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July 25, 2017

// Spider Veins

Can Varicose Veins Be Diminished With Diet?

When discussing ways to diminish the appearance of varicose veins, it’s important to remember what the functions of veins are. As HealWithFood.org explains, “veins transport blood from the rest of the body to the heart, and they contain one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing back to the rest of the body. Varicose veins develop when the valves weaken in the veins, allowing blood to pool in the veins instead of being pumped back to the heart.”

While it is true that genetics can play a factor in whether or not a person develops varicose veins in his/her legs, there are various other factors at play as well. Increased pressure on the leg veins can force them to swell and become a lot more visible. Naturally, one’s weight can contribute to the amount of pressure on the legs. So, it stands to reason that diet can play a big role in whether or not varicose veins appear.

The healthier your food, the better your legs will look.

As far as VariStop.com is concerned, the better the food you eat, the most beautiful your legs will look. The site insists that improving your diet will go a long way in reducing the pressure placed on your legs and therefore, will help to diminish the appearance of unsightly varicose veins. At the top of the site’s list of recommended foods are those that are high in fibre. The “trick”, says the website is to avoid the three “white poisons”: white flour, white rice and sugar.

“Simply replace white flour with whole wheat flour,” recommends VariStop.com, “Replace white bread with 100% whole wheat bread. Do the same thing with pasta. White rice can be replaced with brown rice and wild rice. People who switch to brown rice instead of white see many health improvements, including lower blood pressure and lower risk of diabetes…The last poison is sugar. Instead of eating a sugary snack, eat a fruit.”

Fruits and veggies are the key.

You’re not likely to be surprised by the fact that fruits and vegetables are highly recommended food sources for those trying to eliminate the appearance of varicose veins in their legs. Branching off of that last point about sugar, blueberries are widely praised for their combination of natural sweetness and high nutritional content. Substituting white sugar for blueberries, when possible, is a wise choice.

“Blueberries are one of the greatest health foods of all time, and they’re a boon to anyone prone to varicose veins,” says HealWithFood.org, “Due to their high concentration of anthocyanins (flavonoid pigments), blueberries contribute to the health of the collagen matrix by neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue and by scavenging free radicals. They also repair damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls and promote the overall health of the vascular system.”

When all else fails, it’s sclerotherapy to the rescue!

Making changes to your diet is a very important step in your fight against varicose veins. However, it you find that it’s not doing enough to diminish the appearance of those unsightly veins, you may want to consider sclerotherapy – the “gold standard” treatment for eliminating varicose and spider veins.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

June 27, 2017

// Spider Veins

How To Enjoy Summer In Spite Of Your Varicose Veins

Well, it’s official. Summer is here! And that also means that Canada Day is fast approaching. Of course, this year, our nation will celebrate its 150th anniversary. And although all Canada Day celebrations are special, the entire staff at Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre would like to extend our extra special wishes for you to enjoy the monumental holiday weekend that is coming up!

We’d also like to let you know that summertime isn’t a time of year that should be feared. Individuals who suffer with varicose veins and spider veins in their legs – we’re especially talking to you. We know how difficult it can be for you to feel comfortable exposing your legs during the warmest days of the year. We also know how difficult it can be to not expose them on the warmest days of the year.

What’s your best option? Show your legs in spite of the embarrassment you feel about how they look? Or cover up your legs and endure the unpleasantness that comes with combining high temperatures and layered clothing? It’s really a lose-lose situation, isn’t it? That is, unless you adopt some methods of keeping your varicose veins at bay. There are a number of things you can do to help lessen and eventually diminish the appearance of your varicose and spider veins.

Shake salt out of your diet.

Salt is bad news. It works to dehydrate your body and promote water retention, as a result. Attempt to avoid salty foods throughout the summer and replace your cravings with foods that are part of an anti-inflammatory diet. On TheAlternativeDaily.com, Jane Meggit offers up some sound advice about how what to eat in order to reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

“An anti-inflammatory diet helps increase blood flow and reduces inflammation that causes leaky veins,” she informs, “Eat lots of salad greens and fresh herbs such as basil and parsley, which are natural diuretics. Blood pooling also can result from magnesium deficiency, so you’ll want to make bananas, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, avocados and other magnesium-rich foods part of your daily diet.”

Maintain an active lifestyle.

We know that summertime is a time when people love to enjoy rest and relaxation. This is especially true when they visit beaches or pools. However, instead of lying on the beach or poolside in order to soak up the rays (never a good idea, to begin with), how about jumping in the water and swimming? Not only is it a fun summer pastime, but the exercise will work wonders in boosting circulation in your legs – a key way to reduce the appearance of varicose veins.

