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How An Enlarged Prostate Affects The Bladder Dec 2nd, 2022

The bladder is a hollow organ in the lower abdomen that stores and excretes urine produced by the kidneys. Urine travels from each kidney via tubes called ureters. The waste liquid leaves the bladder and exits the body through another tube called the urethra. As the bladder fills up with...

How To Stop An Enlarged Prostate From Keeping You Up At Night Nov 25th, 2022

We all need a good night´s sleep to feel refreshed and rested in the morning. However, constantly getting up during the middle of the night because you need to visit the bathroom can lead to sleep deprivation and impair your quality of life. Nighttime urination or nocturia is only really...

How An Enlarged Prostate Can Affect Your Sex Life Nov 18th, 2022

As most men age, the prostate grows. Enlargement not caused by cancer is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. The condition can cause several urinary problems as well as impact sexual health. When the prostate is enlarged, it pushes against urinary structures. This includes the neck of the bladder...

What Are The Causes Of An Enlarged Prostate Gland? Nov 10th, 2022

An enlarged prostate - also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) - is a condition in which the gland increases in size and is not cancerous. It is normal for the prostate to become enlarged as men age. This small, muscular gland is about the size of a walnut in younger...

How Is An Enlarged Prostate Diagnosed? Nov 4th, 2022

If you are having trouble urinating or getting up frequently to pee in the middle of the night, you may have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or an enlarged prostate. You will need to book an appointment with your doctor to determine whether this is the case. They will make their...

Kegel Exercises To Improve Enlarged Prostate Symptoms Oct 28th, 2022

For men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlarged prostate, pelvic muscle exercises known as Kegel exercises can relieve symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your bladder and penis. While generally considered beneficial for women during childbirth, Kegel exercises may help with urinary symptoms like:  Waking up to urinate...

Natural Ways To Treat An Enlarged Prostate Oct 21st, 2022

An enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can cause a number of irritating symptoms - typically urinary problems such as a weak urinary stream and waking up during the night to urinate. BPH is not a serious health threat and is not linked to cancer, but it may affect...

Comparing Prostate Artery Embolization With Other BPH Treatments Oct 14th, 2022

Several treatment options are available when men are diagnosed with an enlarged prostate (benign prostate hyperplasia, or BPH). The most common surgical procedure for this non-cancerous prostate gland enlargement is transurethral resection of the prostate or TURP. But some men will not need to go under the knife. They can...

Encouraging Facts About An Enlarged Prostate Gland Oct 7th, 2022

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland surrounding the urethra, a hollow tube that carries urine out of the body. In addition to controlling urine flow, it produces seminal fluid that supports the activities of spermatozoa. The prostate enlarges naturally throughout a man's life, which can squeeze or partially block the...

What Men Need To Know About The Prostate Gland Sep 30th, 2022

Men are often uncomfortable talking about prostate issues. Consequently, you may not know where or what it is or its role in the male body. You might only hear about it in relation to older men having difficulty urinating. So in this article, we´re going to provide a few basic...

What Is The Success Rate Of Prostrate Artery Embolization (PAE)? Sep 23rd, 2022

As men get older, their prostate grows. This is a fact of life. Usually, it isn´t a problem, but some men will require treatment to reduce its size, which may mean surgery. The prostate is a male reproductive system gland underneath the bladder and surrounding part of the urethra (the...

Who Is A Candidate For Prostate Artery Embolization? Sep 16th, 2022

Non-cancerous enlargement of the walnut-shaped prostate gland can make life difficult and miserable for millions of men. The condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is common in older men and can severely impact their quality of life.  When the prostate enlarges, it puts pressure on the bladder. This restricts...

Essential Tips For Men With Benign Prostate Hyperplasia Sep 9th, 2022

When a man reaches the age of 25, the prostate gland starts to grow, a normal development phase known as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).  BPH is a benign condition that doesn’t lead to cancer, although the two can coexist. Around 50% of men with BPH may never develop any symptoms,...

What You Need To Know About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Sep 2nd, 2022

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous prostate gland enlargement, mostly affecting men aged 50 or over. BPH is such a common condition that doctors believe all men will have an enlarged prostate if they live long enough. Typical signs include frequently having the urge to urinate and a weaker...

How Does The Prostate Artery Embolization Procedure Work? Aug 26th, 2022

The prostate artery embolization (PAE) procedure shrinks the prostate to improve urinary tract symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This non-cancerous prostate gland enlargement affects 50% of men over the age of 50 and around80 % of those over 70. Initially, surgery was the only option to treat the...

