Get Summer-Ready Legs

Treat varicose veins once and for all. 

Are you tired of being embarrassed by ugly varicose veins? Are you missing out on the fun because of leg pain? Maybe your legs are trying to tell you something.  

You’re not alone. More than 30 percent of men and women in the United States suffer from vein disease in their legs. It’s not just a cosmetic issue, but a real medical problem. Left untreated, varicose veins can lead to blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, a serious and sometimes life-threatening medical condition.  

The good news is that varicose vein treatment is significantly different than it used to be. Today, it’s faster, easier and can be done right in the doctor’s office. It’s also minimally invasive so patients have little to no discomfort or downtime.   

Winter is the perfect time to schedule a consultation. If you get started now, you can have your legs feeling and looking better just in time for those summer shorts.  

What is the Treatment for Varicose Veins? 

The most efficient and effective treatments for varicose veins are endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and sclerotherapy. EVLA is an advanced technique that uses a laser to dissolve the vein. For many patients, minimally invasive EVLA is all the treatment they need. However, some patients also require sclerotherapy to treat residual varicose veins. Sclerotherapy uses a series of small injections to treat veins. Most patients can return to normal activities by the next day.   

How Long Does Varicose Vein Treatment Take? 

For most people, varicose vein treatment is completed over the course of 2-4 months. However, many insurance companies require that patients try more conservative therapies like wearing compression socks. That process can take up to three months before they will approve laser treatment.  

Here’s what you can expect: 

  1.  Consultation. Your first consultation will take 30-90 minutes. We use ultrasound mapping to gain a deep understanding of which veins are affected and the extent of your venous disease. 
  2. Conservative therapy. Your insurance company may require conservative therapy be completed prior to our office submitting a request to treat your varicose veins. Conservative therapy is often wearing prescription-strength compression stockings. The timeline can vary from 6 weeks to 3 months. 
  3. Laser treatment. Once your insurance company approves laser treatment, we will contact you to schedule treatment. Each treatment takes 1-2 hours and multiple procedures may be needed on each leg – depending on the extent of your venous disease. These treatments are minimally invasive, requiring little to no downtime so you can be back to work the next day.
  4.  Ultrasound. Approximately 1 week following your final laser procedure, we use ultrasound to evaluate progress and ensure deep veins were not affected during treatment. This takes about 15-20 minutes. 
  5. Second ultrasound. Approximately 1 month following your last laser procedure, you’ll have another ultrasound evaluation to ensure treated veins are closed and to check for any remaining small untreated veins. This evaluation takes approximately 30-45 minutes. 
  6. Physician sclerotherapy. If needed, your doctor will treat any residual untreated varicose veins using sclerotherapy injections. Multiple sessions may be required.  
  7. Cosmetic sclerotherapy. Patients also have the option of treating any remaining spider veins. These treatments are typically done on a self-pay basis. 

Are you ready to wear shorts and be active this summer? There’s no reason to keep suffering from varicose veins. We often encounter people who are afraid of varicose vein treatment. But our patients will tell you that there’s nothing to fear.   

Contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic to schedule a consultation today and get treatment before summer starts.

Dietary Changes That Will Improve Your Vein Health

Dietary Changes That Will Improve Your Vein Health

Diet plays one of the most important roles in your health. As you may already know, eating the proper foods and avoiding the wrong ones are two of the easiest ways to improve your vein and circulation health.

Veins are a vital part of the circulatory system and are responsible for carrying deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Unhealthy veins can lead to a variety of conditions, such as spider and varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. While eating the proper diet can’t reverse these conditions, it may help prevent them from occurring or keep them from getting worse.

Foods You Should Eat for Vein Health

There are a number of foods that are great for maintaining or improving your vein health. You should aim for a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables that contain bioflavonoids, a class of powerful phytochemicals that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Bioflavonoids occur naturally in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially the following:

  • Broccoli, kale and watercress
  • Rutabaga
  • Hot peppers
  • Spinach
  • Red onions
  • Citrus fruits

Consuming bioflavonoids impacts your body’s health in many ways, especially in the area of vein health. Bioflavonoids are believed to strengthen and support vein walls to help prevent varicose veins and keep the veins functioning properly. They may also help relieve swelling and pain caused by varicose veins. Nearly all fruits and vegetables contain bioflavonoids, as well as chocolate, tea, and some dried beans and seeds.

