Best Yoga Studios in Foley, AL

October 12, 2017

woman doing yogaYoga is a great, natural option to alleviate pain caused by varicose veins. Doctors recommend elevating the legs to help drain blood from the bulging veins, helping the blood flow and reducing pressure. Many yoga poses involve leg elevation or even complete body inversion and can offer relief from varicose vein symptoms, on top of all the other benefits of this mindful exercise.

Foley, Alabama, located near the popular travel location of Gulf Shores, is home to numerous ways to get your sweat on. This quaint railroad town on the southern tip of Alabama is situated near several different yoga studios, so you have ample choices for the best place to go to keep your body and mind healthy. Whether you are a resident of the area or just passing through, be sure to check out some of the yoga studios southern Alabama has to offer.

Vibrations Yoga & Sauna

Located in the heart of Foley, Vibrations Yoga & Sauna is the city’s best option for a killer yoga session. Vibrations offers classes for yogis of all types, as well as beginners and drop-ins. They provide several different types of yoga classes, including Heated Flow, Gentle Motion and Slow Flow and Fundamentals. When you have finished your yoga session, or if you just need to kick back and relax, Vibrations offers 30 minutes sessions in their infrared sauna for only $15. Vibrations is a must visit for the true yogi in Foley.

Glow Yoga

Located just 20 minutes south of Foley in Gulf Shores, Glow Yoga provides power and hot yoga to the masses. They heat their studio between 80 and 95 degrees for their Glow Flow and Beats yoga classes so you can be sure to truly get your sweat on and cleanse your body. After your workout, swing by Sundance Massage (located in-house) so you can rehab your muscles and relax after your tough workout.

MOXIE

MOXIE Lifestyle Fitness Studio in Orange Beach, about 18 minutes southeast of Foley, has got you covered for boutique fitness classes of all varieties. MOXIE focuses on cardio fitness, and offers several different types of classes to improve your cardiovascular health. MOXIE offers a traditional yoga-only class, MOXIE Yoga Sculpt, but specializes in classes like MOXIE Ride and Restore that blend a high-intensity workout with the restorative powers of yoga.

Thrive Yoga & Massage

Thrive Yoga & Massage, just off the coast of Mobile Bay and 25 minutes northwest of Foley, has a full spa to keep you feeling relaxed and revitalized. Thrive’s Thai Yoga Massage blends assisted yoga with massage so you can improve your mobility and flexibility with direct help from a trained professional. Thrive also offers chair yoga classes for clients with multiple sclerosis who cannot perform traditional yoga. Their Sunset Yoga classes, held outdoors from March through October, also directly benefit charity, so be sure to enjoy some yoga for a good cause if you are ever in the area.

If painful varicose veins are holding you back from your fitness routine or you are just tired of hiding them underneath layers of clothing, give the Vein Center of South Baldwin a call at 251-971-8346 and set up an appointment today. We can help you get back in the flow of your life, whether it’s practicing yoga or just restoring your confidence in your body.

Arteries vs. Veins: What’s the difference?

Spider & Varicose VeinsAt the Vein Centers of Florida and South Baldwin, we specialize in removing unsightly and painful varicose and spider veins. Varicose and spider veins are conditions that affect a large population of people, especially women. Understanding how the veins work and how these natural deformities are caused is essential in understanding how to treat them.

What do veins do?

Veins, a member of the circulatory system, work in tandem with the heart and their counterpart, the arteries. While veins and arteries exist for similar reasons, mainly blood transportation throughout the body, their essential functions are quite different.

Veins are blood vessels in the body that transport oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. After blood has been circulated to the organs and has been stripped of its oxygen and nutrients, the veins transport it back up to the heart to begin the process anew. The veins also transport waste, such as carbon dioxide, away from the organs.

Veins often pump blood against the flow of gravity and make use of valves to prevent the blood from flowing downwards. When the valves do not function properly, the blood begins to pool and the veins expand, creating bulging varicose veins. This occurs most frequently in the veins in the lower legs, since they have to work much harder to move the blood against gravity and the body’s own weight to the heart.

What do arteries do?

Arteries are the roadways that provide our organs with substances they need to survive and function. These essential vessels carry oxygenated blood from the heart to all the tissues of the human body.