The Benefits of Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) Aug 19th, 2022

Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a relatively new treatment that helps improve the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called prostate gland enlargement. This noncancerous prostate condition typically affects men as they age and causes uncomfortable urinary symptoms such as a weak urine stream, incomplete bladder emptying and increased...

Frequently Asked Questions About Prostate Artery Embolization Aug 12th, 2022

Living with an enlarged prostate can seriously affect your overall quality of life. Not only can it be extremely uncomfortable, but it may also slow down the flow of urine and impact ejaculation. Approximately 50% of men between 51 and 60 develop the condition, and that number steadily climbs with...

Prostate Artery Embolization – All You Need to Know Apr 3rd, 2022

If you’re suffering from an enlarged prostate, chances are your doctor has told you that the only treatment option is TURP or transurethral resection of the prostate. Well, the good news is that it may not be necessary for you to undergo prostate surgery. Your symptoms can be relieved with...

What Does Peripheral Artery Disease Mean For You? Mar 21st, 2022

If you've been diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), you're probably feeling anxious and worried that you didn't entirely take in everything that your doctor told you. Don't worry. In this article, we'll discuss everything you need to know to set your mind at ease. What is Peripheral Artery Disease?...

Is Your Job Affecting Your Veins? Jan 28th, 2022

Approximately 24% of Americans have varicose veins, and contrary to what you may think, it's not a condition confined to women or the elderly. These twisted, bulging veins affect all ages and any gender and can lead to serious medical issues such as blood clots. Am I at risk of...

Everything You Need to Know About Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) Jan 21st, 2022

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, you’re certainly not alone. PCS prevalence is high, with 15% of women aged 18-50  suffering from the condition in the United States and up to 43.% worldwide. What is pelvic congestion syndrome? PCS is one of the primary causes of chronic...

How To Improve Circulation In the Legs (and Why It’s Important) Jan 14th, 2022

It’s hardly surprising that every medical professional advises their patients to boost circulation. Healthy, efficient blood flow enables every organ in the body to function correctly. It helps keep the heart healthy, heal wounds faster, keeps the brain sharp, and even gives your complexion a healthy glow.    When circulation...

How The Cold Weather Affects Circulation and Veins Jan 7th, 2022

If you suffer from poor circulation, it’s essential to understand how cold weather has the potential to be dangerous. Not only do cooler days increase a person’s risk of serious illness from coughs, heart and lung problems, falls, or even the flu, but veins can also be affected. Carry on...

What Is The Connection Between PAD and Atherosclerosis? Dec 30th, 2021

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as peripheral arterial disease, is a common and severe circulatory problem involving the abnormal narrowing of the arteries. When narrowing occurs, parts of the body (particularly the legs and arms) don't receive enough blood to keep up with demand.  This can result in a...

What Increases My Risk of Diabetic Ulcers on the Foot? Dec 17th, 2021

A diabetic ulcer on the foot is a break in the two top layers of skin, the epidermis and dermis, but it may also extend more deeply to the tendons and even the bone. These open wounds occur in approximately 15% of people with diabetes, according to the American Podiatric...

What You Need To Know About The Causes of Poor Circulation Dec 10th, 2021

Your circulatory system carries nutrients, oxygen and water via blood through the body so it can remain strong and healthy. When blood flow is reduced, your cells don't receive as much oxygen as they need, and you may experience symptoms of poor circulation. These include cold extremities, muscle cramps, feeling...

Diabetes and Nerve Damage: Causes and Symptoms Dec 3rd, 2021

Neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes, a type of nerve damage that typically results in tingling sensations, pain, numbness and muscle weakness. The causes are uncontrolled high blood sugar (glucose) levels and decreased blood flow.  There are four main types of neuropathy and the symptoms you may experience depend...

Treatment For Critical Limb Ischemia To Prevent Amputation Nov 29th, 2021

Critical limb ischemia is a severe blockage in the arteries that significantly reduces blood flow to the lower extremities. It is considered the most serious form of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and results in severe pain in the toes and feet even while resting.  The reduced blood flow is caused...

Diabetes, Infections and the Different Types of Gangrene: What You Need To Know Nov 19th, 2021

Gangrene is the death of body tissue due to infection and a loss of blood supply. The condition is typically caused by an injury and commonly affects the extremities - fingers, feet and toes. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing gangrene because uncontrolled blood sugar levels...

