South Palm Cardiovascular Associates has moved to 13550 Jog Road, Suite 204 Delray Beach 33446. The physicians of South Palm Cardiovascular have privileges at JFK Hospital, Bethesda Memorial Hospital East & West, Delray Medical Center, and Boca Raton Regional Hospital. If you would like to schedule an appointment call 561-515-0080.
If there is such a thing as the “most heard gripe” Palm Beach cardiologists hear from patients, it’s when during one of their visits we record a higher-than-usual blood pressure reading for them, and we ask them to come back for additional measurements. After hearing “What’s the matter…why should I have to come back? Didn’t you do it right the first time?” dozens of times, and having to explain each time, we thought this would be a good topic for an article.
The thing is, your blood pressure changes, and more often than you think
When we measure your blood pressure, the result is a “snapshot” of what the internal pressure of your blood vessels is at the moment in which we take the reading. For example, if your blood pressure is 120/80 (a “normal” blood pressure reading), the top (systolic) number indicates the amount of pressure when your heart contracts, and the lower (diastolic) number indicates the amount of pressure when your heart muscle relaxes between beats.
But this number can change from hour to hour, and even from minute to minute. If you rode your bicycle or jogged to our offices, for example, your blood pressure would probably be higher than if you had driven your car. Similarly, your blood pressure might be temporarily higher if you had a cup of coffee with breakfast, or even if you had an argument with your spouse at the table. Strangely enough, another thing that can produce a higher-than-normal blood pressure reading is what we call “white lab coat phenomenon.” People who don’t go to see their doctors often sometimes get nervous when they do see them, and that raises their blood pressure.
So a single blood pressure reading is not enough to diagnose hypertension
For many of the reasons listed above, you might have a “high” blood pressure reading on Monday morning, but a normal one on Wednesday. That is why we sometimes ask you to return for multiple readings. Sometimes we actually have to test your blood pressure at different times of the day and in different conditions (eating vs. not eating beforehand, or exercising vs. not exercising beforehand) to determine whether your blood pressure is continually high.
If, after multiple tests, it appears that your blood pressure remains consistently high (140/90 or higher), your Delray Beach cardiologist might recommend treatment to try to lower it. Initial treatments are usually conservative – recommending that you get more exercise, stop smoking, and reduce stress in your life. If your blood pressure is consistently high enough to qualify for stage 2 hypertension (160/100 or higher), your Palm Beach heart doctor may recommend that you start taking antihypertensive drugs to reduce your heart risk. If you ever record a blood pressure of 180/110 or higher, chances are we’ll recommend that you check into a hospital immediately, because that is dangerously high, and you are at grave risk.
The bottom line is that the higher your blood pressure is, the more often you should have it checked
You can have your blood pressure checked by your cardiologist or your family doctor, or even learn to check your own blood pressure and do it at home. Home monitoring can be especially useful if you are undergoing treatment for hypertension, because daily or even more frequent readings can give you a clear picture of your progress as you become healthier.
But of course if you do have even slightly high blood pressure, your first step in getting it under control and keeping it at a safe level should be to visit a top cardiologist in Palm Beach. You can do that by simply picking up your phone and calling 561-515-0080 to set up an appointment.
To really understand the kinds of diseases that can affect your blood vessels, you have to understand how they work when they’re healthy. Arteries, which carry oxygenated blood from your heart to your organs and extremities, have their own internal muscles with which to pump blood. Veins, whose job is to route deoxygenated blood and waste materials back to the lungs and heart for renewal, don’t have their own “pumping muscles.” Instead, they rely on the movement of neighboring muscles to compress the veins and thus force blood back to your heart. This is made possible by one-way valves that open when muscle pressure forces blood through them, but then close immediately afterward.
According to Delray Beach vein treatment specialists, two possible medical conditions can interfere with this healthy functioning of your veins. The first of these conditions is referred to as insufficiency, in which the valves are damaged by disease and become “leaky,” failing to close properly once blood flows through them. Because they remain open, these diseased valves allow blood to flow back into the veins and collect there.
