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Dr. Blitstein
One advantage the Vein Treatment Center at Heart Care Consultants has over other vein treatment clinics is the ability to provide comprehensive, all-in-inclusive cardiac care should vein problems turn out to be more than “aesthetic” in nature.

Although most varicose and spider vein problems, for example, are not life-threatening and can easily be treated, there are times when they mask underlying complicated diseases or can lead to such. Some examples include thrombosis (blood clotting), phlebitis, skin ulcers, and spontaneous bleeding.

More serious heart-related conditions may also be involved or may develop. Some of the treatments and diagnostic procedures the Heart Care Consultants are uniquely qualified to provide (in addition to less-invasive aesthetic vascular care) include:

  • Heart catheterization
  • Coronary stents & angioplasty
  • Pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Vascular ultrasound
  • Echocardiography

Reticular, Varicose or Spider Vein Concerns?

Considering that disfiguring vein problems affect 1 in 2 people over 50 and the fact that more women (whose legs may be more visible than men’s) are hampered by the problem than men, it’s no wonder that many people are eagerly seeking medical care for these very common problems.

Occurring mostly in the legs, these bulging, purple veins can appear in different parts of the body. The legs and ankles are most affected because blood is furthest from the heart at these points, meaning that they have far to travel back to the heart.

The valves in these extremities, furthermore, have a tendency to become weakened as people age, sometimes leading to venous insufficiency or reflux.

Age, however, is not the only cause of bulging, disfiguring veins. Other causes include:

  1. Excessive standing/sitting
  2. Insufficient exercise
  3. Cross-legged sitting
  4. Wearing excessively-tight outfits
  5. Poor diets (e.g., excessive salt, fat, etc.)
  6. Genetic inclinations
  7. Pregnancy
  8. Hormonal imbalances
  9. Obesity
  10. Trauma

 

Treatment Options Available

The good news is that there are several safe, relatively-painless and effective treatments for reticular, varicose and spider veins. These include:

  • Sclerotherapy:

One of the most popular treatment options, Sclerotherapy involves using FDA-approved chemicals that help dry up/seal dysfunctional veins. The body naturally diverts blood to other healthier veins. Although more than one treatment may be needed, the veins disappear from sight.

  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA):

This involves introducing a laser fiber which helps to deactivate and close off the offending vein(s). This procedure is quick and uncomplicated.

  • Ultrasound-Guided Chemical Ablation:

A strong chemical is injected into the bad vein using ultrasound guidance. Used mostly for deep-lying veins not amenable for lasers, this procedure effectively closes off bad veins.

  • Ambulatory Microphlebectomy:

Tiny incisions are made on the skin through which small sections of bad veins are withdrawn using tiny hooks.

 

What the Best Vein Treatment Centers Provide

Patients with vein problems don’t need to settle for minimum vascular/aesthetic care. The Vein Center at Heart Care Consultants provides:

  • Board-certified, highly-experienced/trained experts in vascular surgery, cardiac care, aesthetic medicine and phlebology
  • Prompt, courteous and informative service (including comprehensive vascular evaluations)
  • The latest medical techniques and most-up-to-date equipment & tools
  • On-site competent care for problems involving more than simple aesthetic vascular concerns/problems