder for blood to move up and out of your legs.

TEMPORARY RELIEF

To provide short-term relief, we advise patients to find regular respite in a cool, air-conditioned location, and to elevate legs to help the blood circulate out of their legs.

For those who must be on their feet or sitting for long periods, we may recommend a combination of the following:

  • Leg exercises, as muscle movement helps to circulate the blood
  • Compression stockings to help keep the blood from pooling in legs, ankles and feet
  • Anti-inflammatory pain medications, such as ibuprofen
  • Weight loss to reduce the restriction on the venous blood flow from the legs
  • Dietary changes, such as reduced sodium intake
  • Not sitting for long periods, or crossing legs while sitting

LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS

We offer a variety of treatment options for varicose veins that can eliminate the pain and swelling, and help you get back to the activities you love.

Depending on the severity of your condition, the veins involved and their location, treatment may include laser ablation, phlebectomy, foam sclerotherapy, or a combination of these options. We’ll explain what will work best for your specific condition, so you know exactly what to expect.

Our highly experienced team has safely performed thousands of these treatments in our office using local anesthetic to reduce discomfort. You’ll be able to return to work and resume most of your regular activities immediately following treatment.

Don’t suffer through another summer with leg pain. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for an evaluation and treatment options.

March is DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Awareness Month

Important information about prevalence, risks and treatment

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month, also known as Blood Clot Awareness Month. Dr. K. Francis Lee, medical director at Advanced Vein Care Center, one of the premier treatment centers in New England for venous diseases, discussed the importance of deep vein blood clots, noting that increased awareness is needed for the public.

“Deep vein thrombosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can happen suddenly, and it is much more common than people are aware,” said Dr. Lee. “Its incidence is not exactly known, but it is estimated to affect nearly 1 million people in the U.S. every year. Most commonly, the blood clot occurs in the leg and then may travel to the lungs and be fatal.”

In the U.S., up to 100,000 people each year die of DVT and/or blood clots to the lungs. “In other words,” said Dr. Lee, “every six minutes, someone may die of these conditions.”

Nearly half of the people who develop lower leg DVT further develop a long-term, disabling condition called post-thrombotic syndrome in which they may suffer from swollen, discolored, uncomfortable and thickened lower legs, sometimes with painful, open wounds. One in three people who develops DVT will have recurrence within the following 10 years. Studies show that people with DVT have an 80 percent higher risk of work-related disability than those without DVT.

“Anyone who has sudden pain and/or swelling in the leg must contact their primary care provider or go to the emergency department,” said Dr. Lee. “There are many medical conditions that can cause leg pain and swelling, but a potentially life-threatening blood clot or DVT must be ruled out with an ultrasound examination.”

DVT Treatment

Dr. Lee explained that not all blood clots are the same, and their degrees of danger vary based on their location and the extent of their involvement and size.

“Those diagnosed with DVT must receive care from a qualified health care provider, including anticoagulation therapy to help thin the blood,” said Dr. Lee. “If the blood clot is serious, they must be evaluated for possibly dissolving or removing the clot emergently.”

Dr. Lee noted that treatment for DVT has evolved significantly in the past decade. “For serious DVT, we no longer just treat with anticoagulation therapy and a ‘wait-and-see’ approach,” he said. “The best time to treat DVT is as soon as it is diagnosed, fully and thoroughly, depending on the nature of the clot. The less clot that remains inside the deep veins after the treatment course, the better the clinical outcome, and the less the chance of long-term risk of disability or death.” 

Provoked and Unprovoked DVT

Sometimes, DVT is “provoked,” which means caused by major physical and physiologic disturbances in the body. For example, Dr. Lee said that blood clots are anticipated to occur in greater frequency after major surgery, traumas involving bone fracture or muscle injury, administration of estrogen (birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy or even pregnancy), or slow blood flow through the veins caused by immobilization (bed confinement, hospitalization, spinal cord paralysis, or prolonged fixed or sitting position such as when driving or flying for long periods).

“When faced with these conditions, patients should discuss appropriate preventative measures with their health care providers,” said Dr. Lee.

DVT can also occur without such conditions, thus considered “unprovoked.” In those cases, Dr. Lee said, “We must consider the possibility of underlying medical conditions previously unknown to the patient.”

One possible, but rare, cause of unprovoked DVT is cancer, including cancer that has not yet been diagnosed. DVT may be the first sign of the disease. Far more common though is a group of conditions known as thrombophilia or hypercoagulability: an increased liklihood to form blood clots, either due to genetic inheritance or an imbalance in the body’s blood clotting system.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that between 5 to 8 percent of the U.S. population has one of several genetically inherited thrombophilia. “That’s one person out of every 12 to 20 people,” stated Dr. Lee. “That’s a lot of people who are walking around with a higher risk of blood clots and potential risk to their life than they may realize.”

He continued, “I’ve had patients who had lost a parent or siblings at a very young age, like in their 30s or 40s, after a massive heart attack, stroke or blood clot that traveled to their lungs. When we perform blood tests, we find they have a genetic mutation. It is likely that their relative had the same mutation, and had they known about their risk for DVT, might not have died so young.”

To be sure, there will always be unpreventable cases of DVT. Dr. Lee stressed that while the understanding of and treatment for DVT has come a long way, there is still a long way to go. “We know that thrombophilia is a common occurrence. Now we know how to better recognize and reduce the risk of DVT, but that alone is not enough. Greater awareness and understanding is required on the part of the public so they can take steps to prevent its occurrence.”

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