Diabetic Ulcers on the Foot: Deciding The Best Treatments Nov 15th, 2021

A diabetic ulcer on the foot is one of the most common complications of diabetes affecting approximately 19% to 34% of people with the metabolic disorder. Ulcers can develop anywhere on your feet or toes and left untreated, can lead to severe infections that may result in amputations. The most common...

The Importance of Good Footwear For People With Diabetes Nov 7th, 2021

When you have diabetes, you need to take extra special care of your feet. People with metabolic disease are at increased risk of suffering from impaired circulation and nerve damage in their feet. Wearing uncomfortable and ill-fitting shoes can make you more susceptible to developing a harmful condition. That's why...

How Does Honey Heal Diabetic Wounds? Oct 29th, 2021

Honey has been used for centuries to treat burns, boils, infected and non-healing wounds and ulcers because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The sweet, viscous food substance made by honey bees and related insects can also treat diabetic wounds and help prevent amputations. Honey As A Wound Healer Diabetes...

What Are The Common Complications of Diabetic Ulcers on the Foot? Oct 22nd, 2021

Diabetic ulcers on the foot are sores formed below the ankle as a result of a break in the skin that exposes layers underneath. Approximately one in four people with diabetes will develop at least one foot ulcer following diagnosis, and they're responsible for more hospital admissions than any other diabetic complication....

The Importance of Exercise When You Have Diabetes Oct 15th, 2021

Exercise can benefit everyone, including people with diabetes. It can play an essential part in managing your condition, blood sugar levels and weight, as well as improving your overall health and wellness.  In fact, physical exercise is so important that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that people with type 2 diabetes...

Coronavirus and Diabetes: Frequently Asked Questions Oct 10th, 2021

COVID-19 is still a new disease, and there is a lot we don´t know. However, new information is being unearthed all the time, including the relationship between coronavirus and diabetes. In this article, we´re going to answer some of the frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 impacts people with diabetes....

The Relationship Between Peripheral Arterial Disease and Smoking Oct 1st, 2021

Cigarette smoking is one of the most important changeable risk factors for peripheral arterial disease, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries of the arms, legs, head, and stomach. More than 200 million people around the world are affected by PAD, and many of them smoke. In a study published by...

Diabetic Ulcers in The Mouth and Other Dental Problems Sep 24th, 2021

Diabetes can take its toll on your whole body, including putting you at risk of dental and oral health problems such as diabetic ulcers in the mouth and gum disease. Mouth Ulcers Mouth ulcers are sores or lesions that typically appear on the soft tissue and inner parts of the...

What Skin Changes Are Associated With PAD Sep 19th, 2021

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as poor circulation, hardening of the arteries and peripheral artery disease, is a narrowing of the arteries resulting in reduced blood flow to the arms, legs, heads and stomach.  The most common cause is atherosclerosis, an accumulation of fatty deposits (plaque) inside the arteries....

The Dos and Don’ts of Diabetic Wound Care Sep 10th, 2021

Following any wound, the body's immune system kicks into action. It sends blood clotting factors and other blood products to repair the injury and white blood cells to stop infections from taking hold. However, for a person with diabetes, the wound healing process is often slower.  Poor circulation leads to...

10 Warning Signs of Poor Circulation You Shouldn´t Ignore Sep 3rd, 2021

Poor circulation is where parts of your body, especially the hands and feet, receive insufficient amounts of blood. Excess sugar in the bloodstream of people with diabetes can cause blood vessels to narrow, which reduces the amount of blood flowing. This can lead to a host of complications from minor...

Amputation Prevent Strategies For People With Diabetes Aug 26th, 2021

Amputation is one of the most feared complications of diabetes. Often it involves removing toes, feet and lower legs. The problems typically start in the feet with calluses that may progress to ulcers and complicated wound infections. Amputation is commonly needed if gangrene sets in, damage to the lower extremities is...

– Diabetic Wounds And Other Warning Signs That Appear On The Skin Aug 17th, 2021

Diabetes affects many parts of the body, including the nerves, heart, brain, kidneys and skin. Healthy people experience similar skin problems, but those with diabetes are at a higher risk. From blisters and diabetic wounds to dry skin and reddish or brown patches, there are numerous warning signs you could...

The Reasons Why Diabetic Wounds Are Slow To Heal Aug 13th, 2021

Once we get a cut or a scrape, our body´s immune system and wound healing mechanisms go into full swing, warding off germs to help prevent the wound from becoming infected. Blood clots, a scab forms over the injury, and it begins to heal in optimum fashion.  However, for people...

