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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Signs of an Enlarged Prostate Sep 1st, 2021

If you’re like most men, you don’t give your prostate much thought, unless it’s giving you trouble. This walnut-shaped gland plays an essential role in your reproductive system, but problems with it can affect more than just your sex life, making it necessary to be aware of and take action...

Consider these Benefits of Sclerotherapy Aug 5th, 2021

Are you tired of covering up your legs to keep unsightly spider or varicose veins out of sight? At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, we have a safe and effective solution that can restore your confidence and the appearance of your legs: minimally invasive sclerotherapy.  Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure...

The Stages of a Migraine Jul 14th, 2021

Migraines are among the most common neurological conditions, affecting nearly 40 million Americans and over 1 billion people worldwide. Despite their prevalence, many people only associate migraines with a bad headache. The truth is that migraines come in stages, and head pain is only one of the four stages of...

You Don't Have to Live with Painful Fibroids Jun 13th, 2021

Uterine fibroids may not be cancerous, but for the 35 million-plus women dealing with the pain and unpleasant symptoms, fibroids are anything but benign. From lower back pain to heavy bleeding to difficulty urinating, uterine fibroids can negatively impact your quality of life.    The good news is that you don’t...

Are Spider Veins Harmful? May 3rd, 2021

If you have spider veins, you’re in good company. Studies show that about 60% of Americans develop these unsightly veins during their lifetime. While spider veins can make anyone feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about their legs’ appearance, many of our patients wonder if these tiny veins are harmful.  At Alate...

Signs You Might Have a Fibroid Apr 6th, 2021

Did you know that about 35 million American women have uterine fibroids?  These benign (noncancerous) tumors range in size from the size of a seed to the size of a grapefruit, and they’re more common in women over 35. While many women know pelvic pain may be a sign of...

Tips for Boosting Prostate Health Mar 1st, 2021

Are you worried about the health of your prostate? With 50% or more of men over 60 and 90% by age 80 having an enlarged prostate and 1 in 8 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, you have a good reason! Board-certified radiologist Dr. Andrew Doe at Alate Health in Houston,...

Everything You Need to Know About Prostate Artery Embolization Feb 4th, 2021

At least half of all men in America have an enlarged prostate by the time they reach age 60. And the numbers keep rising, with over 90% having the condition by eighty. Enlarged prostates may be common, but that doesn’t mean they can’t disrupt your life. Enlarged prostate, or benign...

Who's At Risk For Developing Fibroids? Jan 1st, 2021

Did you know researchers believe 80% of women will have at least one fibroid by age 50? Currently, over 35 million women in America have uterine fibroids, and doctors still don’t fully understand why some women develop these non-cancerous tumors. Fortunately, the medical community understands that certain factors put you...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

The Link Between Your Diet and Fibroids Dec 1st, 2020

Did you know the food you eat can increase your risk of developing fibroids?  Uterine fibroids affect about 35 million women in the United States. While the exact cause of these non-cancerous tumors isn’t known, medical researchers know several different factors — including diet — increase your risk of developing...

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding? It Could Be Fibroids Nov 3rd, 2020

Are you experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding? Uterine fibroids could be the cause. These noncancerous tumors affect about 35 million American women and grow in your uterus. They can range dramatically, from teeny tiny to quite large, and the symptoms they cause.  Many women look for pelvic pain as an indicator...

Dangers of an Enlarged Prostate Oct 1st, 2020

Did you know that as men age, your risk for developing an enlarged prostate increases quickly? By age 55, about 25% of all men will have developed benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate. By age 60, this number rises to 50%, and by age 85,...

The Many Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization Sep 7th, 2020

Did you know that more than 35 million American women struggle with the unfortunate symptoms of uterine fibroids? Now you can be fibroid free with safe and effective uterine fibroid embolization! At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, board-certified radiologist Dr. Andrew Doe specializes in eliminating uterine fibroids with minimally invasive...

Myths and Facts About Fibroids That Every Woman Should Know Aug 19th, 2020

If you’re worried about fibroids, you’re not alone. Over 35 million American women struggle with these common uterine growths that range from teeny tiny to quite large. While fibroids are common, they’re also surrounded by many myths that can create fear and anxiety when you’re diagnosed. Our team of fibroid...

Do Fibroids Affect Fertility? Jul 14th, 2020

Did you know that fibroids, benign growth in your uterus that range in size from very small to about the size of a grapefruit, affect over 35 million American women? If you’re suffering from these common growths and are thinking of starting a family, you’re probably concerned about how they...

