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The Dangers of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Sep 16th, 2021

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein, meaning, a vein that isn’t reachable through the surface of the skin. While this may sound scary, the good news is that this condition is preventable and treatable, if detected early. Even...

How Treating Varicose Veins Can Improve Your Vascular Health Aug 13th, 2021

There are plenty of fun things about getting older: many people look forward to retirement for travel, and more time spent with loved ones, and to finding new hobbies and meeting new people. With aging, though, can come some things for which we’re not prepared, including some changes in our...

Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Arteries Jul 9th, 2021

Your arteries are responsible for carrying blood to all major parts of the body, but some of the most important are the arteries that service your heart, and your brain. Keeping those arteries vital is essential for both your energy levels and your longevity. At Prime Heart and Vascular, Saleem...

Are You Experiencing Leg Pain? It Could Be Claudication Jun 18th, 2021

Staying active as we get older is essential to optimal overall wellness. As we age, some people experience cramping in their legs during or after exercising. While this might be attributed to old age, there are several reasons not to ignore it. The cramping may happen after a period of...

5 Risk Factors for Developing Spider Veins May 6th, 2021

Up to 41% of women older than 50 have spider veins on their lower body or face. Spider veins don’t pose a danger to your health, but these twisted reddish-purple veins can take a toll on your self-esteem and comfort out in public, especially in sunny Florida.  That’s why our...

Endovascular Laser vs. Radiofrequency Ablation Apr 6th, 2021

Effective treatment for conditions linked to problematic veins and arteries once required hospitalization, intricate surgery, and long weeks of sometimes painful recovery. Today, many of these issues are tackled via minimally invasive in-office procedures that offer superior results compared with those surgeries of old. The providers at Premier Vein &...

5 Signs of Poor Circulation Mar 3rd, 2021

Healthy circulation means that blood, nutrients, and oxygen flow normally through your body. When you experience poor circulation, this system isn’t working quite right. This can lead to a range of complications, from physical discomfort to potentially threatening medical problems. Our team of experts at Premier Vein & Vascular provide...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Painful Muscle Cramps Feb 10th, 2021

Muscle cramps in your legs can be normal, especially if you’ve just run or been in one position for a long time, like crouching as you garden. Unfortunately, painful leg cramps can also point to something far more serious, a condition known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Board-certified interventional...

Why Are Varicose Veins Painful? Jan 15th, 2021

If you’re part of the 35% of American adults who have varicose veins, chances are you’re well-acquainted with heavy, aching legs. You might wonder why varicose veins, while unattractive, are also so painful.  At Premier Vein & Vascular in Tampa and Largo, Florida, Saleem Saiyad, MD and his team provide...

How Stress Impacts Arterial Health Dec 1st, 2020

Whether you’re dealing with a tight work deadline or unexpected car trouble, you may be feeling a little stressed. Though stress is a normal part of life, the amount of stress you have and how you react to it may have long-lasting effects on your health. For some, stress triggers...

What to do About Bothersome, Bulging Leg Veins Nov 16th, 2020

If you have varicose veins, it's hard to feel comfortable in your skin. Varicose veins might make you want to cover up, even in the Florida heat, and freeze your confidence. When you find it hard to live with varicose veins, the professionals at Premier Vein & Vascular can help...

What Lifestyle Steps Help PAD? Oct 2nd, 2020

If you suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), join the club. About 8 million Americans live with PAD. Lower extremity PAD can cause cramps and pain in thighs, calves, or hips when you exercise, climb stairs, or walk. While PAD pain usually eases within a few minutes of rest, poor...

Symptoms of Poor Circulation Sep 7th, 2020

Poor circulation isn’t a medical condition in and of itself; rather, it’s a symptom of some other condition. If you have poor circulation, it could be because you have diabetes or cardiovascular disease.  At Premier Vein & Vascular, interventional cardiologist Dr. Saleem Saiyad specializes in keeping oxygen-rich blood flowing to...

Are Your Varicose Veins a Sign of Deeper Trouble? Aug 13th, 2020

Getting varicose veins, with their twisted, enlarged appearance, can make you concerned about the appearance of your legs. However, they can also cause painful symptoms and develop into more serious health conditions. If you have varicose veins, it’s important to have them evaluated and regularly monitored by our specialists at...

When Is Leg Swelling Cause for Concern? Jul 19th, 2020

Many people complain of swollen legs from time to time. Of course, if it occurs often, it can be concerning. If you notice swollen legs more often, a vascular specialist can determine the cause.  Saleem Saiyad, MD, FACC, the interventional cardiologist at Premier Vein and Vascular in Tampa and Largo,...

