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Henna Kalsi, MD FSVM

News Dr. Kalsi new physician at Minnesota Vein Center

WELCOME!

Minnesota Vein Center is very pleased to announce Henna Kalsi, MD as Medical Director/Owner / Practicing Physician of MVC.   She is board certified in Vascular Medicine and Internal Medicine and has over 15 years of extensive experience.  She has been practicing in Rochester since 2005.  Dr. Kalsi completed her fellowship  at Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic.  She has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and served as Vascular Medicine faculty consultant to the Cardiovascular Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Kalsi’s focus includes Vascular Medicine, Phlebology (venous disorders)  and Internal Medicine. She is dedicated to the treatment of  vascular and vein conditions, lymphedema and other conditions.  Our team is so very pleased to have this level of expertise for continued care of our existing and new venous/vascular patients familiar to the Minnesota Vein Center.

 

 

Teachers and Varicose Veins

Your body is designed to move.  When you sit too long every day, even a good workout cannot counteract the ill effects.  Most adults in the U.S. sit for nine or ten hours each day.  This may seriously affect your overall health.  When you get enough exercise, your blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides are processed properly.  We all know this decreases your risk of obesity and diabetes.  Fatty acids then may tend to clog your cardiac arteries because our  muscles burn less excess fat due to inactivity.

According to the American College of Cardiology, women who sit for ten hours each day are much more at risk of developing heart disease than women who sit for five hours or less.  Other problems that may occur are neck pain, shoulder pain, back problems, weak abdominal muscles and hip problems.

Long–term standing also causes venous insufficiency or venous disease.  While standing requires 20 percent more energy than sitting, it can cause veins to overwork, causing weakness.  It may also lead to long-term back pain, muscle fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders. Teachers, nurses, hair stylists among many other professions stand for more than five hours each day.  Two hours of standing may cause no problems, but with long periods, problems may arise.

Blood, of our lower extremities, needs to flow from the feet back to the heart.  The veins in the legs have small valves that help push blood upward against gravity.  When you sit or stand for long periods, flow becomes blocked and begins to pool in the veins below.  This puts pressure on the veins, causing the valves to weaken.

The most common leg and vein problems are varicose veins and spider veins.  While not serious to begin with, they do lead to more serious health issues if left untreated.  Prolonged sitting and standing place excessive pressure on your legs, causing veins to stop working properly.  The medical term for this condition is venous insufficiency.

According a recent Human Factors article, the strain on the legs and veins from standing too long is often not perceived immediately.  This could be avoided if those in ‘long-standing’ professions were able to take regular breaks from standing throughout the day.

For those beginning to develop vein problems, you may have symptoms before the bluish, bulging veins start to show.   Common symptoms include:

  • A heavy feeling in the lower legs
  • Muscle aching and cramping
  • Pain that increases after sitting or standing for long periods
  • Itching for no apparent reason around on or more vein
  • Ulcers or sores that erupt near the ankle and lower leg
  • Brown pigmentation on the feet and lower leg
  • A rash around the ankles

For you teachers, and others in positions requiring standing long periods, compression stockings can help promote healthy blood flow back to the heart.  While more difficult, alternating weight bearing from leg to leg, intermittent ankle flexing and even short periods of ankle/lower leg elevation may help control damage to vein valves.

At Minnesota Vein Center, Dr. Kalsi will  offer the full realm of the non-invasive treatments available for varicose veins, venous insufficiency and spider veins.  You may be asked to wear compression stockings, elevate your feet when sitting and to get regular exercise.  During a consultation with our specialist, you may have your veins evaluated, condition diagnosed and treatment may be recommended.  Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more and to visit us.

Itching is a positive sign!

Varicose and spider veins have many associated symptoms.  Most people realize their legs ache or feel heavy, but varicose veins and spider veins also can cause leg swelling, skin discoloration, venous eczema, restless leg syndrome and venous ulcers.  Itching is a very aggravating symptom of varicose veins and spider veins.  Many people seen in our Minneapolis/St. Paul area vein specialty center have tried numerous creams and other remedies and have failed to rid of the annoying itch.  Some people have scratched enough to have broken their skin.  Patients here in our office are surprised to find that itching is a very common early symptom of venous insufficiency.

Venous insufficiency occurs when the one-way valves in the leg veins are not functioning allowing blood to flow backwards towards the feet.  The backward flow of blood leads to an inflammatory process in the skin – known as venous stasis dermatitis (stasis – meaning not flowing, dermatitis – meaning inflammation of the skin).

