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Posted on September 16, 2019 by Palm Vein Center
Do You Have a Bruise or a Blood Clot?

Bruises and blood clots both involve the blood vessels, but they differ greatly in potential seriousness. Here’s what you need to know about the difference between the two.

What causes bruises?

We’ve all had bruises, from bumping into the coffee table, tripping on a child’s toy, or sometimes an injury we don’t even remember. These bumps can damage small blood vessels called capillaries, usually close to the skin, and cause the familiar discoloration and raised lump.

They’ll usually heal within about a week, turning from the initial blackish purple...

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Posted on August 13, 2019 by Palm Vein Center
What Can Happen if You Leave Varicose Veins Untreated

If you have varicose veins, you may assume they’re just a cosmetic problem. But left untreated, they can lead to other problems. 

Varicose veins are bulging, rope-like veins that often show up on the legs that you can see through the skin. They usually show up on legs, ankles, and feet. During pregnancy, they may also appear in the pelvic area or buttocks.

A problem related to varicose veins is spider veins. These are blue or reddish colored veins that are also visible through the skin, although they don’t bulge out the way varicose veins. They’re called spider veins because...

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Posted on July 15, 2019 by Palm Vein Center
The Risk of Varicose Veins While on Birth Control

Could your birth control method make you more likely to develop varicose veins? It’s possible, but probably not something you should worry too much about. 

Experts note that women are more likely to develop varicose veins, and women’s hormones may be the reason, because they cause vein walls to relax. Birth control pills, other hormone-based birth control methods, and hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing varicose veins.

They may also make women more prone to developing blood clots, which is a more serious medical problem than varicose veins.

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