Tips for Exercising With Peripheral Artery Disease Jun 18th, 2020

The pain and cramping you experience when you walk may just feel like another unfortunate part of getting older. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The symptoms of peripheral artery disease are completely treatable and manageable. You can even get exercise that keeps you in good shape and alleviates...

Treating Varicose Veins: Know Your Options May 4th, 2020

According to the Society for Vascular Surgery, about 35% of Americans struggle with large, bulging, gnarly varicose veins. If you rarely wear clothes that show your legs or you’re self-conscious when you do, turn to Saleem Saiyad, MD, FACC, and our experienced team at Premier Vein & Vascular in Tampa...

Are There Signs That Varicose Veins Are Developing? Mar 31st, 2020

Varicose veins are abnormally gnarled or enlarged veins, visually apparent through the skin. They develop when the veins become damaged due to extended pressure on them or a condition that causes the blood vessel valves to properly function. Veins serve an essential role in moving blood throughout the body. Valves help to...

What Happens When Varicose Veins Go Untreated? Mar 31st, 2020

There is a common misconception that varicose veins are purely an aesthetic nuisance. This is simply not true! Varicose veins don’t just appear unsightly – they can also cause health problems. Because many who suffer from varicose veins would prefer to wear long pants to cover up the problem rather than seek...

Can Young People Get Varicose Veins, Too? Mar 31st, 2020

When you read the words ‘varicose veins,’ which age group do you think of? If you are like most people, you probably think of older adults in their 60s and 70s. Varicose veins are rarely associated with young adults but the truth is, young adults are also likely to develop...

Your Guide to Varicose Veins in the Feet Mar 31st, 2020

Varicose veins are enlarged, discolored, and twisted veins that stand out against the skin and the rest of the body’s veins. Varicose veins are essentially damaged veins that no longer have functioning blood vessel valves that help pump blood through the veins in the right direction. Varicose veins can develop anywhere...

Do Compression Socks Really Work? Mar 31st, 2020

Do Compression Socks Really Work? Compression socks are legwear designed to increase blood circulation. They are made to fit tightly on the legs and are typically made of stretchy material that squeezes the legs. There are a few variations of compression socks. Some examples are compression stockings (tight around the ankle,...

How to Prevent Varicose Veins from Getting Worse Mar 31st, 2020

Varicose veins are enlarged and gnarled veins. While any of the body’s veins can become varicose, it’s most likely to happen to the veins in the legs and feet. Varicose veins are different for everyone. Some individuals only experience varicose veins as a cosmetic issue, making the legs look less appealing...

8 Myths About Venous Insufficiency Mar 31st, 2020

Venous insufficiency is a common circulatory system condition that many people develop, especially as they get older. The most noticeable signs are varicose veins or spider veins. There are a lot of misconceptions about venous insufficiency, and these misconceptions lead to far fewer people taking the issue seriously and preventing them from...

Premier Vein & Vascular redesigns website with a blog Mar 31st, 2020

Premier Vein & Vascular recently redesigned our practice website to include more ways for patients to interact with our office. The website offers a patient portal, online appointment requests, and an award-winning patient education library. We will be blogging about the latest information regarding research and advancements in Vascular Medicine....

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Mar 30th, 2020

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a dangerous condition marked by the formation of blood clots – most commonly in the legs. The risk of DVT increases as you age with approximately 1 in 1000 adults being diagnosed each year. The real danger of DVT is pulmonary embolism or a blood clot...

What is truSculpt 3D? Mar 31, 2020 Mar 30th, 2020

I want to lose some extra belly fat, but what exactly is truSculpt 3d? truSculpt 3D is a non-surgical treatment for fat reduction that helps patients to lose unwanted fat quickly and safely. truSculpt 3D is produced by Cutera, and is an upgraded version of their original body sculpting treatment:...

Types of Varicose Veins Mar 30th, 2020

An Introduction to Varicose Veins Varicose veins are enlarged or gnarled veins that most often appear due to unusually high pressure on the veins, most usually on the thighs, ankles and feet. While varicose veins aren’t necessarily pleasing to look at, their disadvantages go far beyond that – they can...

5 Factors That Can Make You Gain Weight Mar 30th, 2020

Why am I gaining so much weight? After a delicious restaurant dinner, you’re stuffed. But when the waiter returns and asks if you want dessert, that chocolate mousse on the menu looks too gorgeous to resist. Or perhaps you get a bag of chips to snack on while checking emails....