The other condition that can affect your veins is called thrombosis, in which blood clots begin to form on the inner walls of the veins, as the result of disease or physical damage. These blood clots, called thrombi, narrow the veins and restrict the proper flow of blood, thus impairing your overall circulation. But there is a worse possibility with thrombosis, which is that the blood clots break loose from the vein walls where they formed, and travel through your venous system to other locations, where they can cause more serious damage.
The most common form of vein disease is chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
Also called venous reflux, this condition causes veins to become swollen and discolored (taking on a bluish-purple color), and is the primary cause of varicose veins. CVI does not always result in varicose veins, but it always causes impairment of your circulatory system, and it may manifest in other symptoms such as chronically swollen and painful legs and ankles, changes in the color and texture of the skin, and the formation of leg ulcers – bleeding sores that do not respond to normal treatment and refuse to heal.
Thrombosis is less common, but much more dangerous
The most common form of this condition is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), because the blood clots begin to form in the large, deep veins of your legs. Because of the depth of the veins, surface symptoms of these blood clots do not always appear, so people can have DVT and not know it. This is very dangerous, because if the blood clots travel to the brain they can cause a stroke, and if they travel to your lungs they can cause a pulmonary embolism. These conditions kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, most of whom never knew they had a serious vein disease.
How do I know for sure if I have (or am at risk for) CVI or DVT?
The most effective way to be sure is to pick up your telephone and dial 561-515-0080 and schedule an appointment with the Florida vein specialists at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates. These specialists, widely known as some of the best vein doctors in Florida, can schedule a painless, non-invasive venous health screening to determine the exact state of your vein health. These screenings take only about an hour, but they can detect signs of CVI, DVT, and other dangerous vein diseases before they have had time to damage your overall health. In the screening, these Palm Beach vein treatment experts will ask questions about your and your family’s health history to determine your level of vein disease risk. They will also perform tests that may include the use of duplex ultrasound, which allows them to see your actual veins and the blood flowing through them to check for signs of insufficiency or thrombosis.
If they find indications of vein disease, don’t worry, because it can be effectively treated. Both CVI and DVT can be eliminated completely using minimally-invasive methods that allow you to be treated in SPCVA’s comfortable offices, without having to go to a hospital. The treatments are so gentle and painless that most of the time they don’t even require anesthesia. So even though both CVI and DVT are serious diseases, you shouldn’t waste time worrying about them. Instead, just give us a call and become proactive about your vein health.
In the field of medical science that deals with heart disease and how to prevent it, you hear a lot about risk factors. According to Delray Beach cardiologists, these are either traits or behaviors that medical science has proven increase your risk of developing heart disease. The risk factors don’t exactly cause heart disease, but the more of them you have, the more likely it is that you will develop heart disease.
Some of these risk factors – including a few of the most important ones such as your age, your gender, your race, and whether your family has a history of heart disease – you can’t do anything about. You’re stuck with them. Fortunately, however, there are many other known risk factors that you can do something about, and thus lower your heart disease risk.
What are the biggest heart disease risk factors, and how do you lower them?
- High blood pressure. Hypertension is the most common and most widespread risk for heart disease. A third of the adults in America have a blood pressure over 140/90, which means they have a higher-than-normal risk of heart attack. The good news is that you can lower your high blood pressure – and thus your risk – via weight loss, exercise, and medication.
- High cholesterol levels. If you are over 50, you should know your cholesterol levels, and take steps to keep them within acceptable ranges. The higher your total cholesterol levels, the higher your likelihood of heart disease. Ideally, your total cholesterol level should be less than 200 mg/dl, your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels should be under 130 mg/dl, and your HDL (“good”) cholesterol should be greater than 40 mg/dl in men and 50 mg/dl in women.
