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A New Jersey Vascular Doctor Discusses the Most Common Vein Disease Treatment Misconceptions

Ask most people to explain what “vein disease” is, and chances are they’ll think for a moment and reply “Varicose veins, right?” And they would be correct, in that varicose veins and smaller spider veins are a part of the larger field of vein disease, but they are far from all of it. In fact, these swollen and discolored veins aren’t even the disease itself; they’re a symptom of a deeper disease called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, which impairs the entire circulatory system.

The general public has even more misconceptions with regard to how vein disease is treated. Many remember stories told to them by their grandmothers, and still believe that varicose veins can only be removed via surgery, which has to be performed in a hospital under general anesthesia, and which involves long and painful recovery periods and potential scarring. None of this is true, and these stories are a shame, because they prevent people from seeking treatment that they really need. In this article we’ll clear up a few of these misconceptions.

What New Jersey residents need to know about the realities of modern vein disease treatment

First, those stories about the “bad old days” of varicose vein treatment were true, at the time. But there have been marvelous advances in modern medicine since then. In terms of diagnosis, Spider and varicose vein doctors in New Jersey are no longer limited to what they can see on the surface of the skin. Advances such as ultrasound allow them to look beneath the surface of the skin to visualize blood flowing through the veins, and to pinpoint failures in the venous valves that indicate CVI, or blockages that indicate the presence of blood clots.

When it comes to treatment itself, there have been even more important advances. Almost all forms of vein disease can be treated these days using minimally-invasive procedures that do not require hospitalization, and which are virtually pain-free so that they don’t even require anesthesia, and also have much shorter “recovery periods.” You can walk into the comfortable offices of Chuback Medical Group with a vein problem, and walk out without it in about an hour.

Another misconception – vein disease is primarily a “women’s disease” and treatment is “merely cosmetic”

Yes, for hormonal reasons more women get vein disease than men, but this misconception prevents many of the 45% of men who have it from seeking treatment that they really need. And yes, it’s true that varicose veins are unattractive, and that removing them improves one’s appearance, but there are many other reasons to seek treatment. If left untreated, these swollen and discolored veins don’t get better – they get worse, and can become covered with open, bleeding leg ulcers that do not heal and that cause so much pain that you can no longer walk.

Varicose veins are far from the worst form of venous disease. That would be deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, in which blood clots form in the deep veins of your legs. If this form of vein disease is left untreated or undiagnosed because of misconceptions that lead people to believe it doesn’t need to be taken seriously, these clots can migrate through the veins to the lungs or to the brain. The former causes pulmonary embolism, and the latter causes stroke – over 300,000 Americans per year die of these complications from vein disease.

So what’s the real truth about vein disease and its treatment?

The 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 and from a New Jersey vascular doctor. And the truth about vein disease treatment is that modern methods make it fast, easy, and effective.

Now that you know this, isn’t it worth a few minutes of your time to call Dr. John Chuback today at 201-693-4847 today to schedule a venous heath screening to find out what the state of your venous health really is? These screenings take only about an hour, and at the end of that time the best vein doctor in New Jersey will be able to explain to you how to treat your vein disease if you have it, and possibly more important, how to prevent it if you don’t.

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A Bergen County Vein Specialist Discusses the Worst Problems about Living with Varicose Veins

Contrary to what many people think, the worst part of having varicose veins is not having to put up with ugly, discolored veins that make you feel bad when you look in a mirror. It’s not the pain and tiredness that your swollen veins often cause. It’s not even the more serious diseases they increase your risk of developing. The worst problem about living with varicose veins is that left untreated, they can quickly turn your life into an exercise in “barely living.”

What our friends in New Jersey should know about “living with varicose veins”

In our practice as providers of vein disease treatment in New Jersey, we often encounter patients who believe that varicose veins are something they really can’t do much about. Their parents or grandparents had them, and they managed to “live with them,” so they think that they can, too. As a result, they avoid seeking treatment, considering them an inevitable part of the aging process.

It’s true that varicose veins are associated with the aging process, and that both men and women are more likely to get them once they pass the age of 50. But that doesn’t mean that they’re inevitable. And it certainly doesn’t mean that one has to just accept them and not have them treated.

The worst problem about having varicose veins is that they get worse

If varicose veins were nothing more than swollen and discolored, you could possibly learn to “live with them” by covering them up with long pants or dark stockings. But if they are not treated, your varicose veins can quickly become covered with leathery skin and open sores that don’t heal. In time, these swollen and infected veins can cause chronically swollen legs and ankles, and cause you so much pain that all you can do is sit around moaning “My legs hurt!” This is not most people’s idea of “living.”

