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Varicose Vein Prevention

How to Prevent Varicose Veins Palm SpringsThe exact cause of the occurrence of varicose veins remains unknown, but family history, age, and a few other factors are likely to contribute to this condition. While nothing much can be done about age and genetics, following a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, getting regular exercise and staying well hydrated are some of the aspects that can help prevent varicose veins.

Desert Vein & Vascular Institute (DVVI), led by vein specialists Dr. Pushpinder Sivia and Dr. Son Ha Yu, provides cutting edge solutions for varicose veins and spider veins. Patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive vein treatments at DVVI.

Preventive Measures

Avoid Extended Sedentary or Standing Periods

When a person sits or stands in one position for a long time, it makes it difficult for the blood to flow in the leg veins against gravity. This may cause the pressure in the veins to rise. Over time, this condition can result in pooling of the blood around the ankles, and contribute to the development of varicose veins.

Regular movement of the legs will reduce the venous pressure and improve blood flow. People with a desk job or a job that requires long hours of standing (military, police, retail, manufacturing, sales, and so on) should perform simple exercises such as peddling the feet, stretching the ankles, and bending the knees in a ‘marching-like’ manner. They should elevate the legs thrice or three times a day for 15 minutes at a time. Feet elevation above the heart breaks the gravity circle and enhances blood circulation.

Wear Compression Hosiery

Compression stockings can help to maintain the vein valves in a healthy position. This allows the veins to function well and mitigates blood pooling. People who use supportive compression hosiery are likely to experience fewer night cramps.

Compression hosiery is available in varying options ranging from mild to extra firm. The right kind of compression stockings should be selected after consulting a vein treatment expert.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Healthy lifestyle choices can help to prevent varicose veins. Overweight is one of the aggravating factors because it can put higher pressure inside the veins. A balanced diet including complex carbohydrates, an adequate amount of lean protein, and healthy fats will help.

Foods with high salt content should be avoided and foods with high fiber and potassium should be preferred. The individual should stay sufficiently hydrated because it supports healthy blood circulation.

Exercise Regularly

Walking is one of the most useful exercises to prevent the onset of varicose veins and it is healthy for a myriad of other reasons as well but let’s not digress on that. Mild stretching exercises, cycling, swimming, and various outdoor sports activities can help to stay fit and minimize the risk of varicose veins.

Low heeled shoes should be chosen because these will work the calf muscles more, which is better for the leg veins. Tight garments around the waist, legs or groin should be avoided as they may restrict blood flow. Long periods of sitting or standing should be avoided.

Amazing and judicious vein treatment providers at DVVI, Dr. Sivia and Dr. Yu, receive patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and other areas across this Southern California geographical landscape.

We offer free screenings and can also provide tips to manage varicose vein symptoms.

For more information on vein disease, call the vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today at (760) 568-3461 to schedule an appointment.

Vein experts Dr. Pushpinder SiviaDr. Son Ha Yu, and Dr. John Lee are taking patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Riverside and other surrounding areas of California.

Varicose veins 

Will varicose veins go away on their own? Palm SpringsWhen an individual experiences the onset of varicose veins for the first time, they may tend to ignore it or wonder whether they will simply disappear on their own. Although many types of ailments and injuries heal with the passage of time, but this is not the case with varicose veins. Professional vein treatment will be required to eliminate the problem of varicose veins.

Desert Vein & Vascular Institute (DVVI), led by the sagacious and terrific Dr. Pushpinder Sivia and Dr. Son Ha Yu, provides state of the art treatments to address a variety of vein and vascular conditions. DVVI provides these treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and surrounding locations in this part of Southern California.

Faulty Vein Valves

Varicose veins are not similar to a bruise that will naturally heal over time. These diseased veins are caused due to defective vein valves that allow blood to flow in reverse and pool up in the vein. This backward flow of blood and the resulting blood pooling causes the vein to become abnormally enlarged and eventually turn into a varicose vein.

The problem with a weakened or failing vein valve is that it has no self-repair mechanism. This means the defect will remain in its place and the varicose vein will continue to show from the skin’s surface. If the vein is left untreated, it could eventually become larger or develop more symptoms. The patient may feel a throbbing or burning sensation or experience tiredness and a feeling of heaviness in the limbs.

Endovenous laser treatment and microphlebectomy are two safe, proven and effective vein treatment methods that may be recommended by a varicose vein specialist. These solutions are designed to cause the collapse of the targeted vein and its gradual elimination. Once the varicose vein is gone, the body will naturally divert blood flow to surrounding healthy veins.