Food to Avoid

Just as adding the right foods to your diet has a positive impact on vein health, taking away the wrong ones has a positive impact as well. Foods containing high amounts of salt are high up on the list of foods to avoid due to the negative effects of excessive sodium on the body. Sodium causes the body to retain more water, which results in increased pressure in the veins. High amounts of sodium can be found in the following:

  • Fast food and pizza
  • Canned food
  • Frozen meals
  • Processed meat and other processed foods
  • Restaurant food

Excessive amounts of sodium can be found hiding in many different foods, and that’s why it’s important to check labels and look at nutrition information when eating out. Drinking more water also helps flush extra fluid from your body and prevents dehydration.

Watch Out For BPA

Bisphenol (BPA) is a chemical found in hard plastics that are known to mimic the effects of estrogen. Estrogen has been linked to an increased risk of spider veins and may also be related to high blood pressure. Many food and drink containers are made using BPA which can seep into the food or drink, especially when exposed to heat. To avoid consuming BPA, choose only plastic containers that specifically state they are BPA-free, or alternatives such as glass, porcelain or stainless steel. Avoid using plastic dishes when warming food in the microwave and use glass storage containers when storing food in the refrigerator.

Seek Treatment for Existing Vein Conditions

If you’re currently experiencing the symptoms of poor vein health, such as spider veins, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency or other vein problems, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic. We offer individualized treatments plans based on your unique needs.  While eating the proper diet is important for vein health and the overall health of your body, letting existing vein problems go untreated leads to more serious problems in the future. Gilvydis Vein Clinic specializes in treating vein disease and uses the most up-to-date treatment methods, such as ultrasound vein mapping, endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), and sclerotherapy. Contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic today to request a free screening.

Alternative Treatments to Microphlebectomy

Alternative Treatments to Microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy, or ambulatory phlebectomy, is an effective but invasive treatment for varicose veins. If you have suffered from varicose veins or know someone who has, you can understand how painful and embarrassing this condition can be. Microphlebectomy, although optimal for some patients, can cause additional pain during the healing process, making it a disruptive and inconvenient procedure. At our vein clinic in the greater Chicago-land area, we strive to provide the best experience for our patients, avoiding this procedure when possible, and finding a treatment option that fits with your busy schedule. Learn more about our clinic online and book your appointment today.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are unattractive blood vessels that appear under the surface of the skin, typically in the legs and can sometimes be painful. Veins, unlike arteries, rely on one-way valves to keep blood flowing in one direction. Varicose veins are often the result of the weakening of the walls of the veins that prevent the one-way valves from working correctly. When this happens, the blood begins to collect or pool behind the valve. It thickens as it collects and creates a bulge that gives varicose veins their lumpy appearance and dark purplish color.

The primary cause of varicose veins is when the legs stay in one position for a long time. Working at a job where you have to be on your feet for a long time or have to sit for an extended period can both cause and exacerbate your condition. Other common causes of varicose veins are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Aging
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome

Switching positions and increasing leg circulation can reduce some of your risks for developing these unsightly veins.

What is a Microphlebectomy?

Varicose veins can vary in size depending on the size of the vessel affected, and larger vessels can be removed through a small incision. With microphlebectomy, tiny incisions are made to remove the offending veins.

The incisions are usually about one to three millimeters in size and do not typically require any stitches. Scarring is small, and discomfort is minimal, but it’s recommended that patients rest for 2 – 3 days after their procedure. Compression socks should be worn for 2 – 3 weeks after the procedure and vigorous exercise should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.

Non-Invasive Vein Treatment Options

Due to the intrusive and disruptive nature of having a microphlebectomy, we instead offer EVLA, or endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), and foam therapy, also known as sclerotherapy, to treat varicose veins. These cutting-edge treatments have replaced the need for surgery or anesthetic, allowing you to get back to your daily activities almost immediately.

Both EVLA and sclerotherapy are quick, non-surgical procedures that can take place in our offices. These treatment methods are less invasive than other kinds of vein procedures, making your experience less painful and easier to fit into your schedule. There is very little to no downtime, but there may a bit of bruising briefly in the area where the laser or injection is applied. Learn more about EVLA and sclerotherapy online or book your appointment, today.

