Entries by Elizabeth Lazdins

Symptoms of a Blood Clot in Your Leg (DVT)

It is natural for your blood to clot when you have an open wound; it saves your body from losing too much blood. However, sometimes a clot that doesn’t loosen after fulfilling its purpose can be a severe and potentially deadly ailment. Blood clots that form in the legs occur deep beneath the skin’s surface […]

Dietary Changes That Will Improve Your Vein Health

You have likely heard more than once that eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health. A healthy diet has a positive impact on your quality of life, so of course, it is sound advice. What you may not know, however, is that proper eating habits contribute to optimal vein health. Your veins are an integral […]

Did You Know There Are Tiny Valves in Your Veins?

The circulatory system is an amazing array of arteries, veins, and organs that work together in unison. Every second of every day, the circulatory system works to transport approximately 2,000 gallons of blood, delivering oxygen to body tissues, and providing the energy your cells require. Once red blood cells have unloaded their oxygen molecules, they […]

Debunking Common Varicose Vein Myths

There are many varicose veins myths and misconceptions when it comes to varicose veins. The internet is full of homemade remedies and other questionable science for preventing varicose veins. Here at the Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, we want to debunk some of these varicose Vein myths and point you in the direction of proven research. […]

Can You Treat Deep Vein Thrombosis at Home?

Vein and arteries carry blood continuously throughout your life, keeping your heart pumping and other organs functioning. When you get a cut or scrape, clots prevent blood from spilling out. However, when blood clots for other reasons, it can be a result of life-threatening medical problems. Learn more about blood clots and your treatment options if […]

Can Herbal and Home Remedies Work to Treat Varicose Veins?

Home remedies have become quite popular recently. But many people often question if these home remedies for varicose veins actually work. Varicose veins are unsightly, large, twisting, and bumpy veins that typically show up just under the surface of the skin in the legs. But can you get rid of varicose veins naturally? Unfortunately, there […]

How to Relieve Pain from Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, swollen, and curvy blood vessels, which can be seen through the skin. They most often develop in the legs but can occur other places in the body as well. It’s true that not all individuals with varicose veins suffer from pain symptoms, but for those who do, it is an uncomfortable reality. […]

Compression Therapy

Varicose veins are a common problem that affects millions of people around the world. If you are one of them, you know all too well that varicose veins are more than just cosmetic nuisances. The symptoms these faulty veins cause can include achiness, fatigue and cramping. Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT) and sclerotherapy are common varicose veins treatments for these unsightly, […]

Microphlebectomy Alternative Treatments

Microphlebectomy is a standard procedure that uses tiny incisions to remove varicose veins. The incisions are typically about ¼ of an inch in length, and then an adhesive bandage is placed over each incision. Although this procedure leaves minimal scarring, many patients find it invasive and inconvenient. Dr. Gilvydis at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic in […]

How to Spot the Warning Signs of a Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that blocks an artery in your lungs, preventing the blood from following its normal path. If you or a loved one has had a pulmonary embolism, you understand the severity of the medical condition ― PE can cause lung damage and reduce oxygen levels in the body. Usually, […]