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5 Things to Know About Spider Vein Removal

Spider veins might make you feel self-conscious or they might cause you physical discomfort. Fortunately, spider vein removal is usually a relatively quick and easy process. That said, if you're looking to get rid of your spider veins, treatment isn't necessarily something you want to rush into. Knowing what to expect and what to do to prepare can help you get the most out of the treatment process.

Spider Vein Removal: Things to Know

What to Do Before Spider Vein Treatment

Before sclerotherapy or another treatment to remove spider veins at a vein clinic, your doctor might ask you to make a few adjustments to your lifestyle or habits to help reduce the risk for complications and to help improve your treatment results. For example, if you smoke, you might be advised to stop smoking for a few weeks before your treatment. Your doctor might also recommend avoiding aspirin and certain other over-the-counter medications or supplements. It's usually a good idea to avoid tanning or extensive sun exposure before treatment as well. You might want to purchase loose-fitting or drapey shorts to wear to the vein clinic and a pair of compression stockings to wear afterwards.

How Long Treatment Takes

How long it takes to remove spider veins depends on the size of the area being treated, but the process is usually fairly quick. For the most part, treatment takes about 30 minutes. It can take up to an hour, or even longer, if you are having a large area treated.

What Type of Results to Expect

You can usually expect spider vein treatment to remove most of the problematic veins. According to Smart Beauty Guide, up to 70 percent of treated veins are removed after sclerotherapy treatment. Some people might have less dramatic results and notice that half of the veins are permanently removed by the treatment.

You May Need Multiple Treatments

Sclerotherapy is often not a one and done treatment. Usually, people need a series of treatments, spaced a few weeks to a few months apart, before they see the full results they are after. While the treatment does permanently remove the effected veins, it is possible for new spider veins to develop over time. Even if you enjoy a successful treatment initially, you might need a repeat procedure after a few years.

Complications Are Possible

One last thing to know about sclerotherapy and spider vein treatment options: complications after treatment are possible, although they usually are rare. You may have some swelling and bruising right after treatment, for example. Some people develop persistent pain in the treated area. There's also a small risk for infection.

Choosing an experienced vein doctor and receiving treatment at a vein clinic will help lower your risk for complications considerably. To learn more about your spider vein removal options, contact Premier Heart & Vein Care today.

What Does Electrocardiography Mean For You?

Heart disease affects many Americans and is currently the leading cause of death in this country. In many cases, a heart attack is the first symptom of this condition. Preventive cardiology can help lower your risk of developing heart disease or prevent the condition from getting worse. One of the important aspects of preventive cardiology is know what's going on with the heart. To that end, a vein doctor like Ken Stevens, MD, of Premier Heart and Vein Care, uses several electrocardiography techniques.

How The Heart Works

The heart runs on electricity. An electrical impulse begins in a spot inside the heart called the SA node. The impulse travels through the heart and the muscle responds by squeezing to pump blood through the heart and out into the body. The blood goes first to the lungs, where it takes on oxygen, then returns to the heart and is sent out through the arteries. After delivering oxygen to the body cells, the blood returns to the heart for another round. The electrical impulse can by measured to determine if it is fast, slow or irregular.

Electrocardiography

An electrocardiogram (usually called an EKG) is one of the most common ways to measure electrical activity in the heart. Completely non-invasive, this test translates the information it receives into a pattern that can be viewed on a screen or printed on special paper. The doctor then measures important aspects of the tracing for size and frequency and looks at the overall pattern to determine what's going on in the heart. The procedure is performed in a doctor's office, is not painful and has no side effects.

Holter Monitor

An EKG can give you a one-time picture of the heart's activity. A Holter monitor is an EKG that is meant to be worn as you go about your activities during the day and while sleeping. Sometimes your heart rate and rhythm change significantly with activity or during the night; the Holter monitor will record all of those changes. In most cases, patients are asked to wear the Holter monitor for 24 to 48 hours, but occasionally it may be longer. In all other respects, a Holter monitor is just like a regular EKG.

Other Tests

In addition to an EKG or Holter monitor, your doctor might want to check how much blood is flowing through the chest and how hard the heart has to work to pump the blood. In that case, a procedure known as impedance cardiography will be used. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This test can create images from sound waves that show the internal structure of the heart in real time. It is used to look for physical heart abnormalities.

In order to make recommendations for care, doctors need information about the heart. Electrocardiography provides that information. If you have questions about electrocardiography or the tests listed above or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us at Premier Heart and Vein Care.

 

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