PCI Vein Center Blog - Varicose Veins

Is Venefit the Right Treatment for You?

February 9, 2016

If varicose veins threaten to sideline you from activities this summer, now may be the perfect time to pursue treatment for those bulging, unsightly vessels. You have many options to choose from in vein treatment today, with most requiring little or no discomfort or downtime. The staff at PCI Veins has the basics on one

Keeping Your Veins Healthy in the Winter

February 3, 2016

The chilly temperatures of an Iowa winter bring a variety of health drawbacks, mostly due to the fact that we are shut up indoors without much physical activity. The season can be particularly cumbersome for varicose vein sufferers that may see an increase in their uncomfortable symptoms due to lack of activity and other factors.

Varicose Veins? Protect Your Skin this Winter

January 19, 2016

Varicose veins and colder temperatures can cause significant problems for your skin. Increased pressure in the vessels saps valuable nutrients from the skin, while the winter climate can dry skin out and make it more vulnerable to damage. This is the time of year when your legs need extra TLC to keep them looking and

Hand Rejuvenation: No Surgery Needed

November 22, 2015

Your face is not the only place where those telltale signs of aging can appear. The hands also belie the passing of time, with thinning skin and protruding veins that make you look much older than you feel. If you are looking for a way to turn back the clock on the backs of your

Standing Desks: Good or Bad for Varicose Veins?

November 2, 2015

Standing desks have received quite a bit of positive publicity as more studies have shown the health dangers of a full day of sitting. However, standing desks may not be the solution to sedentary living that they claim to be, particularly for those worried about varicose veins. Are standing desks good or bad for varicose

Simple Ways to Relieve Varicose Vein Symptoms

October 26, 2015

You may have been told your varicose veins are nothing more than a cosmetic problem, but it sure doesn’t feel that way when you are dealing with pain and fatigue in your lower legs by the end of the day. The truth is that varicose veins are often caused by an underlying vein disorder known

Do Birth Control Pills Cause Varicose Veins?

October 5, 2015

Varicose veins are common problem among women, which has led some to wonder if female-specific risk factors contribute to those protruding vessels. One of those factors that has garnered discussion is a possible link between varicose veins and birth control pills. While the exact risk between these two is not well known at this time,

Vein Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin

September 28, 2015

Those long, sunny days of summer may have taken a toll on your skin. Some people find regular sun exposure leads to the appearance of visible veins on the face, often around the cheeks and nose. Those small veins, known as telangiectasia rosacea, may become a significant cosmetic concern, since it can be difficult to

Why Fall is a Good Time for Varicose Vein Treatment

September 8, 2015

You may be looking forward to the upcoming fall season, because you will finally be able to hide your unsightly varicose veins behind cool weather clothing once again. However, if you spent the summer embarrassed by those bulging veins, now is not the time to put them out of sight and mind. Instead, consider a

5 Important Facts about Varicose Veins

September 1, 2015

Varicose veins are a common problem that could affect nearly half of all men and women by the time they reach their 70s. Despite the prevalence of this condition, there are many misperceptions about it. To help you separate the facts from the fiction, PCI Veins offers five important facts about varicose veins all vein

Men and Varicose Veins

August 14, 2015

Approximately 33 million adults in the U.S. suffer with varicose veins every year, according to numbers from the American Heart Association. That number may not be all too surprising for those of us who know at least a handful of people with those bulging, swollen veins, or maybe even suffer with them ourselves. What might

Varicose Vein Prevention Tips During Pregnancy

July 21, 2015

Varicose veins can be a somewhat common problem during pregnancy, as hormonal changes and increased pressure on the lower limbs create a ripe environment for this condition. While there is no way to completely avoid the onset of these bulging, twisting veins during the entire nine months, there are steps you can take to limit

New Varicose Vein Treatment Approved by the FDA

July 13, 2015

A new treatment for varicose veins has recently been approved by the FDA and is now available at PCI Vein Center. The VenaSeal Closure System seals diseased veins shut with a special adhesive, eliminating uncomfortable and unsightly varicose veins without heat or a sclerosing agent. With minimal side effects and excellent results, VenaSeal promises to

