Treating the issues associated with varicose veins goes beyond skin deep. Leaving these dilated blood vessels untreated can lead to a number of serious medical conditions. Patients with varicose veins often report symptoms of pain, fatigue, itchiness, discomfort in the legs, and skin swelling. These symptoms can only get worse if the patient opts not to see a medical professional.
It is estimated that 1 in 20 Americans over the age of 50 suffer from peripheral vascular disease, or PAD. Despite the high prevalence of this disease, many people - even those who suffer from it - know very little about it. We here at Sound Vascular, vascular specialists in Seattle and the Puget Sound area, believe that part of quality patient care is to provide information to our patients about the conditions that effect them. Learning about PAD, including causes and treatments, is the first step in taking control of your health in order to live a full and happy life. To that end, here are some straight up facts about PAD:
It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is upon us! The Washington State Fair in Puyallup, our local reminder that summer is wrapping up, is about to begin. We here at Sound Vascular hope some of you get out to enjoy the fair and our last long weekend of the summer before…back to school! As kids to head back to school, many of us parents focus on the needs of our children, but kids and parents alike benefit from these few measures to stay healthy. As the fall weather approaches and schedules start to get busy, remember to take some time to care for your and your family’s health.
We all deal with burnout - whether it’s job related or personal - and knowing how to handle those difficult times in your life in a healthy way is essential to your happiness and long term health. Striving for balance in life is a skill and requires ongoing attention. For our Seattle vascular clinic patients, we offer some tips here on how to manage burnout.
It is estimated that about 50 percent of all American women of childbearing age suffer from uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids, or fibroids, are noncancerous tumors that grow in the wall of a woman’s uterus. They can grow as a single tumor, or there can be multiple fibroids in the uterus and can range in size. Depending on the size, number and location of the fibroids, some women may experience significant pain, pressure, and bleeding. A common treatment for symptomatic fibroids is a hysterectomy, a surgical procedure to completely remove the uterus. In fact, approximately 30 percent of all hysterectomies in the US are performed to treat uterine fibroids.
Understandably, many women are hesitant or uncomfortable with the idea of a hysterectomy. There are alternatives to hysterectomy! Less invasive procedures, like uterine fibroid embolization, are a safe and effective treatment for uterine fibroids and can spare the uterus.