The heart pumps the blood through the arteries, increasing pressure inside to move the blood in a single direction. Arteries can maintain that high blood pressure due to their strong lining and flexible walls that allow for the additional push of blood. Because of this unique design and the assistance they receive from the heart, they do not need valves to prevent backflow.

Our Vulnerable Veins

Because arteries do not need valves to keep blood moving efficiently, they are not prone to the same issues veins are. Valves tend to break down as the body ages, which can be exacerbated by weight gain, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle. Veins also transport blood largely upwards, creating additional strain on those tiny valves that can lead to damage and the backflow of blood into the vessel.

Veins are a crucial part of the human anatomy. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to damage, leading to the unsightly appearance of spider and varicose veins. When left unchecked, these swollen vessels can also cause fatigue in the legs, pain, aching and skin changes. The longer varicose veins go untreated, the harder they can be to treat successfully.

If bulging, unsightly or painful veins have disrupted your life in any way, give the Vein Centers of Florida and South Baldwin a call today. We offer full vein assessments and a variety of minimally-invasive treatment options to eliminate unattractive, uncomfortable spider and varicose veins. You can reach our Pensacola location at 850-607-7570, our Destin location at 850-837-443 and our Foley location at 251-971-8346.

Cardiovascular and Vein-Specific Health (Things to Watch out For)

June 19, 2017

Cardiovascular Vein HealthAt the Vein Center of Florida and South Baldwin, we are discussing two topics that are especially relevant to our male patients —cardiovascular and vein-specific health. In honor of Men’s Health Month, we thought we should bring attention to a few things to watch out for this month – and every day of the year – because cardiovascular health isn’t simply seasonal. While many of the patients we treat for varicose veins are women, men may also suffer from chronic vein conditions and other vascular abnormalities.

Understanding High-Risk Vein and Cardiovascular Issues

During your consultation with Dr. Jimenez, each patient undergoes a patient specific vein assessment so that each individual has an idea of any existing vein abnormalities and understands what can be done to improve their condition. At The Vein Center of Florida, optimal vein health is our focus. We strive to educate each individual as to potential signals which may indicate that their spider veins and / or varicose veins may actually represent more significant underlying chronic vein insufficiency. Many men ignore or are unaware that their work, lifestyle, and eating habits may be impacting their cardiovascular system negatively. Making modifications to daily activities that increase these risks is certainly advantageous in obtaining a healthy heart and healthy vessels, as they profoundly influence one another.

The heart is the body’s central force, pumping oxygen-rich blood at high pressure through the strongest vessels in the cardiovascular system—the arteries. After the arterial delivery of oxygen throughout the body’s tissues and major organs, the driving force for recycling the blood are the veins. Veins are much more delicate vessels that draw oxygen-poor blood from all areas of the body, relying heavily upon the calf muscles in the legs to push the blood upward. Healthy veins and efficient venous return is essential for healthy legs. Inefficient veins allows for pooling of poorly oxygenated blood in the legs which can lead to additional medical problems such as:

  • Chronic Vein Insufficiency (CVI)—this condition affects millions of people all over the world. While it may be more common in women, many men are affected as well. High venous pressures due to increased weight gain, long periods of inactivity, and age, causes stretching and weakening of leg veins which can affect the ability to walk and perform activities comfortably. These side-effects increase over time without treatment. Varicose veins and sometimes spider veins are potential indicators that underlying veins are chronically insufficient. Patients may obtain significant benefit by recognizing these indicators and seeking help from a qualified professional who can offer recommendations for lifestyle changes and treatment.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)—DVT occurs based on a variety of factors – lifestyle, genetic predisposition, and years of unaddressed insufficiency. Diseases within the deeper veins are worrisome because this means that the central network of vessels, running along bone and between muscles, are unable to properly contain and mobilize deoxygenated blood. Stagnant blood in these deep veins can cause swelling and intense pooling of blood, resulting in the potential for venous ulcers and inflammation in the legs. In a percentage of patients, a DVT may break free from your vein walls and lodge in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) resulting in catastrophic consequences. This is definitely a worst case scenario, and most patients seek treatment before such an issue occurs, but all are not so lucky.

