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Do You Know How Amazing Your Veins Are?

June 15, 2018

Why are your veins blue? Veins are actually not blue, but only appear that way. Veins are colorless and the deoxygenated blood that they carry is dark red (as opposed to the bright red color of oxygenated blood carried by arteries). The blood in your veins appears blue to the naked eye because you can only see your veins through layers of skin and fat (Journal of Applied Optics). Skin scatters the red portion of white light, leaving mostly blue light to reflect off the blood back to your eyes (Dr. Christopher S. Baird). How much blood is pumped by your veins in day? The average adult has roughly 2,000 gallons of blood circulate through his or her VEINS and other blood vessels in a single day, which is enough to fill five hot tubs (Arkansas Heart Hospital). What is the longest vein in the body? Did you know that your Great Saphenous Vein is the longest vein in the human body? Extending from the top of your foot to the upper thigh and groin, THIS vein is the major culprit that causes Varicose Veins. How long are your veins and the rest of your circulat

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March 12, 2018

There are no Board Accredited Phlebology Fellowships in Colorado. The only “accredited” Phlebology Fellowship is at New York University in New York City. Any reference to a Phlebology Fellowship in Colorado is unrecognized and non-accredited by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. Any statement suggesting that completion of a non-accredited fellowship declares exclusive excellence (top percent of the nation, for instance) is false and misleading. In addition to understanding what the term “Phlebology Fellowship in Colorado” means when it comes to your vein specialist, it is also important make sure that claiming to be a Phlebologist is not the same qualifying credential as being a “Board Certified Phlebologist.” Only Physicians qualify to take the Board Exam given by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine to become Board Certified in Phlebology. Anyone who just uses the term “Phlebologist” without the Board Certification claim, has not been “officially” Board Certified in Phlebology. AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHLEBOLOGY (ACP) is a membership organization for vein care-related physicians and allied health care me

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November 21, 2017

Valuable Opinion on Vein Glue: Newer Not Always Better

James D Albert, M.D., RPVI of Albert Vein Institute Having practiced Cardiac Surgery for over 25 years, I saw many FDA-approved heart valves promoted by industry as “revolutionary” advances in patient care that subsequently were recalled or failed expectation, resulting in re-operation or devastating patient outcomes. You may have seen physicians claiming they are the “first” or the “only” provider in a State using “vein glue” adhesive. The product is not difficult to use and requires no specific technical expertise. The inference is that somehow these providers who make these claims are superior to those physicians who choose not to use the technology. Let’s objectively look at what we know and claims made about this product.


The company that promotes the product of “vein glue” has recently categorized it as an “implant.” In medicine, an implant refers to something like a heart valve or an artificial knee and can carry risk of infection. “Vein Glue” is essentially the same product used to glue hip and knee

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October 31, 2017

From Colorado’s Vein Expert: You Have A Personal Choice When It Comes to Treating Varicose and Spider Veins James D Albert, M.D., RPVI of Albert Vein Institute In today’s environment of aggressive Internet marketing, patients are frequently presented with conflicting information about the health risks of varicose (VV) and spider veins (SV).  It is important for patients to understand that VV are not “silent killers.” “Free vein screenings” might be a marketing gimmick to get patients in the door, but without symptoms there is rarely anything an evaluation would discover that would require intervention. Even worse is the use of inaccurate threats stating “patients who do not get evaluated for VV are at risk for developing DVT and ulcers.”  Patients should only seek care for varicose or spider veins if they are experiencing aching, burning, itching, heavy legs or ankle swelling. Older patients may naturally have superficial venous valve leakage (reflux), but it is often clinically insignificant. Patients should only be treated if they have significant symptoms. Patients should never be coerced to think that without treatment they will experience serious negative health outcomes. If one thinks they have vein disease, choosing where to go is important. The differences between provider skill-set and facility qualifications could

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October 19, 2017

If you are searching for vein care, you can be certain that you will receive the highest level of competence and care when choosing a vein specialist that has been recognized as an IAC Accredited Vein Center. This “Vein Center” recognition is a consumer’s best friend when trying to decipher the variety of vein providers today. The achievement of Albert Vein Institute (AVI) as an IAC Accredited Vein Center is in addition to the certification that AVI has previously earned with our IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing.

The IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing means that AVI has the seal of approval from a reputable overseeing healthcare body for Ultrasound Interpretation and Testing. In order to receive the  “highest distinction” as an IAC Accredited Vein Center,  it is required for a vein clinic to also have the IAC Accreditation in Vascular Testing.  The Vascular Testing Accreditation is just one of many benchmarks of competence that an IAC Accredited Vein Center has achieved in its care and expertise.  Albert Vein Institute (AVI) is among an elite group of about 100 IAC Accredited Vein Center across the Country and the first and only one of its kind in Colorado which should be

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September 7, 2017

The September/October 2017 issue of Colorado Springs Style magazine features its annual list of Top Docs, and Dr. Albert has been named among the region’s best. Here is the complete list of Colorado Springs doctors who received the recognition. Colorado Springs Style and El Paso County Medical Society asked local doctors, in a confidential peer-to-peer survey, who they would recommend should a friend or family member require medical care. “For the 6th year in a row, I am truly humbled to receive this recognition from my physician peers as one of Southern Colorado’s Top Doctors. I enjoy providing trusted evaluations and treatments for patients with serious and cosmetic varicose and spider vein problems.” With my sincerest thanks, Dr. Albert. Please click here to read the official list of Top Docs 2017.

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June 2, 2017


Dr. James D. Albert is personally involved in the hiring of all medical staff at Albert Vein Institute (AVI), assuring that only medical staff of the highest caliber works alongside him in the treatment of varicose and spider veins.  As a Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. Albert has the highest expectations for the medical staff assisting him in surgery and providing medical care to AVI patients. AVI patients can be confident that there is comprehensive medical consistency at our two Front Range locations in Denver and Colorado Springs. The medical A-Team travels between AVI’s two locations to ensure the patients receive uniform care of the highest quality, regardless of which office patients choose to visit. By passing Dr. Albert’s highest standards of credentials AND experience, our Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, and Registered Ultrasound Sonographers represent one of the distinctive hallmarks that differentiate AVI in the field of vein care providers across Colorado. Many of our medical support staff has worked alongside Dr. Albert at AVI for several years, some since the practice opened in 2006. In addition to the exception

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April 24, 2017

There are several complications associated with having diabetes with two in particular as it relates to vein disease: vascular complications and leg ulcerations.  You may have read that diabetes leads to vascular disease; however, vascular disease encompasses both the arterial and venous components.  When vascular complications arise from diabetes, they are arterial complications and DO NOT cause varicose veins.  These arterial complications can affect the legs, kidneys, and eyes. Foot and ankle ulcers are frequently associated with diabetes; however, these non-healing wounds could be caused from venous disease (varicose veins).  Many people with non-healing wounds are frequently tested for diabetes multiple times when they really should be seeing a vein specialist like Dr. Albert.  It’s been reported that venous stasis ulcerations cause up to 70% of all non-healing wounds.  If you have a non-healing wound, Albert Vein Institute may be able to help you. Please call 888-550-VEIN (8346) to schedule your initial consultation.  

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March 31, 2017

Unlike coronary artery or carotid artery disease, superficial venous insufficiency is not a silent killer. Patients without symptoms do not need to be screened for abnormal valves in their superficial veins as nothing harmful is going to occur urgently. You may have seen appeals from “Chain Vein” or other vein clinic physicians to come to their center for “vein screening” and identify patients who “do not know they have vein disease.” Patients with significant medically necessary vein disease have symptoms of aching, burning, itching, heaviness, ankle swelling, leg fatigue in association with varicose veins and large numbers of spider veins. This is why insurance providers do not authorize procedures for venous insufficiency in the absence of symptoms. Venous ultrasound is not indicated in patients without symptoms and patients should be seen by a qualified medical provider to determine if an ultrasound examination is appropriate (see blog about FREE VEIN SCREENING).

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April 6, 2017

For patients looking for vein care in Colorado today, for the record, there is no affiliation between Dr. Albert, Albert Vein Institute (AVI), and any vein practice that claims to be “Colorado’s largest network of vein clinics.”  Dr. Albert has practiced as COLORADO’S VEIN SPECIALIST for 11 years and counting after a prestigious career as a Cardiovascular Surgeon.  At AVI our focus is on quality of our vein care not quantity of vein clinic locations.  Dr. Albert is always your physician from your initial consultation throughout the duration of your care at either location in Denver and Colorado Springs.  AVI is proud of our accomplishment as Colorado’s only vein practice to receive the prominent IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) Accreditation for both Vein Center and Vascular Testing. Click here to read related information in our blogs:  AVI: Colorado’s First and Only IAC Accredited Vein Center Facility, Accredited Vein Center Provides Best Outcomes, and Next