Ask the Cardiologist

Ask the Cardiologist

Q I have large blue rope-like veins on my calves that are ugly. My friend said that there are ways to remove them now without going through painful vein stripping?

Fortunately, new minimally-invasive therapies are now available to treat varicose veins, such as Radiofrequency Ablation. These are in-office procedures that take about an hour. Patients experience little to no pain and walk out of the office. Most insurances and Medicare typically cover the procedures. And, of note, varicose veins aren’t just unsightly, they are potentially harmful. Left untreated, they may cause skin damage, ulcers, and swelling. If you have painful varicose veins, talk to your doctor today about a non-surgical treatment.

J. Douglas Overbeck, MD, FACC is a Las Colinas-based cardiologist with more than 20 years experience in providing cardiac care to patients in North Texas. He is the founder of the Tuscan Cardiovascular Center and Tuscan Vein Center in Las Colinas and also primary cardiologist for the Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving.

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