- If you have diabetes, get it under control. The link between diabetes and heart disease is undeniable, so when your doctor tells you to get your diabetes and blood sugar levels under control, he’s trying to keep your heart healthy, too.
- Stop Smoking! If you smoke cigarettes, you should stop. Period. Continue to smoke, and you increase your risk of heart attack with every cigarette. Stop, and you can reduce your risk of a heart attack and other cardiovascular disease by over half within a year.
- Lose weight. Every extra pound you carry around increases your risk of having a heart attack. Your Palm Beach cardiologist can help you find a diet program that will work to help you lose weight and keep it off.
- Become more active. One of the most serious risks for heart disease is what you’re doing right now – sitting. If you have a sedentary lifestyle and get less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day, you are drastically increasing your risk of developing heart disease. So get out and get more exercise – it’s fun, and it could save your life.
- Eat more sensibly. Stay away from fast foods and junk foods high in salt, saturated fats, trans fats, edible cholesterol, and refined sugars. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats and fishes. Making these simple changes in your diet can add decades to your lifespan.
- Control your stress levels. Studies have indicated that one of the most prevalent “triggers” for heart attacks is uncontrolled anger and stress. If you have a lot of stress and tension in your life, work with your Palm Beach heart doctor to find techniques and support groups that can help you keep calm, and thus help keep you healthy.
Finally, the most important thing you can do to reduce your heart disease risk is to see your cardiologist and get a checkup. If you’re over the age of 50 and you haven’t had a heart health checkup in a couple of years, you really should pick up the phone and call some of the top cardiologists in Palm Beach at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates today at 561-515-0080. Checkups only take a few minutes, but they can literally save your life by detecting small problems before they become big problems.
When most people think about “vein disease,” the two most common images that pop into their minds are of 1) varicose veins and 2) old people. They assume first that vein disease is synonymous with varicose veins, and second that it only strikes people who are in their 60s or older, and mainly women at that. All of these are misconceptions, and dangerous ones, so in this article we’re going to present a few facts to help parents understand that helping their kids prevent vein disease is a process that should start while they’re still in their teens.
Contrary to popular belief, age is not the primary risk factor for vein disease
Yes, vein disease affects mainly older people. For example, over half of women over 65 have varicose veins, as opposed to only 1 in 20 women under the age of 24, but varicose veins can appear in patients as young as 11 years old. So although aging is a risk factor for vein disease, it’s not the most important one.
The most important is heredity. But close behind these days is inactivity – not getting enough exercise, and especially sitting too much. If you want to assess your kids’ risk of developing vein disease, look into these two factors. For example, if they’re young and healthy now but you, your parents, and your grandparents had varicose veins or suffered from chronic leg swelling, there is a very high risk that your children are going to get these diseases, too. That risk literally doubles if, in addition to having a genetic predisposition for vein disease, they have picked up the bad habits of the new “couch potato” generation and spend most of their time sitting and staring at TVs, computers, or video game screens.
Vein disease is a cumulative process
According to some of the best vein doctors in Florida, diseases like chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) don’t happen overnight. They develop over many, many years. First one set of venous valves fails and becomes leaky, failing to close and allowing blood to flow back into the vein and collect there. This increases pressure and makes the next set of valves fail, then the next, and the syndrome cascades until some form of vein disease appears.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle makes this cumulative degeneration happen faster. So if your family has a history of vein disease and your teenagers spend most of their time sitting, they’re a vein disease accident waiting to happen. And it may not wait until they are in their 50s or 60s.
Another factor that can place teens at risk for another form of vein disease – thrombosis, or blood clots – is their involvement in sports, especially contact sports. Trauma during one’s teen years can cause injury to the vein walls in one’s legs or arms. There is increasing evidence of football players, gymnasts, and even cheerleaders developing varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis while still in their teens. Volleyball players and basketball players, because of all the jumping they have to do, put a lot of pressure on the saphenous veins in their legs, which can actually be increased if they wear tight knee pads.
