Posted on October 15, 2019 by Palm Vein Center
The Risk of Obesity and Peripheral Artery Disease

Does being obese put you at higher risk of peripheral artery disease? Unfortunately, the answer seems to be yes. 

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, affects blood vessels outside the heart and brain—so those arteries that supply blood to the arms, legs, etc. The blood vessels become stiff and narrow, often because of a buildup of fatty deposits, and aren’t able to supply enough oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.

A common symptom of PAD is leg pain or cramping when walking or climbing stairs. If PAD is not treated, it can progress to critical limb ischemia (CLI). With CLI...

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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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