Bellin’s Algoma clinic offers free vein screening

ALGOMA — Bellin Health’s Algoma-based clinic will host a free event designed to aid people with varicose and spider vein concerns.

The free, one-on-one vein screening, will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

Dr. Stewart Gifford, a board certified general and vascular surgeon, will evaluate painful or unsightly varicose or spider veins and suggest treatment options.

Gifford will see the vein screening participants at Bellin Health Algoma, 1510 Fremont St., Algoma. Participants are asked to wear loose-fitting pants.

Varicose veins – bulging, rope-like veins – affect up to 15 percent of men and up to 25 percent of women in the United States. Common symptoms of varicose veins include: pain; fatigue; itching; burning; swelling; and throbbing.

Spider veins are small superficial blood vessels that usually look like spider webs. They appear as small clusters of red, purple or blue veins.

Registration for the one-on-one screening is required. Please call (920) 445-7373 or (888) 758-7373 for more information.