Spider Veins

Some patients may suffer from spider veins, which are tiny red or blue veins that appear on the skin in a web-like manner. Spider veins may commonly occur on the legs and face. Sclerotherapy injectable treatment is an ideal procedure to get rid of spider veins.

If the patient is bothered by these unsightly veins on the skin, they should consider professional vein treatment. Just like varicose veins, the spider veins too cannot be wished away, and will require the non-surgical sclerotherapy procedure.

Prevention and Re-Treatment

Treatment is not only necessary to get rid of varicose veins the first time, but also the patient must be prepared to take preventive steps in order to avoid the formation of future varicose veins. A patient with a history of varicose veins should maintain a healthy weight, get regular exercise, perform leg elevation while at rest, and wear compression stockings as advised by the vein specialist.

However, despite all the preventive measures, in some cases, the varicose veins may still form in the future, and re-treatment may be necessary. Superlative and accomplished vein specialists at DVVI receive patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and nearby areas for vein and vascular treatments.

We offer free screenings and can also provide tips to manage varicose vein symptoms.

For more information on vein disease, call the vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today at (760) 568-3461 to schedule an appointment.

Vein experts Dr. Pushpinder SiviaDr. Son Ha Yu, and Dr. John Lee are taking patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Riverside and other surrounding areas of California.

Varicose Vein Treatment for Men

Vein Procedures for Men with Varicose Veins Palm SpringsIt’s not uncommon for men to develop varicose veins as they get older but many men do not seek out treatment options. Statistics tell us that approximately 45 percent of men suffer from venous disease, a condition that can lead to painful, aching, and restless legs. If you have been hiding your legs by wearing long pants during the warmer months or avoiding going to the beach because of unsightly veins, there are some minimally-invasive options for treating vein disease in men.

Vein Disease Management Tips for Men

Many active men experience discomfort in their legs after physical activities — or avoid certain activities altogether because of bulging veins, aching, and tenderness in the legs. If this sounds like you, there are some things you can do to manage some of the symptoms associated with venous disease. Here are some tips:

Stay Active

Standing or sitting for long periods of time can take its toll on your circulation. Get into the habit of taking breaks every 30 minutes and stretch frequently throughout the day to reduce circulation problems in the legs. Exercising regularly is also good for circulation and for keeping your legs healthy. If you are noticing swelling or discomfort while exercising because of varicose veins, compression socks can provide some relief.

Use Hot and Cold Packs

If you hit the gym regularly or have aching legs after a day of work, use hot or cold packs to ease aches, pain, and discomfort. Heat therapy can help to loosen up tight muscles and relieve pain. Cold therapy can reduce inflammation and swelling.

The VenaSeal™ Closure System

Desert Vein and Vascular Institute is the only practice in the Coachella Valley to offer this innovative procedure. Men with busy lifestyles appreciate the benefits of this minimally invasive treatment and speedy treatment process — it is typically completed within 20 minutes right in the office. The procedure involves threading a small catheter into the problem vein and delivering the VenaSeal™ adhesive into the vein to close it down. This is a relatively painless procedure with no down time and boasts a 98% success rate.

The ClosureFast™ Procedure

The ClosureFast™ procedure uses radiofreqency ablation to treat varicose veins without any anesthesia. We also perform this procedure in our office and most patients return to work the same day. The procedure involves inserting an ultrasound-guided catheter into the vein and firing radio frequency energy into the vein so the vein walls collapse. Statistics show 93% of treated veins were still closed three years after treatment with the ClosureFast™ procedure.

Concerned about varicose veins? Schedule your free vein screening at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today. Our board certified physicians treat both men and women with symptoms of venous disease and are the only vein practice Palm Springs to offer VenaSeal™.

For more information on traveling with varicose veins and vein disease, call the vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today at (760) 568-3461 to schedule an appointment.

Vein experts Dr. Pushpinder SiviaDr. Son Ha Yu, and Dr. John Lee are taking patients from Palm Spings, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and other surrounding areas of California.

Varicose Vein Treatment 

What is the Best Varicose Vein Treatment? Palm SpringsVaricose veins can not only cause aesthetic concerns, but if neglected for too long, these may also lead to other symptoms such as pain and numbness in the affected areas. Dr. Pushpinder Sivia and Dr. Son Ya Yu of the Desert Vein & Vascular Institute are the only full-time, board certified vascular specialists in the Coachella Valley providing advanced and innovative treatments for varicose veins. They receive patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, California, and surrounding locations.