So how do I protect my teens and help them to prevent vein disease?
Your first step should be to contact a trusted Florida vein specialist such as the doctors at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates and schedule venous health screenings – not just for you, but for your kids as well. These screenings take only about an hour, and they are valuable even if they don’t detect any existing vein problems. For prevention, it’s just as important to learn whether you and your kids are at high risk of developing vein disease, because then your Palm Beach vein treatment specialists can work with you to help you make behavioral changes and lifestyle choices that can significantly lower your risk.
So give some of the best vein doctors in Palm Beach a call at 561-515-0080 and become proactive about your vein health. Your kids will thank you for it if it helps them – and you – to live a long, happy life free from vein disease.
Heart disease, arterial disease, and vein disease are very different medical conditions that are diagnosed and treated equally differently. Interestingly, however, there is one diagnostic test you might encounter whether you are seeking vein treatment in Palm Beach or whether you are having your regular checkup for heart and cardiovascular disease.
The procedure in question is called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test, and it is used to detect the presence and severity of vascular diseases such as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) or peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The test itself is painless and only takes a few minutes, but it tells your doctor a great deal more about the state of your blood vessels than a normal blood pressure reading.
Why is an ABI test performed?
A normal blood pressure reading is measured only at the arm, and provides the doctor with a “snapshot” of what your blood pressure is at one location in the body at one moment in time. Quite literally, if measured again a few minutes later, you might be found to have a very different blood pressure. Plus, the standard blood pressure tests measure only internal blood pressure, while providing no information about how efficiently blood is flowing through your blood vessels. ABI tests provide a painless, non-invasive way that doctors can tell if your arteries and veins are blocked or narrowed, and thus impairing your circulation.
ABI tests are often performed if a Palm Beach cardiologist suspects that you may be suffering from PAD or CVI on the basis of other symptoms, or if you have higher than normal risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high overall blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, diabetes, smoking, or being overweight. ABI tests may also be performed on a regular basis to measure a patient’s progress while being treated for heart, arterial, or vein disease.
How is an ABI test administered?
When you have an ankle-brachial index test, your blood pressure is measured in two different locations simultaneously. The most common locations for the test are with one cuff placed on the arm and the other placed at the ankle (thus the name of the test). The whole process is as painless and non-invasive as any standard blood pressure measurement, just taken in two locations at once.
The two readings are taken and then compared against each other to determine the ankle-brachial index. A normal, resting ABI index in a healthy person should be in the range of 1.0 to 1.4, which means that the blood pressure measured at your ankle is the same or greater than the pressure measured at your arm. This is an indication that blood is traveling through your blood vessels efficiently.
Abnormal or unhealthy ABI values are 0.9 or lower and 1.41 and higher. These values indicate that you have different blood pressure levels at the two points of measurement, and thus that you have a high possibility of having narrowed arteries, blood clots, or venous insufficiency. If this is the case, that is a signal to your Delray Beach cardiologist or Florida vein specialist that more extensive tests may be necessary, such as the use of Duplex ultrasound, which allows him to actually visualize the blood flowing through the veins. Abnormal ABI values should be taken seriously, because they indicate a higher-than-normal risk of heart attack or stroke.
Do I need to prepare for an ABI test?
Not really. Unlike blood cholesterol level tests, for which you usually are asked to fast overnight, there is nothing you need to do to “prepare” for an ABI test.
And that’s about all you need to know about ABI tests themselves. They are a valuable weapon in the arsenal of Florida vein specialists to help them fight cardiovascular disease and keep you healthy. If you’d like to learn more about ABI tests or any of the other diagnostic procedures we use, see our website at www.southpalmcardiovascular.com or give us a call at 561-515-0080. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Science tells us that there are many risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing heart disease. Some you can do nothing about, such as your age, your race, your gender, and your genetic background (whether close members of your family had heart problems). Others, such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels, require a visit to your Delray Beach cardiologists to diagnose and find out whether they put you at increased risk. But one of the most important risk factors for heart disease you can diagnose at home, by simply stepping on to a scale.