The exact cause of itching in this scenario has been extensively studied.  It is felt that the increased venous pressure causes the dermal (skin) capillaries (or tiny blood vessels) to leak.  This causes scarring and eventually decreased oxygen levels in the skin.  It is this ‘cascade of reactions’ which causes the skin to itch.  Many people discount their symptom of  itching.  If the itching is secondary to venous insufficiency, this is the very symptom that needs to be treated before skin lesions develop or worsen.  If venous stasis dermatitis is left untreated, eventually the skin will not heal and venous stasis ulcers can develop.

You can have venous insufficiency without visible varicose veins.  So, if you have symptoms of: itching, leg swelling, burning, heaviness, leg fatigue,  slow to heal wounds, skin discoloration, restless legs with or without  varicose or spider veins, – you may have venous insufficiency.

The first steps towards venous insufficiency treatment  is to have your venous system evaluated with a venous duplex ultrasound.  The vein mapping during ultrasound defines which vessels are causing a problem and from this a treatment plan can be made specifically for you.

Minimally invasive varicose veins and spider vein treatments are available.    There is no need to live with an annoying varicose vein itch or the itch caused by spider veins.  Dr. Kalsi at our Twin Cities area vein center located in North Oaks, the Minnesota Vein Center and our MVC team are available to answer your questions.  Call Minnesota Vein Center at  651-765-8346 or contact us at  www.mnveincenter.com.

April – May Covid Office Update

Update:  Due to the April 13, 2020 Extended Emergency  Executive Order 20-35  from Governor Walz , all MVC scheduled visits and procedures have  been postponed through mid May 2020.   Minnesota Vein Center will remain closed through May 15th.  All scheduled patients will be notified upon the the discontinuation of this order for the purpose of rescheduling.

You may call 651-765-8346 if you have an urgent concern or if you need to leave a message.  Please watch this site for updates and for information regarding the schedule for upcoming months.

Office Cancellations | Covid-19

due to covid-19 MVC temporarily closed

Due to the March 25th Stay-At-Home Executive Order  from Governor Walz , all MVC scheduled visits and procedures have  been postponed through mid April.  Minnesota Vein Center will remain closed through April 10th.  All scheduled patients will be notified upon the the discontinuation of this order for the purpose of rescheduling.

You may call 651-765-8346 if you have an urgent concern or if you need to leave a message.  Please watch this site for updates and for information regarding the schedule for upcoming months.

Gov. Tim Walz, March 25, 2020   

 

Spring 2020 Scholarship

Minnesota Vein Center has awarded Maria Diaz of Plano Illinois, the Healthy Living Scholarship award monies – Spring 2020.  Maria is a Freshman student at Loyola University, Chicago and is majoring in Psychology. She is on the pre-med track and plans to become a neurologist.  Maria has an interest and will be involved in research.  Congratulations Maria!

VenaSeal™ Closure System. Fast and Simple.

What Is VenaSeal™?

The VenaSeal™ closure system is a newer treatment for varicose veins that seals bad veins with a medical adhesive. It is the only procedure that uses a medical glue to permanently close abnormal saphenous veins. The procedure is very safe and minimally invasive.

VenaSeal™ received FDA approval in 2015, and our office was one of the first in Minnesota to offer this treatment.venaseal

How Does It Work?

We will first use a local anesthetic to numb the point of insertion, which is usually in the lower part of the leg or ankle area. Once you are numb, we will insert the catheter and run it to the affected vein.

We will then put a tiny amount of VenaSeal™ medical glue into the abnormal vein under ultrasound guidance. After the vein closes, blood will flow to the healthy veins in the leg. Once the vein has been glued shut, it will harden and the body will eventually absorb it.

What Are the Benefits of VenaSeal™?

A major benefit of this treatment is that it does not need a nerve block or lots of anesthesia. You also won’t need to take any drugs before the procedure.

Unlike heat-based procedures such as EVLT or RFA, with VenaSeal there is minimal risk of nerve damage or burning your skin.

Another benefit of VenaSeal™ is that it only requires one needle stick. This reduces discomfort and recovery time for the patient and results in little to no bruising. You won’t need compression therapy after the procedure and should be able to quickly get back to your life.

Is VenaSeal™ Right for Me?

Treatment of varicose veins is a complex process and every patient is unique. If you are suffering from symptomatic varicose veins, you should schedule a consultation with us. Together we can come up with the best treatment plan for you.

You can fill out the contact form, or call us at 651-765-8346.   We are here to help you get the healthier legs you deserve.