Free varicose vein screening is Oct. 22 in Prestonsburg

October 11, 2013

PRESTONSBURG – King’s Daughters Medical Center is offering a free varicose vein screening beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at its Medical Specialties building, 1279 Old Abbott Mountain Road, Prestonsburg.

Interventional radiologist Wes Lewis, M.D., will perform the screening.

Varicose veins are swollen veins that you can see through your skin. They often look blue, bulging and twisted. Left untreated, varicose veins may worsen over time and can cause aching and feelings of fatigue as well as skin changes, rashes, redness, and sores. As many as 40 million Americans have varicose veins.

Varicose veins affect men and women. Factors that can increase your risk include family history, being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking, standing or sitting for long periods of time or having deep vein thrombosis.

The screening is available to adults age 18 and older and consists of a paper and pencil questionnaire followed by a visual examination of the affected area(s).

Appointments are required for the screening and can be made by calling King’s Daughters at 1-888-377-KDMC (5362).