Are you overweight?
Society’s definitions and medical science’s definitions of what constitutes being “fat” or “overweight” change over time, and in different circumstances. A person who is “big boned” and six feet tall could weigh 180 pounds and be considered to be of normal weight, whereas someone who is five feet tall and weighs 180 pounds could be considered overweight, possibly even obese. So in this article we’ll use a measure that is more standardized than just weight, the Body Mass Index, or BMI. To calculate your BMI, divide your weight in standard measurements by your height, and then divide the result by your height again. Or use this handy calculator: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm.
Using the BMI standard, if you are 5 feet 10 inches tall and weigh 175 pounds, you have a BMI of 25, which is considered medically to be just at the upper boundary of what is considered “normal” weight. But if you stop watching your diet and add 50 pounds, your BMI becomes 32.3, and qualifies you as “medically obese.” And medically, a higher BMI means that you have a higher risk of heart disease.
What is the relationship between BMI and heart risk?
In one study of over 116,000 nurses, those who had a BMI between 25 and 28.9 were found to be twice as likely to develop heart disease than those with lower BMIs. Nurses in the study who had a BMI over 29 were found to be four times as likely to develop heart disease. The “bottom line” with regard to the relationship of weight/BMI and heart disease is that if you are a man, you suffer a 5% risk increase for every point of BMI over normal, and if you are a woman, you suffer a 7% increase. Another way of saying this is that if you are medically overweight (BMI 25-28.9), your risk of heart failure is 34% higher than if you had a normal BMI. If you are medically obese (BMI >29), your risk of heart failure is 104% higher.
Why does being overweight put more strain on your heart?
The answer is simple – larger bodies require larger amounts of blood to keep them nourished and functioning properly. Larger amounts of blood require your heart to work harder. Instead of beating faster (more beats per minute) to do this, what happens is that your heart has a tendency to grow larger so that it can pump more blood with each beat. The increased flow rate increases pressure within the blood vessels, which manifests as hypertension. And even if your blood pressure doesn’t increase to dangerous levels, as the chambers of your heart grow larger, they lose “pumping power” because your overall amount of heart muscle does not increase as you gain weight. The heart becomes unable to empty itself fully with each beat, blood begins to pool in it, and the result is congestive heart failure.
There are additional syndromes caused by being overweight that can “cascade” and place your heart health in peril. If your extra weight has accumulated around your midsection, for example, that increases your risk the most – add five inches to your waistline, and your heart attack risk doubles (and at the same time makes you more at risk for diabetes, because it blunts the effects of insulin). Extra body fat also makes its way into the bloodstream, which increases your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). And finally, becoming overweight almost always is accompanied by a reduction of the amount of exercise you get, which causes your system to weaken further, and increases your heart risk more.
OK, being overweight is dangerous for my heart – how do I protect myself?
Lose weight. And work with your Palm Beach cardiologist to find ways to keep the extra weight off. The best cardiologists in Palm Beach can help you find diet, exercise, and community support resources to help you achieve your personal weight goals, and thus reduce your risk of heart disease. So call your Palm Beach heart doctors today at 561-515-0080 and start to become both thinner and healthier.
The most common reasons you might be looking for a top cardiologist in Palm Beach are that you’ve recently moved to the area, or that your personal physician has noticed symptoms that might indicate non-urgent heart problems, and has suggested that you see a specialist.
If you fall into the latter category, your personal physician may have already referred you to a Palm Beach heart doctor he knows and trusts, but if you’re looking at websites like this one, it’s safe to assume that you may be still looking for other reasons, such as wanting to find an office closer to your home, or a doctor to whom you can relate more personally and comfortably. So even if you are starting with a recommendation, we commend you for “doing your homework,” and hope that the tips in this article will help you find the right heart doctor.
