Chronic Venous Insufficiency equals Vein disease

“CHRONIC VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY  (CVI) is one of the most common vascular diseases in the developed world and is a major contributor to psychosocial morbidity.” And one of the worst outcomes of venous disease is leg ulcers, esp for patients over 65- up to 4% of the population! Compression bandaging is the most recognized therapy but due to lack of education of the healthcare professionals regarding application and other treatment modalities, lack of patient funds, poor insurance reimbursement for stockings and bandaging- patients suffer for at least a year or up to 10 years needlessly.

Ross K Smith and Jonathan Golledge wrote a paper ( Phlebology 2014 Vol 29 (9) 570-579)  on a review of circulatory markers in CVI and their abstract and paper to follow shows providers could evaluate patients levels of estradiol, homocysteine and vascular growth factors that were most consistently associated with primary chronic venous insufficiency.

Circulatory markers studies can improve pathogenic understanding, increase prognostic understanding and enhance diagnostic and treatment modalities.

Early recognition of vein disease with comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and in-office minimally invasive vein treatments: revolutionary glue ablations, radiofrequency or laser ablations and ultrasound guided chemical ablations of ” faulty valve- diseased” saphenous veins, accessory veins, pudendal veins, and even pelvic vein disorders can prevent the road to leg ulcers, DVTs, and varicose vein disease disorders.

Schedule a vein screening and learn about vein disease from Morrison Vein Institute.

We have been dedicated to vein disease for 20 years.

Vein Disease equals varicose and spider veins

Hereditary risk factors for vein disease such as family history of veins combined with age, sedentary lifestyle, prolonged sitting or standing, and increased BMI, cigarette smoking, and pregnancies, all add to our chances of varicose and spider veins. The venous circulation is supposed to go up the legs back to the heart as the diagram above depicts. But with reflux, venous disease called venous insufficiency, the blood goes down the wrong way causing blood pooling and a cascade of events over time.

50% of women by the time they are 50 years old can have vein disease and 25% of men and this goes up 10% a decade. So with early intervention of easy in office vein venous ultrasound scan for a diagnosis and vein map, vein treatments there is a way ti minimize our disease process. Combine this with exercise, leg elevation, calf muscle pump exercises and good medical compression socks or stockings, we can minimize detrimental effects of varicose veins and their symptoms and complications: skin changes, restless legs, leg swelling, cramping, heaviness, feet ” burning” sensation, vulvar varicosities, deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, itching, and of course surface veins.

Come talk to us, see an informational video, get measured for compression socks and plan for  healthier legs. 480-775-8460  Tempe, Scottsdale for questions. We look forward to seeing you.


Men in compression hose?!? Are you kidding?

VaricoseIMG_0812Sigvaris mens compression sockNo, not really. There are men who have discovered that their legs feel better when they wear something that supports their legs. Venous insufficiency is more common in women, but men experience it too.

Venous insufficiency can cause symptoms such as achy legs, tired heavy feelings, leg cramps, (those excruciating Charlie horses in the middle of the night!) swelling, restless legs, and itching. We have had patients who have scratched their legs raw due to severe itching. Many patients who have itching think they just have dry skin. If lotions and potions don’t help the itching – think again.

So, support hose, for men? Yes! All of our treatments require wearing support hose for 3 weeks after each treatment, even if the treatment is injecting spider veins. But, we suspect that at least some of our mil patients end up wearing them longer – for the comfort and symptom relief they provide. Or, maybe they go out and buy those supermarket brands of support hose to wear. We do recommend all of our patients who have venous insufficiency wear at least lighter weight support hose (such as 15-20 mmHg to 18-25 mmHg, or 20-30 mmHg) on an ongoing basis.

According to The Wall Street Journal, some men wear pantyhose for extra warmth (likely not in Arizona!) as well as support. Remember, European aristocracy wore such garments – look at the portraits of royalty 200+ years ago!
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Article about Compression “Sense and Sensibility: Travel Attire Without Offense!”

Great to see compression hose mentioned in blogs about travel and style. The author says “…recently realized need to wear compression hose on long flights [something I have done for years either to board or put on once airborne]. There is absolutely no reason safety and comfort must replace style … being fashionable always an option if only effort and thought given the matter. Why even my compression hose come in sexy lace topped thigh highs.”

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In Jane Austen’s iconic book, “Sense and Sensibility” the main theme is how the family central and the women characters prevalence of excessive sensibility renders them without venue to betterment in their life fraught with difficulties. How connected to ones travel attire you ask? Well actually quite a easy analogy … far too often attempts at what some claim as “sensible” is no more than what is most readily available and as such in no need of  forethought or planning. Frequently these choices render wearer as uncomfortable as they appear untidy and unattractive – this too leaving one expending energy in defense of being assured their choice was perfect. The options are plentiful and should include practicality, protection and good taste – difficult you might be thinking to combine all these into a single travel attire choice. No dear readers – it just takes…

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DVT Awareness Month: Heavy D Died of blood clot

LA coroner says Heavy D died of natural causes.

Please wear compression stockings on airplane flights and long car rides to avoid blood clots. It could save your life. A famous rapper, Heavy D died of a pulmonary embolism, aka blood clot, after a long flight. If you have restless leg, feet or ankle swelling, or pain in your legs, please seek help from a Phlebologist, aka Vein Doctor. They can treat the veins in your legs, so you don’t have to live with those symptoms or get a blood clot.

Measuring for Compression Stockings

If you want to order compression stockings, we will need your measurements. Watch the video below for proper measuring:

Once you know your measurements, call Morrison Vein Institute at (866) 478-5347 and we will ship you any light weight compression stockings in any color you wish.