Varicose veins affect more than the attractiveness of your legs

Varicose veins are the visible symptoms of a much deeper problem with your circulation, and thus your overall health. They are an indication of an underlying disease that restricts the proper flow of blood from your extremities back to your heart. This disease can leave you with chronic feelings of tiredness, and without the energy to enjoy your life. You can find yourself avoiding exercise and activities that you enjoyed previously.

Finally, trying to “live with” varicose veins can cause damage your self-confidence and your sense of well-being. Many people who try to “live with” their varicose veins often become depressed, which impairs their immune system and places them at risk of more serious diseases. And the worst part of all of this is that it’s unnecessary, because your spider and Bergen County vein specialist can make your varicose veins a thing of the past.

You have options – you don’t have to live with your varicose veins

In many cases, varicose veins can be treated conservatively, using compression stockings, exercise, and lifestyle changes to manage their unpleasant symptoms. But they can also be removed, using minimally invasive techniques that can be performed in the comfort of our Chuback Medical Group offices in less than an hour. So give Dr. John Chuback a call today at 201-693-4847 and schedule an initial consultation. He can explain your treatment options to you, and help you to select the ones that can get you back on your feet and thus back to actually living as soon as possible.

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A New Jersey Vascular Doctor Answers the Question: “Will My Health Insurance Cover Varicose Vein Treatment?”

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You’ve started to notice that you often experience swollen legs and ankles, and you’re starting to see varicose veins or the smaller spider veins appear. You’ve read enough to know that there are serious health concerns associated with venous disease and you’d like to see a vein specialist in Bergen County to find out what your treatment options are, but in the back of your mind is the idea that varicose veins and spider veins are primarily a “cosmetic” concern, so you’re worried whether treatment would be covered by your insurance company.

You are right to be concerned. Health insurers are fickle, and their rules are arcane and often difficult to understand. That is why the New Jersey vascular doctors at Chuback Medical Group are available to work with patients to help them work effectively with their insurers to receive the best care. Although the decision as to whether treatment is fully covered is an individual one – depending on the patient’s case and the insurer – in this article we’ll offer some general information about this issue.

Reasons why your insurance will likely cover treatment that is medically needed

While it is true that varicose vein removal can be thought of as a cosmetic procedure, the vein disease that causes it is very much a real disease. Varicose veins are often caused by an underlying condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) or venous reflux. This condition can cause numerous complications and increase your risk of developing even more serious diseases, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can potentially be fatal.

That is why we give every patient a thorough examination to determine the exact nature of their venous health in their first appointment with us. If we find evidence of CVI or DVT, there is an excellent chance that your insurance carrier will cover the cost of varicose vein removal, because it reduces the risks to your overall health, and reduces the likelihood of even greater expenditures in the future. If early treatment can be presented as preventative and therefore a way to avoid more expensive therapies in the future, your insurer may well pay for them.

Reasons why your insurer is not likely to pay for spider vein treatment

Because these smaller discolored spider veins are not considered as much of a threat to your overall health, many insurers will consider their removal a cosmetic procedure and it may not be covered under your policy. But if the spider veins are a part of a larger, more extensive case of vein disease, insurers may choose to cover treatment of them in some cases.

Whoever pays for the treatment, you won’t have to miss work to receive it

Whether your varicose vein removal is fully paid for by your insurer or not, the nature of modern NJ vein disease treatment means that you don’t have to check in to a hospital for the procedures, or take time off from work to recover from them. All of the varicose vein and spider vein treatments we offer can be performed in the comfort of our offices, and in about an hour. The procedures are nearly painless so that there is no need for general anesthesia, and no long recovery periods are necessary. You can walk into our offices for treatment and return to your work or other duties the same day.

Because all health insurance companies are different, it is wise to contact your company’s customer service representatives to find out their specific policies. Our New Jersey spider and varicose vein doctors will be happy to help you navigate this process to make sure you receive the care you need. Give us a call today at 201-693-4847 to get the process started.

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A New Jersey Vascular Doctor Explains How Long It Takes to Get Rid of Varicose Veins

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As New Jersey vascular doctor, we often hear questions from our patients like, “I’m planning a beach vacation in three months…can I get rid of my varicose veins by then?” And we completely understand – varicose veins may be painful and come with a number of other unpleasant side effects, but when it’s time to put on a bathing suit, it’s their unattractiveness of them that first comes to mind. So here are some answers to the often asked question, “How long will it really take to eliminate my varicose veins?”

