Varicose veins usually occur in our legs and feet because standing and walking increases the pressure in the veins of the lower half of our body. They are often associated with skin discoloration, inflammation, or hardening of the surrounding tissues. For many they are of cosmetic concern because of their darkened appearance.
The community is invited to attend a lecture, “Get a Leg Up on Varicose Veins” presented by Dr. Jeffrey Kaufman, vascular surgeon, on Tuesday, March 8, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer.
“Dr. Kaufman will discuss the types of veins in your body, contributing factors for varicose veins, symptoms of varicose veins, and the most effective treatments,” said Susan Fontaine, Senior Coordinator of Loyalty Programs at Baystate Health.
According to the National Institute of Health, varicose veins are a common condition, affecting up to 3 in 10 adults. Women are more likely to develop them than men. Any vein in the body can become varicose, but they most commonly develop in the legs and feet, particularly in the calves.
The program is sponsored by Baystate Health Senior Class at no cost. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; registration is required by calling Baystate Health Link at 1-800-377-4325.
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Dr. Marvin Morris will also appear on Medical Rounds on Western Mass News to discuss varicose veins.