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Health Scene
BY DR. WADE KANG Vascular Surgeon at
Bronson Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Specialists
and modern endovascular advancements to provide the best care possible for his patients.
4 Keep moving. Working in an of- fice or a job that doesn’t involve a lot of activity can put you at
a more serious yet treatable condition. Symptoms to look out for include:
• Bulging or ropy veins
• Muscle cramping
sure you’re incorporating leafy greens, whole grains, and fresh fruits into every meal. You also want to cut back on your salt intake and consuming processed foods. Salt can lead to water retention, which is something to avoid for your vascular health.
• Leg heaviness/ache felt on the side, ankles, calves and/or feet
• Lower leg and ankle swelling • Skin color changes
2 If you smoke, quit. Smoking is just not good for your body and that includes your venous sys-
veins when your skin is tanned. This is because tanning makes skin less elastic, alters its normal pigmentation and
zaps moisture out of it. Winter weather makes it easier to avoid direct sunlight exposure a week before and after your appointment, which is highly recom- mended for optimal results.
4 Ways to Battle Vein Problems and When You Should Seek Help
There is nothing worse than heavy, ach- ing legs and feet. While we all have days when we experience issues with our legs and feet, it’s crucial to reach out if you feel it might be something more serious. Did you know that nearly 60 percent of Amer- icans suffer from vein disorders according to WebMD? And, it’s not just women
who are affected, about a quarter of those dealing with vein disorders are men.
on your legs. To combat the problem, follow these tips to take action and return your legs to looking and feeling good.
a higher risk for vein problems. Quitting your job isn’t the solution – just incorpo- rate some simple legs exercises while at your desk or set an alarm to remind you to stand up, stretch and take a walk. In addition, try to keep your legs elevated when sitting still for long periods of time. This helps improve your circulation. Standing for long periods during the day can be a problem, too. If you have a job that keeps you on your feet, compression socks may help. Compression on your legs creates comfortable, steady pressure that allows blood to flow throughout your legs and reduces the risk of vein problems and clotting.
How can you tell if you have vein problems that should be treated?
It’s important to know your symptoms and take action. If left untreated, varicose veins can become venous insufficiency,
1 You are what you eat. Your diet is important to keep in check to help manage your weight. Make
When should I seek help? If these tips don’t provide relief and your vein problems are still keeping you from living life to its fullest, it’s important to seek help for your symptoms. And, there’s no better time than winter to address issues with your veins. Why?
• Skin – It is more difficult to treat
Wade Kang, MD, FACS, is a vascular surgeon at Bronson Vascular and En- dovascular Surgery Specialists. He com- bines medical thera- py, traditional open surgical techniques
Hit the gym. Leading an active 3 lifestyle that includes regular
The Bronson Vein Clinic in Battle Creek
was designed specifically for the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. Vein Clin- ic services include screening, testing, and evaluation to identify the most appropriate treatment options for both medical and cos- metic vein problems. To schedule a free screening, call (269) 341-7333 or visit When choosing Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the highest quality care. In fact, Bronson Battle Creek once again received an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national organization com- mitted to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
exercise will help increase strength, circulation, and make your veins stronger. Working out your legs and build- ing muscle tone can help prevent future vein problems.
What can I do to fight vein prob- lems? Vein problems, both medical and cosmetic, have several risk factors that can lead to bulgy, spidery, unsightly veins
tem. Smoking shrinks your blood vessels, making it harder for blood to flow and damaging your veins in the process.
Compression on your legs creates comfortable, steady pressure that allows blood to flow throughout your legs
and reduces the risk of vein problems and clotting.
• Clothing – Winter is the perfect time to bundle up and protect your skin from the sun. It is also the most convenient season to wear compression stockings, which you are advised to wear before and after treatment. These not only provide an extra layer of warmth, but also help improve blood flow which is critical during vein treatments.
• Downtime – Winter is a less active sea- son allowing you to rest up and closely monitor your progress. Even though this is an outpatient procedure, you still should give your body enough time to appropriately heal after a treatment.

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