Visit Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Geneva and Sycamore

If you have varicose veins or are concerned that you are at risk for developing them, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic to schedule an appointment today. We have two locations in Sycamore, IL, and Geneva, IL for your convenience. Our friendly and professional staff will help you determine the best method of treatment for your varicose veins, taking the time to learn about your situation and thoroughly examine your legs.

Pulmonary Embolism Treatments

Serena Williams’ Catsuit: The Reason She Wore It in the First Place

Serena Williams is known for dominating tennis and wearing eye-catching, fashion-forward attire while doing so. In the May 2018 French Open, Williams sported a black catsuit. Bernard Giudicelli, the French Tennis Federation president, criticized her attire. He considered it the fit to be inappropriate, stating the form-fitting suit could not be worn in future tournaments.

The outfit controversy raised many eyebrows. Williams shared her reasoning for wearing the infamous black, short sleeved Nike catsuit – she wasn’t trying to make a fashion statement. Instead, she wore the suit with the purpose of preventing blood clots from forming in her body.

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The Face of Pulmonary Embolism

Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, on September 1, 2017. Soon after the delivery, the new mother experienced a pulmonary embolism. This was not her first encounter with this health issue as she experienced two pulmonary embolisms, or PE’s, back in 2011 after undergoing foot surgery.

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that typically develops in the legs and moves into the lungs. When this happens, the clot blocks the lungs from receiving oxygen and blood. This medical condition makes breathing difficult and if gone untreated, can result in a fatal outcome.

Williams’s struggles have brought a lot of mainstream attention to this life-threatening condition. While the tennis superstar may be the most high-profile person to deal with this medical issue, it is fairly common among many Americans. Approximately 900,000 people in the United States may suffer a pulmonary embolism each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Root Causes of Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism normally forms in the deep veins of the legs, which is called deep vein thrombosis. Oftentimes, DVT does not produce any symptoms, however, in some cases, people experience leg pain and swelling. DVT can strike anyone, with the most common risk factors including:

  • Varicose veins
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Extended bed rest
  • Genetics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Birth control

DVT Symptoms

Deep Vein Thrombosis and pulmonary embolism have their respective symptoms. Dizziness, shortness of breath, coughing up blood and a rapid heartbeat are common signs of PE, whereas the tell-tale signs of DVT in the legs include:

  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Warmth

If you have any of these symptoms, it is best to seek emergency medical treatment as soon as possible. Keep in mind that DVT does not always exhibit noticeable physical problems so it’s important that you regularly touch base with your vein doctor or primary care physician.

Treatment Options

Serena Williams’s catsuit was designed to boost the blood circulation in her legs, with the intent of lowering her risk of forming blood clots. Her garment functioned like a compression stocking by applying gentle pressure to the legs while remaining comfortable and formfitting. Wearing compression socks and supportive clothing prevents the pooling and clotting of the blood. The best dressings you can invest in cover your leg from the ankle up to your knee, thigh, and/or waist.

Other PE treatment options include blood thinners and DVT treatment. Pulmonary embolisms are treated with one of the following:

  • Anticoagulant medications (Plavix and Coumadin)
  • Surgical removal of clots
  • A filter inserted into the center vein of the body (a non-invasive treatment option offered by Gilvydis Vein Clinic).

Take Care of Your Veins

Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis are conditions that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated immediately. Fortunately, there are effective methods for treating and preventing blood clots. If you have concerns about PE and DVT, schedule a free screening with our team at Gilvydis Vein Clinic. We have specialists on staff who have years of experience treating these conditions.

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 people suffering from varicose veins feel anxious or self-conscious about their legs. Below are some common myths – and realities – about varicose veins.

Myth: “Why should I be concerned about my varicose veins? It’s only a cosmetic issue, right?”

Reality: One of the most common misconceptions is that varicose veins are cosmetic. It makes sense for people to think this because they can be unsightly and cause many to feel self-conscious. The reality, however, is that varicose veins can lead to really uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Heavy feeling in the legs
  • Pain
  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • Itching
  • Cramping
  • Restlessness of the legs

Unfortunately, if left untreated, symptoms will get worse over time. Varicose veins are progressive, which means if left untreated you will have an increased risk of developing more symptoms, including potentially life-threatening complications such as blood clots. This makes it incredibly important to seek help from a specialist if you are suffering any of these symptoms.

Myth: “What are varicose veins anyway and how can I get rid of them?”

