Q: Do men have varicose veins less often than women?
Yes, but the difference is not as great as you might think. You may be surprised to learn that 55% of women will suffer from varicose veins, compared to 45% of men. (stat from covidien website: “42% of men are expected to develop varicose veins by the time they reach their 60s”) And, as educational programs increase awareness of how simple it is to treat vein disorders, more men will start seeking treatment and the % of men compared to women will increase. Today, 30+ million suffer with varicose veins and leg pain! It’s very common. Post by Dr. Scott Hannum, Vascular Clinic .
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Restless Leg Syndrome: What are the SYMPTOMS? And, how do you know if that’s what’s causing your leg issues?
Last month, I had a booth at Solivita in Poinciana for their annual health fair. I met so many fit and health savvy residents. Many I spoke with shared stories about different sensations they have in their legs throughout the day, and well into the night while sleeping. I decided to write this blog post tonight to share with you some symptoms of the condition known as Restless Leg Syndrome. People have a very hard time pinpointing the exact feeling/sensation they are having in their legs, which is common! The condition of RLS is associated with the following conditions/symptoms:
Have you tried speaking to your primary care physician about your symptoms?
- Feeling an urge to move your legs and sometimes your arms
- While at rest, symptoms increase and are worse when laying down, or sitting for long periods of time
Sleep deprivation due to legs “raging” or feeling antsy, creepy, and uncomfortable
- Movement seems to improve symptoms temporarily
Did you get an actual diagnosis of “Restless Leg Syndrome”? If yes, are you taking any neurological medications or iron supplements to soothe the symptoms, but having no improvement? Do you try taking natural remedies and yet, no improvements? Well, guess what? You might be one of the 30+ million with “Restless Leg SYMPTOMS”…let’s dig a little deeper now.
I am going to share with you information that has helped hundreds of patients suffering with restless leg symptoms! The reason is, for some patients, the symptoms are associated with a vein problem called, Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Once you’ve consulted with your family doctor and are still seeking answers, our Certified Vascular Technician at Hannum Vascular will conduct an advanced Venous Doppler study in the office to analyze your veins (it’s an ultrasound, so no pain whatsoever!). Chronic Venous Insufficiency is one of the leading causes of:
- Leg Pain
- Itchy, burning, tingling in the legs
- Cramps in the legs and sometimes feet (anytime of day, often early morning “charlie horse”)
- Swollen Legs
- Varicose Veins and an abundance of Spider Veins
- Skin color and/or texture changes
- Sometimes if left untreated, sores on the legs called, venous ulcers
Should your study result in a positive diagnosis for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (aka: vein disease, venous reflux) we can identify your condition and treat the problem which causes your symptoms! The venous ablation treatment is covered by insurance plans because it’s not a cosmetic treatment.
Radio-frequency Venefit and endovenous laser ablation is what I like to use because I’ve had a great amount of success with patients. I’ve been treating vein disease since 2001. All devices have advanced in technology to become less invasive, less pain, less bruising, fast recovery time. The number one thing I hear from patients is how much better their legs feel.
After each procedure, the patients are able to get up and walk out of the room, and are back to normal within 1-2 days. It’s a very simple, in office treatment that provides lasting relief!
Please call my office today if you’re suffering. I’m here to help! Office: (407) 329-3108
and leg pain are a very common condition. Over 30 million people in the USA suffer with leg pain and bumpy veins, known as varicose veins. For many people who may have a career that requires long hours of standing ex: teachers, usps post office, bank tellers, hair stylist, nurses…a few moments of rest, kicking your legs up and relaxing is very healthy! Its a helpful (temporary) way to relieve leg swelling and aches. Take a look at this video. A very simple, yet VERY effective way to alleviate leg pain, swelling, cramps, and tired legs. Click here: Leg Circulation Exercise
If you are suffering with chronic leg pain, swelling, and overall discomfort, it could be a very serious condition and may need immediate attention. Don’t wait, Hannum Vascular is here to help: (407) 329-3108. Two locations: Kissimmee and Poinciana!
Who needs to see a vascular surgeon?
A vascular surgeon is a highly trained physician who manages patients with all forms of vascular disease, so almost any patient might have occasion to see such a specialist. This includes:
Vascular surgeons are the only professionals who can offer all forms of treatment to this wide-ranging group of patients.
- Patients with aneurysms in almost any location in the chest, abdomen, or extremities.
- Patients with varicose veins, spider veins, or leg ulcers caused by venous disease.
- Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), whether symptoms are minor or more threatening to the leg.
- Many patients with carotid disease or blockage will see a vascular surgeon for stroke prevention and treatment.
- Patients with kidney failure require dialysis access procedures, also provided by vascular surgeons.
Did you know? We offer a free educational service to the community! Call (407) 329-3108 to speak with our Clinical Director and setup a time/date to have one of our clinical experts visit your community and educate your group on Varicose Veins, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and prevention/procedure guidance. We have a bilingual staff!
Hannum Vascular provides a Clinical Liaison dedicated to providing personalized service for phyicians in Osceola and Polk County, Poinciana, and St. Cloud.
Our physician liaison is available to:
If you would like to meet with our Physician Liaison please call our Clinical Director: 407-721-0772.
Take advantage of this very informative and entertaining educational service!Leg pain when walking at an incline?
- visit your practice;
- inform you of new services, treatment options and clinical trials;
- work to understand your needs
- provide English and Spanish educational materials
This could be caused by a dangerous condition known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.). This disease commonly affects the arteries in the legs. People with P.A.D. develop plaque in the linning of the arteries. This plaque can be very hard, like a rock, or soft like french fries. The plaque that develops will interfere with bloodflow, causing the leg to loose blood (oxygen). Without proper bloodflow, a person can loose their toes, feet, and legs all together. It doesn’t happen overnight, which is great because you can prevent the development of P.A.D. by changing your lifestyle!!
Peripheral Arterial Disease commonly affects these type of people:
- Age 50 or over
- Current or former smoker: Smoking is more closely related to developing PAD than any other risk factor. Smoking increases the risk of developing PAD three to five times
- Diabetes: One in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have PAD
- High blood cholesterol: Excess cholesterol and fat in your blood contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries, reducing or blocking blood flow to your heart, brain, or limbs
- High blood pressure
- Personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke: If you have heart disease, you have a one-in-three chance of also having PAD
- Renal insufficiency
* American Heart Association. Understand Your Risk for PAD, June 2011. Available at: http://www.heart.org. Accessed Nov 2012.
Dr. Scott Hannum, board certified vascular surgeon, has the skill and experience to carefully remove the excess plaque that has built up over time, and he is able to reestablish blood flow to the legs, in turn, saving people from loosing their legs. If you think you or a loved one may have P.A.D., you can contact Dr. Hannum’s office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Hannum takes majority of insurance plans and now treats patients using state of the art devices in an outpatient based facility on Wednesday’s. The beautiful center offers everything you need, it’s a comfortable, family-friendly environment, and allows Dr. Hannum time to spend with you during your recovery. Transportation is also offered for patients. Hannum Vascular Lab: 294 Patterson Road, Haines City, FL 33844