Thanksgiving Foods That Improve Vascular Health: Chocolate, Wine and Cranberries

How Chocolate, Wine and Cranberries Are Good For Veins

Foods that are rich in flavinoids may improve symptoms of venous disease. Flavonoids help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. They can be found in a variety of foods, such as fruits and vegetables. When we eat foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit from this “antioxidant” power. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavinoids have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.Flavinoids are also well known for their ‘venoactive’ effects on the blood vessels and have been proven to reduce symptoms of venous disease such as leg aching, heaviness and swelling.

Foods that are flavinoid rich include cocoa and chocolate, cranberries, apples, peanuts, onions, tea and red wine.

Remind the cook to use compression socks- long hours of standing in the kitchen can cause leg fatigue, heaviness and swelling.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Did you know that flexible spending (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) can be used to purchase compression socks and stockings?  Some spending accounts expire in January, but now you can wear fashionable compression stockings that offer medical grade support RejuvaHealthBanner all year long.

 

What Are Vein Valves?

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The valves inside the leg veins can be seen on ultrasound. The arrow points to a valve in the great saphenous vein within the leg.

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Leg veins have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. Diseased valves are ‘leaky’ and allow blood flow both forward and backward, eventually causing bulging of the veins, i.e., varicose veins.

In the circulatory system, the veins carry de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. The leg veins carry blood toward the heart, against gravity. Therefore, the leg veins have one-way valves the prevent back flow of blood. When the valves do not function properly, they allow blood to flow backward, causing pooling of blood. This  is referred to as venous reflux or venous insufficiency. Eventually, the backflow of the blood will cause varicose veins to develop and symptoms related to the increased pressure in the leg veins such as leg heaviness, aching, swelling, restless legs, night cramps, throbbing and pain. 

Highlights of the National Vein Congress

The La Jolla Vein Care doctors and staff attended the American College of Phlebology (ACP) Annual Conference in Phoenix last week.  More than 1,000 vein care practitioners from the United States and around the world attended the meeting to share information and research in the field of vein disorders (also known as phlebology).  The speakers included vein and vascular experts from around the world, include La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Fronek.  Dr. Bunke was featured in the daily congress newsletter as being the first physician to complete a specialized Fellowship program in the field of Phlebology.

La Jolla Vein Care’s medical assistants and vascular sonographers attended also to learn the most update information on a variety of vein topics including; complications in sclerotherapy, the swollen limb, thrombophilia, new anticoagulants, venous stents, compression therapy, vascular ultrasound, foam and liquid sclerotherapy, vascular malformations, lymphedema, venous system during pregnancy, venous skin changes, dvt and superficial thrombophlebitis, chronic venous insufficiency and research on specific vascular topics.

 

 

 

Dr. Fronek to Speak at ACP Annual Congress in Phoenix

Dr. Fronek

Dr. Helane Fronek to speak at the ACP Annual Congress in Phoenix.

La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Helane Fronek was invited to speak to her peers at the upcoming, American College of Phlebology (ACP) Annual Congress in Phoenix.  This congress is the country’s largest peer-education forum dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic disease. Attended by hundreds of vein care specialists, from physicians to nurses to researchers, the Annual Congress is one of the best opportunities to learn directly from experts in the field and connect with other medical professionals in the field of vein care. Each year, approximately 900 vein care specialists from across the globe come together at our Annual Congress. Participants come from all areas of the medical profession–physicians, nurse practitioners, ultrasound technologists, and researchers attend the Annual Congress to discuss the latest technology, treatments and advances from  experts in the field of venous and lymphatic disease.

Dr. Fronek is a past president of the ACP and an active member. She will be speaking about various topics on venous disease.