Institute to sponsor varicose vein screening

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LEWISTON – The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute will host a free varicose vein screening to raise awareness of venous disease and available treatment options.

Vascular surgeon Allan Ingraham, MD, and cardiothoracic surgeon Carmine Frumiento, MD, both of CMHVI, will check screening participants for possible varicose vein problems.

The screening will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the CMHVI Cardiac Diagnostics Center, located on the first floor of the 60 High St. building.

Some 25 million people in the United States have varicose veins. A leading cause of this condition is venous reflux disease caused by incompetent or “leaky” valves in the great saphenous vein running from the ankle to the groin in each leg.

In addition to varicose veins, other symptoms may include leg pain, fatigue, swelling and skin ulceration. The condition can progress if left untreated and symptoms may worsen with time.

In the United States an estimated 72 percent of women and 42 percent of men will experience varicose veins by the time they are in their 60s. Peak incidence of venous insufficiency occurs in women age 40 to 49 and in men age 70 to 79.

Common risk factors for varicose veins and venous reflux include multiple pregnancies, family history, obesity and work that requires standing.

CMHVI is hosting the free screening to educate area residents about venous disease, risk factors, prevention and treatment options. Varicose veins often force people to dramatically change their lifestyles, especially when they can no longer tolerate being on their feet all day.

Multiple treatment options are available for the condition, including a minimally invasive treatment alternative that allows patients to resume their regular activities in as little as one day.

Anyone interested in attending the screening should call 743-3916 for more information.

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