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Laser Vein Center of Alaska
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Do you suffer from tired and stiff legs from sitting at work? Do you notice swelling in your lower legs and feet? If this is you, there is a short and simple exercise to help increase blood-flow and you don't even need to leave your desk! To help increase circulation in your lower legs you can do a move called a “calf pump”. This action helps pump what is known as your peripheral heart, your calf, to send deoxygenated blood back to the heart. To do a calf pump you will straighten and bend your ankle up and down to create a full range of motion. We suggest repeating this process of bending and straightening your ankle approximately ten times to help activate your legs, all while staying in a seated position. Feel free to do this calf pump several times throughout your workday.
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Did you know that the veins in your legs are constantly at battle with gravity? When standing, gravity’s pull stresses your veins as they try to return blood up back to the heart. To reduce this stress, you can elevate your legs above your chest causing gravity to assist your veins in returning blood to the heart. One easy and comfortable way to elevate your legs above your chest is to place a phone book or similar item under the base of your bed. This subtle incline at the foot of your bed will help your legs relax and return blood to you heart. If you suffer from varicose veins and have achy legs try this simple trick that can help provide relief from symptoms such as heaviness and swelling.
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Bioflavonoids are a natural compound found in plants. One of the most researched flavonoids is Rutin for its positive effects on circulatory health such as the reduction of free radicals and inflammation in our bodies. One of the rutin packed superfoods is buckwheat. If you have never tried buckwheat before or are nervous that such a healthy ingredient may not taste well never fear! We have a great recipe for Buckwheat Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies that will turn any doubter into a believer.

You will need:
1 ½ Cups of whole grain buckwheat flour
¾ Cup Dutch cocoa powder
½ Teaspoon baking soda
½ Teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ⅓ Cups light brown sugar
2 Large eggs
⅔ Cup almond butter
¾ Cup Unsalted butter
1 ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:
Mix buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl thoroughly mix sugar, eggs, almond butter, melted unsalted butter, and vanilla extract. Once mixed add flour mixture to bowl and stir in chocolate chips.
Form mixture into 1 ½ balls and place on baking sheet with 3 inch spaces between.
Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 8 to 11 minutes.
Let Buckwheat Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies air cool then enjoy with friends and family!
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As we conclude Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month, the staff at Laser Vein Center of Alaska would like to remind you of the possible symptoms of DVT and Pulmonary Embolisms (PE). The saying that “knowledge is power” certainly rings true when preventing and identifying DVT or PE. By knowing the possible symptoms of these conditions you can ask better questions to your health provider to help prevent a life threatening situation for you, friends, or a loved one.

When a blood clot forms deep in the vein you may notice: swelling, pain or tenderness, reddish / discolored skin, or your leg may be warm to the touch. Possible warning signs that the clot has traveled to the lungs causing PE include: sudden shortness of breath, sharp chest pain, rapid heart rate, and/or unexplained coughing.

Be sure to continue following our page for weekly health tips on how to keep your veins healthy and functioning smoothly as well as treatment options for damaged veins. For more information on the importance of identifying DVT and PE, click the link below to see how a single blood clot changed the Englert family as covered by WIVB News.

http://wivb.com/2016/02/23/from-tragedy-to-a-life-saving-lesson-raising-blood-clot-awareness/?platform=hootsuite
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Celebrating Alaska's Premier Vein Treatment Team! The best choice for excellent vein care in Alaska!
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FIRST IN ALASKA!
Today, Dr. Ives is the first physician in Alaska to perform a commercial varicose vein treatment using VenaSeal™. VenaSeal is a new FDA-approved, minimally invasive, non-tumescent, non-thermal procedure approved for the treatment of varicose veins and vein disease. ‪#‎trailblazer‬ ‪#‎nomorepain‬ ‪#‎bestveinclinicinalaska‬
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Love your legs again!
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Dr. Ives is a proponent of daily walking as a form of exercise. He encourages everyone to spend at least 30 minutes a day with “man’s best friend” out on The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Just make sure you are the one doing the walking, if not, then it may be time to call us for a consultation!
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Our office does have not only the best doctor and staff, but also the greatest views in Anchorage.
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