Free Vein Screenings in December
Allegan General Hospital’s Vein Care Clinic is offering three free vein screenings during the month of December. Two of the screenings will be held at the hospital on Mondays, December 3 and December 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The other screening will be held at the Otsego Medical Center (900 Dix St., Otsego) on Monday, December 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
These screenings are for both men and women of any age who experience varicose veins, spider veins or symptoms of venous insufficiency including heaviness or tiredness, pain, itching or swelling in their legs. The screening takes about 30 minutes and consists of a visual inspection of the legs, a quick ultrasound of the leg that is most bothersome and education about vein disorders and available treatment options.
According to Vascular Cares, varicose veins are the most common circulatory problem of the legs affecting 20 – 25 million Americans. The primary risk factors of varicose veins include family history, increasing age, pregnancy, obesity and careers requiring extended standing, like nursing and teaching.
Individuals should call Allegan General Hospital’s Community Events Line at (269) 686-4231 to schedule a screening appointment. Space is limited. To see a full list of screening dates, visit allegangeneral.org/veincare.