How to Reduce Your Risk and Improve Your Lifestyle

The American Heart Association estimates that there are over 350,000 cardiac arrest cases in the U.S. alone, and over 80 percent of all sudden cardiac deaths occur in males. Sudden cardiac death means that the heart stops pumping blood without warning, and is one of the conditions that may exhibit no signs in your daily life. Men are in a unique position because of the increase in stressors from social expectations, such as work and finances. Stress levels have reduced slightly over the last year, but it’s important that we take note of increased pressures affecting our physical and mental health connection. The following may improve risks of vascular and cardiac conditions:

  • Healthy eating. Choosing colorful fruits and vegetables in addition to lean meats and a diet of healthy fats.
  • Increase activity and variation of exercises. By adding a variation of high intensity and low impact exercises to your regimen, you improve vascular flow and strengthen your muscles for vascular support. Increasing cardiovascular exercise influences oxygen intake throughout the body and can lower stress on the heart.
  • Breathing exercises and mindful meditation. Take a few moments each day to check in with yourself. If your heart is beating faster than usual, taking a few deep breaths in 30-second intervals in attempt to lower your blood pressure and beats per minute.
  • Vascular assessments. These can give you a heads up so that you are more prepared for a vascular issue as soon as it occurs, and can possibly prevent life-threatening conditions. Know your body before problems happen, thereby having a better chance at extending your life.

Know your risk factors and whether or not you need to make changes to feel better, both physically and mentally. Men’s health begins with awareness – that means you need to pay attention to the signals your body is sending. Call Vein Center of Florida at 800-910-VEIN today to schedule your vein analysis with Dr. Jimenez.

Weight Gain and Vein Disease: How are the two related?

June 6, 2017

vein disease and weight gainVenous insufficiency and chronic venous disease are two conditions you have heard about in your consultation with Dr. Jimenez and likely during your visit with the cardiologist. Vein disease develops within the body based on external and internal stresses that affect the way in which one-way (upward) venous blood flow drives blood from the lower legs and organs to the heart. All of this venous blood moves against gravity and that action itself can be difficult if the veins are stressed, stretched and incapable of carrying excess blood. Years of patient care and clinical studies focused on vascular health make a distinct connection between weight gain and vein disease. But how are weight gain and venous disease related?

Veins, Valves and Their Function

At Vein Center of Florida, our goal is to share as much about vein care with you as possible, so you know what to expect and how to solve the problem. Vein disease, as mentioned above, starts with a variety of factors that contribute to the inability of veins in the lower sector of your body to push your blood from your legs to your heart. Venous valves keep the blood flowing in the proper direction. However, inefficient valve function results in excess blood waiting to circulate up from one part of the vein to the next, causing these veins expand. Expansion of the vein walls causes stretching, and that stretching continues until the vein is no longer able to resist and relax to its normal state, resulting in bulging visible veins. Bulging varicose veins are a sure fire way to tell this is happening to you.

Symptoms of Vein Disease:

  • Pain in the legs or heaviness
  • Tired/heavy legs
  • Discoloration in the ankles and calves (redness or dark tinge)
  • Tightness in the legs
  • Varicose vein formation
  • Fluid buildup or pedal edema
  • Pain relief upon elevation or position change
  • Tenderness
  • Restless legs
  • Ulcer formation
  • Itching or burning skin

While these symptoms of vein disease are common indicators, they’re not always present, and it’s a good idea to have a vein screening at some point in your mid-thirties at the earliest.

A Few Extra Pounds Can Affect Vein Health

Inactivity and extended periods of standing or sitting are a considerable issue no matter your size, however, adding excess weight and applying additional pounds of pressure on the body can cause serious exertion on the veins and their valves. If you’re already prone to vein insufficiency based on your family history, you want to make sure that you’re covering all of your bases and lowering your weight.

We think of the veins as pressurized tubes that work hard to move blood upward but the pressure in these veins can vary based on our position and how much weight pushes down on the lower half of your body at any given time from weight gain. Walking decreases the pressure on our veins because the calves help the leg veins pump; adding more weight, makes this mechanism ineffective. More pressure from above means more pressure is needed to move your blood. To lower the pressure in the legs and pelvic area, a reduced weight will improve the symptoms but long term awareness, activity and care are necessary.