Reality: Varicose veins are one of the most common types of vein disorders, which is why patients are always asking us what causes them and how to get rid of them. Varicose veins are swollen, unattractive leg veins that form when a person’s veins are not properly returning blood from the legs back to the heart. And as you know, they can cause people to suffer from significant discomfort and lead to more serious health concerns, such as blood clots.

Today, we use cutting-edge technology and years of experience to create the best possible outcomes for our patients – all with minimal discomfort, little downtime and no scarring. Gone are the old-school treatments of vein stripping and open surgery. In fact, our procedures are so much simpler that most patients typically return to their normal activities the very next day.

Myth: “My insurance won’t cover treatment, so I probably can’t afford it.”

Reality: Because varicose veins have well-documented symptoms like pain, swelling and fatigue in combination with visual evidence, most insurance companies will cover treatment. We accept most major insurance and no referral is needed. We also accept Medicare.

Vein disease is progressive and will get worse over time if left untreated. If you have symptoms that indicate vein problems, act quickly to seek a diagnosis and treatment. Get a leg up on life by contacting us today to schedule a free vein screening.

Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation

When the body cannot easily circulate blood, the symptoms of poor circulation often become apparent and will start affecting your appearance and lifestyle. Although poor blood circulation is not a health condition, it manifests in response to other health issues. These problems include blood clots, peripheral artery disease, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, varicose veins, and obesity. Poor circulation is also more common among those who smoke as well as pregnant women.

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Signs of Poor Circulation

Those with limited blood circulation may experience:

  • Muscle cramps
  • A stinging, throbbing or aching sensation
  • Numbness
  • A tingling “pins and needles” feeling
  • Confusion or memory loss, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is limited
  • Hands and feet that are cold to the touch
  • Fatigue
  • Varicose veins
  • Ulcers in the legs and feet caused when blood pools in veins or when wounds are unable to heal properly
  • Swelling in the extremities, also known as edema, which can also signify heart failure
  • Digestive issues such as cramping, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
  • Purplish discoloration of the skin, often in the hands, feet, lips, ears, and nose
  • Dizziness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty exercising
  • And more

Some of these symptoms are localized to the affected areas – most often in the arms and legs – but if left untreated, poor blood circulation can lead to serious health problems throughout your entire body. These include blood clots and infected ulcers, which can even necessitate amputation. In men, erectile dysfunction is sometimes associated with poor circulation. High blood pressure caused by poor blood circulation can also lead to cardiac problems as the heart has to work harder to circulate oxygen and nutrients through the body.

Treatment Options for Poor Circulation

Eliminating the underlying health problem usually resolves poor circulation. For example, those with diabetes will receive medication or dietary recommendations to control high blood sugar. Blood clots can be treated with blood thinners, while calcium channel and alpha blockers are prescribed for Raynaud’s disease.

Home remedies can also improve circulation and alleviate symptoms of poor circulation. If the legs are affected, compression socks can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Your doctor can recommend exercises to encourage healthy blood flow.

To help treat or prevent the symptoms of poor circulation, try getting at least 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet. If you are obese, losing weight can decrease your risk for chronic illness and reduce comorbid health problems like poor blood circulation.

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Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins

If your poor blood circulation is associated with or causes varicose veins, you may be bothered by the appearance of these enlarged blood vessels. Blocked and swollen veins contribute to the pain and discomfort of poor circulation. Gilvydis Vein Center offers safe, effective treatment for varicose veins.

Before outlining a treatment plan for you,  we conduct ultrasound vein mapping to determine the exact location and extent of varicose veins. This outpatient procedure takes about an hour and allows us to visualize and identify problematic veins that are causing poor circulation.

  • With endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), we can remove damaged or diseased veins without open surgery. This minimizes both your recovery time and your risk for complications. A laser catheter is inserted into the affected vein to close it off and reroute blood circulation through the healthy veins. This outpatient procedure takes about 45 minutes under local anesthesia.
  • Sclerotherapy is used for smaller veins that cannot be treated with EVLA. With this treatment, a liquid or foam solution is injected into the affected veins. This causes the veins to close, alleviating the symptoms of poor circulation. After this treatment, you can return to regular activity but may need to wear compression stockings.

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If you’re experiencing the symptoms of poor blood circulation or are troubled by varicose veins, request a free vein screening today. This visual assessment allows our doctors to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your vein issues.