The sooner you start treating them, the sooner they’ll be gone

Getting rid of your varicose veins starts with a phone call. When you decide that you’ve spent far too long hiding your legs beneath long pants and dark stockings and you want to do something about them, pick up your phone and call the best vein doctor in New Jersey at 201-693-4847 to arrange an initial consultation. Dr. John Chuback and his caring staff at Chuback Medical Group will take care of the rest, giving you a thorough (and painless) examination, after which they will explain to you your treatment options, how long they will take, and how long it will be before you see results.

Treatment type and duration is an individual consideration

Modern vein disease treatment methods make it possible to eliminate varicose veins and the smaller spider veins very quickly, but the definition of quickly depends on many factors. Among those factors are the size and severity of your venous disease. Smaller varicose veins and spider veins can in most cases be effectively treated using sclerotherapy, a painless, minimally invasive treatment that collapses varicose veins by injecting a sealing agent into them. The now-closed veins then are absorbed into surrounding tissue and disappear, while healthier veins in the area take over the job of routing blood back to the heart and lungs. Larger varicose veins may be more effectively treated using endovenous laser ablation, which use heat to seal and close the diseased veins.

How long it will take before the previously swollen and discolored veins disappear from view completely depends again on a number of factors. The first is how many of them there are – because only a certain number of veins can be treated in the same session, if you have many varicose veins, the full treatment period will take longer. The second factor is how quickly your body responds to the treatment, and how quickly normal circulation is restored to your legs. This process can be speeded up to some extent by wearing compression stockings during the healing period and by making changes to your lifestyle, like getting more exercise and avoiding sitting or standing for long periods of time.

The bottom line is that it’s difficult to give an exact estimate

Almost all patients notice benefits from their varicose vein treatment immediately, because much of the pain and swelling caused by their diseased veins goes away, and their overall energy levels increase. In terms of the visible remnants of the now-sealed veins, after the full course of treatment has been completed some patients find that all traces of their varicose veins go away within 2-3 weeks, while other patients find that it takes longer, up to 2-3 months.

So the most important factor that determines the answer to “How long will it take?” is still that first phone call. The sooner you seek vein disease treatment in New Jersey, the sooner you’ll be back in that bathing suit, free from your varicose veins. You can find out more about the treatment options we offer on our website at www.chubackmedical.com, but don’t put off making that initial call. The earlier you start treating your varicose veins, the sooner you’ll be rid of them.

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A Bergen County Vein Specialist Answers the Question “Can You Really Make My Varicose Veins Go Away Forever?”

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This is one the questions we are asked most frequently in our practice as spider vein and varicose vein doctors in New Jersey. The short answer is “Yes,” but to fully appreciate it, you need to understand how your veins work normally, and what causes them to become varicose.

What causes varicose veins?

Normal, healthy veins rely on a series of tiny, one-way valves that open in response to the contraction of surrounding muscles and allow blood to pass through them on its way back to the heart and lungs. These valves then close to prevent blood from flowing back into the veins. If the valves – as the result of damage or a disease called chronic venous insufficiency – begin to malfunction, they become “leaky,” and blood flows back into the veins and pools there. This is what causes the veins to swell and to become discolored, taking on the bluish-purple color of deoxygenated blood.

Can these diseased veins be fixed or repaired?

Once a vein has become varicose, the process cannot be reversed. Conservative treatment using compression stockings can improve your circulation and eliminate some of the pain that often accompanies varicose veins, but this will neither shrink the swollen veins or return them to their normal color. At this point, no medications have yet been discovered that will accomplish this.

So what can be done to eliminate these varicose veins?

Although varicose veins and the smaller spider veins cannot be healed, modern medicine can take advantage of the body’s own mechanisms to remove them and allow healthier veins in the area to take over the work of routing deoxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs. In the past, the only way to do this was via a surgical process called “vein stripping,” in which the surgeon made incisions in the skin and then literally scraped away the diseased veins with a scalpel. This was obviously not a pleasant process, and often left scars that were as unattractive as the varicose veins had been.

Modern medical science removes varicose veins by using minimally invasive methods to cause them to collapse and shrink. Over the next few days following treatment, the collapsed veins are absorbed into surrounding tissue and become invisible, and neighboring healthy veins take over to restore normal circulation.

