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Saphenous Vein Problems – What Are They And Why Do They Occur? Apr 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 24th, 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,...