Venefit RF Treatment

The Venefit Procedure, also called VNUS Closure is a cutting edge solution for varicose veins that is based on radio frequency (RF) ablation. It involves the use of RF energy to close the targeted varicose vein in order to restore smoother, healthier skin. Venefit has emerged as one of the most effective and popular minimally invasive procedures to treat varicose veins.

What is the Best Varicose Vein Treatment? Palm Springs

Procedure

The vein specialist will begin the treatment by numbing the locally affected area. The specialist will then insert a tiny catheter painlessly into the vein, guided by ultrasound for precision. RF energy is passed directly into the affected vein, leading to collapse of the vein. The collapsed vein gradually gets absorbed naturally, and blood circulation is re-routed to surrounding healthy veins.

The Desert Vein & Vascular specialists perform this procedure in-office, and will usually complete it in 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the number and size of veins to be treated. The procedure is less invasive, less painful and requiring only local anesthesia, unlike traditional varicose vein stripping techniques. Downtime involved is minimal, and most patients will be able to return to work the same day.

Recovery

The Venefit is a gentle procedure, involving reduced discomfort and bruising, and enabling the patient to recover fast. The treated area will be covered with a compression stocking that is left overnight.

Most patients report relief from symptoms directly after the treatment, and can resume their regular activities the same day. Studies have shown that in 93 percent of the cases, the treated veins were still closed three years after the Venefit treatment.

VenaSeal Treatment

VenaSeal is the latest, minimally invasive solution for varicose veins introduced at DVVI for patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, California, and other areas. It is the first vein treatment of its kind that provides permanent freedom from varicose veins in the legs by the sealing the diseased veins with a medical adhesive. The procedure can be completed in an office setting in just 20 minutes. VenaSeal is practically painless and requires only one local anesthetic injection. It is a highly effective treatment with a success rate of 97 percent.

Procedure

The VenaSeal expert will identify the affected veins using ultrasound to create a treatment plan. During the procedure, a small catheter will be threaded into the affected vein. VenaSeal adhesive will be delivered directly into the vein, and a light pressure will be applied. Within a few minutes, the catheter is removed and the procedure is accomplished.

For more information on traveling with varicose veins and vein disease, call the vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today at (760) 568-3461 to schedule an appointment.

Vein experts Dr. Pushpinder SiviaDr. Son Ha Yu, and Dr. John Lee are taking patients from Palm Spings, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Riverside and other surrounding areas of California.

Traveling, especially long-distance, can be a long and tiring process that often requires sitting for extended periods of time. Sometimes, if you have vein disease, whether accompanied by varicose veins or not, limited movement due to traveling can have negative effects. The combination of long-distance travel with varicose veins can increase your likelihood of developing a blood clot, which in severe cases, can lead to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and even pulmonary embolism, which can be deadly.

Signs and symptoms of serious complications

Usually, blood clots located in superficial veins will dissolve on their own, but for blood clots located within deep veins, it can turn into more serious complications. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms of a potential blood clot that has become a DVT or pulmonary embolism.

Around half who have developed DVT don’t experience any symptoms. If they do, symptoms of DVT are normally felt in the affected area of the body and include:

  • Swelling of the affected area
  • Skin that is warm to the touch
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Redness of the skin

In addition, pulmonary embolism is a serious, and sometimes fatal, condition that can occur without any warning signs. If symptoms are experienced, they can include:

  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Anxiety

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

Tips to help prevent complications

In-flight tips

  • Stay hydrated and limit intake of caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid sleeping medication
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Take a blood-thinning medication if you have a history of DVT
  • Take time for walking breaks and exercise

In-flight exercises

  • Bend and straighten legs and feet every 30 minutes
  • If safe, walk up and down the aisles once every hour
  • Massage calf muscles
  • Wriggle toes frequently
  • Only sleep in short increments

For more information on traveling with varicose veins and vein disease, call the vein specialists atDesert Vein and Vascular Institute today at 760-568-3461 to schedule an appointment.

Though many people seek treatment for their vein disease, there are still some who are on the fence. Old vein treatment methods involve painful surgical procedures performed in the hospital, leaving horrible scarring. These procedures are commonly known as “vein stripping.” Luckily, vein treatment has evolved into minimally invasive, affordable procedures covered by most insurance plans. If you’re one of those people who are unsure if vein treatment is right for you, there are a few things you should consider.

Aside from the pain and embarrassment of vein disease, many people avoid vein treatment due to the fear of agonizing surgery that was once used. With the technological advancements we now have today, painful vein surgery is a thing of the past.

