The Health Dangers Hiding in Varicose Veins and New, Advanced Treatment at Valley Vein Center


Angela Menninger, for IASIS Healthcare
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The Health Dangers Hiding in Varicose Veins and
New, Advanced Treatment at Valley Vein Center

PHOENIX – (January 26, 2015) – You might think of varicose veins as a woman’s problem, but it actually has more to do with your lifestyle than your gender. Not only are varicose veins more likely to occur in people who are overweight or physically inactive, they also could serve as an early warning sign of a potentially major health problem.

More than 50 percent of women (and more than 40 percent of men) living in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem. And unfortunately, it’s impossible to totally prevent varicose veins from developing. One out of every two Americans over the age of 50 will develop varicose veins in their lifetime.

“People will often try to hide their unsightly veins instead of addressing them,” said Dr. Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC, a board-certified cardiologist in internal and cardiovascular medicine at Valley Vein Center. “It’s also a common misperception for people to believe that you only address varicose veins for cosmetic reasons. That’s not the case. It’s a health condition. As with most health conditions, the key to successful care is early diagnosis and treatment.”

Early warning signs are often small spider or varicose veins, but problems can also manifest as larger, more bulging veins, too. Compromised veins can lead to potentially major health problems, including blood clots and venous stasis ulcers in the legs.

While the dangers of varicose veins are real, the good news is that varicose veins can be treated.
Dr. Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC of Valley Vein Center is leading the way through a revolutionary new varicose vein treatment called ClariVein®. It has been performed in more than 20,000 cases worldwide, and Dr. Makki is one of only a few doctors in the Valley offering it. For the first time, patients can be treated without anesthetic to the entire leg. Instead, a specialty infusion catheter with a rotating tip promotes controlled and well-dispersed drug coverage of the targeted treatment area. Because it only requires one entry point, it can be performed in an office setting. The treatment is safe, virtually painless and even less invasive than thermal devices, allowing patients to resume their regular activities in just a few days.