What is the Success Rate of Prostate Artery Embolization? Jun 22nd, 2020

Did you know that an enlarged prostate affects at least 50% of all American men by the age of 60 and over 90% by age 80? If you’re struggling with the negative symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, board-certified radiologist Dr. Andrew Doe and the team at Alate Heath want...

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization and is It Safe? May 27th, 2020

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow in your uterus and can range in size from tiny to about the size of a grapefruit. These noncancerous growths affect at least 35 million American women, and for a large number of them, fibroids cause troublesome symptoms that require medical care. When...

Not All Fibroids Are Alike Apr 23rd, 2020

If you suffer from cramps, heavy periods, or other troublesome female symptoms, Dr. Andrew Doe at Alate Health Interventional Radiology Clinic in Houston, TX can help. A common malady that produces these and other similar symptoms in women is uterine fibroids.  It is unknown exactly how many women live with...

Leg Cramps and Swelling May Signal a Vascular Problem Mar 6th, 2020

First things first: your blood is carried through your body via a system of blood vessels called arteries and veins (arteries carry blood away from the heart and veins carry it back toward the heart). Vascular problems include any condition that affects this circulatory system, including diseases of the arteries,...

Understanding Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Feb 10th, 2020

Pelvic pain can be anywhere from mild to severe, and it can flare up without warning during any moment of your life. Pelvic congestion syndrome can impact your sex life, work, and hobbies. Understanding it can be the first step to seeking the help you need.  At Alate Health in Houston,...

If You Suffer From Migraines, Avoid These Common Triggers Jan 1st, 2020

If you suffer from regular migraines, you know the throbbing pain they cause can be debilitating. Additional side effects that result from migraines, like nausea, light and sound sensitivity, and vomiting, make it difficult to go about your daily routine. Our team of doctors at Alate Health in Houston, TX,...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Peripheral Artery Disease Dec 1st, 2019

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a relatively common condition. An estimated 8 to 12 million Americans live with this disease. Both men and women can be equally affected by this condition.  While you often feel the symptoms of peripheral artery disease in your legs, the disease itself has more...

What Causes Uterine Fibroids? Nov 1st, 2019

Uterine fibroids — the medical term is leiomyomata — are benign tumors that develop and grow within your uterus. Although uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors, they can impact your day-to-day life. If you suspect you have a fibroid, you’re not alone. As many as 80% of women develop fibroids by...

3 Non-Surgical Solutions for Chronic Back Pain That Really Work Oct 1st, 2019

Are you forced to miss days of work or the joy of social activities because of back pain? If so, you're not alone. An estimated 31 million Americans are right there with you. The good news is, treatment is available — and it doesn't have to require surgery. Here at...

The Importance of Detecting Early Signs of Prostate Cancer Sep 1st, 2019

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men, exceeded only by skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, each year in the U.S. about 165,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and another 30,000 die from the disease. About one out of every 41 men...

Varicose Veins Aren’t Just A Cosmetic Concern Aug 14th, 2019

If you have varicose veins, you know they can be quite unsightly. You may try covering them up with long pants and long skirts. You may even avoid going to the beach because they embarrass you. But varicose veins aren’t just a cosmetic concern. The enlarged, purple-blue or red veins...

Treat Your Worst Fibroids With Fibroid Embolization, Not a Hysterectomy Jun 30th, 2019

Uterine fibroids are abnormal growths in your uterine wall. These masses can be tiny like a seed or grow as large as a grapefruit. You can have one fibroid or many, and they can develop slowly over years or within a few months. And, while a fibroid is considered a...

How To Know When Uterine Fibroids Should Be Removed Apr 1st, 2019

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that affect nearly 30% of all women between the ages of 30-45 and up to 70% of African American women by the time they reach 50 years of age. While not life-threatening, they may lead to complications and pain that can severely affect a woman’s...

Common Signs Of Venous Insufficiency You Should Know Mar 1st, 2019

Venous insufficiency is defined as the failure of veins to properly circulate blood from the legs back to the heart. It’s one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States, affecting up to 40% of women and 20% of men by the age of 50. With anywhere from 20...

Suffering From Leg Ulcers And Pain? Feb 1st, 2019

Leg pain can take a serious toll on the quality of an individual’s life. Everyday activities that had been enjoyed for years on end may soon become impossible. Unfortunately, leg ulcers are a fairly common occurrence among middle-aged to senior men and women. As we age, our circulation begins slowing down and...