Symptoms you may be experiencing

Vein disease can be extremely painful and affect many areas of your life. Common symptoms of vein disease include:

  • Leg pain, aching or cramping
  • Burning or itching of the skin
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • “Heavy” feeling in the legs
  • Skin discoloration or texture changes
  • Restless legs
  • Open wounds or sores

Vein treatments available

The vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute offer a wide variety of vein treatments, including sclerotherapy and the Venefit™ procedure. Whether it be varicose veins, spider veins, or even venous ulcers, there are fast, easy, nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatments with excellent results available to you.

Advantages to vein treatment

There are numerous advantages and benefits to choosing minimally invasive treatment. Some of the benefits include:

  • Little to no downtime after the procedure
  • Treatments can be performed on all skin types
  • Treatments are conducted in-office
  • Minimal pain and discomfort after treatment
  • Little to no scarring
  • Immediate results

The vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute understand that taking the first step for treatment can be scary. But the decision to treat your vein disease could be one of the best things you do for yourself and your well-being. Don’t wait, call today at 760-568-3461 to schedule your first consultation.

Vein disease, also called venous insufficiency, is often manifested as visible veins on the legs, called varicose veins. Symptoms of vein disease may include:

  • Burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs
  • Tired, achy or heavy feelings in the legs
  • Itchy feelings around the veins
  • Leathery skin appearance on the legs
  • Skin surface ulcers on the lower legs (only in very severe cases)

Vein disease is a progressive disease, meaning it will only get worse if left untreated. Before we treat your veins, we must diagnose your condition.

How do we diagnose vein disease?

The first step to diagnosing vein disease is an evaluation of your complete medical history, including questions about your current general health, and a physical examination of your legs. The next stepuses state-of-the-art equipment to conduct such targeted exams as:

  • Vascular ultrasound – A vascular ultrasound exam uses using ultrasound imaging to assess the blood flow and the structure of the leg veins. During a vascular ultrasound, a transducer (small, hand-held device) is placed directly on the skin over the vein to be examined. The transducer emits sound waves that bounce off the vein and records an image of the vein to be displayed on a monitor. This image will help to examine how well your blood is flowing in the legs.
  • Venogram – A venogram is an X-ray that allows your physician to see the anatomy of your veins. An injection of a contrast dye directly into the veins makes the veins appear opaque on the X-ray image to visualize and evaluate the veins.

The results of your diagnosis will determine what treatment option is right for you. These may include compression therapy, the Venefit™ procedure and sclerotherapy. After your diagnostic exam, your condition will be explained to you, and a customized plan will be developed to cater to your specific needs.

If you are having symptoms of vein disease, call the vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today at 760-568-3461 to schedule an appointment.

If you have varicose veins, you may be wondering how you got them in the first place. Was it something you did, or was it inevitable? There are actually a few things that can increase your risk for developing varicose veins, but first let’s take a look at what it means to have varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins, it’s easy to recognize their swollen, gnarled, bluish looking appearance. In addition to their awful appearance, varicose veins can be extremely painful and exhibit symptoms such as:

  • Tired, achy or heavy feelings in the legs
  • Burning, throbbing or cramping in the legs
  • Itchy feelings around the veins
  • Skin surface ulcers on the lower legs (only in very severe cases)

There are many things that can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Most of these are associated with increased pressure or damage to the veins within the leg, but they can also be the result of factors out of your control. These can include:

  • Heredity or family history of varicose veins
  • Age
  • Standing or sitting for long amounts of time
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause
  • Wearing tight undergarments or clothes in midsection
  • Medical history of blood clots
  • Injury to the veins
  • Straining or chronic constipation
  • Certain health conditions like phlebitis, blood clots or congenital abnormalities
  • Injury to the veins

Though this list may seem long, there are many things you can do to help reduce your risk or lessen symptoms that are caused by varicose veins.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise will help improve your circulation for healthy blood flow. Try cardio activities that get your blood pumping like jogging, swimming or cycling for 30 minutes at least three times a week.

Eat right

Consuming a low-salt diet will reduce your risk for high blood pressure, which can contribute to the development of varicose veins. Avoid processed foods that are often high in sodium and use salt-free seasonings when cooking.

Maintain a healthy weight

Those who are overweight typically have low muscle mass and high body fat, which can add pressure and decrease the natural support to the veins. Make sure you are consuming a balanced diet and keeping an active lifestyle.

Elevate the legs

When at rest, try to elevate your legs by propping them up with a pillow or recliner chair. This will help ease the flow of blood in your legs for healthy circulation.

