Health Page Archive: Vascular

Prevent Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

As a woman progresses through her pregnancy, her uterus enlarges and begins to compress the veins in the pelvis. This can lead to varicose veins, which cause cosmetic issues and other problems. “Varicose veins can cause people to have swelling in their legs,” says Colleen Moore, ...
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Moving Blood Clots Bring Danger

Blood clots prevent you from losing too much blood when you hurt yourself. However, when a blood clot forms inside one of your veins and does not dissolve on its own, called deep vein thrombosis, it could be very dangerous. “Generally, blood clots are focal where ...
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Remove Varicose Veins for Health Reasons

More than being not very attractive on a patient’s leg, varicose veins range from tiny red veins to larger “road map” veins and the big bulging veins that can cause heavy, tired or achy legs. The Vein and Laser Center at Saint Francis Medical Center provides ...
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Treat Varicose Veins With Sclerotherapy

Varicose veins occur when valves within the vein can no longer allow blood to flow effectively. Blood begins to pool in the veins, which causes them to enlarge and bulge – often resulting in tired, achy legs. At the Saint Francis Vein and Laser Center, people ...
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Varicose Vein Treatment

Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem: Many people who experience unsightly veins also suffer from accompanying symptoms that include late-night leg cramps; swelling; and tired, heavy legs. “When your varicose veins are affecting your daily life, your health insurance likely will cover treatment,” says ...
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Look for Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis

If you notice swelling and pain in your leg, talk to your doctor right away. You could be experiencing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein – usually in the legs. These clots are dangerous because ...
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Physician Takes National Role

Colleen J. Moore, MD, FACS, RPVI, vascular surgeon and medical director of Saint Francis Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, is playing a major role in training and testing vascular surgeons, cardiologists and radiologists across the country. Moore recently was named chair of the American ...
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AAA Screening

The normal diameter of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, is about 2.5 centimeters, which is about the same as the diameter of a quarter. If the aorta becomes enlarged, however, the cost can be much higher: a rupture, resulting in a hemorrhage, ...
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Event Discusses Removal of Varicose Veins

Darkened, enlarged veins in the legs are more than just a cosmetic problem. Often, they are a symptom of an underlying medical condition and a cause of pain. “If you have tired, achy legs, swelling that slows you down or unsightly veins on your legs, you ...
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