The blood vessels that make up the human circulatory system are essential for sustaining life. These critical passageways allow blood to flow freely throughout the body, providing oxygen and other nutrients as needed. When working efficiently, the circulatory system is a spectacular display of how the body functions. When it is not working efficiently, however, individuals may suffer from a myriad of dangerous complications. One of the most common and the most dangerous is peripheral vascular disease.
Veins are an important part of the body, allowing blood to move from one area to the next. While this process is essential, it does not always move seamlessly. When blood flow changes, sometimes the resulting change can affect the veins themselves. This can lead to a variety of problems, including varicose veins. Most people have heard of varicose veins, but not nearly enough people truly understand what varicose veins are and how they can negatively affect the quality of your life.
Breast Cancer: Development and Early Detection
Breast cancer treatment has changed tremendously over the last decade. Screening is more affordable and widely available than ever before. Minimally invasive diagnostic and biopsy techniques provide quick analysis, helping patients and their doctors form immediate plans of action. October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time when healthcare providers across the nation reach out to their patients to encourage them to take the time to get a mammogram.
One Out of Every Two
According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, more than 30 million Americans suffer from venous insufficiency – decreased blood flow from the legs to the heart. By age 50, one out of every two adults experiences varicose veins, with damaged or weakened valves allowing blood to pool or reflux instead of flowing back to the heart for oxygen and other nutrients.
The Appropriate Treatment for Back Pain
Back pain is a common ailment in the United States. The National Institute of Health reports that nearly 25 percent of all adults will experience as least one day of back pain within a 3-month period. Typical attributing factors can include a patient's age, heredity or occupation.
In our last [blog post], we met Mr. Papelbon, a patient who came to MIIGS after an emergency room visit for an ulceration on his foot. After a consultation with a MIIGS specialist, it was determined that Mr. Papelbon was suffering from a venous ulcer caused by an underlying vascular insufficiency. Read on below to follow Mr. Papelbon’s course of treatment and recovery.
Little Things Matter
Few people realize how deeply a seemingly small vein can affect overall health. When vein walls weaken or valves fail, resulting complications can not only mar aesthetic appearance but also challenge physical well-being and wreak havoc on quality of life.
Undoing the Myths About Varicose Veins
Sometimes, patients resign themselves to living with twisted, reddish-blue or green networks of varicose veins that appear beneath the skin’s surface – often as they age. Unfortunately, many patients also fail to connect those spidery tangles with other debilitating aches and pains or even fear possible treatments. The vein specialists at MIIGS – Minimally Invasive Image Guided Specialists – want those patients to know that:
When evaluating your overall health, you should determine whether or not you are experiencing certain symptoms, such as unexpected pain in the legs, a lack of cardiovascular endurance, tingling in certain parts of the body, varicose veins and a discoloration of the skin. At Minimally Invasive Guided Image Specialists (MIIGS), we treat numerous conditions that are associated with these symptoms, some of which include peripheral vascular disease, back pain, varicose veins, uterine fibroids and carotid disease.
Peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, is a common condition among people over the age of 50 years old. This condition generally develops as the peripheral blood vessels in the body become obstructed in some way, preventing oxygen and nutrients from reaching tissue in the extremities.
Fortunately with the advent of progressive non-invasive procedures, diagnosing and treating PVD can be performed almost completely on an outpatient basis, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition. Read on below to learn more about what treatment options are available to you.