A few types of vein conditions you may hear about in consultation with Dr. Jimenez include:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)

Chronic venous insufficiency worldwide is a very common problem whether it’s the result of pregnancy, genetics, race, sex or immobility. Weight gain may initiate the process of vein pain and discomfort, often followed by restless legs and problems with movement if left unchecked. So if you’re feeling some of these things now, you may have chronic venous insufficiency which may symptomatically progress as you age.

  • Leaking Valves and Stressed Veins (Varicose Veins)

Overstretched and stressed veins, often purple and deep green, become prominent in the legs after significant weight gain and genetic factors. Varicose veins are stressed superficial veins prevalent in men and women over the age of 60, but they may occur in much younger individuals, especially with a family history. Women are at a greater risk of developing varicose veins than men, although they are very common in both sexes.

Activity, weight maintenance, and a nutritious diet can help to minimize the risk of developing significant venous disease, however, everyone should be educated about vein disease as early as possible. Call The Vein Center of Florida today at 800-910-VEIN for more information on vein disease and to schedule your vein screening.

For Stronger, Healthy Veins, Eat and Drink These Things

May 30, 2017

shutterstock_588193301Working out, eating well and maintaining low stress levels can keep your heart running efficiently, but what about your veins? A fit heart pumps blood vigorously through strong arteries. When the blood needs to cycle back to your heart, it flows through a network of veins. The only way your blood is permitted upward flow (against gravity) is by clear and elastic veins that can move blood in one direction back to your heart.

Valves within your veins act as doors that open and close to assist upward blood flow. It’s essential that your veins are able to resist the pressure that’s needed to move your blood. Without pressure-resistant qualities, your circulation patterns change as vein walls and their valves weaken. Varicose and spider veins are the results of vein disease. Healthy veins can make your life a lot easier which is why at Vein Center of Florida, we’ve composed a list of items you can eat and drink for stronger, clearer veins.

Fill Your Plate With Color

Every nutritionist around the world will tell you to color up your plate with fruits and vegetables because they are loaded with vitamins to supplement protein synthesis and metabolic function. All the latest studies that focus on vascular health and nutrition mention a Mediterranean diet which includes most things that grow on the vine and are organic. A Mediterranean diet also means seafood, so if you love sushi there some types, you should consider ordering over others to fight potential vascular disease.

Foods that contain a cholesterol combative vitamin B3 (niacin) include tuna, salmon, sardines, peanuts, chili peppers, green peas, bok choy, turnip greens and cantaloupe. While niacin keeps the veins clear of build up, it also reinforces strong vein walls by rebuilding the layered tissue (collagen and elastin) and helps reduce inflammation.

Drink Plenty of Water and Some Wine or Grape Juice

No one can argue the healing properties of water and that our bodies need it because, without it, we couldn’t survive. Water lubricates every tissue in the body, and it also creates balance. We drink water to detox our cells which can help with oxidative stress by offering additional molecules for excess oxygen to bind. Water also helps maintain functional muscles that support your veins when high pressure overcomes them.

You should ask your doctor if drinking a glass of red wine each night is healthy for you and the medications you’re currently taking. But drinking a small glass of red wine each night can have rejuvenating effects on your veins. If you veins swell and become inflamed, tannins found in red wine can help to tighten vein walls making them resistant to over stretching. Tighter veins mean your valves are less likely to leak which is where the main issue with varicose veins begins.

Eat Fiber

Less stress on your lower extremities is important. Fiber can help you release that stress that happens in the most private place—your bathroom. Eating regular fiber means that you’ll have an easier time in there without causing bouts of overexertion. Some of our favorite fiber-rich foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Lentils
  • Raspberries
  • Pears
  • Avocados
  • Oatmeal
  • Flaxseed (try these in your pancakes)
  • Chia seeds (perfect for thickening overnight oats)

Vein conditions are linked to your genetic background, and you should think about having a screening for varicose veins and potential blood clots if your parents had vein problems. Eating these foods and drinking more fluids will help you boost your immune strength against varicose and spider veins. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Jimenez today to find out if you have an existing vein condition and how to fix it by calling Vein Center of Florida at 800-910-VEIN.

