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Vein Valves – What Do They Do?

Healthy functioning valves are vital to the proper flow of blood in the veins. But what exactly are valves, what do they do and what do they look like?

If you have any vein condition such as varicose veins, spider veins, phlebitis, varicose eczema or leg ulcers, you need to know the answers and I will give you all the information you need.

Venous valves are delicate folds in the lining of the vein that direct blood in the correct direction. In the legs, this means that they open and close to keep blood flowing from the feet, up the … Continue reading »

Leg Health – 3 Most Serious Threats

As a medical doctor, I am often asked about general health issues. Subjects such as diet, heart disease, exercise and life style. In fact, these health issues are a particular interest of mine because healthy legs are a reflection of good health generally, so much so in fact that I would go as far as to say, that if you don’t have healthy legs you can’ t be truly healthy.

Let me explain why. In my experience, there are 3 main threats to leg health: these are peripheral arterial disease shortened to PAD, chronic venous disease, about which I spend most … Continue reading »

How To Recognise Phlebitis: A Guide to The Signs and Symptoms

If you are concerned that you might have phlebitis, this article will tell you what you need to look for, what features are strongly suggestive of phlebitis and what you should do.
If you are reading this,  I think it is probably safe to assume that you already know that phlebitis is serious. If you don’t well, here are the facts.

  • Phlebitis is an inflammatory condition of the vein and it is always associated clot formation in the vein, which can spread and propagate into the deep veins. These clots can break loose and travel around to the lungs.
  • Some studies suggest that up to … Continue reading »
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