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Vascular care

Iredell Health System's vascular program includes vascular surgery, interventional vascular procedures and a comprehensive wound care center. Our physicians work together creating a comprehensive program where patients benefit from everyone's expertise.

Vascular physicians are fellowship trained to diagnose and treat all conditions of the arteries and veins outside the heart and brain. They also manage conditions of the lymphatic system.

Dr. William Newton III of Wake Forest Baptist Health practices in Statesville and performs procedures at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Some of the conditions he treats are peripheral artery disease, venous disease, aneurysms and lymphatic disease. For more information, visit his website.

Dr. Charles DeBerardinis treats patients with the latest technology for spider vein removal right in his offices in Statesville and Mooresville and can even get rid of spider veins in one treatment. Whether the spider veins are on your face or legs, you don't have to live with them any longer.

Varicose veins affect more than 25 million Americans. These bulging, twisting veins can make you self-conscious about baring your legs. And sometimes, they limit more than your fashion choices. Without lifestyle changes or treatment, varicose veins may lead to more serious health conditions.

Signs and symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Aching pain that may get worse after sitting or standing for a long time.
  • Throbbing or cramping.
  • Heaviness.
  • Swelling.
  • Rash that's itchy or irritated.
  • Darkening of the skin (in severe cases).
  • Restless legs.

Varicose vein factors:

  • Increasing age. As you get older, the valves in your veins may weaken and not work as well.
  • Medical history. Being born with weak vein valves increases your risk. Having family members with vein problems also increases your risk. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
  • Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.
  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within three months after delivery. More varicose veins and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.
  • Obesity. Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins. This can lead to varicose veins.
  • Lack of movement. Sitting or standing for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This may be a bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
  • Sun exposure. This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.

Make an appointment with Dr. Charles DeBerardinis, interventional cardiologist with Iredell Health System, and take control of your vein health. Learn more about Dr. DeBeradinis.