Avoid sitting or standing for long amounts of time

If your job keeps you sitting or standing prolonged periods of time, it’s important to make the effort to walk around throughout the day. This will help prevent any added pressure put on your veins.

For more advice on vein disease and what you can do to ease or prevent symptoms, call the vein specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today at 760-568-3461.

The Venefit Procedure eliminates varicose veins without surgery

Every day your heart pumps approximately 1,500 – 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. Your veins do the hard work of returning that blood to your heart, while working against gravity. How do they do this? By utilizing the muscles in your legs and small valves inside your veins. These specialized valves create a one-way system that keeps the blood moving toward your heart.

When these valves stop working efficiently, small amounts of blood begin to flow back away from the heart, causing blood to pool in the veins. This results in swelling of the ankles and lower legs. Over time varicose veins can develop, becoming chronically enlarged, dark in color and twisted. While typically not a health threat, they can be painful and embarrassing.

With summer fast approaching, many people are looking for options to treat their varicose veins. The specialists at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute offer a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment called the Venefit ™ procedure.

What is the Venefit procedure?

  • An in-office treatment which uses radiofrequency to close the vein
  • Takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete
  • Performed under local anesthesia

What’s involved with the Venefit procedure?

  • A board-certified vein specialist will provide the treatment
  • The first step is to numb the area to be treated
  • Guided by ultrasound, the vein specialist inserts a small catheter painlessly into the vein
  • Radiofrequency energy is delivered via the catheter, causing the vein to heat, collapse and seal shut
  • The treated area is covered with a compression stocking that remains in place for 24 hours
  • Over time, the collapsed vein is absorbed by the body and the blood is rerouted to healthy veins

What are the benefits of the Venefit procedure compared to traditional vein stripping?

  • Minimally invasive in-office treatment vs. a surgical procedure done in an operating room under full anesthesia
  • Minimal recovery time: most people return to work the same day
  • The ability to resume full activity immediately after the procedure
  • Less pain, bruising, scarring and faster overall recovery
  • Immediate relief from the pain and discomfort of the treated varicose vein(s)

Do you suffer from varicose veins? Would you like more information on a minimally invasive treatment option that can have you ready for summer in just a few days?  Call the experts at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute today at 760-568-3461.

When it comes to your vascular health, nutrition can play a key role in ensuring optimal functionality and preventing serious vein, artery and heart conditions.

Although consuming essential nutrients for good health is important, there are a few to focus on that can benefit your vascular health. Nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, niacin (vitamin B3), antioxidants and fiber can all help keep your vascular system healthy.

Vitamin C builds collagen

Vitamin C helps build elastic fibers like collagen and elastin to keep vein walls and arteries flexible and strong. Strong vein walls help prevent the veins from leaking by minimizing pressure caused by constant contraction during blood flow. In addition, the collagen and elastin can help repair and maintain arteries, preventing broken capillaries that result in spider veins. Vitamin C can be found in a variety of food sources, like red bell pepper, broccoli, kiwis, tomatoes, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and citrus fruits.

Vitamin E to prevent blood clots

Vitamin E is a group of fat-soluble compounds that serve as a natural blood thinner and help to prevent proteins from sticking together, forming blood clots. Blood clots can attach themselves to the walls of arteries, causing the artery to narrow, stiffen and weaken. Foods rich in vitamin E include eggs, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, yams, liver, nuts and seeds.

Niacin (vitamin B3) to lower cholesterol

Niacin can help lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) levels by boosting “good” cholesterol, or HDL, which picks up the excess bad cholesterol in your blood, moving it back to the liver for disposal. Foods rich in niacin are tuna, chicken, turkey, beef liver, mushrooms, cottage cheese and salmon.

Antioxidants to reduce inflammation

Antioxidants help reduce inflammation, preventing loss of elasticity in blood vessel walls. Antioxidants can also protect the lining of the arteries from damage and improve blood vessel function. Sources for antioxidant-rich foods are garlic, chili peppers, black and green tea and pomegranates.

Fiber for reduced pressure

Increasing your water and fiber intake helps to ease digestion and reduce constipation, which can put pressure on your veins in the abdominal and anal regions, reducing your risk for hemorrhoids. Fiber can also help fight against high cholesterol by helping to flush unhealthy fats from the digestive system. Unhealthy fats can lead to plaque buildup in the blood vessels, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Fiber-rich foods include whole grains, chia seeds and oatmeal.

If you would like to talk to a specialist about your vascular health, give the doctors at Desert Vein and Vascular Institute a call at 760-568-3461.

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