Posted on November 15, 2019 by Palm Vein Center
What Are Compression Socks and Why Would I Need Them?

If you have a mild case of varicose veins or spider veins, we may recommend compression stockings.

The stockings won’t cure the varicose veins or spider veins, but they can help prevent them from getting worse and may help relieve discomfort from varicose veins.

What exactly are compression socks? They’re stretchy socks that usually come to the knee or above. They are tighter fitting than regular socks, and by gently squeezing your legs, they help keep blood flowing back up to the heart so it doesn’t pool in the veins.

In addition to helping prevent varicose veins,...

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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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