Posted on August 13, 2018 by Cathy Brown

At Palm Vein Center, we treat problems with blood vessels, so patients sometimes ask about one of the most serious issues that can occur with blood vessels—an aneurysm.

An aneurysm is a weakening in a section of an artery wall that causes it to balloon out. Aneurysms can occur in any part of the body, but most commonly are found in:

The brain (cerebral aneurysm) The artery leading from the heart (aortic aneurysm) The leg behind the knee (popliteal aneurysm) The intestine (mesenteric aneurysm) The spleen (splenic artery aneurysm) The groin (femoral artery aneurysm)


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Posted on July 03, 2018 by Cathy Brown

It may seem like a great idea, a way to turn something not so pretty into a work of body art. Unfortunately, the doctors at Palm Vein Center say tattooing over varicose veins is NOT a good idea.

Whether to tattoo over varicose veins is a question that’s coming up more often as the generations that have most enthusiastically embraced tattoos—Generation X and Millennials—are also starting to develop varicose veins. While young people can and do develop varicose veins, the risk goes up with age, and with childbearing. So these tattooed moms and dads are starting to wonder whether to...

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Posted on June 18, 2018 by Cathy Brown

If you suffer from varicose veins, our hot Arizona summers may not be your favorite time of year—and not just because summer fashions expose your legs and you can fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Although heat doesn’t cause varicose veins, it can aggravate them. Here’s why. When your body heats up, the veins dilate to allow more blood to flow to the surface of the skin. That, combined with sweating, helps your body avoid overheating. This increased blood flow is the reason your skin may be red after a hot shower or after doing outdoor chores in the midday sun.

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