3 Types of Foods that Make Varicose Veins Worse

July 6, 2015

You may have heard about certain foods that can help you prevent varicose veins or keep veins that have already appeared from getting worse. Just like certain foods will improve your vascular function and reduce your varicose vein risk, other foods might increase that risk if you consume them too often. The staff at PCI

Varicose Vein Treatments Get Your Legs Ready for Summer

June 17, 2015

Summer is the time to kick off your shoes and enjoy sunny skies and warm temperatures. For varicose vein sufferers, however, the start of summer means looking for ways to hide those unsightly, bulging veins under clothing that is far from summer-friendly. If you are dreading the season because of unattractive, uncomfortable varicose veins, we

Latest Trends in Compression Stockings

June 1, 2015

Compression stockings are a common component in most vein treatments today. However, many patients find the idea of compression socks unpalatable, invoking images of blue-haired ladies and walkers. Now, thanks to a new focus on compression stockings from the fashion world, these therapeutic garments are appealing to a much wider, fashion-conscious demographic today. What are

Radiofrequency or Laser? Which Vein Treatment is Right for You?

May 26, 2015

Varicose vein treatment no longer involves painfully invasive surgery that left patients laid up for an extended period of time after the procedure. Today, minimally-invasive options have replaced vein stripping surgery, giving patients the opportunity to eliminate unsightly, uncomfortable varicose veins without a major disruption to their daily lives. With a variety of options to

If My Veins are the Problem, Why is My Skin Changing?

May 14, 2015

You know what they look like, those bulging rope-like vines that protrude above your skin, known as varicose veins. You are all too familiar with their unsightly appearance and their uncomfortable symptoms like aching or leg cramps at the end of the day. What you didn’t know was that those bothersome veins could also lead

What You Need to Know about Venous Ulcers

May 14, 2015

Venous ulcers are one of the most serious complications that can arise from untreated varicose veins. These open sores have a high infection and recurrence rate, making them very challenging to treat completely. Fortunately, there are often warning signs that these ulcerations could develop, which can prompt you to seek treatment before the condition worsens.

4 Benefits of Laser Vein Treatments

April 24, 2015

Varicose veins are unattractive and uncomfortable, which is why many men and women seek treatment for this condition. While varicose vein treatments in the past used to mean surgery, discomfort and significant downtime, modern technology makes vein treatment much easier today. One type of technology commonly used to eliminate varicose veins today is concentrated laser

Does Weight Gain Cause Varicose Veins?

April 15, 2015

Varicose veins are a common problem among men and women, particularly those over the age of 50. Genetics is one of the primary culprits behind the formation of those bulging, uncomfortable veins that typically appear on the lower leg. However, there are other factors that can play into the development of varicose veins, including packing

4 Foods that are Good for Your Veins

April 13, 2015

Varicose veins are a relatively common occurrence that strikes more than half of all women and nearly as many men over the age of 50. While the condition may be common, those that develop those bulging, twisting ropes on the lower leg would likely want to get rid of them if they could. The good

Varicose Veins: Not Just a Senior Problem

April 8, 2015

Varicose veins are typically associated with older women, but this stereotype can keep younger patients from detecting the problem and seeking the treatment they might need. The fact is that varicose veins can strike at almost any age, from the teen years right up to the geriatric phase. Because other factors besides age play a

When it’s Time to See a Vein Specialist

April 6, 2015

Spider and varicose veins are often thought of as merely a cosmetic problem – even by some medical providers. While these veins may not be accompanied by troublesome symptoms, there is no guarantee those symptoms will not develop in the future. Determining whether to see a vein specialist will depend on your level of comfort

Compression Stockings May Help Sleep Apnea, Study Finds

March 27, 2015

Sleep apnea and varicose veins may not seem like they have anything in common, but researchers recently discovered a treatment for varicose veins may help sleep apnea as well. Compression stockings, used to manage painful symptoms of varicose veins, may also lower episodes of apnea, or pauses in breathing while a person is sleeping. While

