From the Doctor’s Desk

Dr. Obinna Nwobi                 

Vascular & Interventional Pavilion

April 2, 2015

Celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month with a Brisk Walk Suggests Dr. Nwobi

Tampa, Florida - A walk in the fresh April air is an ideal way to participate in the national American Podiatric Medical Association’s Foot Health Awareness Month. 

“Walking is great exercise for the feet,” said Obinna Nwobi, MD, of Vascular and Interventional Pavilion. Both podiatrists and vascular surgeons agree that good blood flow is essential for foot health. A brisk 30-minute walk every day is just what the doctor ordered.
Simple steps for daily foot care include:   

• Improve circulation by walking, bicycling, dancing, and swimming  
• Inspect feet for the cuts, sores, blisters, redness, warm spots, or swelling. Wash feet in warm water. Moisturize for soft skin. Cut toenails straight across  
• Wear socks and proper fitting shoes
• Protect feet from heat and cold
• Wiggle toes. Flex feet and ankles for five minutes two to three times each day to maintain blood flow 

“Feet are our foundation,” said Dr. Michael King, president of the American Podiatric Association. “Healthy feet are fundamental to the quality of our daily lives. We need to take care of them every day, and see a medical professional if they begin to hurt.” Vascular surgeons and podiatrists work closely to access and treat patients with severe foot problems. 

Symptoms that require care by a podiatrist:    

• Hair loss on toes may be a sign of poor circulation
• Blue thread veins and very white skin is common among lifelong smokers and may indicate vascular disease 
• A swollen foot may indicate a blocked lymph node or deep vein thrombosis, a dangerous blot clot in the legs  
• Corns and blisters are important to treat promptly in those with diabetes. Sufferers may not feel the pain in their feet due to numbness, and left untreated, these conditions may lead to serious illness. 
• Dry, cracked heels may indicate a thyroid problem 
• Swollen feet may indicate heart or kidney problems 
• Any changes in the color, thickness, or loosening of the toenails should be evaluated

Additional foot care information is available at www.todays podiatrist.org, www.VascularWeb.org, and www.VascularPavilion.com or call (813)-922-3177.

If you have any questions regarding anything vascular feel free to call our offices at 813-922-3177 or visit our website at www.VascularPavilion.com, or www.PremierVeins.com

Dr. Obinna Nwobi                 

Vascular & Interventional Pavilion
March 20, 2015

It’s March Madness a.k.a. Couch Potato Time Advises Dr. Nwobi

Tampa, Florida - From March 15 (Selection Sunday) to April 6 (National Championship), March Madness consumes America. Arm chair hoopsters stare at their flat screens with tournament brackets in hand.  

“Instead of simply cheering, try some fancy footwork,” said Obinna Nwobi, M.D., a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “Participate in March Madness by shooting a few hoops.” 

For a 150-lb. person, 30 minutes of basketball can burn off: 

• 153 calories shooting hoops solo
• 204 calories during an informal game 
• 272 calories during a five-on-five game of basketball*
Source: www.livestrong.com

“Your vascular system will have a great work out,” said Dr. Nwobi.  “Vigorous exercise such as basketball pumps your blood and lowers your blood pressure. This helps to keep your weight down. These are all positive health benefits.” 

For the slam-dunk of vascular health: 

• participate in 30 minutes of exercise daily. This may reduce the risk of stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in America according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Vital Statistics Report. In 2010, 137,000 Americans died of stroke. 
• eat healthy,
• don’t smoke, 
• maintain a healthy body weight.

The lack of regular physical activity results in 250,000 deaths annually according to a 2003 report in the medical journal, Circulation.  Least physically fit persons have a mortality risk 4.5 times higher than physically fit persons.

Non-invasive vascular disease screening tests and medications are available. For vascular health information, visit: www.PremierVeins.com, www.VascularPavilion.com, or VascularWeb.org. 

If you have any questions regarding anything vascular feel free to call our offices at 813-922-3177 or visit our website at www.VascularPavilion.com, or www.PremierVeins.com

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Feeling self conscious about your varicose veins? Consider foam sclerotherapy

Have you been hiding your legs all summer? Afraid that people might see your bulging veins? You certainly are not alone, as approximately 80% of American adults suffer from either spider or varicose veins. Fortunately, with treatments like foam sclerotherapy available, you don’t have to live with them forever.

When the valves in our veins start to weaken, pressure can build up within the involved vessels. In some cases, this can lead to bulging or twisting of the veins. This results in either spider or varicose veins, depending on the size of the blood vessel. In order to get rid of these pesky veins, vein specialists can perform a procedure called foam sclerotherapy.

During foam sclerotherapy, a physician numbs the area surrounding the vein and injects a medication into the vessel. This treatment causes the vein to collapse, allowing the surrounding veins to take over the work of controlling blood flow. The entire process is monitored using ultrasound to ensure the medication spreads throughout the target vein. Foam sclerotherapy differs from traditional sclerotherapy because it uses a foam medication (sclerant) rather than liquid. This foam is able to contact the vein wall easier and it is better detected using ultrasound.

The whole procedure usually takes less than an hour, though it may take longer for larger veins that require multiple injections. After a quick recovery in the doctor’s office, most people can get back to their normal routine following the procedure. In some cases, compression stockings may need to be worn for a period of time while the legs are healing.

Although foam sclerotherapy can offer relief to some people, it’s not for everyone. This procedure can usually only be performed on spider veins and smaller varicose veins. If you have a cardiovascular disease or are pregnant, it may not be safe to have the procedure. Foam sclerotherapy may also result in a higher risk of blood clots forming in the treatment area. For some people, the treatment can cause itching, redness, and bruising at the site of the injection for a few days following the procedure.

If you are considering foam sclerotherapy, consult with a vein specialist. You could be back to sporting those shorts in no time.


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