Walk with a Doc, Vein Issues July 7

June 27, 2018

Haywood Regional Medical Center will host the next Walk With a Doc walking program on Sat. July 7 10 am at Lake Junaluska Kern Center featuring Al Mina, MD, general surgery, speaking on “Vein Issues”.

Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins and often are simply a cosmetic concern for many. For others, varicose veins can causing aching pain and discomfort and can sometimes lead to even more serious problems such as blood clots or ulcers. Over 40 million Americans suffer daily with painful, swollen legs as a result of venous disease.

“More often than not, patients that come to our Vein Center are seeking medical relief rather than cosmetic. If you experience leg pain or swelling, burning or itchy skin, heavy, tired or restless legs, skin discoloration, ulcers, restless legs, or cramps, come speak with me about the vein treatments we can offer you close to home. This is an opportunity to also prevent vein issues by encouraging exercise,” says Mina.

Heredity is the number one risk factor for venous disease. If your parents had varicose veins, you have an 89% chance of developing them. Next to heredity is gender. Women, especially those that have had multiple pregnancies, are three times more likely than men to develop venous disorders. Additionally, professions that require long periods of sitting or standing, increase one’s risk for venous disease. Age is also a risk factor. While older people are at a higher risk for venous disease, it can start as early as childhood.

According to the Mayo Clinic, prevention of vein issues include exercising, watching your weight, eating a high-fiber, low salt diet, avoiding high heels and tight hosiery, elevating your legs, and changing your position frequently so you’re not sitting or standing for long periods of time. Mina continues, “Walk with a Doc is a way to encourage our community to get moving. Exercise is the key to preventing leg issues along with improving heart health, bone health, and preventing other disease. If you join me and you are experiencing vein issues, you certainly do not have to walk the entire way. We encourage you to walk your own distance and pace.” Walk with a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.  

This is a FREE program and pre-registration is not required. Just show up! Dr. Mina will present the topic for approximately 15 minutes and commence a walk where patrons can further their conversations with the provider. Haywood Regional will be hosting a Walk with a Doc event on the first Saturday of every month April – October at Lake Junaluska Kern Center.  For more information about the local Walk with a Doc schedule and upcoming topics or physicians, visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/WalkwithaDoc or watch for updates on the Haywood Regional Facebook page at Facebook.com/MyHaywoodRegional.

About Haywood Regional Medical Center

Haywood Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care possible, along with the expertise and leading edge technology you expect at larger hospitals, all conveniently close to home. We are supported by Duke University Health System’s world-renowned leadership in clinical excellence and quality care and LifePoint Health’s extensive resources, knowledge and experience in operating community hospitals. Haywood Regional offers a comprehensive array of services, including orthopedics, spine services, cardiology, general surgery, women's care, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and includes 12 multi-specialty physician clinics.

About Walk With a Doc

WWAD is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. To learn more, go to www.walkwithadoc.org.