Relax To Improve Poor Circulation In The Feet Aug 6th, 2021

Many people with diabetes experience pain and discomfort in their feet because of nerve damage, poor circulation or both. Circulation is the umbrella term for how blood is pumped around the body by the heart. Blood transports oxygen from the lungs to every cell and removes carbon dioxide and other...

A Closer Look at the Different Types of Diabetic Ulcers on the Foot Jul 31st, 2021

Diabetic ulcers on the foot can affect people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, occurring when the skin breaks down and skin layers beneath become exposed. These slow-healing wounds can become a serious health issue because they carry a high risk of infection, which may spread to the...

Prostate Artery Embolization: Non-Surgical Treatment For An Enlarged Prostate Jul 22nd, 2021

Do you have an enlarged prostate? Are you having trouble starting to pee, or are you frequently peeing, especially at night? If so, you could have benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), otherwise known as an enlarged prostate, one of the most common diseases affecting aging men. Treatment for the condition can depend...

Essential Facts About Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Jul 16th, 2021

PCS (Pelvic congestion syndrome) is essentially varicose (enlarged) veins in the pelvis. This condition causes chronic pain in the pelvic area and affects up to 30% of women. In some women, the veins in the lower abdomen are not working well due to faulty valves. Consequently, blood that should be pumped...

Essential Tips To Improve Poor Circulation If You Have Diabetes Jul 9th, 2021

Are you experiencing muscle cramps? Is there a stinging feeling in your limbs? Do you have cold or numb hands? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you could be suffering from poor circulation. For people with diabetes, poor blood circulation, where one or more parts of the...

What is Critical Limb Ischemia? What You Need To Know Jun 29th, 2021

CLI) Critical limb ischemia is a serious condition brought on by inadequate blood flow to some parts of the body. It is a severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and is usually the result of a blockage of the arteries, the vessels that supply blood to the body.  Critical...

How To Spot The Signs Of A Diabetic Ulcer On The Foot Jun 24th, 2021

A foot ulcer is one of the most common and serious complications for people with diabetes, occurring in approximately 15% of patients, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Diabetic ulcers on the foot can occur in anyone with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and refer to an open sore...

Essential Tips To Prevent Diabetic Wound Infections Jun 17th, 2021

Diabetic wound infections are common and preventable occurrences that increase the risk of amputation. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), approximately 15% of diabetic patients develop a diabetic foot ulcer and six per cent of those will be hospitalized due to wound infection or other complications. As with...

What Is The Link Between Diabetes and PAD? Jun 10th, 2021

People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common circulatory problem caused by narrowing of the peripheral arteries (those that don't supply blood to the heart and brain). This typically results in reduced blood flow to the head, arms, stomach and legs, causing...

What Is Amputation And Why Are Diabetics More At Risk Of Losing A Lower Limb? Jun 1st, 2021

You’ve probably heard of amputation but do you know what it means in medical terms? Don’t worry, most people don’t know the answer, which is why we thought we’d post an article defining amputation, its drawbacks, and an explanation of how an atherectomy can prevent the need for amputation. So...

Diabetes and Gangrene – What’s the Connection? May 27th, 2021

You’re probably aware of diabetes and gangrene but do you know the connection? Without early diagnosis and treatment, gangrene can quickly lead to the need for limb amputation. If you have diabetes, recognizing the symptoms of gangrene and understanding why you face a greater risk of developing it is critical....

Diabetes and Amputation – Save Your Limb Before It’s Too Late May 18th, 2021

Did you know that people with diabetes are susceptible to nerve damage and circulation issues? For some diabetics, these issues may necessitate foot or lower limb amputation. To put the severity of this problem into perspective, there are almost two million people living in the United States with limb loss....

The Significance of Varicose Vein Screening and Why You Should Book Yours May 13th, 2021

Most people consider unsightly varicose veins to be an irritating cosmetic problem and nothing to be unduly concerned about. However, in some cases, they can indicate the presence of a deeper problem. While there are numerous harmless reasons for these damaged veins to make an appearance, they can also be...

Varicose Veins and The Menopause May 6th, 2021

As women enter menopause, normally in their early 50s they experience yet another shift in their hormone levels. Menopause causes several changes in the body and its functions including changes to sleep, mood, hair and vascular health. It pays to be aware of the close link between menopause and varicose...

Chronic Venous Insufficiency – Adjust Your Diet & Lower Your Risk Apr 30th, 2021

You are what you put in your mouth Did you know that approximately 150,000 new patients are diagnosed each year with chronic venous insufficiency? Or that 20% of Americans are thought to have some type of varicose vein disorder? Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a common clinical problem in the United...