How to Tell If Bulging Veins Are Healthy or Troublesome

Bulging veins are common among both men and women. These bulges don’t typically display symptoms that would indicate any serious medical problems, but if not treated, they can lead to life-threatening conditions and require medical treatment. Approximately 23% percent of U.S. adults suffer from bulging veins, also known as varicose veins, which can arise for multiple reasons.

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Why Do Your Veins Bulge?

A malfunctioning valve in the veins causes them to project outward. The valve is like a one-way flap that helps regulate the flow of blood through the veins. When it doesn’t work properly, it prevents the blood from flowing upward. Instead, the blood flows backward which leads to the veins becoming enlarged. Other common causes include:

  • Obstruction of blood flow
  • Obesity
  • Lack of movement
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Thrombophlebitis (swelling and inflammation)

When Are Bulging Veins Normal?

In many cases, it is normal to see protruding veins under certain circumstances. They often don’t indicate an underlying health problem or confirm a critical medical issue. You can expect veins to bulge under the following conditions:

  • Thin skin due to aging
  • Low body fat
  • Increased blood pressure due to intense physical activity

 

Varicose veins are particularly common among pregnant women. Although the ailment is bothersome, it is not life-threatening. Typical symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Heavy feeling in the affected area
  • Hardening of veins

 

These symptoms don’t usually get worse. Even though varicose veins are irritating and unsightly, they can go away or improve after the baby is born within three to four months. However, some women report that their varicose veins, caused by pregnancy, never went away. If a pregnant woman has poor circulation and varicose veins, the condition can progress over time.

When Are Varicose Veins Unhealthy?

There is substantial research that varicose veins share a link to blood clots and can lead to the following conditions:

  • Pulmonary Embolism – PE occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs. Symptoms typically include shortness of breath and chest pain.
  • Superficial Vein Thrombosis – SVT is a type of blood clot that forms right below the skin’s surface. Symptoms include limb pain, skin warmth around the vein and red, inflamed skin along the vein.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis – DVT refers to blood clots that develop deep in the veins throughout your body. In some cases, there are no symptoms. In other instances, the disorder causes swelling and leg pain.

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When Do You Need Medical Care?

Generally speaking, varicose veins are a harmless condition. You may not experience symptoms or have an underlying health problem. However, there are instances where bulging veins cause symptoms that often require attention from healthcare professionals. As a result, adults should not turn a blind eye to these physical issues:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Discoloration
  • Skin ulceration

Get Rid of Protruding Veins

There is ongoing research exploring the connection between bulging veins and blood clots. There are also indications that if these conditions go untreated, it could lead to life-threatening conditions such a deep vein thrombosis, superficial vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pain or swollen legs, it is recommended that you seek medical attention. You can also opt for a non-invasive surgical intervention that can treat unsightly, painful leg vein problems. Our team of specialists can treat vein disease in Sycamore and Geneva. Contact us today at Gilvydis Vein Clinic and schedule a free screening by filling out our online form or call (815) 981-4742.

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 your veins.

Certain “bad” foods can stress and constrict the arteries that carry blood from the heart and other major organs to the tissues and cells throughout the body. Those same foods can also damage the veins, which move blood back to the heart. Eventually, the vein valves that move the blood weaken, causing blood to pool in the legs. The result is often the appearance of varicose veins.

Good nutrition for veins: What not to eat

When you think of food as fuel for your healthy veins, it’s a little easier to make smart nutritional choices. The key is recognizing the foods that cause:

  • Water retention
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain

Water retention and your veins

If your body retains water, it adds pressure to your veins, stressing the tiny valves inside, which can eventually lead to vein problems. Avoid water retention by steering clear of these sodium-packed foods:

  • Canned foods
  • Processed meats
  • Pizza
  • Pickles
  • Certain cheeses

Constipation negatively affects your veins

Constipation also places undue pressure on the veins in the lower legs where varicose veins are more likely to occur. To stay regular, avoid:

  • Refined starches
  • Red meat
  • Dairy products
  • Chocolate
  • Bananas

Weight gain and vein health

Excess weight is another source of added pressure on leg veins. To prevent gaining weight, keep these foods off your plate:

  • Foods packed with refined starches and artificial ingredients
  • Soda, processed juice drinks and alcohol
  • Deep fried foods
  • Foods high in sugar

Advanced vein care for effective results

If you are bothered by your varicose veins or spider veins and are concerned about your vein health, Gilvydis Vein Clinic can help. Our dedicated team of nurses, surgical techs and vascular ultrasound techs is lead by Dr. Rimas Gilvydis — a board-certified vein specialist. Among the first to perform advanced, minimally invasive treatments as soon as they were available, Dr. Gilvydis has more than 20,000 successful procedures to his credit.

