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A New Jersey Vein Expert Answer Your Questions with a “Layperson’s Guide to Varicose Veins”

vein expertAn important part of the job of a varicose vein expert is to provide ongoing patient education about varicose veins, spider veins, and other forms of vein disease. In the articles we write for this website, we try our best to use clear, easy-to-understand language, but occasionally we get requests from patients to make things even shorter and simpler. OK…you asked for it.

Chuback Medical Group’s Handy Layperson’s Guide to Varicose Veins

  • Let’s start at the beginning…what exactly are varicose veins? They are blood vessels that have become “leaky” as the result of vein disease or damage. They are swollen and enlarged because their leaky valves allow blood to flow back into the veins instead of being sent to the heart.
  • Why is it that I can see varicose veins, but not my other veins? You can see varicose veins because they are close to the surface of the skin.
  • My legs feel weak and tired all the time…is this caused by varicose veins? In all likelihood, yes. The weakness and tiredness happens because you have impaired circulation, which is preventing your legs from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. If you ignore this and fail to seek vein disease treatment in New Jersey, the weakness will only get worse.
  • Is there any way to reduce the swelling and weakness? If your varicose veins are not causing other problems, you can sometimes control them through conservative treatment – diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and wearing compression stockings to improve your circulation.
  • What if this doesn’t work…what then? If conservative treatment doesn’t work to fully control your symptoms (or you want to get rid of the swollen veins for cosmetic reasons), your New Jersey vein treatment center can remove varicose veins permanently using painless, minimally-invasive procedures that can be done in the comfort of our offices.
  • Can varicose veins be “fixed,” without removing them? Varicose veins can now be closed using either Endovenous Laser Ablation or Sclerotherapy. The damaged, leaky veins are closed and blood is redirected to the healthier veins in the area. Venous stripping is no longer necessary.
  • Once the swollen veins are removed, will there be scarring? Modern vein treatment requires no deep incisions or stitches. Afterwards, the treated veins collapse and are absorbed into surrounding muscle tissue, and within a few weeks you won’t be see any trace of them.

This all sounds good. So what’s my next step if I want to learn more?

Simple – pick up your telephone and call our New Jersey vein expert at 201-693-4847 or go online, and arrange for an initial consultation and screening, during which we will assess your vein health and recommend the most appropriate treatments.

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A New Jersey Vein Expert On “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of Vein Disease

vein expertIf you consider all of the tremendous advances that have taken place in the treatment of venous disorders in the last two decades, vein disease really should not be as prevalent as it still is. Vein disorders can now be treated by a vein expert as quickly and easily as they can be diagnosed – in the comfort of a doctor’s office, and using non-invasive procedures so painless that they don’t even require anesthesia. So why does vein disease still affect over 26 million Americans a year, causing much suffering, and even hundreds of thousands of deaths? The answer to this question is a combination of “too much misinformation” and “too little real information” about the nature of vein disease.

To correct this situation, in this article one of the top vein doctors in Bergen County is going to take a somewhat light-hearted approach to a serious subject and talk about vein disease in terms of the title of a famous Clint Eastwood “Spaghetti Western” movie title – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The facts we want to emphasize about vein disease really do fall into these three categories, but to save the “Good” for last, we’ll start at the end and work backwards.

“The Ugly” – vein disease is physically unattractive

If you’re one of the millions of people who have varicose veins, you already know what “the Ugly” of vein disease is – you see it in the mirror every day. Varicose veins are so unattractive that most people hide them under long pants and dark stockings because they’re ashamed of how their legs look. But the real ugliness of varicose veins is the disease that causes them: chronic venous insufficiency. CVI impairs your immune system and can leave you with painfully swollen legs and ankles and without the energy to stand or walk for more than a few minutes. And the ugliest part of CVI is that you don’t seek treatment from a New Jersey vein expert, your varicose veins can lead to ulcer formation that turn your legs into literally an ugly mess.

“The Bad” – vein disease is dangerous and impairs your overall health

In addition to being ugly, CVI and varicose veins are Bad for you because they cripple your immune system and increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. That’s Bad, but it gets worse because there is more serious form of vein disease called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that can literally kill you. DVT is a blood clot in the large veins of your legs. If these clots travel through to the lungs they can cause a pulmonary embolism. This condition is potentially fatal. Now that is Bad.

