Understanding Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

A blood clot is part of a normal and lifesaving process in our body that stops bleeding when a blood vessel is damaged. Without blood clots, we could potentially bleed to death anytime we cut or injured ourselves. Unfortunately, though, we aren’t perfect machines and the same clotting mechanism we rely on can work against […]

Arteries, Capillaries and Veins. What’s the difference?

The blood in your body travels through an immensely large network of blood vessels called your vascular system. The vascular system is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to and carrying waste products away from all the body’s tissues. It’s over 60,000 miles long and is made up of three main types of vessels: Arteries, […]

Restless Leg Syndrome

There is more and more being written lately about something called Restless Leg Syndrome. Well, many people misuse this term to describe someone who can’t keep their leg still, like the guy next to you in church who keeps bouncing his knee up and down. That’s Nervous Leg Syndrome! Then there’s the condition that my […]

Understanding the Cause of Chronic Venous Ulcers

Did you know that 70% – 90% of all lower extremity ulcers are due to vein dysfunction and more than half of those ulcers are recurrent? Venous reflux disease is a progressive medical condition that if left untreated, may worsen over time and develop into a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency, […]

Spider Veins: The Spooky Truth

It’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between varicose veins and spider veins. Spider veins are thin, web-like, purplish-red veins that can occur anywhere on the leg. They can occur in clusters or in isolation. In contrast, varicose veins are enlarged, ropey veins that are tortuous, elevated and are typically a sign of a functional […]

Let’s Talk about Compression Stockings: What are They and How do They Help?

When people hear the phrase, “Do you wear compression stockings?” they usually run the other way or simply ignore the question.  Providers will suggest patients wear compression stockings to help improve venous circulation, decrease swelling, slow down the progression of varicose veins and help reduce pain, discomfort and other leg symptoms that patients experience.  You […]

A Brief History of Veins

FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL, people have been vexed with these things called varicose veins. The word vari­cose itself dates back to ancient Greece and is derived from a word meaning grapelike. Well, if you’ve ever seen someone who has a hor­rible cluster of varicose veins you can understand why “grapelike” is so apropos. The first description […]

Our Vein Center in Hawaii Explores the Best Resources for Vein Disease Information

When many people learn that they are suffering from vein disease, their first instinct is to look for more information on the topic. Using a search engine to seek out guidance can return an overwhelming amount of information, much of which is misleading or downright false. Reading through medical journals provides more accurate information, but […]