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Free seminars, vein screenings in Pine River and Crosslake

An educational seminar on vein conditions and a free screening will be held 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Historic Pine River Depot. An additional seminar and screening will be held 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Crosslake Community ...

An educational seminar on vein conditions and a free screening will be held 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at the Historic Pine River Depot. An additional seminar and screening will be held 9-11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Crosslake Community Center.

Painful veins in your legs can be a symptom of serious health problems. Yet many people defer treatment, thinking that varicose veins are merely cosmetic, and they don't want to appear vain. Others grow accustomed to the swelling and pain because their condition progresses slowly, creating a "new normal."

Venous diseases are caused by poorly functioning valves within veins. This inefficiency causes spider veins - red or blue web-like veins on the skin's surface. Untreated, they can grow into varicose veins, which appear as bulges on the leg's surface. The disease can progress to include swelling, pain, clotting, ulceration and skin inflammation.

Learn more about vein conditions and treatment options from presenter Dr. Ross Bengtson. Space is limited, so please register by calling 218-828-7414 or online at EssentiaHealth.org/VeinServices.

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