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Shorter People May Duck Risk of Varicose Veins

Posted 24 Sep 2018 by

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 – How tall you are might play a part in whether you are unlucky enough to develop varicose veins, a new study suggests. Every additional 4 inches in height increases your risk of varicose veins by about 25 percent, said researcher Dr. Erik Ingelsson, a professor of cardiovascular medicine with Stanford University School of Medicine. "We have pretty robust evidence that ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins

Posted 21 Sep 2018 by

-- Varicose veins and spider veins typically occur in the legs and can cause significant pain, swelling and an itchy rash, the Office on Women's Health says. Varicose veins are often caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. Spider veins are typically caused by the backup of blood. They can also be triggered by hormonal changes, exposure to the sun and injury. The agency suggests how to ...

Varicose Veins Tied to Higher Odds for Blood Clots

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Those tangled blue varicose veins that can pop up on your legs as you age may be more than unsightly: New research suggests they might quintuple your risk of dangerous blood clots. Known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT), these clots in the legs can be life-threatening if they travel to the lungs or heart, Taiwanese researchers said. "Varicose veins are not merely a ...

Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

-- Varicose veins are unsightly, swollen vessels that typically affect the legs. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs: Blue or dark-purple veins. Veins that twist and bulge, resembling electric cords beneath the skin. Pain or a heavy sensation. Veins that itch or bleed. Swelling, cramped muscles, throbbing or burning in the affected area. Pain that worsens when you stand or sit for an ...

Health Tip: Ease Varicose Veins

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by

-- Varicose veins are swollen, bulging blood vessels that usually form in the legs. And while you may not be able to prevent them, you may be able to stop them from getting worse. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests: If you must stand or sit for long periods, take frequent breaks. Don't cross your legs when you sit. And when possible, raise your legs above your heart. Get ...

Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Posted 31 May 2016 by

-- Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the lower leg because vascular valves don't work sufficiently to promote blood flow back to the heart. The Society for Vascular Surgery says varicose veins: May bulge. Could be painful or cause a burning sensation, or a feeling of heaviness or tiredness in the legs. May itch. Could change color, and feel hard or hot. May cause no symptoms.

Health Tip: Managing Varicose Veins

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by

-- Varicose veins are swollen, visible veins that pop up in the legs and elsewhere. They are commonly triggered by veins that don't support adequate blood flow, allowing blood to pool. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: Taking frequent breaks if you'll be standing or sitting for long periods. Don't cross legs when sitting, and elevate your legs when possible. Getting plenty of ...

FDA OKs New Varicose Vein Treatment

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – A new system to permanently treat varicose veins in the legs by sealing the affected veins with adhesive was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many people with varicose veins experience no symptoms, while others have mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers or other problems. The VenaSeal system is meant for treatment of varicose veins that ...

FDA Approves VenaSeal Closure System to Permanently Treat Varicose Veins

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

February 20, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the VenaSeal closure system (VenaSeal system) to permanently treat varicose veins of the legs by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent. There are two types of veins—deep veins and superficial veins. Superficial veins are those that are close to the skin. Veins contain one-way valves that open to l ...

Varicose Vein Treatments All Work, but Aren't Quite Equal

Posted 24 Sep 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 – Three common treatments for painful varicose veins all ease symptoms, though there may be small differences in quality of life months later. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial that compared the three treatments – surgery, laser ablation therapy and injections of a chemical foam (sclerotherapy). British researchers found that among nearly 800 patients they ...

Health Tip: Could I Develop Varicose Veins?

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by

-- Varicose veins are bulging, sometimes painful veins often found on the legs. Spider veins are smaller and less pronounced. The website explains these common risk factors for varicose and spider veins: Getting older. Having weak veins or having a family history of vein problems. Having hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, puberty, menopause or use of birth control ...

FDA Approves Varithena (Polidocanol Injectable Foam) for the Treatment of Patients with Varicose Veins

Posted 27 Nov 2013 by

LONDON, November 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – BTG plc (LSE: BTG), the specialist healthcare company, today announces that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Varithena(TM) (polidocanol injectable foam) for the treatment of patients with incompetent veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein (GSV) system.(1) Varithena(TM) (formerly known as Varisolve(R) PEM) is a ...

FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins

Posted 1 Apr 2010 by

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 30, 2010--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Asclera (polidocanol) injection for the treatment of small types of abnormally swollen or twisted veins called varicose veins. Although they usually occur in the legs, varicose veins also can form in other parts of the body. Factors such as genetics, age, female gender, pregnancy, obesity, and prolonged periods ...

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