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The Importance of Healthy Veins

Maintaining proper circulation is one of the major keys to having a fully functional, healthy body. At the Vascular Institute of Virginia, we understand how important veins are to your circulation, and overall health. Good circulation ensures that your body gets both the nutrients and oxygen it needs to keep your organs thriving. As you …

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The 4 Types of Dialysis Access

Kidney failure is a serious medical condition causing a person to rely on a procedure called dialysis. Dialysis involves using a machine to remove waste from your blood. Before starting your dialysis treatment, you need to have dialysis access placed. There are four different dialysis access types.  Central Venous Catheter The central venous catheter is …

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What Varicose Vein Treatment Options Are Available?

If you are suffering from varicose veins, you are not alone! Varicose veins are common, and not usually medically threatening. They can, however, cause discomfort. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to you. What Are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins occur when the blood pressure in the veins increases. The increased pressure causes the veins …

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Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) the Right Treatment for You?

Uterine fibroids are a common type of tumor that affects women’s reproductive systems. Fortunately, the vast majority (over 99%) of these tumors are benign and do not pose a risk of uterine cancer. Still, many women seek treatment for uterine fibroids to eliminate or reduce the symptoms they cause. Uterine fibroids range in size from …

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Getting to Know Dialysis Access is Step One in Optimal Health Management

Our kidneys work to clean and filter the blood. In instances where kidney function is severely diminished, a person may need dialysis, a treatment process that takes over that necessary filtering. In order for dialysis to begin, the patient requires the placement of a dialysis access portal of some sort. Access is the path through …

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Supportive Oncology Care at Your Fingertips

Patients undergoing cancer therapies can benefit from certain interventions, many of which are performed by a vascular specialist. At the Metropolitan Vascular Institute in Waldorf, MD, we perform a variety of these treatments. They include mediports, biopsies, tumor embolization or ablation, kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty, central lines, and IVC filter placement. Mediports A mediport is a small …

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Resuming Outpatient Care with Safety in Mind

During these past two years, the importance of accessible healthcare has been a hot topic. While much of the global discussion has revolved around accessibility to adequate treatment and vaccinations to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, we mustn’t forget that routine medical care continues to be critical to general health and wellness. Now …

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What to Do About Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are a condition that may not be considered dangerous, but sure can be stress-inducing. These clusters of swollen veins are not unlike the varicose veins that can form in the legs. That said, they are a bit more complex. Due to their location, hemorrhoids can be quite painful. For this reason, it is important …

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