Free vein screenings at Spectrum Health

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More than 50 percent of women, and 40 percent of men, struggle with having abnormal leg veins. A majority of those that suffer from spider or varicose veins don't seek treatment because they're embarrassed, or worry about having a painful experience with treatment.

Dr. Jennifer Watson, a vascular surgeon from Spectrum Health, answers some common questions about spider and varicose veins, and how patients can get access to a free vein screening.

Varicose and spider veins are caused by a variety of factors such as:
• Age
• Pregnancy
• Obesity
• Lack of movement
• Sun exposure
• Genetics

If a patients has a family history of varicose and spider veins, there are a few "home remedies" they can try in order to reduce the risks:
• Wear sunscreen
• Avoid high heels
• Walk or run regularly to strengthen muscles and circulation
• Maintain a healthy weight to allow optimal blood flow
• Elevate legs when resting
• Wear compression stockings

Screenings will be held at the following locations and times:

Spectrum Health Medical Group Vein Center
4085 Burton Street SE, Suite 102
Friday, January 13
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

North Muskegon Integrated Care Campus
2009 Holton Road, Muskegon
Tuesday, January 17
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
To schedule a free screening or to learn more information on varicose and spider veins, call (616) 267-8346.

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