“Regular, low-impact exercise like swimming and walking will work your calf muscles, which can improve circulation in your legs,” reports VeinDirectory.org, “If you sit a lot at work or home, you can help relieve pressure in your varicose veins by keeping your legs uncrossed and periodically rotating your ankles, then flexing and pointing your feet 10-15 times. Doing this at regular intervals throughout the day can reduce pressure in the legs and improve circulation.”

Give sclerotherapy a try.

If eating right and working out aren’t doing enough to help you enjoy a varicose vein-free summer, you may want to try sclerotherapy – the “gold standard” treatment for eliminating varicose and spider veins. Known for its safety and effectiveness, the treatment involves the injecting of medication into unwanted veins to make them disappear. Discomfort is minimal and results are excellent!

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

May 24, 2017

// Spider Veins

How Will The Summer Impact My Varicose Veins?

For individuals who experience the displeasure of having the appearance of varicose veins in their legs, the summer can be a harrowing season. With the warmer weather comes the need to wear shorts, skirts and other skin-revealing clothing in an effort to beat the heat. Sufferers, however, often prefer to keep their legs covered up even on the hottest of days. But keeping varicose veins out of sight is only part of the summertime problem.

How does heat impact varicose veins?

Although there are generally no symptoms associated with varicose veins, they can be affected by changes in the weather. As Dustin Taylor of The Center for Venous Disease explains, issues such as temperature, humidity and air pressure impact the human body in a number of ways. People with varicose veins are no exception.

“When the weather is warm, people with this condition may notice that their legs feel heavy or full,” he writes, “In addition, there may be swelling, especially at the ankles, as well as some cramping. If people already have these symptoms, they may notice that the symptoms become worse when the weather is warm.”

How does the heat cause swelling?

Taylor explains that warm weather tends to dilate veins that are close to the skin. This causes “chronic venous insufficiency” which can worsen the appearance of veins and exacerbate their symptoms. He also notes that heat causes people to sweat, resulting in a loss of salt from the body. This can disrupt the body’s fluid balance making it difficult for veins to pull fluid from tissues.

“Because veins are the most important way that fluid in cells is recycled to the heart, this leads to fluid build-up in the legs and ankles,” Taylor informs us, “This fluid accumulation around varicose veins can make symptoms worse.”

How bad can the symptoms of varicose veins get in the summer?

It’s important to remember that varicose veins appear because of a blockage that causes blood to pool. The swelling that occurs can create feelings of soreness and tightness. Of course, the more swelling that occurs, the worse these symptoms can get. Helen Cosgrove of U.K.-based health brand, A. Vogel explains how warm weather worsens the symptoms.

“Aching legs can occur because the veins are working harder and harder to efficiently pump blood against gravity and back to the heart – a tough job for already-damaged veins,” she describes, “This, along with the build-up of toxins that result from pooling blood, causes legs to ache. When the body warms up and extra blood is sent to these surface veins, inevitably they have to work even harder, which can exacerbate the aching feeling in your legs.”

What is the best way to manage varicose veins in the summer?

Firstly, it’s wise to avoid excessive heat to the legs. Finding ways to keep cool – as you normally would during the summer – will help to keep the symptoms of varicose veins at bay. Keep active – don’t sit around for long periods of time so that you can promote blood circulation. And be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer sclerotherapy as our safe and effective method of eliminating varicose veins. Known as the “gold standard” treatment in varicose and spider vein removal, sclerotherapy uses a sclerosing solution that closes the feeder veins that cause varicose and spider veins to form.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

March 28, 2017

// Spider Veins

Is It Possible For Men To Develop Varicose Veins In Their Legs Too?

Allow us to answer the question posed by the title of this week’s blog this way: absolutely! Far too often, both varicose and spider veins are associated with elderly women. And while it is true that these commonly-referred-to-as “unsightly” veins are more common in women than men, it is certainly possible for men to develop them in their legs as well. It’s important to remember that the appearance of such veins is caused by pressure in the legs – regardless of gender or age.

Why are varicose veins more common in women?

It’s important to consider some of the factors that lead to pressure in the legs. As vascular surgeon, Dr. Honesto Poblete explains on Mercerspace.com, some of the most common causes of varicose veins in women are pregnancy, menopause and hormone therapy. The pressure caused by such circumstances produces swelling in the veins, which indicates the presence of venous disease.

What are some of the causes of varicose veins in men?

