Vein Health – what you need to know


September is Vascular Disease Awareness Month, a time when we can educate ourselves about vein conditions that affect millions of Americans. Today, we’re discussing vascular health with Dr. Jennifer Watson, from Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Vascular disease is a condition that affects the arteries and veins. Typically, vascular disease affects blood flow, either by blocking or weakening blood vessels, or by damaging the valves that are found in veins. Organs and other body structures may be damaged by vascular disease as a result of decreased or blocked blood flow.


  •     Bulging veins
  •     Ankle swelling
  •     Pain/aching in legs
  •     Heavy/tired feeling in legs
  •     Restlessness in legs

Spectrum also offers free carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral artery disease screenings to anyone with one or more of the following symptoms:

  •     60 years of age or older
  •     Diabetes
  •     High blood pressure
  •     History of smoking
  •     High cholesterol
  •     Immediate family history of aortic aneurysm
  •     Immediate family history of arterial disease before 60

Free Vein and Vascular Screening Event
Wednesday Sept.26 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Spectrum Health Medical Group Vein Center
4069 Lake Drive, Suite 114
Grand Rapids

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