Entries by Catherine Povalitis

Debunking Varicose Vein Myths

Many people put off talking to their doctor about leg vein issues because they think it’s a normal part of aging, it’s purely cosmetic or because insurance won’t cover treatment. The reality is 40 percent of Americans suffer from varicose veins, a progressive vein disorder that will get worse over time if left untreated. Most […]

Nutrition is Important for Vein Health Too

It’s true: We are what we eat. Most people know that a balanced diet is vital to overall good health. But does nutrition affect the circulatory system? Yes. There are foods and nutrients that are known allies to your arteries and veins. But it’s important to be aware of the foods that can negatively affect […]

Cold Weather and Your Veins

By the first official day of winter, December 21, much of the nation has already been experiencing teeth-chattering temperatures. If you live in a part of the country where you are knee-deep in cold weather, and you have varicose veins, spider veins or other forms of venous disease, you may have noticed some changes to […]

What Could Be Causing Leg Sores?

It often begins with a discolored spot on the skin near the ankle. Or maybe a minor injury breaks the skin. In most people, the bruising or broken skin heals up within a week or two. However, when there’s an underlying vein problem, the wound doesn’t heal and may increase in size, or reappears after […]

Hallie Konieczki Joins Gilvydis Vein Clinic

Gilvydis Vein Clinic (GVC), a leading local provider of leading-edge, nonsurgical treatments for leg vein issues, including varicose and spider veins, has added Nurse Practitioner Hallie Konieczki to its team. Hallie joined GVC in August and serves patients at its Geneva and Sycamore locations. She is responsible for patient education, free screenings, consultations and follow-up […]

Compression Therapy for Varicose Veins

If you suffer from varicose veins, you probably know how unsightly they can look and may have experienced the fatigue, cramping and aching they can cause in the legs. These symptoms can cause significant problems in daily life, and the cosmetic effects can cause a loss of confidence and enjoyment in life. But fortunately, with new medical […]

Does Yoga Improve or Prevent Varicose Veins?

Yoga is often promoted as a cure-all for many aches, pains and other alignments. It’s said to improve the immune system, protect your heart and decrease your stress levels, but is it true that yoga can improve or prevent varicose veins? The short answer is no. Yoga isn’t going to make your varicose veins go away, […]