Why Do My Varicose Veins Itch? Mar 30th, 2020

Varicose veins are large, gnarled and/or twisted veins that are visible through the skin. Varicose veins happen when excessive pressure is put on veins and they become damaged or if there is a circulation problem that causes blood to pool in the veins, eventually causing them to become damaged. The most...

First Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis Mar 30th, 2020

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happens when a thrombus (blood clot) forms in a vein that is located deep inside the body. The most common place for DVT to happen is in the legs. While DVT can cause minor symptoms or no symptoms at all, some patients experience pain or swelling in...

TruSculpt vs Liposuction: Which is right for me? Mar 30th, 2020

Localized fat can be difficult to get rid of for good. Problem areas like a persistent stomach pooch, fat around the thighs that doesn’t seem to budge, or stubborn love-handle and back bulges are a common concern. To make matters worse, these areas can seem to be diet- and exercise-resistant,...

7 Simple Rules for Changing the Way You Eat Mar 30th, 2020

Weight loss is a touchy subject for most. With America’s obesity epidemic out of control, it is essential that Americans people drop pounds in order to reduce their risk of heart disease and other health complications caused by carrying too much excess fat. The task of losing the weight can seem daunting,...

How Much Will My Vein Procedure Cost? Mar 30th, 2020

Many people assume that varicose veins are a cosmetic problem that is a result of inactivity, “bad genes” or age. But actually, varicose veins are enlarged veins that occur when the valves in the veins are no longer able to keep the blood flowing to the ultimate destination, the heart....

Are Diabetes and Venous Disease Connected? Mar 30th, 2020

At first, it might make sense that diabetes and venous disease are connected, but are the two really linked? Does one cause the other? Venous disease involves poor circulation and diabetes notoriously can wreak havoc on just about every bodily system, the circulation of blood included. The relationship between the two conditions...

How To Improve Your Circulation Mar 30th, 2020

Healthy circulation is vital to living a healthy life. When our blood flows with ease through our body, we think and reason better, we can move without pain and sleep comfortably, without interruption. When disease, injury, or time interferes with unencumbered blood flow, our quality of life decreases, sometimes to...

What are Spider Veins? Mar 30th, 2020

Based on name alone, spider veins sound incredibly sinister. However, in most cases they are not painful or indicative of any harm. Those who have them may wish to treat them for beauty and cosmetic reasons – spider veins show up as blue, purple, or red veins visible on the surface of...

Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Deep Vein Thrombosis Mar 30th, 2020

During the initial days of the War on Terror, a number of journalists were “embedded” with combat units to capture the activities and ethos of our boots on the ground defenders. One of those journalists was 39-year old David Bloom, a combat correspondent with NBC news whose impressive credentials included...

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Mar 31,2020 Mar 30th, 2020

When a blood clot, also known as a thrombus, forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, this can lead to the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT most often occurs in the legs, which has the highest concentration of veins susceptible to thrombus formation. The...

What Are Vascular Studies? Mar 30th, 2020

When it comes to your health, information is often the most powerful tool that can help you make decisions about your life. One of the most important things to keep an eye on is your cardiovascular health. Your heart and brain are the most essential organs in your body, and...

Radiofrequency Ablation vs. Laser Ablation Mar 30th, 2020

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and endovascular laser ablation (EVLA) are two effective treatments for large veins, varicose veins, or venous insufficiency. Ablation means removal. You may not want or need any kind of treatment for small varicose veins – but when they get bigger, varicose veins can cause pain, swelling, and...

Exercise, Diet, and Your Heart Mar 30th, 2020

A healthy heart requires a balance between plenty of exercise, a good diet, and weight management – so the benefits of each should not be underestimated. In addition to affecting your weight and your hormones, the foods you choose to eat have a significant effect on your organs, including your...

6 Tips for Men with Varicose Veins Mar 30th, 2020

Contrary to popular belief, varicose veins aren’t just a female problem. In fact, there is research that suggests men maybe even more likely to suffer from those unsightly, gnarly blood vessels in their legs than women. If you’re one of them, we have several tips regarding your condition: Tip 1:...

What Is truSculpt 3D? Mar 30th, 2020

Looking your best can seem like a daunting challenge when you have an abundance of body fat, cellulite, and poor skin tone. But now there’s an effective, noninvasive way to check all those problems off your list. It’s called truSculpt® 3D, an RF (radio-frequency) technology that delivers deep heating to...