Even Men Can Suffer From Varicose Veins Apr 22nd, 2021

While it’s true that few men worry about varicose veins when they’re relaxing on the beach, it’s important for them to be aware that varicose veins aren’t just for women. The number of men with varicose veins is about 25% nationwide and makes up a significant percentage of our patient...

6 Top Tips To Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers Apr 16th, 2021

If you’re suffering from diabetes then you probably know the importance of managing your blood sugar levels to avoid serious complications such as poor blood flow and nerve damage which can lead to sores or ulcers on the feet. If you have diabetes then it’s critical to take steps to...

Diabetic Foot Ulcers and PAD – Understanding the Connection Apr 7th, 2021

According to research carried out by The Sage Group in November 2013 approximately 50% of patients suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) were also suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD). This was a significant find since research revealed that DFU with PAD is quite different concerning location, morbidity, severity,...

Diabetes and Foot Complications Apr 2nd, 2021

The term diabetic foot typically refers to ever-increasing complications in the feet of people suffering from diabetes mellitus. Peripheral neuropathy, one of the most prevalent foot problems associated with diabetes, can lead to vascular disease, ulceration and place a person at increased risk of infection. It can also, in some...

Saphenous Vein Problems – What Are They And Why Do They Occur? Mar 12th, 2021

The saphenous vein (otherwise known as the great saphenous vein or GSV) is the longest in the human body. It extends from the top of the foot to the upper thigh/groin area and like all veins, problems can occur. So what issues are associated with the GSV and more importantly,...

How To Check For DVT At Home And Why You Really Should Mar 5th, 2021

With national pulmonary rehabilitation week just around the corner (March 14-20) now seems like the perfect time to talk about deep vein thrombosis or DVT for short. Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition caused by a blood clot in the vein (usually the leg) so it’s important to know...

Avoiding Critical Limb Ischemia – 8 Key Tips Feb 23rd, 2021

Peripheral arterial disease more commonly referred to as PAD occurs when the outer (peripheral) arteries that serve the head, neck, and stomach narrow. This ‘narrowing’ occurs when the arterial walls become clogged with plaque. One of the most severe forms of PAD is critical limb ischemia which occurs when the...

Home Remedies For Varicose Veins – Do They Really Work? Feb 16th, 2021

You don’t have to go very far to find a plethora of home remedies for varicose veins. In fact, a quick internet search brings up over 15 pages of results. Treatments typically involve the use of poultices containing all manner of herbs and essential oils. Unfortunately, any evidence is ‘sketchy’...

PAD vs PVD – Understanding The Differences Feb 11th, 2021

When it comes to managing health, it’s important to understand a condition so that you can better control it. However, there are times when physicians use terms interchangeably without disclosing what they mean. Take PAD vs PVD for instance. Although they sound the same, there are subtle differences that you...

Varicosities – What Are They and How Can They Be Treated? Feb 5th, 2021

Chances are, the term ‘varicosities’ isn’t something that many people have come across, yet it’s a technical term for something that affects around 22 million American women between the ages of 40 and 80 every single year – varicose veins. What are varicose veins (varicosities) and how do they occur?...

What Happens to Varicose Veins After Treatment? Jan 27th, 2021

Varicose veins can seem to appear out of nowhere bringing problematic symptoms like itching, aching, burning and swelling. It’s only natural therefore that having them treated can seem like a huge relief. But have you ever wondered what happens to varicose veins after treatment? Firstly, your treatment options The first...

Varicose Vein Care and Prevention – A New Year’s Guide Jan 22nd, 2021

What does the start of a new year signify to you? A fresh start or a new you perhaps? A year full of renewed hope or a time to reflect? Whatever you decide, there is always going to be one certainty… by the end of it, we’ll be another year...

Diet And Vein Health – How The Food You Eat Impacts On Vein Health Jan 15th, 2021

Just as the food you eat can impact your overall health, it can also affect your vein health. But while eating a good diet won’t eradicate existing conditions such as varicose veins, good nutrition can and will stop them from getting worse. So how do the foods you eat impact...

The Stages of Vein Disease and When You Need To Act Jan 7th, 2021

Like a wide variety of conditions vein disease typically occurs in stages. At first, you might not even notice the subtle changes in your limbs, particularly your legs, but if you are at risk from vein disease then it’s important to assess yourself because there are some signs that you...

Can Varicose Veins Rupture? Oct 16th, 2020

Suffering from vein disorders like varicose veins can be worrying. Not only because problematic veins can be linked to health problems but also, when they do start to swell or bulge, you might be concerned that they could burst or rupture. Moreover, if they do, is it dangerous? Firstly veins...