Factors you should keep in mind when looking for a Palm Beach cardiologist
- Credentials and experience. This might seem obvious, but we mention it because many patients don’t really look deeply into the educational and experiential backgrounds of their prospective doctors. What you should be looking for in a good heart doctor is someone who holds advanced certifications in cardiology and cardiovascular medicine in addition to their basic medical degrees. If you are moving from another location and already know the nature of your heart problem, you can also look for a doctor who has personal experience with your condition and how it is treated.
- Referrals and recommendations. Ask around among your friends, family, and other medical professionals you know, asking for their referral. If you have already found a cardiologist you are considering seeing, try to find out what that cardiologist’s current patients think of them by reading physician reviews on the Web.
- “Location, location, location.” Yes, this is a saying from the world of real estate, but it can be equally important when you are searching for a heart doctor, because you’ll be seeing them often. If you have heart problems, your Delray Beach cardiologist will be the person whom you will count on the most to guide you through the different stages of your treatment and to monitor your progress. So you should choose a doctor whose offices are near where you live. If your condition is going to require frequent tests at a hospital, you should also find out which hospitals the cardiologist is affiliated with, and find out whether they accept your type of health insurance.
- Your cardiologist should have good communication skills. This may not sound like an important factor for a doctor, but it really is, because you need to know how well you can communicate with them. When you ask questions, does the doctor really listen? And does he answer your questions directly and clearly, using language you can easily understand? The bottom line is that you should feel comfortable with your heart doctor.
Finally, before deciding, come in and talk to us at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates
We’ll be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have about cardiovascular care in general or your condition in particular. Our doctors at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates are among the most respected in Florida, and for good reason. To find out why we have the excellent reputation we do, give us a call at 561-55-0080, or spend some time looking over the rest of our website at www.southpalmcardiovascular.com and reading the many informative articles we’ve published there
Every year, March is specified as Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness month for a reason – DVT is a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. The best vein doctors in Florida know it is a condition in which the large, deep veins of the legs become damaged as the result of disease, injury during surgeries, medications, or other causes and begin to form blood clots or thrombi along their cell walls.
Even if these blood clots remain in place where they formed, they restrict blood flow and thus weaken your immune system and deteriorate your overall health. Frequently, however, the blood clots break free and travel through the venous system to your brain (where they can cause a stroke) or to your lungs (where they can cause a pulmonary embolism, or PE). The latter complication of DVT is so common that physicians refer to it by a single acronym: DVT/PE, which is considered a “silent killer” because most of the people who die from it didn’t even know they were ill. In this article, we explain how you can protect yourself by knowing more about DVT.
Symptoms of DVT you should be aware of
First, the bad news – over half of all cases of DVT produce no symptoms that you would immediately notice. If symptoms do occur, they are usually one of the following:
- Swelling in one or both legs, usually in the calf.
- Heavy aching in the affected legs, along with chronic leg fatigue.
- Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, primarily while standing or walking.
- Red, discolored skin, particularly at the back of your leg below the knee.
- Patches of warmth on the skin surface of the affected leg.
- Visible surface veins.
Risk factors for DVT you should be aware of
Because these symptoms do not appear in all cases, it is often more productive to focus on risk factors that put you at increased risk of developing DVT. Risk factors you can’t do anything about are age (being over 60) and having a family history of DVT or other vein diseases. Risk factors you CAN do something about include smoking, being overweight, and inactivity (especially sitting too much).
Obviously, if these risk factors are present in your life (especially if combined with age and heredity), you should take steps to reduce them. Stop smoking, lose weight, and if your job requires you to sit all day, start to get more exercise. Even taking short “mini-breaks” every hour or so can help to prevent DVT, but if you really want to reduce your risk, start walking briskly for 30 minutes every day. These lifestyle changes are also effective conservative forms of Palm Beach vein treatment.