Tips to Support Impeccable Vein Health

May 23, 2017

shutterstock_621519020You always keep your ear to the ground when it comes to healthy tips for problem-free veins and Dr. Jimenez has a few for you. Impeccable vein health starts with the rest of your body including how supported your feet are, how much activity you get on a daily basis and how well you maintain an appropriate weight. Everything is a factor since your veins respond to pressures created by excess weight, inactivity and improperly supported feet. Instead of simply thinking in terms of your cholesterol levels and whether or not you’re alternating positions enough at work, let’s go a little deeper. Here are your tips for supporting vein health:

Be Active

In addition to changing your position if you’re someone who sits or stands for hours, being active and moving in between position changes is essential. Try setting a timer to get up and stretch your legs or take a walk around your home or office building. When your blood sits at the base of your legs, that pooling of fluid causes your veins to expand over time from pressure. To assist your blood in flowing upward to the heart, moving your calf muscles will propel the blood upward. Strong calves and surrounding muscle tissues mean supported veins. We also recommend trying out exercises that cause you to change your body’s orientation, so workouts such as pilates or yoga forces you to bend or lay on your back with elevated legs. Have some fun with it while you cultivate healthy circulation.

Elevate Your Legs at the End of the Day

Maybe you’re not into yoga, or you’re a teacher or doctor that sits or stands for a majority of your day. When your schedule doesn’t allow for a high amount of exercise or modified body positions, Dr. Jimenez recommends elevating your legs for a few minutes each night. This elevated position passively allows your blood to flow back to the upper portion of your body and your heart. By doing this, you can relieve stress on your veins in the lower extremities that have struggled all day. To see and feel the difference, you should do this every day and extend the position up to twenty minutes if you feel pain when walking or restlessness.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Pressure on the lower body comes from added weight, and that means too much weight for your body style. During your next appointment with your GP or in consultation with Dr. Jimenez at Vein Center of Florida, ask them to check your weight and offer recommendations to reach an ideal weight. Often weight accumulates at the abdomen and adds pressure on your internal organs that also make it difficult for your legs veins to push your blood upward. When the pressure becomes too much, and veins are constricted, they’ll expand, valves will have trouble closing, and varicose veins start to appear. Losing a few pounds can maintain smooth blood flow and a healthy appearance in veins.

Wear the Right Footwear

If you’re having problems with your feet, such as arch support, or put unnecessary pressure on your calves, everything above your feet will suffer. Don’t think of your shoes as just protection from the ground, but as a starting point for a strong body. Wearing high heels stresses the calves and weakens them so that their ability to assist veins in pumping blood upward is reduced. Improper support and pain in the feet reduces circulation and can keep you from being active. Get yourself a pair of inserts that offer arch support and make you feel comfortable while you walk. You should pay attention to the fit of your shoes as well because this can negatively impact your vein health even if they’re slightly too big or too small.

Prepare for healthier veins as soon as you can and have a vein screening if you feel discomfort, or your parents had vein problems. Call Vein Center of Florida to get started today at 800-910-VEIN.

Spring Activities in Destin

May 16, 2017

Spring Activities in DestinWhen you think of Florida, white sandy beaches with beautiful sherbet sunsets take shape in your mind, and this image holds true to the area. Florida, and Destin, in particular, is known as one of the best places to jump into spring and summer. The weather at this moment is warm, but not as hot as it normally is during our peak point in June, when temperatures hover over 100-degrees. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy calm weather and family activities that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Destin is also at the central hub of spring activity, which is why Vein Center of Florida is located at its center.

Dr. Jimenez chose our location so our patients can see the potential of beneficial lifestyle changes and find motivation to achieve vascular health. When you have varicose and spider vein-free legs, the beach is where you want to be. At Vein Center of Florida, we are always ready to share some our favorite spots in Destin and the spring activities we enjoy.

Here is a list of our favorite spring activities in Destin:

Emerald Grand HarborWalk Village

On an easy Sunday morning, we like to head over to Emerald Grand HarborWalk Village to do some window shopping and have lunch. The beachfront view is relaxing and stress relieving, which is the perfect way to end the weekend. We encourage patients to walk as much as possible to improve circulation and strengthen leg muscles, and here you won’t even notice how much walking you’ll be doing because there are so many beautiful sights to see.

