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No-cost vein screenings this summer

Written By: Caliann Ferguson | Updated: June 14, 2021
varicose veins

UT Physicians will be offering free vein screenings during the month of July.

Are you concerned about varicose or spider veins on your legs? If so, take advantage of our upcoming, no-cost consultations:

  • UT Physicians Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery – Bellaire
    • Where: 6700 West Loop South, Suite 110, Bellaire, TX 77401
    • When: Saturday, July 17, 8-11 a.m.
  • UT Physicians Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery – Memorial City
    • Where: 915 Gessner Road, Suite 585, Houston, TX 77024
    • When: Saturday, July 24, 8-11 a.m.

Sheila Coogan, MD, vascular surgeon and vein specialist with UT Physicians and associate professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, will provide the consultations.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling 713-500-VEIN (8346). Parking is free.

Sheila Coogan, M.D.
Sheila Coogan, M.D.

“By offering the free consultation on a Saturday, we’re able to accommodate the busy, working professionals of Houston who may not be able to take off work to get their condition assessed,” said Coogan.

One in five adults has varicose veins—even more people have spider veins. However, few people recognize the symptoms related to varicose veins such as aching legs, swollen ankles, visible veins, numbness or tingling in toes, and leg discoloration.

During the consultation, Coogan will assess symptoms as well as other vascular concerns. Lifestyle, activity level, genetics, occupation, and age are contributing factors to varicose veins.

“As a vascular surgeon, when I screen patients for varicose veins, I also make sure patients do not have problems with blood flow to the legs—sometimes called PAD,” explained Coogan.

PAD, which stands for peripheral arterial disease, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to parts of the body. While a PAD screening is recommended for all adults, it is especially important for tobacco users or people with a family history of heart and vascular disease.

“Summer is the perfect time to get screened and treated for venous disease–your legs will both look and feel better for the season and beyond,” Coogan said.

Spots are limited for this no-cost special. Call 713-500-VEIN (8346) today to schedule your consultation.

As the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, UT Physicians has locations across the Greater Houston area to serve the community. To schedule an appointment, call 888-4UT-DOCS.