How do I know for sure if I have (or am at risk of developing) DVT?
The most effective way to be sure is to schedule an appointment with one of the best vein doctors in Palm Beach, such as the doctors at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates. These venous health screenings take only about an hour and are painless and non-invasive, but in almost all cases they can detect signs of DVT or other dangerous vein diseases before they have had time to damage your health irreparably. In the screening, your Florida vein specialist will ask questions about your and your family’s health history and perform tests that may include duplex ultrasound (which allows the doctor to see your actual veins and the blood flowing through them to check for blockages) or venography (a special X-ray procedure that reveals the structure of your veins).
If indications of DVT (or other vein disease) are found, don’t worry – they can be treated. Furthermore, given the advances that have been made in venous medicine, they can be treated painlessly and in about an hour by using minimally-invasive procedures that don’t require anesthesia or incisions.
So even though DVT is a serious disease, it is not one worth losing sleep over. Instead, give us a call at 561-515-0080, schedule a venous health screening, and become proactive about your vein health. It could literally save your life.
“State of the art” is a rapidly moving target in the world of venous medicine. Only a few years ago, because endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) was so effective in removing large varicose veins, it was assumed that it would be equally effective when removing smaller spider veins. And in many cases, it was.
But EVLT came with its own set of problems when treating the smaller spider veins. The lasers used to treat vascular problems are very expensive and had to be set up precisely to deal with multiple skin types. If this was not done, because the area heated by the laser beam is fairly large, there was a possibility of minor skin trauma to healthy skin in the vicinity of the spider veins being removed. Some patients with high skin sensitivity complained that EVLT treatments sometimes left areas of irritated skin that felt as if it had been sunburned.
Medical progress marches on – enter the VeinGogh System
VeinGogh – officially known as the VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis System – is a new alternative to laser and pulsed light therapies that provides a better alternative for the removal of small varicose veins and spider veins. Like EVLT, VeinGogh removes damaged veins by delivering a pulse of energy that coagulates the blood in the vein and causes it to collapse. But unlike the fluctuating waves of energy emitted by lasers, VeinGogh delivers a microburst of high frequency energy to the tip of a probe smaller than a human hair. The heat emitted by this tiny probe is more precise than that emitted by EVLT lasers and dissipates more quickly, heating only the area directly under the probe. Surrounding tissues are not affected, meaning that the possibility of over-treating an area or creating skin trauma is almost non-existent.
Other advantages of VeinGogh over laser vein treatment in Delray Beach
Laser treatments are sometimes perceived as painful by patients. In contrast, insertion of the hair-thin VeinGogh probe into a vein is nearly painless – patients describe it as being like a small “pinch” or as if someone has plucked out a hair. Also, because there is no danger of skin trauma due to over-treating, a larger skin surface can be treated in a single session, meaning that far more spider veins can be eliminated at once than can be done with EVLT.
As with EVLT, results are permanent – once the diseased veins have been closed, they collapse and are automatically absorbed into surrounding tissue. Within a few weeks there are no signs of them, and no signs of scarring because of the more precise application of heat. Many patients require only a single treatment, although follow-up treatment may be required if new spider veins appear. Add all of these advantages together, and it becomes obvious that VeinGogh is a valuable new vein treatment in Palm Beach.
How do I find out more about VeinGogh?
Here at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates, we’re proud of our ability to stay at the cutting edge of new vascular care technologies. Give us a call at 561-515-0080 so we can also schedule an examination during which our expert Florida vein specialists can determine whether VeinGogh would be an appropriate treatment for your spider veins or small varicose veins. The best vein doctors in Florida will also be happy to answer any of your questions and explain how the treatment works in more detail. There are also informative articles about VeinGogh and many of the other state-of-the-art treatments we offer at our website: http://www.southpalmcardiovascular.com.