Henderson Beach State Park

Ask anyone what they want to do in Destin, and they’ll say they want to go to Henderson Beach State Park. The beach scene here goes on for miles on end, so put on your swimsuit or toss on some flip flops and take a walk, or have a drink at one of the beachside cabanas. Photo opportunities here are everywhere, so you can capture special moments with the perfect backdrop. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and find a spot on the beach to sit and watch the sun melt into water.

Destin is surrounded by beautiful beaches, rivers and memorable nature walks. There’s also golfing to ring in spring with your best swing. Spring is about shaking off the winter chill and getting outside. If you still feel like you want to reduce the appearance of varicose veins or some more recommendations in Destin, call Vein Center of Florida today at 800-910-VEIN.

How Can Ambulatory Phlebectomy Get You Spring Ready Legs?

May 10, 2017

Ambulatory PhlebectomyIt’s getting warmer out, and that means you’ll want to show off your legs. But for those that struggle with varicose and spider veins, spring and summer clothes are a scary thought. I can’t wear those shorts; they show off my veiny legs. You’re not sure when you started getting varicose veins on the backs of your knees, but varicose veins have kept you from dressing the way that you want for some time.

At Vein Center of Florida, we offer a series of treatments to reduce the appearance of and remove varicose veins. Our vein treatments include ambulatory phlebectomy, sclerotherapy, and EVLT. Since so many of you have asked, we’ll focus on a procedure that removes varicose veins by extraction–ambulatory phlebectomy. So how can ambulatory phlebectomy get you spring ready legs?

Understanding Ambulatory Phlebectomy

While the name ambulatory phlebectomy may seem unfamiliar, you’ve probably heard about microphlebectomy. This vein treatment works for patients that have a specific size varicose vein or several, that are too large for sclerotherapy injections and often too small for laser treatment. Before this minimally invasive procedure, there were surgical options that could take a few weeks to recover from and usually left a few larger scars.

With ambulatory phlebectomy, Dr. Jimenez can extract the damaged vein from the leg so that it’s gone forever. This treatment works best when the veins are affected in complex branches that run along the leg. Any tracks of varicose veins can be removed in one treatment through small pinpoint needle holes in the skin and there are no scars. Dr. Jimenez takes hold of these problem veins with a miniature, hooked tool that can pull the vein from your skin so it can be cut from the leg without surgery.

After your ultrasound vein screening with Dr. Jimenez to make sure there are no serious conditions that should be treated before you have ambulatory phlebectomy, he will recommend the treatment. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to take a few days off of work and just wants to see attractive legs so you can enjoy the spring, there’s no recovery from ambulatory phlebectomy. You can go home that same day and walk around or do your housework. You’ll need a compression stocking for support and comfort, but that’s all.

Don’t Worry About Removing Varicose Veins

During your consultation for ambulatory phlebectomy, you can ask any questions you have. The most common question when you consider varicose vein removal is whether or not it is safe to remove your veins. Dr. Jimenez will tell you that when your veins are damaged, you can think of it as a domino effect where one damaged vein produces several. In fact, removing these varicose veins is your best option. Ambulatory phlebectomy is safe and supports healthy circulation throughout the legs because you’re removing the obstacle that creates weak veins and their valves so that blood can flow upward without issue.

Spring is here, and if you want to see healthy legs, ambulatory phlebectomy can help you see them sooner. The treatment only takes one hour to complete. Call Vein Center of Florida today at 800-910-VEIN to schedule your appointment.

Legs and More: Where will You Find Spider and Varicose Veins?

March 28, 2017

spider varicose veinsWhen you think of spider and varicose veins, those visible lines on your legs are probably what come to mind. While the legs are the most common place to see these veins develop, they are not the only one. Check out these surprising areas where those visible veins might crop up.

Arms and Hands

While more unusual than the legs, it is not unheard of to see varicose veins appear on the arms and hands. However, bulging veins on the backs of the hands do not necessarily fall into this category. These veins may look varicose because the skin surrounding the veins has thinned and made them more prominent. However, treatment will likely involve restoring volume to the back of the hand rather than eliminating the vein. When varicose veins do appear, they can be treated in a similar fashion to varicose veins on other areas of the body.

Face

Spider veins can form on the face, creating a significant cosmetic nuisance. These veins are often caused by sun exposure or may be the result of an underlying medical condition. Facial veins can also appear with too much alcohol consumption or the use of certain medications. Spider veins on the face can often be treated with minimally-invasive procedures, clearing up your complexion and restoring your confidence in your appearance.

