Diabetes and Vascular Disease – A Silent Connection

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and is a great time to shine a spotlight on the tens of millions of Americans affected by the disease. That’s nearly 1 in 11 people!

Despite how prevalent diabetes is, it is an invisible disease – and it affects women and men, young and old, people of all races, shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, those with diabetes are also at risk for other health concerns, including vascular diseases. Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is one of those concerns.  Read More

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5 Common Myths about Varicose Veins

1. Varicose veins are an older women problem only.
It’s actually a myth that varicose veins are only an older woman’s problem. People of any age (and both genders) can suffer from venous insufficiency and varicose veins. In fact, research shows that up to 60% of adults have them in some capacity.

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Understanding Good & Bad Cholesterol

If you’ve been told you have high cholesterol, your doctor has likely talked to you about dietary changes, exercising more and possibly even targeted medications that can help lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Read More

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Numbness and tingling in your arm and hand can be alarming; and it could mean many different things. One possibility is a rare condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.


Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition in which nerves and blood vessels are compressed by the anatomy at the top of the chest cavity. It affects the space between the collarbone and first rib (thoracic outlet).

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The High Price of Diabetes in America And What Lam Vascular and Associates is Doing to Turn the Tide

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. Another 86 million have prediabetes. It is a serious healthcare epidemic that has many far-reaching implications.

Each day, 3,835 Americans are newly diagnosed with the life-threatening disease and a full 200 Americans will undergo an amputation each day as well.

The financial impact of diabetes is no less staggering. One out of every five health care dollars in America is spent on caring for people with diabetes. And one out of every THREE medicare dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

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Varicose Veins and Athletes – The Surprising Facts

Athletes don’t get varicose veins. And the Easter Bunny is real. Santa Claus, too.

The truth is, varicose veins don’t care who you are or how much you exercise. They don’t even care if you’re young or old, male or female. Anyone can develop varicose veins – even athletes.

“If you’re an athlete, varicose veins can affect your stamina and even cause performance issues,” said Dr. Russell Lam.

Certain sports place more stress on the veins in the legs than other sports. Weightlifting, skiing and backpacking force the legs to support heavier weight over longer periods. Also, repetitive-motion activities like running and cycling can increase stress on the veins in the legs.

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MYTH – Vein Therapy is for Older Women Only

When I was a kid, I thought my grandma’s varicose veins were so cool. I traced them with my finger and thought the name for them was “very close” veins…I guess because they were very close to the surface of her skin.

Yes, she was over the age of 60 and yes, she was a woman. She definitely fit the stereotype. But did you know? It’s actually a myth that varicose veins are only an older woman’s problem.    

People of any age (and both genders) can suffer from venous insufficiency and varicose veins. In fact, research shows that up to 60 percent of adults have them. But before we dive into who is at risk and why, let’s define what varicose veins are and what causes them.

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Restless Leg Symptoms vs. Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome: What is it and, how do you know if it’s what’s causing your leg issues?

“It’s like my legs just can’t be still.”, “It always happens at night when you really just want to be sleeping!”, “It doesn’t hurt, necessarily, but it’s soooo uncomfortable!”

What is it?

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you might have a condition known as Restless Leg Syndrome. Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that causes an urge to move the legs (and sometimes arms). Because it usually interferes with sleep, it also is considered a sleep disorder.

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