“The Good” – vein disease is easily diagnosed and treated

Finally we get to “the Good,” and there IS lots of Good. Thanks to advances like ultrasound, which allows varicose vein removal experts in New Jersey to look below the surface of the skin without making incisions, vein disease is easy to detect. And most forms of vein disease – including CVI and DVT – are almost as easy to treat. The treatments we offer are so fast that patients actually have their varicose veins removed on their lunch hour – without having to go to a hospital, without the need for anesthesia, and without the need for long “recovery periods” because there is nothing to recover from.

Dr. John Chuback treats vein problems using state-of-the-art methods such as sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, and ambulatory phlebectomy. These minimally-invasive procedures are so fast and easy that you can literally walk in to our offices with varicose veins or other vein problems and walk out a short time later without them. And all it takes to get him on your team to fight the “Bad” and “Ugly” of vein disease is a phone call to our vein expert at the Chuback Medical Group at 808-214-5715 or go online to schedule a consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

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The Top Vein Doctor in Bergen County Presents “A Patients’ Guide to Chronic Venous Sufficiency”

If you’ve been diagnosed as having varicose veins, chances are you’ve heard the term “CVI,” which is an acronym for chronic venous insufficiency. Varicose vein removal experts in New Jersey have probably told you that CVI is the most common cause of varicose veins, but what else do you know about it, and the threat that it poses to your overall health?

In a nutshell, CVI is a disease condition that prevents your veins from pumping blood back to your heart and lungs

The health of your veins depend on a series of tiny, one-way valves that open to allow deoxygenated blood to pass through them on its way back to the heart and lungs for renewal. In a healthy person, these valves open to allow the blood to flow “upwards” to the heart and then immediately close again. CVI makes these valves “weak” or defective, such that they don’t close properly, and allow blood to flow “downwards” back into the veins and pool in them.

When CVI allows blood to flow in a reflux (backwards) direction, it causes the affected veins to swell and become discolored as they take on the bluish-purple color of deoxygenated blood. If these swollen veins are close to the surface of your skin, they become visible, and are called varicose. In some cases, however, CVI doesn’t immediately cause visible varicose veins, and instead causes symptoms such as edema (swelling caused by a buildup of fluids), changes in skin texture and color (caused by poor circulation), and ulceration (infected cuts or scratches that won’t heal and turn into bleeding sores).

Can CVI be cured?

The answer to this question depends on what you mean by “cured.” Once CVI has damaged the venous valves, neither medication nor surgery can “fix” them and make them work properly again. However, New Jersey vein experts can eliminate diseased veins by closing the veins themselves, using minimally-invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy (EVLT). These treatments close the damaged veins permanently, causing them to collapse and be absorbed into surrounding tissue while healthier veins take over pumping blood back to the heart. The result is both the elimination of CVI and the varicose veins it created.

Am I at risk of developing CVI?

The most important risk factors for CVI are age (being over 50), gender (women get CVI more often than men, for hormonal reasons), and heredity (if one or more of your parents had vein disease, you’re more at risk). Risk factors that you can control and reduce include smoking cigarettes, being overweight, and inactivity (not getting enough exercise, especially sitting too much).

Because not every case of CVI displays visible symptoms, the best way to find out whether you have chronic venous insufficiency (and if not, how at risk you are) is to contact our vein treatment center in New Jersey to schedule a venous health screening. These screenings are fast, painless, and non-invasive, so in less than an hour you can know the exact state of your vein health. So call today at 201-693-4847 and set up an appointment for your own screening. You’ll be glad you did.

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A New Jersey Vascular Doctor Clears Up Top Myths about Vein Disease Treatment

In ancient times, a myth was a story that wasn’t really true, but was told by bards and spiritual teachers to uplift people and teach important principles. In our internet age, however, a myth is more likely to be a collection of untrue stories and misconceptions that – instead of having a positive value – often harm the very people who believe these myths to be true. For example, consider the myth promoted widely during the first half of the 20th century that smoking cigarettes wasn’t harmful – believing in that myth has killed literally millions of people.

In the field of medical science, one area of specialization that is unfortunately full of myth, misconceptions, and misunderstandings is vein disease. This is even more dangerous because vein disease is so widespread – over 25% of Americans suffer from vein disease, but only a fraction of them seek treatment. In this article, we’ll provide a few facts to clear up the myths.

What are the most common myths about vein disease and its treatment?