Breasts

Bulging blue veins can also appear on the breasts, particularly in women that have implants. These lines can also make a woman self-conscious about her appearance, especially when they develop in the cleavage. While these veins do not typically indicate a serious medical issue, they can be treated for cosmetic purpose, often using the same methods that are used to remove varicose veins on the legs.

Vagina

Most women never expect to get varicose veins “down there,” but it can happen. These veins often develop during pregnancy, when veins in the area can become damaged due to the additional pressure from the expanding uterus. Unfortunately, vaginal varicose veins can also be very uncomfortable.

Anus

Varicose veins in this area are more commonly referred to as hemorrhoids, and they can also be irritating and uncomfortable. These veins usually become damaged because of straining during bowel movements. In addition to their discomfort, hemorrhoids can bleed from time to time, which can be distressing to sufferers.

Most varicose veins are caused by an underlying vein condition known as venous reflux, which occurs when small valves inside the vessel stop working. This allows blood to reflux into the vein so the vein weakens and swells. These veins can often be treated by eliminating the damaged vein so that blood can reroute naturally to healthy veins nearby.

At the Vein Center of Florida, Dr. Jimenez primarily focuses on treating spider and varicose veins that appear on the legs. However, we can also address spider veins that appear on other areas of the body in certain patients. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin at 800-910-8346 to find out how our treatments can help you say goodbye to spider and varicose veins for good.

Vein Health 101

March 14, 2017

Vein Disorder TreatmentYou may not think much about your veins – until one of those bulging varicose veins suddenly appears on your lower leg. While it may seem like that vein came out of nowhere, there was an entire process that went on inside your veins to contribute to its development. To understand varicose veins, it is helpful to know how the veins function and what can go wrong inside of them to make those swollen vessels form. Check out these basics on vein health from the team at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin.

What are Veins?

Veins are the vessels that move blood back to the heart. The arteries take the blood to all of the tissue and organs of the body, providing essential oxygen and nutrients the body needs to function. The veins then return deoxygenated blood back to the heart so the process can start all over again.

Unlike the arteries, the veins don’t have help from the pumping heart to get blood where it needs to go. Instead, they contain small valves that move the blood in a single direction. Muscle contractions throughout the body also help blood to continue pumping through the veins efficiently.

Types of Veins

Since our primary goal is to understand varicose veins, we will focus on the veins in the leg. There are three basic types of leg veins:

Deep veins are found near the center of the leg and are typically the largest type of veins. These veins carry blood from the smaller veins directly back to the heart. These are also the veins that are most vulnerable to blood clot formation, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

Superficial veins are those found closer to the skin’s surface. These veins are responsible for bringing blood from the outer skin and tissue to the main veins in the center of the leg. They are also the veins that are most likely to become visible as spider or varicose veins.

Perforator veins connect deep veins and superficial veins.

Vein disorders of the superficial veins are typically the ones that lead to the development of spider and varicose veins. Fortunately, there are many superficial veins in the body, which means if one becomes damaged, blood can be redirected to healthy veins nearby.

When Things Go Wrong

Varicose veins are frequently caused by an underlying vein disorder known as chronic venous insufficiency or CVI. This condition occurs when those small valves inside the vessel become damaged or wear out over time. The damage is more common in the lower leg veins because these vessels have to work much harder to move blood all the way up the leg to the heart. The valves in these veins are more likely to wear out because of all the pressure that is placed on them over a lifetime.

There are steps you can take to protect those hard-working lower leg veins and lower your risk for CVI and varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy weight avoids excessive stress on the veins, while regular exercise gives flexing calf muscles the opportunity to support the veins. It is also a good idea to avoid prolonged periods of sitting and standing, since this also places excessive strain on the vein.

Treating Vein Disorders

If CVI and varicose veins do appear, there are minimally-invasive treatment options to address the conditions. These treatments primarily focus on eliminating damaged veins so blood naturally redirects to healthy veins in the vicinity. Dr. Jimenez and the staff at the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin have numerous options in vein treatments that allow them to tailor your procedure to your precise needs.

Don’t suffer with CVI and varicose veins. To find out which treatment is right for you, contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346.