What treatments are available to do this, and what do they involve?

All of the varicose vein and spider vein treatments provided by NJ vascular doctor John Chuback can be performed in the comfort of his Chuback Medical Group offices, in about an hour. One method used to treat spider veins is called sclerotherapy, in which a tiny catheter (smaller than the needle used to give you a flu shot) is inserted into the diseased vein and a sealing agent is injected to collapse and seal the vein. Other methods accomplish the same goal of closing the diseased veins using heat.

Within a few days you will start to notice relief from the pain and swelling that often accompanies varicose veins, and within a few months all visible traces of them will be gone. It is possible to develop new varicose veins, of course, but part of our ongoing vein disease treatment in New Jersey is to offer our patients advice on diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices that can reduce the chances of this happening.

So if you’re interested in getting rid of your varicose veins, pick up your phone and call Bergen County vein specialist at 201-693-4847 to schedule an initial examination. Dr. Chuback and his caring staff will take care of the rest, giving you clear, understandable information about the various treatment options.

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True Facts About Our Patients’ Love of Vein Disease Treatment in NJ

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The thought of undergoing vein disease treatment in NJ may not fill you with joy. You may have heard stories from older relatives about their own painful procedures, or you may worry about how you could fit treatment into your busy schedule. If uncertainty about treatment is causing you to put off or avoid a procedure you need, take a minute to listen to what some of our patients have to say about why they loved vein treatment.

Why do patients love vein disease treatment in NJ?

If you are suffering from varicose veins, swollen legs and ankles, or other symptoms of vein disease, you know firsthand that they can have a large impact on your lifestyle. Many of our patients found it difficult to participate in activities they used to love and often felt uncomfortable showing their legs. Vein disease treatment offers an alternative to these unsightly and uncomfortable symptoms. By having a diseased vein removed via sclerotherapy, endogenous laser treatment, or ambulatory phlebectomy, most patients found that their symptoms disappeared.

Many patients love vein treatment for its safety just as much as its effectiveness. Unlike older forms of treatment, modern vein procedures are minimally invasive. This means no general anesthesia or large surgical incisions (and the risks that go with them). Minimally invasive procedures also have very little scarring, allowing our patients to enjoy legs that both look and feel great.

A common apprehension that patients share with their vein specialist in Bergen County is fear of pain during their procedure. After undergoing treatment, however, our patients overwhelmingly report that they felt little to no discomfort throughout their experience. Very small needles and catheters are very common instruments in minimally invasive vein treatments. When coupled with a local anesthetic, patients generally feel little to no discomfort at all during their procedure.

Our patients report being surprised and pleased by how little time they had to spend on their treatment. In many cases a vascular doctor in NJ can complete a vein treatment in as little as an hour. Patients are encouraged to move around normally after their procedure, significantly reducing the amount of time they have to take off of work. Most patients are back to their daily routine within a day or two of their treatment, allowing these procedures to fit comfortably into busy schedules.

Finally, Chuback Medical Group patients say they love the way they look and feel after undergoing vein treatment. They are able to move more comfortably and show off their legs without embarrassment. Patients go on to live healthy, active lifestyles thanks to an elimination of their circulatory issues.

If you would like to see why our patients are so overwhelmingly positive about their vein treatment experience, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Chuback. He can help you learn more about your veins’ condition and advise you on the best course of treatment. To schedule a consultation, or to receive answers to any questions you may have about vein treatment, give our office a call at 201-693-4847. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Why You Shouldn’t Delay Vein Disease Treatment

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Noticing spider or varicose veins on your legs may leave you feeling annoyed, but they may not fill you with a sense of urgency. Many patients assume that these (and other) symptoms of vein disease are purely a cosmetic concern and not a cause for prompt medical treatment. Unfortunately for such patients, delaying vein disease treatment in NJ can lead to a number of potentially serious complications. Dr. John Chuback recommends seeking out treatment as soon as possible after noticing vein disease symptoms: here’s why.


Why should patients avoid delay when it comes to vein disease treatment in NJ?

While bulging, discolored spider or varicose veins can be unsightly, they are also a sign that something is not quite right deeper beneath your skin. These issues occur in response to a breakdown in proper vein function. Normal functioning veins carry blood from the extremities and back to the heart efficiently. Diseased veins, however, may become ‘leaky,’ allowing blood to flow backwards and pool in the vessels. The pressure caused by this back flow can put stress on veins that are closer to the skin’s surface, leading to bulging varicose veins.

