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Video: Varicose Veins, Much More Than a Cosmetic Issue, Can Prove a Health Risk

Left Untreated, They May Enlarge and Worsen Over Time

CHICAGO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Many Latinas who suffer from varicose veins often dismiss the enlarged leg veins as a cosmetic issue without recognizing they can lead to pain and discomfort. As many women often postpone visiting their doctors for other health symptoms, Vein Clinics of America is encouraging women to listen to their legs to keep varicose veins from affecting their everyday routine.

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"As a Latina, my family is my priority and I tend to leave my own needs for last. My work as a nurse has taught me to look for signs from my body, and in the bodies of patients, and to keep special track of the hereditary diseases such as varicose veins," said Iliana Portela, Registered Nurse with Vein Clinics of America. "To be the strong support our family needs, women need to pay special attention to their bodies and speak with a doctor if they experience any pain, swelling, and fatigue in the legs as these can be symptoms of varicose veins."

Varicose veins occur when blood vessels have trouble carrying blood from the legs back to the heart. This is the result of faulty valves and weakened vein walls and can lead to pain swelling and fatigue in the legs.

While surgical treatments have traditionally been used to treat varicose veins, newer non-invasive treatments are now available that have largely replaced surgery. New treatments include:

  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy: An advanced form of sclerotherapy where a foam solution is injected directly into the varicose vein, causing it to close off. A physician visually monitors the vein and injection on an ultrasound screen, allowing considerable control over the vein area being treated.
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT): A minimally-invasive procedure that uses heat from a guided laser to close varicose veins. A small optic fiber is inserted through a needle into the varicose vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser is then activated and as the optic fiber is removed from the vein, it heats and closes the vein. This procedure does not require hospitalization or complicated surgery and typically takes less than an hour.

Most health-insurance policies cover varicose vein treatment. To learn more about varicose veins or available treatment options, please visit or call 866-617-VEIN.

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About Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are purple, blue or dark green in color and may appear twisted and bulging. Common related symptoms include: pain, fatigue, itching, burning, swelling, cramping, restlessness and throbbing. Varicose veins may enlarge and worsen over time and, if untreated, could lead to serious complications, such as leg ulcers or blood clots.

There are many factors that can increase a person's chances of developing varicose veins, including heredity, age, gender, and sitting or standing for long periods of time.

About Vein Clinics of America, Inc.

Established in 1981, Vein Clinics of America, Inc. (VCA) is the largest medical group in the country dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of vein disorders. The physicians of VCA specialize in treating the entire spectrum of vein abnormalities, including varicose veins, spider veins, venous leg ulcers, facial veins, hand veins, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome and Restless Legs Syndrome resulting from venous reflux. VCA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IntegraMed America, Inc, the leading operator of fertility centers and vein care practices in the United States. VCA is based in Downers Grove, IL with operations in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin and operates, a leading vein care portal.

About IntegraMed America, Inc.

IntegraMed America, Inc. is a leading provider of specialty health care services in emerging, technology-driven, niche segments of the health care market. The Company currently operates in the fertility and varicose vein care segments. IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal services, risk management and quality assurance. IntegraMed also offers treatment-financing programs for self-pay patients.

The IntegraMed Fertility network consists of 33 contracted centers with 109 locations in 13 states across the United States. Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an IntegraMed fertility practice. The IntegraMed Vein Clinic network is the leading provider of varicose vein care services in the US and operates 34 centers in 13 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.

Please visit for investor background,, a leading fertility portal or, a leading vein care portal, for more information.

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