CardioSmart Corner: How to Talk to Patients About Varicose Veins

In this month's CardioSmart Corner, learn why you should talk with your patients about varicose veins and read about CardioSmart being voted one of the 10 best blogs for heart disease.

How to Talk to Patients About Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins are often thought of as a cosmetic problem, but for many people varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency can cause problems.

Talk to patients about symptoms that can include:

  • legs feeling heavy or tired
  • aching legs
  • fatigue
  • swelling (rings formed by the sock)
  • restless legs
  • itching

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Symptoms can get worse after standing a long time or at the end of the day. Discoloration – a dark or bronze skin color – extending from the mid-calf down to the ankles can also occur. Over time, the constant pressure on the vein walls from weakened valves, or venous insufficiency, can lead to more inflammation, persistent swelling, further discoloration and leathery skin. In the most severe or advanced cases, ulcers may form at or above the ankles.

Send patients to for more information.

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CardioSmart Voted One of the 10 Best Blogs For Heart Disease

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Medical News Today featured ACC’s CardioSmart as one the 10 best blogs for heart disease, providing useful tips on lifestyle and dietary changes, educational information and inspiring patient stories.

CardioSmart was recognized for continually improving both care experience and health outcomes in individuals with heart disease through partnership programs, information sharing, patient participation, goal setting and collaboration, while bridging the communication gap between clinicians and patients. Read More >>>

Patient benefits from CardioSmart include:

  • Personalized newsletters and email alerts
  • Ability to track key health indicators and physical activity
  • News articles, fact sheets and questions to help facilitate discussions with clinicians.

The ACC’s CardioSmart Heart Explorer App has been revamped to further enhance the clinician and patient relationship at the point of care. Newly enhanced high-resolution cardiac graphics and animations are designed to help effectively review and discuss common heart problems and treatment options with patients. New to the app, heart failure and atrial fibrillation information can be emailed directly to patients through the app. The app is now available for iPhone and Android users. Log-in information is no longer required.

Click here to learn more about the Heart Explorer app.

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Clinical Topics: Vascular Medicine

Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, Information Dissemination, Patient Participation, Varicose Veins, Venous Insufficiency, Heart Diseases

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