Treat Your Arteriosclerosis Mar 30th, 2020

Arteriosclerosis is a disease marked by the thickening and narrowing of the arteries due to a poor diet. Arteriosclerosis affects any artery in the body, including the ones in the heart, brain, kidneys, as well as the arms and legs. Arteriosclerosis can happen for a variety of reasons, including plaque...

What Is the VenaSeal System? Mar 30th, 2020

People who suffer from unsightly varicose veins and spider veins have had a limited number of choices to rid themselves of them until now. At the end of a long day on their feet, many people who have varicose veins or venous reflux disease will often complain of unrelenting pain in their...

What Causes Poor Circulation? Mar 30th, 2020

Poor circulation is caused by a variety of reasons, and it can affect the quality of your life – and cause a series of unwanted symptoms. Let’s take a look at common symptoms, causes, and prevention of poor circulation. Why Is Blood Circulation Important? The body’s circulation system sends nutrients and...

How EVLA Can Help With Your Varicose Veins Mar 30th, 2020

Recent advances in medical technology have led to a new method of treating varicose veins for those who would rather avoid potentially painful surgery. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) is an alternative to the typical method of tying and removing abnormal, bulging spider veins such as those caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). During an Endovenous...

Four Reasons You’re Not Losing Belly Fat Mar 30th, 2020

Belly Fat Can Be One of the Most Stubborn Areas in the Human Body There’s more reason to get rid of extra body fat, especially in the belly areas, than just for looks and vanity. Excess belly fat, aka excess abdominal fat, (especially visceral fat, the kind that clumps around your organs...

How Do Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Form? Mar 30th, 2020

Everyone these days wants to look younger, healthier, and have glowing skin. There are many treatments available to help make this happen, but what can be done about spider veins or varicose veins? And how do they form in the first place? Nearly 80 million Americans have some sort of vein...

A Brief History of Cosmetic Procedures Mar 30th, 2020

Considering a cosmetic procedure? Have you wondered how plastic surgery and medispa services have evolved throughout history? Humans have pursued the improvement of the self since the beginning of recorded history. By extension, cosmetic surgery is one of the world’s oldest medical procedures. Documentation exists for different types of cosmetic surgeries...

How Diabetes Impacts Vein Health Mar 30th, 2020

Diabetes is a medical condition in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are too high. Glucose is vitally important to our health because it provides energy and fuel to our body. But when the blood glucose is out of proportion, it can eventually damage the nerves and blood vessels....

When to Visit a Vein Specialist Mar 30th, 2020

Many people with varicose veins and spider veins make an attempt to treat their vein issues at home. In the early stages, varicose veins may be treated by elevating the affected area (such as the legs), exercise, and compression wearables, such as compression stockings. However, it’s important to know when...

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency? Mar 31, 2020 Mar 30th, 2020

Chronic venous insufficiency – also known as CVI – is a condition that occurs when valves in blood veins in the leg lose their effectiveness, or the venous wall becomes weak. This condition makes it difficult for blood to move from the legs back up through the body to the heart. It...

Recovery from Cosmetic Vein Procedures Mar 29th, 2020

Varicose and spider veins aren’t only unsightly, they may be an indication of poor vascular health. Fortunately, there are cosmetic procedures that can address the issue of bulging and often painful veins. And thanks to skilled practitioners like Premier Vein & Vascular of Florida’s Dr. Saleem Saiyad, undergoing these procedures is not...

What Can You Do For Venous Insufficiency? Mar 29th, 2020

Our circulatory system works to keep the heart pumping and blood flowing. Arteries bring blood out of the pumping heart, and the veins carry the blood back to the center. Valves guide this continuous cycle and regulate blood flow, ensuring it flows in the right direction. When veins don’t function...

How does laser vein treatment work? Mar 29th, 2020

Laser technology is versatile and used in a plethora of medical and cosmetic procedures. Because it is highly effective, a lot of doctors use laser technology to deliver effective and long-term results for a variety of conditions. One place laser technology is effective is in vein treatment. Using laser technology, you...

What Is Venous Insufficiency? Mar 29th, 2020

Your arteries are responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Your veins then carry the de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. Venous insufficiency refers to when your veins have trouble sending blood from the limbs back to your heart. This condition can lead...

Early Signs of Spider Veins Mar 29th, 2020

Spider veins refer to veins that have become visible on the skin due to dilation of blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. They are often called the smaller cousins of varicose veins and are usually red, purple, or blue in color. Spider veins usually appear on the face and legs....

Why do varicose veins form? Mar 29th, 2020

Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and/or visible.  While any vein in the body can become, the most noticeable ones happen in the legs and feet because veins in that part of the body are under increased pressure by pushing blood back to the heart, going against the force...

