Dr. Alex Afshar is interviewed on WICC to discuss the Vein Institute of Connecticut and our support of the Backpack Give Back program.
When you were a child, did you ever have to worry about whether you had a backpack, or pencils and notebooks, for school? Too many children in CT are going without the supplies they need. We all can help.
Vein Institute of CT takes its role as a member of the community seriously and supports WICC’s Backpack Give Back program.
Radio Host: Thanks for having a second cup of coffee here with us this morning. With us here in the studio is Dr. Alex Afshar, am I saying right Doc?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Absolutely.
Radio Host: Okay sounds good. He’s from the nice folks over at the Vein Institute of Connecticut. We’re gonna give you the website, we’ll give you the address, all of that coming up in just a moment. But first, before we get started Doc, I just want to thank you for your generous contribution to the backpack giveback program. We thank you so much for that because of guys like you, sponsors like you, we’re able to go on our merry way and help these kids put a smile on their face for the first day of school.
Dr. Alex Afshar: Our pleasure, good to be here.
Radio Host: Absolutely, so glad you are here. Alright, the Vein Institute of Connecticut, exactly what is vein disease? If you got a problem with your veins, what is that all about?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Well, first of all, prevalence of vein disease in this country is 1 in 4, or 25% of the population, and it is simply incompetence in the valves that are suppose to promote blood towards your heart. When the valves are incompetent, the blood flows in the reverse direction, towards gravity, which causes congestion of veins, high blood pressure in your veins, can lead to vein disease or varicose veins or ankle ulcers which are the most common cause of ulcers, ankle ulcers or vein disease ulcers.
Radio Host: What causes these?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Most common causes genetics, if you have no family history of vein disease your chances are around 20%, 1 family member history it’s 45%, 2 family members about 90%. Also the second most common cause is two or more pregnancies and then going down the list through more occupations, so forth and so on.
Radio Host: Okay and who usually suffers from this? Is this only the elderly? Could it be anybody?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Not at all, it could be absolutely anyone. Females seems to be 70% of the population with vein disease, simply because they go through pregnancy and because of hormonal changes and if you a genetic pre-disposition, the valves inside your leg veins become incompetent.
Radio Host: Okay, and it obviously this is important to treat. This is got to be treated
Dr. Alex Afshar: Well, the most common causes of ankle ulcers, later on in life, is a vein blood static ulcers or venus statis ulcers. If you go to nursing homes, or places with a lot of elderly people with bandages around their ankles, those are, most of them are, venus statis ulcers. So it is important to treat as a prevention if you do see spider veins, varicose veins, skin color changes anywhere on your legs. It is good to get an opinion from a physician.
Radio Host: Alright, we’re talking with Dr. Alex Afshar and he is with Vein Institute of Connecticut. Tell us a little bit about your practice?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Well, we have locations in Fairfield and Newtown and what mostly sets us apart is that, this is all we do. We super-specialize in treatment of vein disease and what we do is, we treat the patients as a whole so we tailor our treatments towards the patients. We don’t just do a cookie-cutter treatment for everyone and that what’s set us apart. After 4 or 5 thousands cases now, we have had very, very few adverse effects.
Radio Host: Ah.
Dr. Alex Afshar: It’s like that.
Radio Host: And if you do have a vein disease, is it painful?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Yes, absolutely it can be painful. It can cause heavy legs, achy legs, or restless legs syndrome which is something relatively new. We know one of the two causes of restless legs syndrome is vein disease. You can get swelling. You can get cramping, throbbing and many more symptoms.
Radio Host: Okay. Now I heard a new Doctor is joining your practice, is that true?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Yes, yes! We have an Interventional Radiologist from New York with many years of experience, very highly educated, joining us in about a month.
Radio Host: Sounds good! Alright, now once again we thank you for your contribution to the Backpack giveback program Doc and do you have children? Are they ready to go to school?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Yes, yes! I have two kids and they just started school today.
Radio Host: Ohh!
Dr. Alex Afshar: Yes.
Radio Host: So, wow! Was it emotional day at your house this morning? Were you looking forward to it?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Absolutely, lots of picture taking, lots of hair-brushing and waking up early.
Radio Host: Oh that’s good. But they look forward to it?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Yes, there very excited
Radio Host: That’s great
Dr. Alex Afshar: Always excited on the first day.
Radio Host: That’s great! Yeah its the second and third and everyday after that’s what the big story.
Dr. Alex Afshar: [laughing]
Radio Host: Doc, thank you so much for taking few minutes..
Dr. Alex Afshar: Of course
Radio Host: Where you guys located?
Dr. Alex Afshar: We are currently located in Fairfield and Newtown.
Radio Host: Okay
Dr. Alex Afshar: More locations opening in North of Connecticut and North of New York.
Radio Host: Okay. Is there a website folks that they can go to?
Dr. Alex Afshar: Absolutely! www.veininstitutect.com
Radio Host: One more time give us that
Dr. Alex Afshar: www.veininstitutect.com
Radio Host: Alright sounds good! Doctor thank you so much for the taking few minutes. Thank you so much for coming in today and I am sure we will speak to you again.
Dr. Alex Afshar: Its been a pleasure! Thanks very much for having us.
Radio Host: Alright! Anytime. That’s Dr. Alex Afshar and he’s with the Vein Institute of Connecticut here on WICC. It’s 9:14 we got traffic and weather on the way!