• Bleeding Varicose Veins: Are You at Risk?

    We discuss bleeding varicose veins and why they occur. We also explain what to do if your varicose vein ruptures.

  • How can I stop my varicose veins getting worse?

    People living with varicose veins are always on the lookout for ways reduce their symptoms. While varicose veins are chronic and progressive, we've provided out favorite trips to alleviate their symptoms.

  • COVID-19 Update: We’re Open and What to Expect When You’re Here

    An update on East Tennessee Vein Clinic's COVID-19 policies after two weeks of being open.

  • COVID-19 Update: Reopening May 4th

    Our staff is returning to the office tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29th, to prepare for reopening our office to patients next Monday, May 4th. This week we will be reaching out to reschedule any appointments that were canceled due to the COVID-19 closure.

  • 6 Clear Signs It’s Time To See A Vein Doctor For Your Legs

    How do you know if your uncomfortable symptoms are the result of varicose veins, and how do you know when it’s time to talk to a specialist about varicose vein treatments?

  • How One Hairdresser Can Finally Work Pain-Free After Varicose Vein Treatment

    You may be surprised at just how common varicose veins are, but you may be even more surprised at just how troublesome symptoms can be from what too many people assume is just a “cosmetic issue.”

  • Why Treating Spider Veins Before Varicose Veins Is Like Using A Weedeater On Dandelions

    Spider veins are very thin, reddish veins that most commonly appear on the legs or face. These small, swollen veins near the surface of the skin earned their name because of how their appearance can resemble the shape of a web.

  • Are You Destined To Have Varicose Veins If You Have Family History Of Them?

    It may surprise you to know that up to 40% of the American population has varicose or spider veins to some degree. Varicose veins affect both men and women, although women are at a higher risk of developing them.

  • Can Spider Veins Turn Into Varicose Veins?

    While both spider veins and varicose veins are both are forms of venous insufficiency, they are indeed two separate conditions and spider veins can’t “turn into” varicose veins or vice versa.

  • Could Varicose Veins Be A Sign Of Blood Clots?

    Many people associate varicose veins with the bulging blue or purplish rope-like veins that appear on the surface of the legs.

  • Top 8 Questions To Ask About Your Varicose Vein Procedure

    As the top varicose vein treatment center in East Tennessee, we answer hundreds of questions from prospective patients who are wondering if the time has come to finally get rid of their varicose veins.

  • Could Rashes or Sores on Your Legs Be Related to Varicose Veins?

    When people think of varicose veins they often associate the term with tell-tale bluish, ropey veins that are physically visible just under the surface of the skin on the legs.

  • What Teachers Should Know About Their Risk For Varicose Veins

    Another school year is in full swing, and we are grateful for all the dedicated teachers who stand up for our kids day after day. And by stand up, we mean literally as well as figuratively.

  • If Varicose Veins Get Worse With Each Pregnancy, When Is It Best To Seek Treatment?

    Women who’ve experienced uncomfortable varicose veins during pregnancy often ask if they should be proactive and treat their varicose veins before any future pregnancies, or if they should wait until they’re finished having children.

  • Does Being Overweight Contribute To Varicose Veins?

    The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 40% of adults in the U.S. qualify as obese. Tommy Tomlinson is on the extreme end of those statistics, weighing 460 pounds. In his book, The Elephant In the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest To Get S

  • What One Man Learned About Not Completing Varicose Vein Treatments

    In our last blog post, we discussed the factors that contribute to recurrence of varicose veins after an initial treatment, which may have occurred years earlier. The topic most recently came up when a patient in his 70’s returned to our office after hi

  • Common Question: Will My Varicose Veins Come Back After Treatment?

    A patient who was treated more than a decade ago with Ambulatory Phlebectomy for a large bulging varicose vein recently came back for a consultation because his symptoms had been resurfacing. After in-depth ultrasound diagnostics, it was evident that he d

  • 12 Tips To Comfortably Wear Compression Socks In The Summer

    As we enter the summer months, many of us have tucked away our long winter pants and pulled out our shorts or skirts. However, this causes a dilemma for those of us who regularly wear compression socks, or stockings, for varicose vein symptoms.

  • Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

    Varicose veins are embarrassing for many people who long for the days when their legs were smooth and didn’t resemble a roadmap with those ropey, bluish veins on the surface. For others, the top complaint about varicose veins isn’t how their legs look

  • Why Do So Many Nurses Have Varicose Veins?

    National Nurses Week is May 6-12, and we are grateful for all the nurses who work so tirelessly. It’s a demanding profession that can take a toll on those who choose to pursue a career in caring for others. In fact, the physical toll of a nursing career

  • Does Pregnancy Cause Or Worsen Varicose Veins?

