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Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

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One of the most common misconceptions about varicose veins is that they are simply a cosmetic issue. Having varicose veins can cause some people to become self-conscious because of the discoloration and swelling, but the appearance is not the primary medical concern. Though varicose veins are usually not serious, patients are advised to schedule an examination by a vascular physician …

Melania Trump’s Image-guided Embolization Treatment

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First Lady Melania Trump underwent an Interventional Radiology procedure called embolization for the treatment of her kidney, as referenced in a statement by Society of Interventional Radiology President M. Victoria Marx, MD, FSIR. Dr. Marx explained that, “The beauty of this solution is that no open surgery is required, reducing both the patient’s risk and recovery time. In many cases, …

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Health Scan: Preventative Screenings that Improve Lives

In 2018, News by VIVA

Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg (MIF) offers state-of-the-art preventative screenings that are improving lives. With the latest technology, Health Scan provides patients with effective prevention and the best early detection. The Health Scan program began with three groundbreaking preventative scans: Lung Scan, 3D mammography, and Heart Scan.

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New Value-Added Services Launched at VIVA

In 2018, News by VIVA

Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA) is proud to offer high quality, state-of-the-art services, bringing incredible value to the region. New value-added services now offered at VIVA are expanded services at Stafford Hospital and Stafford Hospital Medical Office Building (SH MOB), easy access to same-day appointments for medically necessary procedures, and anesthesia in the outpatient setting.

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Victor D’Addio

In 2018, News by VIVA

When Dr. Victor D’Addio, one of the only two Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Vascular Surgeons in the Fredericksburg region, joined Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) in 2009, he immediately fell in love with his new job. “The environment is awesome,” Dr. D’Addio said of RAF. “It’s just a good group—well-run and a community of outstanding physicians.” Dr. D’Addio grew up …

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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

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Peripheral arterial disease, often called PAD, is a condition in which your extremities do not receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. PAD most often occurs in the legs. The lack of blood flow causes many patients to have trouble walking for long periods of time. What causes peripheral arterial disease? When plaque–which is made up of fat …

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What is Interventional Pain Management?

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Interventional pain management delivers pain relief to patients using the precise guidance available through images provided by a live x-ray, CT scan or an ultrasound. When a patient has inflammation in a specific area (such as arthritis in a joint), his or her doctor may prescribe an injection to reduce the inflammation. However, for highly sensitive areas like the spine, …

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5 Things You Need to Know About Arterial Disease

In Healthcare, News, PAD by VIVA

When it comes to arterial diseases, knowing the symptoms and risks can increase your life expectancy and provide more years of mobility and enjoyment. Arterial disease occurs when plaque builds up in your arteries. Normally, your arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood to different parts of the body. With plaque build-up, however, these passages can become blocked. Here are the top five …

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What is Venous Disease?

In Healthcare, News, Procedures, Varicose Veins by VIVA

Also known as venous insufficiency, venous disease is usually associated with varicose veins and leg heaviness. In simplest terms, it is a lack of blood flow towards the heart from the legs. What causes venous disease? There are two main types of vessels in the body; you can think of them as plumbing. Arteries take blood from the heart to …