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Back Pain: Five Exercises That Can Lead to Long-Term Damage

As medical professionals, we always recommend that our patients exercise, but some exercises, especially when performed incorrectly and over a long period of time, can lead to chronic back pain. So, let’s take a look at some of the leading culprits of exercise-related back pain and explore where many of us so often go wrong. (more…)

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Pregnancy and varicose veins

Pregnancy & Varicose Veins

Pregnancy and varicose veins

Pregnancy & Varicose Veins: Five Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Pregnancy brings about a lot of changes in a woman’s body, but one often unexpected change is the development of varicose veins. And it makes sense. After all, during pregnancy your body not only produces more blood, but your hormones make the walls of your veins softer – which makes it more difficult for them to work properly. In addition, as your uterus expands and your baby grows, there’s an increase in pressure on your lower body – making it even more difficult for your veins to pump blood back toward your heart. Because of this, blood may begin pooling in your legs and cause the appearance of varicose veins. (more…)

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Why Sitting and Standing For too Long is Bad for You

Varicose Veins: Why Standing & Sitting are So Bad for You (and What to Do About It)

Why Sitting and Standing For too Long is Bad for You

Varicose Veins: Why Standing & Sitting are So Bad for You (and What to Do About It)

When it comes to developing varicose veins, the risk factors run the gamut from family history and aging to pregnancy, obesity, and leg trauma. But what you might not realize is that standing and sitting all day at work or due to a generally sedentary lifestyle are also risk factors. (more…)

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Can Your Workouts Lead to Varicose Veins?

can workouts lead to varicose veins

Can Your Workouts Lead to Varicose Veins?

Although exercises, like running, biking, hiking, and soccer rely more heavily on the legs than other workouts, they do not cause varicose veins. If they did, every athlete would, at some point, develop them. But they don’t. However, that’s not to say that certain workouts or exercises won’t exacerbate varicose veins or increase your odds of developing them if you’re prone to vein diseases. (more…)

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Varicose Veins: Pain, Swelling & Managing Your Symptoms

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Varicose Veins: Pain, Swelling & Managing Your Symptoms

As we age, our veins can lose elasticity and stretch, which can cause the valves within our veins to become weak and allow blood, which should be moving toward our heart, to pool in our veins. When this happens, our veins become varicose and appear enlarged, gnarled and either blue or purple. And while they may cause you to become self-conscious, they may not cause any other symptoms. (more…)

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7 Tips for Healthy Veins

7 Tips for Healthier Veins

7 Tips for Healthy Veins

Seven Tips for Healthier Veins

You might only think about your veins when you see them bulging after a tough workout or find a spider of varicose vein forming on your leg. But we have about 60,000 miles of vasculature – arteries, veins and tiny capillaries carrying blood and nutrients to every corner of our being – and they deserve more than the occasional fleeting thought. After all, veins are the “highway” through which blood flows back to our hearts – and, like any highway, when there’s a blockage, it can traffic can slow to a crawl or even stop – which can be catastrophic. (more…)

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What to expect after varicose vein treatment

What to Expect After Varicose Vein Treatment

What to expect after varicose vein treatment

What to Expect After Varicose Vein Treatment

At Vascular & Interventional Specialists of Prescott, we understand that you want to know what to expect after varicose vein treatment. And while we can’t tell you exactly what your experience will be, our general guide to recovery can help you mentally prepare for the days and weeks ahead. (more…)

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6 tips for healthy legs

6 Tips for Healthy Legs

6 tips for healthy legs

Six Tips for Healthy Legs

We all want strong, fit and healthy legs, but few of us know how to get them – or how take care of them once we do. There are, of course, scrubs, moisturizers and tanning products that might give you a sun-kissed glow and enhance the overall appearance of your legs, but to truly take care of the health of your legs, you need to take a holistic approach that will make them beautiful from the inside out. (more…)

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What is a Peripheral Angiogram & How Can They Help with Vascular Diseases?

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Just the Facts: Peripheral Angiograms and How They Help with Vascular Disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), your doctor may recommend a peripheral angiogram to not only help him or her understand the extent of the disease, but to help inform your individualized treatment plan – which will also take into account your age, lifestyle, and other factors. And although it may sound like an entirely exploratory procedure, a peripheral angiogram can, in fact, be both diagnostic and therapeutic. (more…)

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PVD vs PAD Peripheral Vascular Disease vs Peripheral Arterial Disease

Know the Difference: Peripheral Vascular Disease vs. Peripheral Arterial Disease

  PVD vs PAD

Know the Difference: Peripheral Vascular Disease vs. Peripheral Arterial Disease

Vascular diseases can range from coronary artery disease to congestive heart failure and high blood pressure, but two of the diseases – peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) – are so similarly named and so closely connected that they’re often used interchangeably. However, the diseases are different and there are some important distinctions to be made. (more…)

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