Just like women, men can develop varicose and spider veins due to activities that put extra pressure on the legs. As Dr. Poblete lists, those activities include standing for long periods of time, frequent traveling, spending long hours either driving or flying and leg trauma caused by a sports-related injury.

How common are varicose veins in men?

Sara Cann of Men’s Health reveals that British research found that as many as 56 percent of men suffer from varicose veins. “The problem involves the veins in the lower extremities,” she explains, “When you are in an erect position, your blood pools in these veins, expanding the vein walls which over time stop returning to their previous, more taut condition.”

What can be done to ward off the appearance of varicose veins?

Let’s put it this way: the more action you give your legs, the better! Keeping active will help to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the legs and eliminate the pooling of blood. Regular exercise, therefore, is highly recommended as it promotes circulation and adequate blood flow from the legs to the heart. Even if you can’t find time to exercise regularly, it’s advisable that you keep moving somehow.

“Blood naturally collects in your legs when you’re not moving, so sitting for long periods of time can lead to venous disease,” informs Dr. Poblete, “Try to take walks throughout the day, or even take just a few minutes to move your legs around if you’re at a desk all day.”

Compression hose or stockings are also helpful in warding off varicose veins. “Compression leggings’ tension pushes the blood up from the ankle (the greatest pressure point), and redistributes it more evenly up the leg,” explains Cann, “If you don’t need prescription-grade strength, aim for hose with 10 to 30 millimeters of mercury (measurement of pressure).”

As well, you’ll certainly want to watch what you eat. Avoid foods that are high in sodium as they lead to fluid retention. Such foods include smoked, cured, salted or canned meat; fish or poultry including bacon, ham, cold cuts, sausage, frankfurters, sardines, caviar and anchovies; salted nuts; canned ravioli, spam, chilli and beans with added salt as well as frozen dinners.

What is the best treatment for varicose veins?

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer sclerotherapy which is considered the “gold standard” in the removal of varicose veins. Safe and effective, this treatment offers excellent results and minimal discomfort. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

January 24, 2017

// Spider Veins

Uncovering Some Popular Misconceptions About Varicose Veins

Even though the end of January is drawing near, Canadians are well aware that winter is far from over. And, for many Canadians, that’s a good thing. They may not necessarily be fans of the cold, but the opportunity to keep their legs covered helps to alleviate the stress that comes with exposing their varicose veins to the world. For the majority of people who have varicose veins, the view that the veins are “unsightly” is quite popular.

And while the lack of beauty associated with varicose veins is a matter of opinion, there are some facts about them that not everyone knows. As a result, there are some misconceptions about varicose veins that are important to uncover. The fact that they are only a cosmetic issue is one of them. On EverydayHealth.com, Anne Harding explains that, in some cases, the veins cause aches, cramping and swelling of the legs.

“Other symptoms include severe dryness and itchiness of the skin near varicose veins,” she notes, “People with varicose veins are also at an increased risk for a dangerous type of blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis.” Harding also cites Dr. Pablo Sung Yup Kim of Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City who notes that less common symptoms such as bleeding, skin discolouration, skin thickening and even ulcer formation is found in less than 10 percent of patients.

Dr. Kathleen Gibson is a vascular surgeon and vein specialist at Lake Washington Vascular in Bellevue, Washington. She affirms that varicose veins don’t just pose cosmetic problems. In a special to The Huffington Post, Beth Levine reveals Dr. Gibson’s assertion that the veins can cause throbbing, aching and itching in the legs. She also notes that advanced cases can cause dermatitis, thickened skin and swelling, especially if the person does a lot of standing or sitting. Dr. Gibson does, however, dispel the myth that sitting with your legs crossed can cause varicose veins to form.

So what does cause varicose veins? “What do cause varicose veins are heredity, and pregnancy, especially repeated pregnancies,” reports Dr. Gibson, “In patients that already have varicose veins, obesity or weight gain can make them worse. Although they are more prevalent in people who are older and female, they can also occur in males and younger people.”

This is another misconception that Dr. Gibson uncovers. Varicose veins are not women-only issues. “While varicose veins are more common in women, men get them, too,” she reiterates, “About one-quarter of adult women have some visible varicose veins, compared to 10 to 15 percent of men.”

What is the best way to treat varicose veins? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we proudly offer sclerotherapy which is considered the “gold standard” in the treatment of varicose veins. It is generally preferred over laser treatments because unlike lasers, the injected sclerosing solution also closes the “feeder veins” under the skin that cause the veins to form. This makes a recurrence of varicose veins a lot less likely.

For more information about sclerotherapy and how we can help you to diminish your varicose veins, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.