Can Young People Get Varicose Veins? Oct 9th, 2020

When you’re young it’s easy to assume that a lot of health problems such as varicose vein only affect old folk. But unfortunately, you’d be wrong. You see, even people in their 20s are at risk of developing a vein disorder. While on the whole young people are more resilient...

7 Tips to Avoid Varicose Veins During Pregnancy Sep 24th, 2020

You’re pregnant – Congratulations! Being pregnant is an exciting time but it also throws up certain concerns that you may want answers to or reassurance. One common concern is varicose veins and whether you’re likely to get them during pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy then obviously you’ve nothing...

Compression Socks – Everything You Need to Know About the Unglamorous Side of Vein Health Sep 16th, 2020

While compression therapy has been known about for thousands of years – compression socks or stockings as we know them today, have only been around since the late 1930s. Physicians in ancient Egypt, for example, used a primitive form of compression bandage to bind and treat leg injuries but it...

Why Leg Vein Problems Can Be Hard To Recognise Sep 9th, 2020

Many people give little or no attention to visible leg veins and this is understandable. It could be that veins have gradually become present over the years and because of this people will often put it down to subtle cosmetic changes or simply signs of growing old. In some cases,...

Varicose Veins Aren’t Just for Women Sep 3rd, 2020

If you’re like most guys you probably think that varicose veins are a woman’s problem and not a big deal. Well, think again. While generally varicose veins are more common in women and older adults, figures from AHA Journals state that varicose veins affect 22 million US women and 11 million US men between...

VenaSeal vs Thermal Ablation to Treat Problematic Varicose Veins Aug 31st, 2020

Varicose veins can cause discomfort and pain. Perhaps you’re already experiencing the itching, throbbing, and burning associated with problematic veins. Not so long ago, treatment for varicose veins involved surgical vein stripping but thankfully, advances in technology mean patients can now benefit from a variety of non-surgical treatments. Over the...

When To Be Concerned About Leg Swelling Aug 20th, 2020

If it’s hot, or you’ve been on your feet all day, it isn’t uncommon for you to experience some type of leg or ankle swelling. Other causes like hormonal fluctuations, dietary changes and even certain types of medication can also trigger the limbs to swell. However, in many cases, the...

Three Good Reasons to Treat Varicose Veins in the Cooler Months Aug 13th, 2020

Successful treatment and management of varicose veins require a good deal of planning. So while here at the Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy (MINT) we are well adept at treating patients with varicose vein problems, we know from experience that the cooler fall and winter months help our patients better...

5 Varicose Vein Myths Debunked Aug 6th, 2020

There are so many myths surrounding varicose veins that often it’s difficult to know which are true and which are not. We’ve dissected 5 of the most common varicose vein misconceptions. By separating fiction from fact, you and a vein specialist can determine what’s the best course of treatment for...

Spider Veins – Should I Really Be Concerned? Jul 30th, 2020

Anyone who has spider veins will know that they’re primarily found on the surface of the legs and face. The question is… are they just a cosmetic nuisance or are they something to be concerned about? Before we get into the dilemma of spider veins and whether you should or...

How to Know When it’s Time to Seek Vein Treatment Jul 24th, 2020

Many people with varicose veins find them more of a cosmetic issue than a medical problem. In other words, they don’t pose a medical threat. However, there are other people whose varicose veins cause significant aching and pain and even embarrassment. For some individuals, varicose veins can lead to other...

Superglue for Varicose Veins Treatment– Really? Jul 15th, 2020

While many clinics still use varicose vein stripping as a treatment for painful varicose veins, we prefer to offer patients treatments that are minimally invasive and don’t require surgery. One such treatment is VenaSeal. This is a closure system that works by gluing veins shut using medical superglue. Yes, really!...

Do You Have Spider Veins? – Here’s What You Can Do About Them Jul 1st, 2020

We can’t blame you for trying a few home remedies to cure your spider veins, such as ginger tea, massage, and exercise but the unfortunate truth is that visible veins aren’t something you can fix at home. In this article, we’re going to talk about the causes of spiders veins,...

Fibroid Size – What You Really Need to Know Jun 22nd, 2020

When it comes to fibroid size, you may be surprised to know that they can grow to be as small as a pea or as large as a watermelon. Moreover, they can develop either singularly or in multiples. Where a single fibroid can be as small as an inch in...

