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National Women’s Health Week: Remember Your Veins!

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It may not be something that was previously penciled in on your calendar, however, this week provides the perfect opportunity to put yourself first!

Over the next several days, the U.S. will observe National Women’s Health Week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With the goal of empowering women to make their health a priority, Vein Clinics of America stands behind this initiative and believes in the importance of taking great care of your body and mind.  The initiative, which began on May 14th and runs through May 20th, encourages women across the country to take positive steps towards improving their physical and mental health.

One positive step we recommend taking is to schedule a health exam or screening that you may have been putting off. As most of us know, regular health exams and screenings are an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and National Women’s Health Week is a great excuse to set up those lingering appointments. Scheduling check-ups is also a key preventative measure to uncovering health concerns or preventing health issues from getting worse. Women should specifically think about the last time they had a physical exam, dental exam, pap smear, pelvic exam and eye exam. If it’s difficult to remember the last time you had one of these check-ups, we encourage you to make an appointment.

Another important check-up women should consider during this health-focused week is a check-up for their veins. Unfortunately, more than half of women in the U.S. will develop vein disease in their lifetime; however, visiting a physician and receiving a vein check-up can prevent vein disease from getting worse and help you stay on top of your health in the long run. [1]

Many people don’t realize that some of the uncomfortable symptoms they experience could stem from their veins. If any of the following are common symptoms for you, we encourage you to use this week as inspiration and set aside time to check on your vein health.[2]

 

  • Swelling of the legs or ankles
  • Pain when you stand, but then gets better when your raise legs
  • Leg cramps
  • Aching, throbbing or heaviness in legs
  • Itchy legs
  • Weak legs
  • Thickening of the skin on legs or ankles
  • Skin is changing color, especially around ankles
  • Leg ulcers
  • Varicose veins
  • Tightness in calves

National Women’s Health Week is a perfect opportunity to take control of your health.

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Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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