Varicosities are not the only issue that can be caused by abnormal blood flow in the legs. If not corrected promptly, impaired circulation may reduce the amount of nutrients that arrive at the skin on the legs and ankles. As a result, patients may begin to notice changes in skin color and texture. The skin may turn brown or start to display poorly healing wounds known as ulcers. Ulcers are unsightly, may be painful, and may not resolve themselves without treatment from a vein specialist in Bergen County.

Patients who delay vein treatment also put themselves at risk for blood clots. Sluggish blood flow creates an environment where blood is more likely to clot, leading to a higher likelihood of complications, including deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is particularly troubling due to its ability to cause a pulmonary embolism. Working with one of the best vein doctors in NJ can give patients access to treatments that will restore proper blood flow and help keep clotting at bay.

A common reason that patients put off seeking vein treatment is fear of what the treatment entails. Rest assured that modern vein treatment is safe, effective, and comfortable. Many spider & varicose veins doctors in NJ prefer to begin with conservative forms of treatment, which focus on lifestyle changes that lead to a healthier circulatory system. If these measures prove insufficient, a minimally invasive vein treatment may be recommended. These treatments do not require general anesthesia, large surgical incisions, or hospital stays, making them an easy choice for many patients who require care.

Prompt vein disease treatment can mean the difference between an issue that is easily managed and one that leads to a variety of uncomfortable and dangerous complications. At Chuback Medical Group it is our goal to create an individualized treatment plan that is especially suited for your particular situation. To learn more about how our vein center can help you avoid complications and live a healthier life, please contact our office at 201-693-4847.

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How a Vein Specialist in Bergen County Can Help You Be More Active

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If you are suffering from vein disease, going to the gym may be the last thing you want to do after a long day at work. Most people would rather lie on the couch and say “my legs hurt” to anyone who passes by. Fortunately, vein disease does not have to force you into a sedentary lifestyle. With help from a vein specialist in Bergen County you may soon find yourself back on your feet.

Why does vein disease keep many Bergen County residents from staying active?

If varicose veins were the only symptom associated with vein disease most patients would have no difficulty maintaining their regular activity levels. Unfortunately, vein disease also leaves patients with sore, cramped calves and swollen legs & ankles. Some patients find their legs feel heavy and tired at the end of the day, particularly if their job requires them to be on their feet for hours at a time. All of these symptoms combine to make exercise an unappealing concept.

Patients who reduce or eliminate exercise from their lifestyle are denying themselves a simple method for managing vein disease symptoms. Exercise helps to promote healthy circulation, helping to move fluids out of the legs and ankles and reducing swelling. Many forms of exercise also help to build muscle in the legs, which further assists in efficient blood movement.

How can a vein specialist in Bergen County help patients be more active?

Patients who consult with a vascular doctor in NJ (such as Dr. John Chuback) have access to a wealth of information and treatment options that can assist them in getting back on their feet. Many vascular doctors encourage their patients to explore lifestyle changes as a way to slow or stop the progression of vein disease. Exercise is a popular strategy in this style of treatment. A doctor can help his or her patient by working with them to build an exercise routine. Many patients find that starting out with a small amount of activity with the guidance of their doctor helps to build up stamina and confidence.

If lifestyle changes are not quite enough to address a patient’s circulation issues, a minimally invasive vein treatment might be the best option. These treatments address diseased veins by sealing them off from the rest of the circulatory system, allowing blood to flow through healthier vessels. Once proper blood flow is restored many patients find themselves free of the symptoms that made it difficult to stay active. Modern vein treatments are effective, comfortable, safe, and require very little time for recovery, making them a great choice for many patients.

Maintaining an exercise regimen can be difficult while dealing with vein disease symptoms, but a vein specialist can help. Consulting with Dr. Chuback may be the first step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle. To learn more about the ways vein treatment can help you become more active, please contact the Chuback Medical Group at 201-693-4847. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Can Arteries Become Varicose as Well As Veins?

Can Arteries Become Varicose as Well As Veins?If you have experienced knotted, twisted varicose veins (and the swollen legs & ankles that often accompany them), you know they can quickly slow you down. You may also wonder if the same issue can happen to your arteries. After all, the two types of blood vessels work closely together to transport blood throughout your body. Fortunately for varicose vein sufferers, arteries cannot become varicose. Dr. John Chuback, a vein specialist from Bergen County, explains why.

