San Diego Vein Institute

  • Tips for Your Sclerotherapy Treatment for Varicose Veins

    Tips for Your Sclerotherapy Treatment for Varicose Veins

    If you have varicose veins, you already may have been scheduled for sclerotherapy treatment to remove your varicose veins. But maybe you still have some questions about the sclerotherapy procedure and you want tips on maximizing the healing process. A quick refresher: The sclerotherapy procedure...

  • The Hazards of Binge Exercising after the Holidays

    The Hazards of Binge Exercising after the Holidays

    January is filled with people resolving to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. In fact, many gyms make most of their money between January and February on new memberships (and often see a 40%-80% drop in attendance by March). Frequently, though, people are so preoccupied with numbers and sizes—dropping...

  • Don't Let Thanksgiving Kick Off Holiday Overindulgence

    Don't Let Thanksgiving Kick Off Holiday Overindulgence

    For many of us, Thanksgiving is a day to come together with family or friends around a table of the kind of comfort food and proportions we wait for all year. Feasting is often early, followed by pie, watching sports or movies, and then starting in again late in the evening for the round of leftover...

  • Stress and Your Vein Health

    Stress and Your Vein Health

    Most people live with some stress; for many people, managing daily life can induce occasional periods of stress. For some people, however, stress becomes persistent or even chronic. While most people experience stress with symptoms of fatigue, heartburn, stomach aches, and headaches, chronic stress...

  • Will My Caffeine Habit Cause Varicose Veins?

    Will My Caffeine Habit Cause Varicose Veins?

    Many of us would not get through the day without a cup of coffee or other kind of caffeine pick-me-up. For some people, the routine cup of coffee is a morning treat; for others, they may as well be hooked up to an IV, pumping in cup after cup to keep themselves going. Caffeine also comes in alternate...

  • Edema and Vein Health—Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Fluid Retention

    Edema and Vein Health—Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Fluid Retention

    What do your varicose veins and swollen ankles have in common? Both have to do with damaged veins, often caused by increased pressure within the damaged veins. Sometimes swelling is just that—you’ve eaten too much chips and salsa, or splurged on something fried. Other swelling is caused from too...

  • Varicose Veins: Symptom of Aging or a Sign of Something Harmful?

    Varicose Veins: Symptom of Aging or a Sign of Something Harmful?

    First off, the heading isn’t meant to make anyone with blue rope veins on their legs live in fear. But it is important to know that varicose veins are a medical, and not a merely cosmetic, condition. Varicose veins and even spider veins are signs of chronic vein disease. When you have vein disease,...

  • What Profile? When Spider Veins Happen to Young People

    What Profile? When Spider Veins Happen to Young People

    Spider veins—the bane of elderly women, or so the myth goes. But the truth is that anyone can get spider veins, including younger women and even men. So what are they, exactly? Spider veins aren’t quite the same thing as varicose veins, which are the more dilated and ropelike veins under the skin...

  • Pregnancy and Varicose Veins: Baby Blues and Purple Veins

    Pregnancy and Varicose Veins: Baby Blues and Purple Veins

    It’s not uncommon to experience varicose veins, but the chances are upped for women who become pregnant. Why is this? Pregnant women produce a lot of extra blood to support the fetus as well as their own growing body. As a result, blood vessels get extra stress and pressure, especially in the...

  • Sun Exposure, Heat, and Varicose Veins—Is there a Link?

    Sun Exposure, Heat, and Varicose Veins—Is there a Link?

    It seems as though we just had the wintery weather of El Niño, and already things are heating up. But this is typical of life in Southern California. However, whether or not people are happy with this weather change, what is often noticed is an increase in varicose veins when things start to heat...

  • The Myth of the Home Remedy Vein Cure

    The Myth of the Home Remedy Vein Cure

    Many people go out of their way to avoid surgery or other invasive treatment, which is understandable. For some, there is a genuine squeamishness when it comes to needles and the potential for any level of pain. Then there are those who are wary of the time or financial commitment involved in surgical...

  • The Elderly and Varicose Veins: Added Risk, Simple Treatment

    The Elderly and Varicose Veins: Added Risk, Simple Treatment

    One of the great complaints of aging is how the body slows down, either because of mobility issues or compromised circulation. Because of this decreased mobility, health issues can arise—for example, leg ulcers, which are especially problematic and can be debilitating in some cases. The cause...

  • Exercising with Spider Veins

    Exercising with Spider Veins

    The beginning of the year often bombards us with messages of fitness, piggybacking onto all those New Year’s goals. I often stress the importance of exercise in the prevention of spider veins and varicose veins, and in fact, exercise is the best bet for promoting healthy veins and preventing vein...

  • Winter Weather and Your Vein Health

    Winter Weather and Your Vein Health

    When the weather outside is frightful, you generally know the effect it has on your skin, as it’s you and your lotion in a race against cracked cuticles, snowy elbows, and blotchy legs. But did you realize that cold winter weather has an effect below your skin? We all know how nice it is in Southern...

  • Blood Clots and Travel

    Blood Clots and Travel

    Thanksgiving marked the unofficial start to the big end-of-year travel season, which means for many people December will be filled with long flights (four hours or more) and sitting in airports, waiting out delays or connections between two long flights. For others, end-of-year travel means long...

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