Diabetes and Its Impact on Your Veins

If you have diabetes, you know that the problem is a disruption in the way your body processes insulin. You know you need to control your blood sugar by eating well and exercising regularly. But you may not realize the direct impact diabetes has on your vascular system. Many of our diabetic patients at Louisiana Cardiovascular and…

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3 Painful (and Treatable) Vein Conditions

Pain is always a cause for concern, but you typically know why it’s there and what to do about it. If you cut your finger or stub your toe, pain tells you to get your limb out of danger, protect it, and do what’s necessary to support healing. But what do you do when your…

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Risk Factors for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins, those unsightly twisted, bulging lines on your legs, typically aren’t dangerous, but they can be embarrassing. Complications from these visible veins are rare, but in some cases, they can turn painful and itchy, bleed, or form ulcers or blood clots. Some people are more susceptible to developing varicose veins, and if you’re one…

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What To Expect After Vein Treatment

Vein problems are pretty common, especially among those who are older or are overweight. Fortunately, most types of vein diseases are easily treatable. While some vein problems can be quite serious, the most common are spider veins and varicose veins. Our team here at Louisiana Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute in Alexandria, Louisiana, specializes in all types of…

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How To Get Rid of Spider Veins

Spider veins have nothing to do with spiders and everything to do with the breakdown of the tiny blood vessels near the surface of your skin. The result is a web-like pattern of damaged veins that may be the precursor to their bigger, 3-dimensional cousins, varicose veins. Many people try to camouflage spider veins with heavy makeup…

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Why Do Some People Get Varicose Veins and Others Don’t?

Doctors can’t tell you for sure what your future health holds. They can, however, tell you if you have an elevated risk for certain conditions based on several factors. The same holds true for varicose veins — there are many variables that lead to this typically harmless condition, but there’s no way to know for…

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How We Can Help Your Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Varicose veins and leg ulcers are some classic signs that your blood isn’t traveling through your veins properly. But I’ve seen plenty of the less common symptoms that people tend to take for granted, such as pain, swelling, leg cramps, skin problems. Venous insufficiency may look and feel slightly different for you than someone else…

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Am I a Candidate for Endoscopic Vein and Radial Artery Harvesting?

It’s the leading cause of death in the United States, and you might not even know you have it until it causes severe damage. We’re talking about coronary heart disease (CAD), the condition that occurs when plaque builds up inside the larger arteries that deliver oxygen-rich blood to your heart. If you end up with too much…

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Are Varicose Veins a Health Risk?

The truth is, most varicose veins are completely harmless — except for the hit your ego takes when you put on a pair of shorts and reveal the ropey lines making tracks of blue, red, or purple up and down your legs. But there are times when these visible veins can be signs of something more concerning.…

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