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Posted on March 13, 2018 by Cathy Brown

Because our job is to take care of vein problems, we talk a lot about what goes wrong with veins. Today we thought we’d share some fun facts about what goes right with the body’s blood vessels—which include the veins, arteries, and capillaries.

They’re pretty amazing when you think about it. For one thing, your system of blood vessels is vast—if each blood vessel in your body were laid out in one long line, it would stretch to more than 60,000 miles long.

The system is kind of like a tree, with the main arteries and veins representing the trunk and smaller veins and arteries...

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Posted on February 14, 2018 by Cathy Brown

Compression stocking or socks have been around for decades. They’re often associated with older women with varicose veins. And it’s true, they can be a great help for people suffering with varicose veins and similar conditions.

But did you know that flight attendants, marathon runners, pregnant women, and airline passengers also sometimes wear compression socks or stockings?

Compression stockings can help move blood more efficiently from the legs to the heart and prevent it from pooling and possibly clotting in the legs and feet. This can help prevent varicose veins, spider...

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Posted on January 30, 2018 by Cathy Brown

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when a blood clot forms in one of your deep veins.

These clots usually form in the legs, but can also occur in the pelvis or arms. The area may hurt and swell, but sometimes there are no symptoms. The danger is that the clot will break loose and spread to the lungs, which can be life threatening.

Your risk of deep vein thrombosis is higher if you’re over 60, but DVT can affect people of any age. For instance, tennis star Serena Williams had to be rushed to the hospital in 2011 when she developed a pulmonary embolism—a...

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