  • Varicose veins only affect the elderly. Not true. They are very common in women in their 20s and 30s who have given birth.
  • Vein disease is “only a woman’s disease.” Another untruth, one that keeps the 45% of men over 60 who have vein disease from seeking treatment.
  • Vein disease isn’t a real disease. Speaking as New Jersey vein experts, this is the myth we hear most often. New patients often tell us they believe that their varicose veins are a “merely cosmetic” problem and that there is no need to seek treatment for them. This is not only untrue, it is dangerously untrue – vein disease can cause pain, disability, and even death.
  • Vein disease is limited to varicose veins and spider veins. Again, this is dangerously untrue. Another common form of vein disease – deep vein thrombosis or DVT – causes over 300,000 deaths per year.
  • Vein disease treatment is unnecessary. Many people believe that they can safely ignore their varicose veins or other forms of vein disease beneath long pants and dark stockings, and that nothing bad will happen. This is untrue – untreated varicose veins don’t “get better on their own,” they get worse.
  • Removal of varicose veins and spider veins is “merely cosmetic.” While it is true that varicose vein removal does improve your appearance, the real reason varicose vein removal experts in New Jersey perform it is to improve your health and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

The real truth about vein disease is that it is very much a real disease, and that there are many valid medical reasons why you should seek vein disease treatment in New Jersey. Modern screenings to detect vein disease are non-invasive and painless and take only about an hour. If problems are found, they can in most cases be treated and eliminated in about the same amount of time, equally painlessly, and with no need to go to a hospital.

So don’t risk your health by believing in the myths you hear about vein disease treatment. Instead, pick up your phone and call our New Jersey vascular doctor, Dr. John Chuback, and schedule an appointment.

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Top Vein Doctor in Bergen County: “Guys, You Don’t Have to Put Up with Varicose Veins, Either”

Guys, this one’s for you. If you’re like most men I’ve talked to in the course of offering the best vein disease treatment in New Jersey, you probably think that varicose veins are 1) a “women’s disease” that doesn’t affect men, and 2) not a big deal if it does, because varicose veins are “just a cosmetic issue.” Right? Well, if you think this, you’d be WRONG on both counts.

Not only is it possible for men to get varicose veins, 45% of you will get them

That’s right – an estimated 45% of all men will develop varicose veins over the course of their lives. So the popular misconception of these swollen, discolored veins affecting “only women” is completely wrong. Not only that, men who do develop varicose veins will learn very quickly that they are a very real problem that is anything BUT “just cosmetic.” They can lead to chronically swollen legs and ankles and legs so tired and weak that you literally become disabled, and can no longer walk or stand for more than a few minutes.

With one exception, the risk factors for varicose veins are about the same for men and women

Women DO get varicose veins more often than men, but that is for hormonal reasons – pregnancy, childbirth, and drugs like birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy all increase their odds of developing vein disease. But most of the other vein disease risk factors are about the same. You’re more likely to get varicose veins if you’re over 50, and much more likely to get them if one or both of your parents had them. In addition, you have a higher risk of getting varicose veins if you’re overweight, don’t get enough regular exercise, and smoke cigarettes, and these risk factors are as prevalent among men as they are among women.

So men will continue to develop varicose veins, and at only slightly reduced rates as women. The big difference, however, is that women are more likely to actually receive treatment from a top vein doctor in Bergen County for their varicose veins than men are.

Why? Well one reason is fashion – except when they’re playing sports or at the beach, men tend to wear long pants, whereas women wear shorts and skirts that reveal their legs and make their varicose veins visible for everyone to see. Men can hide their condition more easily than women can. What they can’t hide are the side effects of varicose veins.

So what happens to men who hide their varicose veins and fail to treat them?

In three words, they get worse. Much worse. Varicose veins don’t just go away or “get better on their own.” Instead, they often become swollen, discolored, and have an increase risk for developing venous stasis ulcers. And sadly, this happens to men more often than it does women, because women are given more information about modern vein disease treatment than men are, and take advantage of that information to get the treatment they need.

So if you’re a guy and you’ve noticed a few varicose veins on your legs, DON’T “be a guy” and try to “tough it out.” That’s going to backfire on you. Instead, pick up your phone and call one of the best varicose vein removal experts in New Jersey at 201-693-4847 and arrange for a consultation. You’ll be happy you did.