Runners and Varicose Veins: Treat Before Training

March 16, 2015

If you are an avid runner, it may be hard to believe that you actually developed those bulging, twisting lines on the lower leg known as varicose veins. After all, you work out, maintain a healthy weight and probably even eat right. Why in the world would varicose veins plague you? To understand why runners

Varicose Vein Symptoms that Might Surprise You

February 11, 2015

For some, the idea that there are symptoms associated with varicose veins is the surprise. Perhaps you always thought of those bulging, twisting lines as merely a cosmetic problem. However, varicose veins may be accompanied by a number of uncomfortable symptoms that can directly impact your quality of life. Check out these vein symptoms to

Choosing the Right Vein Treatment for You

February 11, 2015

Spider and varicose veins frequently appear on the lower legs and can be a painful condition as well as a cosmetic nuisance. Over time, veins can stop working as efficiently as they once did, leading to blood pooling in the lower extremities and the formation of visible veins on the skin’s surface. Whether you want

Assessing Your Varicose Vein Risk

February 5, 2015

Varicose veins are a relatively common problem for both men and women. Those bulging, twisting ropes that protrude above the surface of the leg can be more than an eyesore; they can also cause uncomfortable symptoms like heaviness, cramping and skin irritation. If you have not yet developed this condition, check out this list of

Non-Surgical Options for Eliminating Varicose Veins

January 27, 2015

Varicose veins are a common problem that affects more than 40 million men and women in the United States. In the past, the only way to treat those unattractive, uncomfortable veins was to surgically remove them. This procedure was performed under general anesthesia and required an extended recovery time, which deterred some patients from seeking

Get Your Legs Ready for Your Winter Vacation

November 14, 2014

This is the time to begin planning that tropical getaway to escape the drab, cold months of winter. If varicose veins are making you anxious about flaunting your legs on a sandy beach, help is available. In fact, there are a number of reasons why the winter months are the perfect time to say goodbye

How to Turn Back the Clock on Your Hands

November 6, 2014

Believe it or not, your hands may be one of the first places where you begin to see the visible signs of the passage of time. Protruding veins on the back of the hands can make them look older and less attractive, making you self-conscious about putting your hands on display. PCI Vein Center offers

5 Vitamins for Varicose Veins

October 28, 2014

Varicose veins are a common affliction for both men and women, particularly those over the age of 65. While there are a number of effective treatments for varicose veins today, there are also steps you can take to lower your risk for those bulging, twisting veins before they appear. Vitamins that strengthen the circulatory system

Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins

October 10, 2014

If you develop varicose veins, the first thing you may notice about this condition is how they make your legs look. What was once a smooth, blemish-free calf is now riddled with bulging, twisting ropes protruding above the skin’s surface. Many individuals will seek treatment for their veins at this time, considering it a purely

Your Treatment Options at PCI Vein Center

August 22, 2014

Today, there are a variety of options in vein treatments to eliminate unattractive and uncomfortable varicose and spider veins. At PCI Vein Center, we offer many of the latest innovations in vein treatment for our patients, allowing us to customize treatment to your unique needs and desired outcome. Most of our treatments are minimally-invasive and

What Causes Varicose Veins?

August 19, 2014

Varicose veins are those bulging, twisting lines that often protrude above the surface of the skin on the lower leg. In addition to their unsightly appearance, these diseased veins can lead to painful symptoms like night cramping, swelling and even skin changes. What is behind these uncomfortable veins? While the cause of varicose veins is

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

July 9, 2014

Spider veins and varicose veins are a frequent reason why patients make an appointment with a vascular specialist today. What are these veins and why do they occur? Are they dangerous? Is treatment available? At Physician’s Clinic of Iowa Vein Center, we can help you understand the differences between spider vein and varicose veins, including

When Varicose Veins become More than a Cosmetic Concern

June 12, 2014

Most of us are all too familiar with what varicose veins look like. Those bulging, twisting blue and purple lines that typically appear on the lower leg often keep sufferers from wearing shorts or short skirts out of embarrassment. While varicose veins can indeed be a serious cosmetic concern, some find the veins are accompanied

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