Tightening Loose Skin After Losing Weight Mar 29th, 2020

Loose skin after weight-loss: the forgotten problem Much of the conversation about weight loss is concerned about the process itself, and not what happens after. While losing a lot of weight is an impressive accomplishment, people who achieve it are often left with a lot of loose skin. This can negatively...

What to avoid with varicose veins? Mar 29th, 2020

Varicose veins – those bulgy, enlarged veins typically found in the ankles and legs – may not only appear unsightly, they actually can impact your health. Their gnarled and discolored appearance seen through the skin means the valves in your veins are failing or unable to keep the blood moving...

Treatment Options for Spider Veins Mar 29th, 2020

Closer to the surface of the skin, spider veins are not as dramatic in appearance as varicose veins but that’s where the differences end. In fact, varicose and spider veins occur when valves in the veins prevent the blood from flowing properly, causing the blood to pool, resulting in the...

Reasons to Go to a Vascular Doctor Mar 29th, 2020

If you think the only reason to visit a vascular doctor is to treat spider and varicose veins, think again. Here are just a few of the many reasons you would visit – or be referred to – a vascular doctor. Spider and Varicose Veins Varicose veins – and smaller...

What is truSculpt 3D Body Sculpting? Mar 30, 2020 Mar 29th, 2020

You’ve worked hard to lose the weight – and have kept it off. Congratulations! You look and feel better than you have in years, except for a few stubborn pockets of fat that no amount of diet or exercise seems to erase. For those who are trying to achieve a...

Treatments for Deep Vein Thrombosis Mar 29th, 2020

Blood clotting is your body’s solution to stop excessive bleeding that may occur as a result of an injury or wound. However, certain kinds of blood clots can also be extremely dangerous, especially when they result from blood pooling in your body when it shouldn’t or doesn’t need to. Deep Vein...

What Does a Vascular Specialist Treat? Mar 29th, 2020

Are you having problems with your veins or with blood circulation? If yes, you probably need to see a vascular specialist. A vascular specialist is a medical physician who specializes and is highly trained in preventing, treating, and diagnosing vascular diseases and conditions. Your trusted vascular specialist can help maintain...

What is truSculpt 3D Body Sculpting? Mar 29th, 2020

Despite your hard work to lose weight and tone up, losing excess fat in some areas – particularly the tummy, thighs and hips – can be difficult. For those not wanting to undergo surgery or other invasive procedures, there is hope to lose last few pounds in the form of truSculpt...

What Are the Side Effects of Venous Ablation? Mar 29th, 2020

Venous ablation techniques represent the next generation of treatments for varicose veins. They promise better results with fewer side effects than traditional vein procedures. Nevertheless, venous ablation can still cause some unpleasant side effects and complications that patients should be aware of. What Are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are swollen and twisted...

What Can a Vein Clinic Treat? Mar 29th, 2020

There are a lot of different doctors available. Each one has a different specialization, making them experts in different subcategories of medal care. One such category is vein care, which is often delivered in vein clinics. Vein clinics have vein and vascular specialists who have extensive knowledge of the diagnosis,...

Benefits of 3D Body Sculpting Mar 29th, 2020

Committing to a healthy diet and exercise routine are the first steps toward being healthy and achieving the body of your dreams. However, diet and exercise are not always enough to achieve the look you want. Many people have pockets of fat in different parts of their body that seem immune to...

Types of Vascular Surgery Mar 29th, 2020

Your vascular system – the veins and arteries that deliver oxygen to every living cell in your body – is critical to maintaining good health. When these blood vessels become blocked, serious trouble arises. In many cases, patients with vascular problems like atherosclerosis, may experience no symptoms at all – until...

The Science of Fat Cells Mar 29th, 2020

With statistics showing that almost two-thirds of the adult U.S. population is overweight or obese, excess body fat is a concern for Americans. Many Americans seek to eliminate it, whether it be out of concern for the related health risks such as heart disease and diabetes, or for pure aesthetic reasons. But...

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency? Mar 29th, 2020

When excess pressure is placed on our veins, particularly in our legs, the veins can develop problems with pushing “used” blood back to the heart for recirculation. When these problems develop, blood can pool in certain areas in the veins and can cause issues such as varicose veins. All of...

Varicose Veins: Are They Dangerous? Mar 29th, 2020

It’s hard to deny that varicose veins can be painful and unsightly. But can they be dangerous to your health? If you think the best way to deal with varicose veins is to hide them under socks or slacks, then it’s probably time you see a vascular expert and get a second...