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Understanding a Transient Ischemic Attack Sep 6th, 2022

A stroke — when blood stops flowing to your brain — is a life-threatening condition. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is like a stroke but different in a few key ways. Here, our team of board-certified specialists at Vascular Associates of San Diego discusses the symptoms and repercussions of a TIA so you know...

What an Angiogram Can Tell You About Your Arteries Aug 11th, 2022

Life’s everyday bumps and bruises are no cause for alarm, but heart problems warrant your serious concern — and ours. At Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, our team of board-certified vascular surgeons specializes in detecting, treating, and managing all types of heart conditions. For over three decades, we’ve cared for patients throughout...

How Does Foam Sclerotherapy Work? Jul 1st, 2022

Varicose veins are a common condition, affecting around 23% of people in the United States. While women are far more likely to experience varicose veins, or their tinier cousins, spider veins, they can affect anyone, and don’t discriminate based on race, age, or gender. Varicose veins may or may not come with...

Why Am I Seeing New Veins in My Legs? Jun 1st, 2022

Your body is a complex machine of different muscles and tissues, with your limbs being no exception. Your arms provide balance and drive as your legs take you wherever you want to go for a speedy get away. Your legs, though, can be vulnerable to diseases and difficulties. Visible veins on...

The Role of the Carotid Artery May 3rd, 2022

You probably already know that your carotid artery is important, but you might not know why. Your carotid artery supplies oxygenated blood to your brain, and you have one on either side of your head. While simple things can protect your carotid artery, other simple things can put your carotid...

When Should I See a Doctor About My Painful Varicose Veins? Apr 3rd, 2022

Varicose veins are sometimes seen as an inevitable sign of aging. After all, when we age, our bodies change. For some, it’s no surprise when we see oddly shaped, darkened veins twisting against the skin. For some, the surprise is the first time they realize that their varicose veins weren’t...

How to Take Care of Your Varicose Veins at Home Mar 2nd, 2022

Varicose veins are a common condition that has a number of risk factors and treatments. Surgery used to be the only treatment for varicose veins, but years of new research, products, and procedures can make your life with varicose veins easier. Not all cases of varicose veins are severe enough...

5 Telltale Symptoms of Varicose Veins Feb 1st, 2022

Varicose veins, though usually benign, can also come with a number of symptoms. Some symptoms can be painful, but most are mild or cosmetic. Whatever their symptoms, people with varicose veins often want a solution that offers physical and aesthetic relief.  La Mesa, California’s Vascular Associates of San Diego offers...

What to Expect with Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins Jan 10th, 2022

Treating varicose veins used to require general anesthesia, weeks of recovery, and an amount of scarring on the affected areas. Technology has advanced significantly, and though invasive procedures are still approved and available, most people opt for procedures that are minimally invasive, and very effective.  When you’re ready to treat...

Treating Carotid Artery Disease with a Minimally Invasive Endovascular Procedure Dec 1st, 2021

Strokes don’t come out of the blue — often, the causes of a stroke have been building for years. With almost 800,000 people suffering from strokes every year, it is the 5th-leading cause of death in the US. While strokes may seem inevitable, recovering from a stroke and preventing another...

Understanding the Different Types of Vascular Conditions Nov 1st, 2021

When your heart beats, it’s pumping blood through a vast and intricate system of blood vessels called the circulatory system. This system contains elastic tube-like vessels that carry blood to every part of your body. Different vascular conditions such as peripheral artery disease (PAD) and deep vein thrombosis affect blood...

Can an Outpatient Angiogram Diagnose Aneurysms? Oct 20th, 2021

An outpatient angiogram is a focused diagnostic procedure that alerts doctors if you need immediate endovascular treatment. The experts at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, have many years of experience performing diagnostic angiograms and minimally invasive procedures. An outpatient angiogram is a painless and safe way...

What an Ultrasound Can Tell About the Condition of Your Veins Sep 1st, 2021

A vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive method used to study blood flow to your arms and legs. It doesn’t require the use of anesthesia, radiation, needles, or dyes.  In La Mesa, California, the vein experts at Vascular Associates of San Diego perform ultrasound evaluations to detect vascular disease painlessly and...

Possible Causes of Varicose Veins Aug 1st, 2021

Varicose veins might have you feeling self-conscious this summer, but you’re not alone. Did you know that this disorder affects about 20 percent of Americans? While you may feel embarrassed by the appearance of varicose veins, they can also cause leg fatigue, swelling, pain, and heaviness.  The experts at Vascular...

What Can I Do About My Embarrassing Spider Veins? Jul 7th, 2021

Spider veins affect more than 40% of women today. Frequently, spider veins are the result of vascular problems, meaning they need treatment. You can get sclerotherapy treatment In as little as 30 minutes, and it’s nearly painless with no downtime required. At Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa,...

How Radiofrequency Ablation Can Treat Your Varicose Veins Jun 10th, 2021

Almost 20 percent of Americans experience varicose veins in their lifetime. Besides being embarrassing, these painful and twisted veins cause swelling, heaviness, and leg tiredness. At Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, our skilled vascular disease specialists take varicose veins seriously. We use the latest state-of-the-art technology,...

Recognizing the Signs of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) May 26th, 2021

Over eight million Americans over the age of 40 have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), but only one in four recognize the symptoms.  In La Mesa, California, the expert physicians at Vascular Associates of San Diego offer non-surgical, minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of vascular disease like PAD. Our specialized...

Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Arteries Apr 21st, 2021

Across the US, more than 30 million adults have heart disease, and it’s a leading cause of death among adults worldwide. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent heart disease. Keeping your arteries healthy and elastic is one way to reduce your risk of heart disease and other major...

Venous Ulcers: Who Is At Risk? Mar 17th, 2021

A venous ulcer is a deep and, usually, poorly healing wound on the lower leg. To choose the best treatment, it’s important to treat and understand the root cause of the ulcers. You should describe your symptoms to the doctor as precisely as possible.  In La Mesa, California, Vascular Associates...

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency? Feb 8th, 2021

Many people spend hours on their feet every day, either working or living busy lifestyles. Those who frequently suffer from swollen, aching legs may have a vascular condition called chronic venous insufficiency.  The Vascular Disease Foundation affirms that as many as 20% of adult Americans suffer from this troubling condition....