How Long Does It Take Fibroids To Shrink After Ufe? Jan 1st, 2019

In this new age of medical technology, a hysterectomy surgery is no longer the only choice for women suffering from fibroids. Uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, is an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that aims to relieve uterine pain, bloating, heavy bleeding during menstruation, and other fibroid symptoms without the pains and expenses...

What Causes Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? Dec 1st, 2018

Do your legs ache after sitting or standing for an extended period of time? Do you often feel pain in your hips or lower back? Is your period heavy or abnormal? If these symptoms describe you, there is a chance you may be suffering from pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS). PCS...

Fibroids And Pregnancy Nov 1st, 2018

Motherhood is a beautiful gift that women all over the world are ecstatic to experience. Few life events elicit more joy than bringing life into the world. For nearly thirty percent of women that are affected by uterine fibroids, this dream of motherhood may be plagued by anxiety about their health...

How To Strengthen Veins And Arteries Oct 1st, 2018

Your circulatory system is made up of an intricate roadway of veins and arteries that would stretch almost 100,000 miles if removed from the body. Our arteries and veins are responsible for transporting blood back and forth from the heart to the tissues of the body, playing a vital role...

Uterine Polyp Vs. Fibroid: Knowing The Difference Sep 1st, 2018

As women, we generally know when something is not quite right with our bodies. When it comes to growths such as polyps vs. fibroids, there are often accompanying symptoms that alert you to the problem. Perhaps you have noticed abnormal or heavier vaginal bleeding. Maybe your uterus protrudes more than...

Spider Veins Vs. Varicose Veins: Differences, Causes, And Prevention Aug 1st, 2018

Vein disease affects patients in many different ways. Perhaps the pain prevents you from doing things you love. Or maybe swelling kicks up after a long day of work. Symptoms can vary, but when it comes to varicose and spider veins, many of our patients share common complaints. Though varicose...

3 Types Of Foods To Avoid With Fibroids Jul 1st, 2018

You know the feeling. It’s that time of the month, and you have to worry about whether you might have an embarrassing accident if you’re away from home for too long. Or that you might feel faint from blood loss. For many women, this is the reality of living with...

Alate On Great Day Houston Jun 1st, 2018

On Tuesday, October 3, Dr. Doe visited Great Day Houston to chat with host Deborah Duncan about fibroids and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a minimally-invasive procedure. Patient Aladraine Hart joined him to discuss how her UFE treatment changed her life. Before Ms. Hart saw Dr. Doe, she was told that...

4 Myths About Fibroids May 1st, 2018

Though fibroids are a common occurrence among women – affecting as many as 75% in their lifetime – an aura of mystery still clouds them, especially when it comes to fibroid symptoms and treatment options. Distinguishing the myths from the facts can be confusing, and it can be hard to...

Migraines: Causes, Risk Factors, And Treatment Options Apr 1st, 2018

They can begin with a whisper, a small sign that no one else might notice as problematic: a flash of light; maybe a twinge of nausea. Anyone who suffers from migraines watches for these warnings of an impending attack, as they know the intense, debilitating pain and disruption of life...

Smokers: Don’t Risk Losing Your Legs! Mar 1st, 2018

We’ve all heard the Surgeon General’s warnings about smoking. Most people know about the risk of lung cancer, but many other health concerns can also arise as a result of smoking. In fact, smoking poses the greatest danger to the health of your arteries. At Alate Health, one of the...

Your Shoes And Varicose Veins Feb 1st, 2018

Most of us have suffered for fashion at some point, but in some cases your wardrobe choices can cause more than just fleeting pain. That perfect pair of shoes might look amazing, but they could be contributing to your issues with varicose veins. Varicose veins and spider veins are a sign...

Heart-Healthy Tips To Improve Circulation Jan 1st, 2018

Our circulatory system is a marvel, comprised of arteries, veins, and capillaries that transport nutrients, water, and oxygen to cells in our bodies to keep us alive. In order to function properly, this 60,000-mile superhighway needs our support to stay healthy and in the best working order. Restricted blood flow...

Heaviness & Aching? It Could Be Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Dec 1st, 2017

You may notice it after a long shopping trip or after a night out with friends: lower back pain, aching in your legs, and maybe even abnormal bleeding. Usually you lie down to ease the pain, but it doesn’t always work. Maybe you’ve suffered for years with no answers. If...

You Have Fibroid Treatment Options Nov 1st, 2017

For some, fibroids are a mere nuisance. For others, though, they can significantly affect the way they live their lives. If you’re one of the nearly 30% of American women ages 30-45 who are afflicted with fibroids, you may have heard that the only way to treat them is with...