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Dr. Desmond Bell Recommends: Compression Stockings for Comfortable Travel

September 2, 2015

Dr. Bell Recommends Compression StockingsYou may have one last vacation planned for the summer, but long hours in the car or plane might leave you with achy, swollen legs and even blood clots in the limbs. It’s uncomfortable and also can be dangerous – dehydration, low cabin pressure on flights, and the position of your legs while seated for long hours may cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). To prevent clotting and DVT, Dr. Bell recommends wearing compression stockings on the legs when travelling for long periods of time. Continue reading “Dr. Desmond Bell Recommends: Compression Stockings for Comfortable Travel” »

Treating Varicose Veins, with Dr. Jason Roberts

April 2, 2015

If you’re ever on the golf course with Dr. Jason Roberts, watch your socks. That’s where Dr. Roberts often notices symptoms of venous insufficiency, commonly known as varicose veins. In a radio interview with WSOS 99.5 St. Augustine Radio, Dr. Roberts discussed the symptoms of varicose veins, why women experience it more often than men, noticing “sock disease” on the golf course, and the ways he and the rest of the team at FCCI can treat this condition.

Listen to the interview below, and call 904-436-6420 to set up an appointment. Continue reading “Treating Varicose Veins, with Dr. Jason Roberts” »

Understanding Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

June 19, 2014

At First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, we often see patients who complain of leg pain. This pain is often described as an “aching” or “cramping” in the legs. When this pain is matched with other symptoms, including tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, or heaviness in the legs, then you may be suffering from pain associated with varicose veins and spider veins.

What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin.

Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin as well. They are also most often seen on the legs and face.

There are several risk factors that may increase the risk of varicose veins and spider veins, including age, hormonal changes, pregnancy, obesity, sun exposure and lack of movement.

Causes of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

  • Heredity.
  • Occupations that involve a lot of standing, such as nurses, hair stylists, teachers, and factory workers.
  • Obesity.
  • Hormonal influences during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.
  • The use of birth control pills.
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement.
  • A history of blood clots.
  • Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen including tumors, constipation, and externally worn garments like girdles.

When to Call First Coast Cardiovascular Institute for Varicose Veins
If you have varicose veins, and any of the following instances below, please contact First Coast Cardiovascular Institute to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

  • Your leg suddenly becomes swollen and painful. This may be the cause of a blood clot in a deep vein, which can be a potentially serious problem.
  • The skin over the varicose vein begins to bleed on its own or when injured. The skin over varicose veins may often be thin so it’s more susceptible to injury and bleeding. If that happens, elevate your leg then apply pressure directly to the vein.
  • Your leg has a tender lump, which may be the result of a clot or inflammation in a vein under the skin. Although this is typically not dangerous, it is important to receive treatment.

Contact us today if you’re suffering from leg pain, or any other symptoms associated with varicose and spider veins.

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