Uterine Fibroids and Anemia – Is There A Strong Link? Apr 30th, 2020

Some estimates state that as many as 70% of women in the USA develop uterine fibroids during their childbearing years. Yet, not all are diagnosed as only a third of cases are large enough to be detected by a healthcare provider during a routine examination. While we do know that...

Uterine Fibroid Embolization – 7 Positive Effects Mar 23rd, 2020

If you suffer from fibroids then making a decision to undergo any kind of treatment is never easy. However, if your uterine fibroids are causing heavy bleeding during menstruation, chronic discomfort, and even infertility, then undergoing uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) should be a serious consideration. Uterine fibroid embolization is in...

Can Varicose Veins Get Worse? Mar 13th, 2020

It’s thought that over two-thirds of the population will experience varicose veins at some point in their lives. One of the most common questions we get asked here at the Midwest Institute of Non-surgical Therapy (MINT) is ‘Can varicose veins get worse?’ In this post, we’ll set out to answer...

Are You At Risk From P.A.D? Mar 8th, 2020

Do you suffer from non-healing leg, foot, or toe wounds, or leg cramps or pain triggered by activity or walking? If so, you’re not alone. These are all common symptoms of P.A.D or rather, peripheral artery disease, a problem that affects around 12 million Americans. Peripheral artery disease is a...

8 Key Facts About Fibroids You Really Should Know Feb 27th, 2020

According to the National Institute of Health, it’s estimated that somewhere between 70% and 80% of all women will get fibroids at some point in their lives. Fibroids are in fact abnormal growths that develop in, on, and around the uterus and in some cases can make life pretty uncomfortable...

Can Varicose Veins Rupture? Feb 23rd, 2020

When veins become varicose they are distinguishable by their unsightly, bulging, and sometimes painful structures that appear just below the surface of the skin. Often caused by faulty or damaged valves, they occur when blood is allowed to pool or collect in the area rather than to pass or flow...

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Uterine Fibroids – Is There A Connection? Feb 16th, 2020

Both polycystic ovaries and uterine fibroids are conditions that cause growths to form in or on the female reproductive organs and to all intent and purpose they appear similar. Both conditions have the ability to cause pelvic pain, disrupt menstrual cycles and can affect fertility. Moreover, both conditions have also...

And The Best Exercise For Those Suffering From PAD is... Feb 9th, 2020

PAD or Peripheral Artery Disease affects 1 in 20 Americans and is a common circulatory problem. It occurs when severely narrowed arteries cause a reduction in blood flow to the limbs – Usually the legs. This, in turn, causes symptoms like leg pain, muscle pain or muscle cramping where the...

What Is The Function Of A Vein And What Part Does It Play In The Human Body? Jan 29th, 2020

The human body contains millions of veins! Some of which are so small that they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Others don’t even have names. Yet, each and every one of them plays a hugely important role. To put it simply, without them, our bodies would fail to...

Uterine Fibroids – Where And Why Do They Grow? Jan 23rd, 2020

As the name suggests uterine fibroids are usually benign non-cancerous tumors that form in the uterus. They consist of dense fibrous tissue and can appear almost any time after puberty. In many cases, fibroids don’t present any problems and are usually diagnosed during pregnancy or during the menopausal transition. One...

How To Avoid Developing Critical Limb Ischemia Using These 8 Lifestyle Changes Jan 19th, 2020

Critical limb ischemia is the most severe type of peripheral artery disease (PAD) that a person can have. In essence, it’s a severe blockage of the arteries in the lower limbs caused by a build-up of plaque on the interior walls. So how serious is the problem? The answer…very! Studies...

Spider Veins And Varicose Veins – What’s The Difference? Jan 9th, 2020

It’s understandable to think that spider veins and varicose veins are one in the same thing. After all, they can both be problematic and have similar causes, symptoms, and treatments but in reality, they are different and therefore they should be treated as such. Firstly, however, it’s worth taking a...

How Fibroids Affect Fertility and Pregnancy Dec 15th, 2019

If you’re struggling to conceive then one reason could be that you might have fibroids. These are tumors or lumps which can occur singly or in clusters within the wall of the uterus. Fortunately, they are almost always benign but unfortunately, they can cause havoc with fertility and pregnancy. Fibroids...

Peripheral Artery Disease Risk Factors – Am I At Risk? Dec 11th, 2019

When it comes to peripheral artery disease, risk factors – or rather, the causes behind the problem – are numerous. However, while there are some factors we unfortunately can’t control, there are also many that we can. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at those risk factors in...

