Monday, October 21, 2019

Let’s Talk About Veins

 

 

To Your Health
Scott Lowe
Market CEO,
Physicians Regional Healthcare System

Safe to say, those of us in Southwest Florida tend to show more skin. Though our weather is wonderful and our pools are open year-round, there is no doubt that shorts and swimsuits become even more popular during the summer months. The result? Our veins are even more exposed than usual.

And yes, this can be an unsettling thought for those who wish to keep their less-than-appealing veins under wraps.

That said, it’s surprising how little the public knows about vein care and vascular surgery—specifically, the technological advancements in the various treatments for vein issues.

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery: “As we age, our arteries tend to thicken, get stiffer, and narrow. This is called arteriosclerosis. A form of arteriosclerosis is atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of plaque and cholesterol in large and medium-sized arteries.

“A narrowing of the arteries from the build-up of plaque can lead to coronary heart disease, and can cause a heart attack when this occurs in the blood vessels leading to the heart.”

“The same situation in the arteries leading to the brain can cause strokes. Narrowing of the arteries in other places, such as your legs, can cause what is called Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD. PAD can lead to sores, pain with walking, or amputation. When the smaller arteries are affected it is called arteriolosclerosis.”

“A big part of vascular disease is venous disease; it is also typically hereditary,” says board-certified vascular surgeon Vivian Torres, M.D. from the Vein Center at Physicians Regional Healthcare System. “If you have severe venous disease, you can have other problems such as skin ulcers, instantaneous wounds and/or a thickening of skin. A clot in your veins can be dangerous.”

In layman’s terms, vascular medicine involves blockages in the arteries and veins throughout the body—in the brain, the legs and other organs.

For Dr. Torres, a focus on vascular surgery matched her desire to work with her hands; she enjoys the immediate gratification associated with the quick results that often accompany her work.

As vascular treatment often extends over time,

Submitted PhotosDr. Vivian Torres

Submitted PhotosDr. Vivian Torres

Dr. Torres takes advantage of the time invested to nurture and develop mutually beneficial relationships with her patients. Plus, her fluency in both English and Spanish provide a benefit to both patients and co-workers each day.

However, as vascular issues are often confused with other disorders, don’t be surprised if you have been previously referred to, for example, an orthopedist for what may actually be a vascular issue.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as leg fatigue, leg heaviness, and/or large veins under the skin, you should visit a vein care specialist.

Physicians Regional Healthcare System understands the importance of top-quality vein care. The Vein Center at Physicians Regional offers a multidisciplinary team approach to treating venous disease providing the most modern, medically advanced treatment options.

The center is conveniently located in the clinic building at Physicians Regional – Pine Ridge.

Plus, if you wish to get rid of those unsightly—and potentially unhealthy—veins, The Vein Center at Physicians Regional is offering a $99 vein screening through the end of 2016.

The screening also includes a 30-minute sclerotherapy treatment as required. “Sclerotherapy destroys some of the smaller veins that have reflux and/or unsightly veins that are closer to the skin such as spider veins,” explains Dr. Torres.

However, the screening is especially important if you are experiencing painful standing or walking. The Vein Center features:

• Modern, medically advanced treatments, including laser therapy and sclerotherapy, with minimal to no downtime;

• Safe and effective with cosmetically superior results;

• Enjoy privacy and comfort with the reassurance and security of being treated within the hospital;

• Majority of procedures covered by insurance plans, including Medicare.

As patient results may vary, please consult your primary care physician about the benefits and risks of any procedure or treatment.

And Dr. Torres’ advice for ongoing vein health? “Maintain an active lifestyle, such as walking and exercise. And avoid long periods of sitting without moving.”

A $250 value, our $99 vein screening is valid for one treatment and limited to new patients only. Please note: Multiple treatments may be required for best results.

To schedule an appointment, call 239-304-4900.

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