    Most women are prepared for the typical side effects that come with pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue, and food cravings. But another side effect not as commonly discussed is varicose veins.

  • Free Infographic Showing Our Simple Yet Thorough 5 Step Process

    Many first-time patients wonder what it will be like to have their varicose veins treated at East Tennessee Vein Clinic, so we created a free infographic that will guide you through our simple 5-step process. Our process and procedures are designed to tho

  • Can CBD Oil Or Herbal Supplements Help Varicose Vein Symptoms?

    Varicose veins affect 30-40% of the population and cause symptoms such as leg swelling, pain, aching, heaviness, burning, or throbbing for many of these people. Naturally, those who suffer with these symptoms want to know what they can do, or if there’s

  • Can Varicose Veins Be Cured With Exercise?

    We all know that regular exercise is good for our heart, lungs, brain, and our waistline. But how does exercise relate to the health of your veins, particularly if you have varicose veins? Can exercise prevent or cure varicose veins? Is it a myth that doi

  • Newer Treatment Techniques Reduce Recurrence Rates

    A common fear for people who seek treatment for their varicose veins is that the problematic veins will pop up again even after treatment procedures. And when varicose veins do reoccur, usually the uncomfortable symptoms of swelling, aching, or heaviness

  • Spring Is Around The Corner, Are Your Legs Ready To Come Out Of Hiding?

    The warmer days of spring and summer will be here before we know it. Our warm leggings or pants will soon be packed away, replaced by shorts and skirts. But for many people with visible varicose veins, the thought of baring their legs makes them want to s

  • Can You Bleed To Death From Varicose Veins?

    One of the more alarming medical complications of varicose veins is spontaneous bleeding when a vein ruptures. When the skin over the veins becomes thin, even a minor irritation or injury can cause the vein to rupture and bleed, and usually the amount of

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    Ciertamente la barrera del idioma puede ser un obstáculo cuando uno busca atención médica. El poder entender la etiología de condiciones relacionadas con el sistema vascular y los diferentes tratamientos de varices es tan importante como el poder comu

  • Are Varicose Veins A Sign Of Heart Disease?

    When patients are first diagnosed with varicose veins, they sometimes wonder if the veins became diseased because of high blood pressure, or because their heart isn’t pumping blood sufficiently. They also wonder if they should be worried about vein dise

  • When Varicose Veins Cause Swelling, EVLT Has Been Proven To Help Substantially

    The National Institutes of Health recently published a study that tracked how effective endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) was for patients who suffered from symptoms of leg swelling due to varicose veins. Swelling is one of the most common complaints we h

  • Does Your Job Increase Your Varicose Vein Risk?

    Varicose veins are a common condition, affecting as much as 40% of women and 25% of men in the U.S. Sometimes varicose veins appear as purplish, twisted veins on the surface of the legs. Other times, there may not be visible physical signs of varicose vei

  • Are Bulging Veins in Legs Treatable?

    For some people, varicose veins are embarrassing because they cause bulging, twisted cord-like veins to appear on the surface of the skin. In these cases, it’s not uncommon for people to avoid wearing shorts or skirts that will show their legs, but bulg

  • Complications Of Varicose Veins: Heavy, Aching Legs

    According to the National Institutes of Health, 50% of people over the age of 50 have varicose veins to some degree. For some, twisted, blueish enlarged varicose veins are visible on the surface of the legs, but for many there are no visible physical sign

  • Can Varicose Veins Cause Restless Leg Syndrome?

    Do uncomfortable sensations that may be described as cramping, tingling, or aching in your legs make it hard for you to sleep at night? If so, restless leg syndrome (RLS) could be to blame.

  • Why You Don’t Need To Be Afraid Of Varicose Vein Treatments

    We often hear from new patients that they had put off seeking treatment for years, even though their symptoms of swelling, heaviness, or aching had become unbearable. The most common reason they delayed seeking treatment is because they assumed they’d h

  • Now Is The Best Time To Seek Treatment For Skin Discoloration From Varicose Veins

    While it’s common to experience swelling, pain, and aching from varicose veins, there are other adverse side effects that many people find frustrating. Skin discoloration, or hyperpigmentation, of the legs, ankles, and feet is one of the more advanced m

  • Complications Of Varicose Veins: Skin Rashes & Eczema

    When the leg veins just below the surface of the skin fail to function properly and keep blood pumping efficiently towards the heart, the resultant backward blood flow raises the pressure in the veins and distends the veins leading to the appearance of vi

  • Does Heat Make Varicose Veins Worse?