To schedule an appointment, call 815-981-4742 or click here to use our online form.

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 your condition.

How cold weather affects your veins

Let’s start with the good news. Cold temperatures can cause veins to shrink, making it easier for valves inside the veins to function properly and keep pressure from mounting around your ankles and calves. This should mean fewer cramps and swollen ankles. Still, winter weather presents some specific challenges to managing varicose veins. Some factors to be aware of include:

  • Change in atmospheric pressure – When the temperatures drop enough for it to snow, the atmospheric pressure temporarily changes. This can cause your circulatory system to become less efficient, which can aggravate vein problems.
  • Weight gain – Not surprisingly, weight gain is common during the holiday months, which means your legs are under more stress to pump blood back to your heart. Despite the cold weather, try to stay active indoors — this will keep the valves actively pumping the blood through the veins.
  • Cold weather – Beyond putting a damper on your outdoor workouts, cold weather slows down bodily functions (such as the circulatory system), making them less efficient.

Counter the cold: Pamper your veins

Here are a few ways to keep the symptoms of varicose veins in check:

  • Elevate your legs for 30 minutes before you go to sleep
  • Eat high-fiber foods for good circulation
  • Stretch in the morning, at midday and before bed
  • Massage your ankles and lower legs when possible

Specialized vein care in Geneva and Sycamore

As a Midwesterner, you’re all too familiar with the challenges of winter. And if you suffer from varicose veins, the cold weather can compound your discomfort. So why not make this season the last season you endure with varicose veins?

At Gilvydis Vein Clinic, comprehensive, non-surgical treatments for varicose veins and vein disorders are on your doorstep. At our clinics in Geneva and Sycamore, Dr. Rimas Gilvydis leads our team of highly trained, caring specialists. Using ultrasound diagnostics, our experts pinpoint the source of your vein problem, so Dr. Gilvydis can most effectively treat varicose and spider veins. He has helped thousands of people return to the activities they love through the results of minimally invasive treatments.

To learn how our team can help you, call 815-844-8607 or click here to use our online form.

Varicose veins can lead to health problems during long trips

It’s that time of year, when traveling and the holidays go hand in hand for millions of Americans. Long trips of four hours or more by car, train or plane can be challenging for people in general. But these days, air travel is uncomfortable for just about everyone, and sitting in a cramped seat for hours is even more challenging for those traveling with vein disease.

Vein disease and blood clot risk

If you suffer with vein disease, especially bulging veins, the chances of developing a blood clot during air travel is increased by:

  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer
  • Recent surgery
  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • History of previous blood clots
  • Genetic predisposition to blood clots

Take these precautions when traveling with varicose veins

These simple steps can help you protect yourself from blood clots while traveling:

  • Pump it up – Lift up your heel like you’re getting on your tippy toes to engage your calf muscle. This allows blood to pump from the leg to the heart, which is key for vein health. Do as many “heel lifts” as possible, especially if it’s inconvenient to get out of your seat during the flight.
  • Avoid tight pants – Keep things loose around your waist area. A tight fit in the waist creates a tourniquet effect, increasing pressure on the abdomen and hindering the venous system’s purpose of moving blood from the legs back to the heart.
  • Water rules – When traveling, it can be tempting to indulge in alcohol, sweets and other foods and drinks that can dehydrate you. But make water your top choice. Staying hydrated keeps vein walls from narrowing and can prevent constipation, which also stresses the venous system.
  • Keep things flowing – Wear compression stockings to improve blood flow from the legs back to the heart.

If you plan to travel soon, have varicose veins and are concerned about getting a blood clot, talk with your doctor.

Advanced, specialized vein care is close to home

If you have varicose veins or spider veins and you’re concerned about traveling for the upcoming holidays or anytime soon, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Sycamore and Geneva, Illinois today. With advanced diagnostics and individualized, leading-edge treatments, we’ve helped thousands of Midwesterners overcome vein disease and varicose veins to look and feel great.

To learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our vascular specialists, call 815-844-8607 or click here to use our online form.