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Can Sclerotherapy Get Rid of My Spider Veins? Jun 15th, 2021

Spider veins are visible bluish twisted veins that look like — you guessed it — a spider web. Mostly these veins are unattractive. Sometimes they are painful and uncomfortable. In a few cases, they put you at risk of developing a blood clot or open sore on your leg. Spider...

What to Expect From Vein Surgery May 19th, 2021

Varicose veins affect about 40 million Americans. While most cases of varicose veins can be managed through lifestyle modifications and noninvasive treatments, some cases require surgery or minimally invasive procedures. Our expert vascular surgeons at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center have extensive experience treating vascular conditions. We offer several in-office...

The Importance of Dialysis for Kidney Failure Apr 13th, 2021

Kidney failure is the most severe stage of kidney disease. It’s also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD). About 15% of Americans, or 37 million, have chronic kidney disease, and over 660,000 Americans have kidney failure. To say that dialysis is important for kidney failure is an understatement. Without a kidney...

The Dangers of Blood Clots Mar 15th, 2021

Not all blood clots are dangerous. Blood clotting is part of the natural healing process when you cut or injure yourself. In order for blood to stop spilling out of a cut or open wound, a clot forms to stop it. This type of blood clot dissolves naturally over time...

My Legs Bother Me at Night: Do I Have Restless Leg Syndrome? Feb 11th, 2021

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder affecting 7-10% of the population, and it’s classified as a sleep disorder. Sleep disturbances can be a result of different issues and syndromes. The only way to diagnose RLS is through your description of your symptoms.  At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center,...

Why Are My Legs Swollen and Can They Be Treated? Jan 15th, 2021

Leg swelling, while unattractive, is usually harmless. It’s a common condition, especially among older people. In most cases, it’s simply fluid retention. But there are certain instances when leg swelling is a sign of something more serious.  Any part of your lower body can swell: your feet, legs, or ankles....

Can Spider Veins Be Prevented? Dec 1st, 2020

Spider veins usually don’t lead to health issues or problematic symptoms, but they aren't attractive. They form when valves in your veins become weakened or faulty, allowing blood that should flow back to your heart to pool in your veins.  Eventually, this pooled blood becomes visible through your skin, causing...

Understanding the Different Types of Vein Surgery Nov 3rd, 2020

At some point in their lives, about 20% of all adults get varicose veins or spider veins. If you’re one of them, you may wonder if surgery is in your future. Veins carry blood from your tissues back to your heart. Valves in the veins keep the blood moving toward...

When Is Leg Cramping Cause for Concern? Oct 21st, 2020

Most people experience leg cramping at some point in their lives. A leg cramp is a tightening of leg muscles, usually in the calf, although they can occur in the foot or thigh. Anyone can experience leg cramps, but they are more common in older people and women. About a...

Myths and Fact About Blood Clots Sep 15th, 2020

Blood clots, also called venous thromboembolism or VTE, are solid or gel-like masses of blood that form inside your veins. They are beneficial when they develop to clot an open wound or cut and prevent you from losing too much blood.  But when they form in the absence of an...

Can Exercise Improve Your Peripheral Artery Disease? Aug 20th, 2020

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also called peripheral arterial disease, is common among older people, affecting about 10 million people in the United States. It often has no symptoms, but when people experience symptoms, it's usually leg pain and cramping.  Because PAD usually affects older people, they often think that leg...

The Link Between Pregnancy and Restless Leg Syndrome Jul 28th, 2020

Carrying around extra baby weight can make you so tired that you crawl into bed at the end of the night.  Getting a good night’s sleep is important for a healthy, stress-free pregnancy. Unfortunately, about a third of all pregnant women experience restless leg syndrome, which can make it difficult...

When is Leg Pain Life-Threatening? Jun 23rd, 2020

If you suffer from leg pain, you’re not alone. Leg pain and discomfort is a common complaint. From your hip to your toes, there are many bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels that can cause leg pain if injured or damaged.  Leg pain symptoms include soreness, sharp pain,...

Common Signs of Peripheral Vascular Disease May 27th, 2020

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to any disease that affects the vascular system, which is composed of the arteries and veins that carry blood throughout the body, including lymph vessels. PVD affects peripheral blood vessels, which means it affects blood vessels other than the heart. The most common form of...

Get Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins Now to Feel More Confident This Summer Apr 27th, 2020

It’s hard to imagine wearing shorts or a bathing suit now. Soon, though, the warm weather will make you want to shed your long pants. For some, wearing skirts or shorts can be a cause of embarrassment because of unsightly varicose or spider veins. If you’re embarrassed by varicose or...

When Restless Leg Syndrome Keeps You Awake at Night, We Can Help Mar 23rd, 2020

Do you suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS)? If so, you’re not alone. Almost 8% of the US population deals with this condition, which makes you toss and turn at night, losing hours of precious sleep.    Let our experienced doctors and nurses at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center help...

What is Lymphedema? Feb 17th, 2020

Most people who suffer from lymphedema begin to notice it quickly. Unlike some vascular diseases, lymphedema is noticeable because it causes painful swelling in your arms or legs. If you’ve begun to notice this problem, you may wonder why it’s occurring and what you can do about it.  At Suffolk...

Winter is a Great Time for Sclerotherapy Jan 8th, 2020

More than 40% of women have some form of problematic veins in their legs. There are spider veins, which appears as red or purple squiggles, and their more serious cousins, varicose veins, which bulge and are more likely to be blue. At Suffolk Vascular and Vein Center with three locations...

Did You Know Arteries Can Become Blocked Anywhere in the Body? Dec 1st, 2019

Plaque is often associated with dental care, but plaque can affect your arteries, too. When arteries become blocked with plaque, it’s known as atherosclerosis. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, you might also see this condition called arteriosclerosis. Plaque is a substance made of calcium, fat, cholesterol,...

Symptoms in Your Feet Can Signal a Risk of Heart Disease Nov 1st, 2019

More than 600,000 men and women die from heart disease in the United States each year, which is roughly one in four of all deaths in the country. Unfortunately, many men and women don’t even know they have heart disease. As with many medical conditions, early detection of heart disease...

Why are Varicose Veins More Common in Women? Oct 4th, 2019

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that appear near the skin's surface, usually on the legs. They're more common in women than men because of hormone fluctuations and weight gain during pregnancy. Luckily, The board-certified team of vascular specialists at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center can evaluate your vein health with...

Myths and Facts About Varicose Veins You Need To Know Sep 19th, 2019

There’s a lot of inaccurate info being passed around about varicose veins. Most of it can be chalked up to old wives’ tales, but if you have varicose veins, it’s no joke. It’s best to find out all the facts so you know what’s real and what’s false when it...