    It’s common for more people to seek treatment for varicose veins during the summer months. In part, this is because people are wearing shorts or skirts rather than the long pants or tights that cover their legs in cooler months, and they’re more aware

  • Complications Of Varicose Veins: Chronic Swelling

    Tens of millions of people—up to 40% of women and 25% of men—suffer from varicose veins. Some of these people know they have varicose veins because they can visibly see the raised and ropey, purplish veins on the surface of the skin on their legs. How

  • How One Patient Finally Found Relief From Restless Legs With Just 2 Treatments

    Cindy Arnold has been the Director of Operations at East Tennessee Vein Clinic for over seven years. And, like approximately 25 million other people in the U.S., Cindy had been suffering from varicose veins.

  • Men Get Varicose Veins, Too

    Sorry men, you can’t escape genetics. It’s a common misperception that only women get varicose veins, however, that’s not the case. While it is true that women are prone to more risk factors due to hormonal influences and childbearing, the most comm

  • Is It Possible To Prevent Varicose Veins, Or To Keep Them From Getting Worse?

    Many patients ask if it’s possible to prevent varicose veins from developing, or if they can prevent the ones they already have from getting worse. The short answer is no, unfortunately you can’t prevent all varicose veins from occuring. This is becau

  • Why A 3-Fold Approach Is Most Effective For Treating Varicose Veins

    Many patients with varicose veins are unhappy with the ropy, twisted bulges in their legs. Those blueish bulges form when veins in the leg swell because the one-way valves in the veins fail to keep blood moving upwards toward the heart.

  • Does Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatments?

    If you have varicose veins and have been putting off seeking treatment because you assume the cost will be beyond your budget, you’re not alone—many people make this assumption. However, once they realize that insurance typically covers treatment of v

  • 3 Reasons Seniors Should Seek Treatment For Varicose Veins

    Many older patients who seek varicose vein treatments hesitate to do so because they remember hearing stories about how their elders endured painful “vein stripping” procedures. However, varicose veins are treated much differently in 2018 thanks to ho

  • What To Expect During April’s Free Varicose Vein Screenings

    For many people who suffer from varicose vein symptoms, taking the first step to seek treatment may be the biggest hurdle. At East Tennessee Vein Clinic we understand that, which is why we are offering FREE varicose vein screening appointments for the mon

  • How To Relieve Varicose Vein Symptoms During & After Pregnancy

    As we discussed in a previous blog post about one young mom, it’s common for varicose vein symptoms to develop or worsen during pregnancy.

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  • 5 Medical Complications Of Untreated Varicose Veins

    Some people who have varicose veins don’t have painful symptoms but they’re concerned about how their legs look. Others have symptoms like swelling, throbbing, pain, and cramping that range in severity from mild to debilitating. And for some others, c

  • A Young Mom Learns How Troubling Varicose Veins Can Be During Pregnancy

    As if morning sickness isn’t enough, women who have varicose veins often experience worsening symptoms like aching, throbbing, and swelling during pregnancy. Pregnancy increases the blood volume in a woman’s body, which adds to the stress on the one-w

  • Why You Shouldn’t Believe "There's Nothing You Can Do To Treat Your Legs."

    At East Tennessee Vein Clinic, we commonly hear patients say they thought their varicose vein disease was untreatable, or they feared any possible treatments would be too painful or expensive. But when they learn that there are quick and non-invasive trea

  • Vein Doctor Recommendations for Swollen Legs and Ankles

    Many people with varicose vein disease wonder how and why it causes their legs and ankles to swell. In short, swelling in the legs and ankles is a result of lymphatic system overload or failure. The job of the lymphatics is to filter and return 20% of a s

  • 5 Cost-Effective Ways to Relieve Varicose Veins in Legs

    At East Tennessee Vein Center, we see firsthand every day just how common varicose veins are. In fact, nearly half the U.S. population has them to varying degrees. For some, they are a cosmetic nuisance, but for many others they cause pain, swelling, achi

  • When to See A Doctor About Your Varicose Veins Symptoms

    Many people assume that varicose veins are solely a cosmetic issue, and that to seek treatment would be for aesthetic appearance purposes only. However, varicose veins are actually a medical condition that quite often require treatment.

  • What Causes Varicose Veins?

    Tens of millions of people—up to 40% of women and 25% of men—suffer from varicose veins. While they may form anywhere on the body, varicose veins typically occur on the legs or feet. For many, they appear as purplish, enlarged veins that twist like a

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Venous Leg Ulcers

    Chronic venous insufficiency is a frequent problem among patients characterized by leg swelling, varying symptoms of pain and may be attended by subtle changes in the skin of the lower legs.

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