What should New Jersey residents know about how arteries and veins are different?

Your arteries and veins carry out separate but related tasks. Your arteries are responsible for delivering oxygen rich blood throughout your body, while your veins take care of returning the deoxygenated blood back to your heart. Each type of vessel is constructed in a way that helps them carry out their task. Arteries are equipped with muscular walls that apply pressure to move blood along every time your heart beats. Veins do not have such musculature, forcing them to rely on a series of valves and movement from the muscles that surround them to propel blood towards the heart.

The difference in structure between arteries and veins is at the heart of why arteries cannot become varicose. To understand this fully, it is important to know why veins become varicose in the first place. The tiny valves that help veins transport blood can become damaged, causing to blood to reflux back down into the leg causing an excess of pressure. This pressure can stretch out the vein walls, causing them to bulge outwards. This results in the ropy, twisted appearance of varicose veins. Poorly flowing blood can also put a patient at risk for serious complications, making varicose veins an issue well worth seeing a vascular doctor in NJ about.

Arteries, on the other hand, are able to resist an increase in pressure. Rather than bulging outward they keep their shape, preventing them from becoming varicose. However, this doesn’t mean that arteries cannot become diseased. Smoking, poor diet, and obesity can increase the risk of peripheral artery disease, a condition that may lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Fortunately, both vein disease and artery disease are very treatable. Vein disease treatment in NJ focuses on closing off problematic veins from the rest of the circulatory system, reducing pressure and eliminating the appearance of varicose veins. Both artery and vein disease may be improved by lifestyle changes, including weight management, smoking cessation, and regular exercise. If you are worried about your risk levels for vein or artery disease, consulting with a vein specialist in Bergen County can help you learn more.

While arteries may not become varicose, their health is vitally important to your overall wellbeing. Therefore, it is wise to consult with a health professional if you believe you may be experiencing problems with your arteries. Chuback Medical Group is happy to answer any questions you may have about vein or artery disease. If you are interested learning more on this topic, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chuback, please don’t’ hesitate to call our office at 201-693-4847. We look forward to speaking with you.

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Five Things You Can do to Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

Five Things You Can do to Improve Your Cardiovascular HealthIf you are suffering from venous disease, improving your vascular health may help to reduce or relieve your symptoms. In fact, many vascular doctors in NJ encourage patients to look after their cardiovascular systems, both in hopes of improving their vein health and to allow them to enjoy better overall health. A healthy cardiovascular system can decrease your risk of heart disease and a number of other health issues, making it well worth pursuing.

5 things New Jersey residents can do to improve their cardiovascular health

1. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise (30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week) has a number of health benefits. It can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. It can also help you manage your weight, an issue that may lead to a reduction in varicose veins. Exercise helps to improve circulation, potentially helping to treat swollen legs & ankles.

2. Manage your weight: Maintaining a healthy weight can improve your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of needing vein disease treatment in NJ. This is because excess weight increases your chance of heart disease and puts unnecessary strain on your blood vessels. Even losing five to ten percent of your weight can significantly improve your cardiovascular health.

3. Watch your diet: A healthy diet can help you maintain your weight and decrease your risk of heart disease. Vegetables, whole grains, and fruits can keep your heart healthy, as can certain types of protein such as beans and some fish. Be wary of saturated fats (found in red meats and dairy products) and avoid drinking more than a moderate amount of alcohol.

4. Cease smoking and tobacco use: Tobacco use and smoking are both huge risk factors for heart disease. The chemicals found in tobacco can easily damage your blood vessels, leading to an increased risk of narrowed arteries and vein disease. Your heart must also work harder to supply your body with oxygen, even if you only smoke socially. Fortunately, your body can repair itself: immediately after you quit smoking your cardiovascular health will begin to improve.

5. Stay on top of your health screenings: Undergoing regular health screenings can alert you early on if there are signs of cardiovascular issues. Having a doctor monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels can help catch problems early. A vascular doctor in NJ can also give you regular vein screenings, allowing you to catch potential problems in your circulatory system before they become dangerous or difficult to treat.

Most vein specialists in Bergen County agree that taking good care of your cardiovascular health will allow you to reap rewards in other areas as well. There is no need to completely reinvent your life: just a few small changes now can lead to a huge improvement over time. If you’re curious about what else you can do to improve your cardiovascular health, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Chuback Medical Group. Call our office at 201-693-4847 to learn more.