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Avera Veradia
Vein Center

1301 S. Cliff Avenue
Plaza 2, Suite 215
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Patient Education

Avera Veradia Vein Center

Healthy Advice from Avera Veradia

We encourage patients to take an active role in their healthcare. Below, we have provided education pieces on Uterine Fibroids and Varicose Veins we hope you will find useful.

Achy, tired legs?

Top reasons to see a vein specialist

Are tired, achy legs slowing you down this spring? Does the appearance of your veins make you shy away from wearing shorts or a swim suit? Here are top reasons you might want to consider seeing a vein specialist:

  • Tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, heaviness or swelling in the legs
  • Veins that have become swollen, red, or very tender or warm to the touch
  • Sores or a rash on the leg or near the ankle
  • Skin on the ankle and calf that has become thick and changes color
  • Bleeding from varicose veins
  • Leg symptoms that interfere with daily activities
  • The appearance of the veins is causing you distress

Varicose and spider veins

Common vein conditions include varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are the large “roping veins” in the leg, while spider veins which look more like purple lines on the skin. While spider veins are unsightly, they don’t cause the uncomfortable symptoms like varicose veins do.

Varicose veins affect 25 percent of women and 15 percent of men. They are most often related to failure of valves in the veins, which happens for no known cause. Blood doesn’t flow in the right direction – toward the heart – causing increased pressure in the veins. The great saphenous vein in the leg is most often affected. Treatment essentially destroys the vein, and other veins in the leg take over to provide adequate circulation.

The condition runs in families, and is more common in people who are heavy, people who work in standing occupations, as well as in women who have had children – especially more than one.

The latest treatments

Vein issues can be addressed by minimally invasive techniques, including endovenous ablation and/or sclerotherapy. Endovenous ablation is an outpatient procedure that involves using either a laser or radiofrequency device to shut down problem varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a small amount of chemical into veins to “clean up” spider veins which aren’t painful, but are cosmetically unslightly.

In the past, surgical stripping to remove the great saphenous vein was the common treatment for varicose veins to remove the great saphenous vein. Today, minimally invasive procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, and involve very little pain or discomfort. In fact, many patients go back to work the same day.

So if you find that the symptoms of varicose veins are preventing you from living the life you want to live, a consultation could help you consider solutions that will allow you to make it through your day pain free, and still have plenty of energy to be active this summer.

On the Level - Uterine Fibroids

Like varicose veins, there isn’t much you can do to prevent uterine fibroids from happening. Scientists don’t know why they occur, but they do think there’s a link between fibroid development and your estrogen level. And, again, heredity plays a big role. But, rather than blaming all your troubles on your parents, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the occurrence of uterine fibroids.

  • Maintain a proper body weight. Fat cells carry estrogen, so that the more adipose tissue you carry, the more estrogen you produce.
  • Eat a low-fat diet to decrease estrogen production.
  • Exercise aerobically four to five times a week. Exercise helps regulate your hormone production, keeping them more in balance.
  • Avoid eating large quantities of foods that are high in phytoestrogens, like yams and soy beans, because they contain high levels of naturally occurring unopposed estrogens.

These recommendations are guidelines only. If you would like to schedule a consultation please call 605-322-VEIN(8346).

A Leg Up On Varicose Veins

Patients ask us all the time if there is something they can do to prevent varicose veins from happening in the first place. The answer is yes and no. Because most varicose veins are a product of age and heredity, if you’re destined to get them, you probably will. BUT, you can significantly reduce the appearance and effects of those varicose veins by taking some simple, healthy lifestyle measures. These are our top recommendations for taking care of your legs, and in turn, your entire body.

  • Elevate your legs when possible, keeping your feet positioned higher than heart level.
  • Exercise daily. Walking, climbing stairs, cycling and swimming keep your calf muscles in motion to activate the calf muscle pump. This reduces pooling and pressure in the veins.
  • Move your legs frequently. Flexing your ankles periodically will pump the blood out of your legs (simulating walking). During periods of prolonged sitting or standing, flex your ankles 10 times and repeat this every 10 minutes. Try to avoid sitting for extended periods throughout your day.
  • Wear compression hose. These provide external graduated counter-pressure to aid in venous blood flow to the heart. They reduce pooling and pressure in the veins. They also may reduce the risk of forming a deep vein blood clot. Consider wearing them during long plane or car rides.
  • Maintain your ideal body weight to reduce excess pressure on your legs.
  • Avoid prolonged sitting and standing. On long car or plane trips activate your calf muscle pump by moving your feet up and down frequently as described above. You should also consider stopping for short walks every few hours.
  • Avoid excessive heat on your legs, such as hot tubs and hot baths. Heat will tend to increase vein distention and lead to more pooling of blood.
  • Don’t cross your legs when you are sitting. This aggravates circulation problems.
  • Don’t wear constrictive clothing or shoes with high heels. Loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes are the best option. If you must wear heels, wear compression stockings and try to stay off your feet as much as possible.
  • Eat a healthy, high-fiber and low-sodium diet to prevent swelling and water retention.

These recommendations are guidelines only. If you would like to schedule a consultation please call 605-322-VEIN(8346).