Chronic Venous Insufficiency – The Causes and Effects Explained Nov 26th, 2019

It’s thought that Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) affects up to 40% of the US population because in many cases, it goes undiagnosed. The simple reason for this is that (in the early stages at least) CVI doesn’t always develop physical signs. Instead, it’s often passed off for leg cramps or...

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization and How Does It Work? Nov 19th, 2019

Before uterine fibroid embolization, the only real alternative for the removal of uterine fibroid growth was major surgical processes such as a myomectomy or a hysterectomy. Naturally, these are life-changing corrective procedures that can involve long recovery periods. Alternatively, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) requires minimal or no hospital stay and...

Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease – 2 vital Lifestyle Changes You Need to Make Nov 8th, 2019

In the US alone, over 8 million adults suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD) and while it’s thought that there is no real ‘cure’, evidence suggests that it is possible to reduce some or many of the symptoms associated with it by adopting simple lifestyle changes. In doing so, these...

Bulging Veins in Legs – The Causes and Treatments Revealed Oct 30th, 2019

Have you recently discovered bulging veins in your legs? If so, you’re not alone. According to research, more than 40 million Americans suffer from bulging (varicose) veins. But what causes them? In essence, unsightly bulging veins occur when excess blood collects or pools inside the veins. This is usually due...

Understanding Fibroids – The Simplified Version Oct 24th, 2019

Let’s face it, if you’re a woman in your child-bearing years, you’re highly likely to be familiar with the word ‘fibroids’. The good news is that as far as tumors go (fibroids are a benign version) they very rarely become cancerous.  Moreover, they aren’t usually associated with an increased risk....

Peripheral Artery Disease – What Is It And How To Recognise The Vital Signs Oct 18th, 2019

Last month (September) was peripheral artery disease awareness month. P.A.D (as it is more commonly known) affects around 8.5 million Americans over the age of 60 but what exactly is it and why is it so prolific? More importantly, how do you recognize the signs? Firstly, what exactly is P.A.D...

Can Fibroids Shrink With Diet? How A Balanced Diet Can Help Sep 24th, 2019

Here at the Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy (MINT), we’re often asked the question “Can fibroids shrink with diet?” In truth, diet alone cannot cure fibroids, however, a well-balanced diet can and does help to ease many of the symptoms and complications associated with fibroid growth. So what exactly are...

9 Facts You Might Not Know About Veins Aug 24th, 2019

Veins aren’t something we often about – until that is, we have a problem. Whether that’s a painful varicose vein or a more serious condition, one thing’s for sure, you can’t live without them. Of course, veins are responsible for carrying blood to the heart but what else can veins...

Varicose Vein Problems And The Dangers Of Leaving Them Untreated Jul 31st, 2019

Typically, varicose veins are distinguished as unsightly blemishes just beneath the surface of the skin and while not always painful, it’s easy to ignore them hoping they will simply go away. The problem is that when left untreated, they can cause a whole host of varicose vein problems. It’s true...

Fibroids After Menopause – Why They Don’t Always Disappear Jul 15th, 2019

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that form within the uterus. While they are not normally dangerous, they can in some cases cause pain, discomfort, and abnormal bleeding. As fibroid growth is predominantly stimulated by the hormones estrogen and progesterone, it is understandable to assume that when hormone levels start to...

Busted! 5 Myths About Varicose Veins You Really Shouldn’t Believe Mar 18th, 2019

While nobody wants purple building veins across their ankles or legs, did you know that over 40 million people in the US suffer with varicose veins? What’s more, if both parents suffer with varicose veins then there’s is a chance that you’ll suffer too in later life. However, because this issue...

Can Uterine Fibroids Cause Weight Gain and Bloating? Mar 1st, 2019

If your clothes are fitting a little tighter, you’re struggling to tone your tummy and you’ve put on a few pounds recently, you might not think that it’s due to uterine fibroids. Well unfortunately – although it’s not a well-known symptom – fibroids can indeed cause weight gain, especially around...

Varicose Veins – Five Facts That You Should Know Feb 23rd, 2019

Have you recently noticed bulging on your legs or spots of discoloration? If so, it could be due to varicose veins, a common health issue that – aside from being a cosmetic concern – can also become a painful and uncomfortable one too. When left without treatment, it may also...

Uterine Fibroids – What Every Woman Needs to Know Feb 15th, 2019

If you’ve just been diagnosed with uterine fibroids then understandably, you might be feeling slightly shell-shocked, somewhat confused, and certainly, a little worried. Thoughts of “What exactly are they?” and “Are they dangerous?” are probably running through your mind. However, unlike periods and the menopause, fibroids are not widely talked about,...