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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 20th, 2024

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...

What Caused My Spinal Stenosis? Feb 2nd, 2024

Back pain is no fun; if you experience this uncomfortable condition, you should know you’re not alone. More than 80% of American adults experience back pain at least once in their life.  If your back or neck pain is so intense that you can no longer enjoy your favorite activities,...

I'm Embarrassed About My Varicose Veins Jan 3rd, 2024

Varicose veins can be embarrassing and unsightly. But you shouldn’t have to keep covering up your legs! Advances in medical technology mean there are different options for effectively treating varicose veins.  At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, our interventional radiologists, Dr. Andrew Doe and Dr. Sandra Newberry, are experts in...

Can Fibroid Pain Return After Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)? Dec 1st, 2023

Have you been experiencing the discomfort and pain of uterine fibroids? These non-cancerous growths in the uterus can cause symptoms ranging from heavy menstrual bleeding to pelvic pain. For many women, these benign tumors become a chronic concern, affecting their daily lives and overall well-being. If you're exploring uterine fibroid...

PAE for Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy: What to Expect After Your Procedure Nov 10th, 2023

If you have benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), more commonly known as an enlarged prostate, and feel like you’re alone, you should know that 50% of all men in America also struggle with an enlarged prostate by the time they reach the age of 60.  This condition affects the small gland...

Considering a Hysterectomy for Severe Fibroid Pain? Learn About UFE First Oct 1st, 2023

Over 35 million American women have uterine fibroids, growths of fibrous tissue that develop into benign uterine tumors. Typically found inside your uterine cavity or within the uterine wall, uterine fibroids come in all sizes, from the size of a small seed to larger than a grapefruit. In some cases, however, fibroids can...

When Is a Phlebectomy the Best Treatment Option for Varicose Veins? Sep 1st, 2023

If you're dealing with varicose veins, different treatments exist to ease your symptoms and improve the appearance of your skin. But in vein health, each patient is unique, and the most effective therapy varies based on your needs.   Guided by board-certified interventional radiologists, the team at Alate Health in Houston,...

How to Make the Most of Your Uterine Fibroid Embolization Recovery Aug 8th, 2023

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that can cause symptoms like heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination. The good news is that safe and effective uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) can ease symptoms and restore quality of life. At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, our board-certified interventional radiologists specialize in UFE. This FDA-approved treatment has changed...

Is Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) Safe for Everyone? Jul 6th, 2023

If you are struggling with an enlarged prostate, you aren’t alone. Throughout your life, your prostate gland grows, doubling in size at puberty and growing continually through old age. As a result, at least 50% of men deal with the signs of an enlarged prostate by 60, and by 80, that number...

Do Uterine Fibroids Lead to Cancer? Jun 2nd, 2023

If you’ve been told you have uterine fibroids, you’re in good company. About 70% of women get diagnosed with these benign tumors during their lifetime.  Uterine fibroids are noncancerous, muscular tumors that develop in, on, or below the uterine wall or lining of the uterus. Rarely do they grow outside the womb completely....

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Severe Fibroid Pain May 1st, 2023

Most women experience pelvic pain at one point or another during their lifetimes. For nearly one-third of women worldwide, this pain becomes chronic, lasting six months or more. Chronic pelvic pain can have different causes, including the growth of noncancerous tumors called uterine fibroids. These benign tumors affect up to 70% of women, and although...

What Does Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) Feel Like? Apr 10th, 2023

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), more commonly referred to as an enlarged prostate, is a common condition that typically develops as men age. Around 50% of men have BPH by age 60, which rises to 90% by age 80.  If you’re among this large group affected by BPH, chances are you’re...

Understanding Your Fibroid Treatment Options Mar 8th, 2023

Not all uterine fibroids cause problematic symptoms and therefore don’t require treatment. But for women with pain and other frustrating symptoms from uterine fibroids, the good news is that effective treatments exist to minimize your discomfort. Treatments for uterine fibroids range from non-invasive to invasive surgeries.  At Alate Health, our...

The Good News About Uterine Fibroids Feb 14th, 2023

If you’re worried about uterine fibroids, you’re not alone. Up to 80% of women can develop fibroids by age 50. Whether you have been diagnosed or are concerned you may have them, you may be thinking about the negative effects fibroids can have on your life.  At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, our practice...

Know Your Risk Factors for Different Types of Fibroids Jan 19th, 2023

Did you know that up to 70% of women develop uterine fibroids? While all uterine fibroids are made of muscle tissues and fibers, there is more than one type.  At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, our board-certified interventional radiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating different uterine fibroids. We create personalized treatment plans based on the type of...

Top Treatments for Fibroid Pain Dec 7th, 2022

Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that develop in the muscular tissue of your uterus. While this condition is relatively common, affecting between 20-70% of women, and isn’t cancerous, for some women, fibroids can cause pain and other uncomfortable symptoms, including: Low back or pelvic pain or pressure  Digestive issues (e.g., constipation) Incontinence and frequent...

Am I a Good Candidate for Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE)? Nov 3rd, 2022

Your prostate gland grows over your life, starting in puberty when it doubles in size and continuing through old age. That’s why at least 50% of men have signs of an enlarged prostate by age 60, and over 90% struggle with it by age 80. When the prostate grows too large, it...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Painful, Heavy Periods Oct 1st, 2022

Did you know the average woman gets 450-500 periods over her lifetime? Having a heavier-than-normal flow once or twice isn’t usually cause for concern.  But if you’re experiencing periods that are heavier, more painful, or lasting longer as time goes on, that’s a lot of time spent worrying about leaks and dealing...

How to Change Your Lifestyle for a Healthier Prostate Sep 1st, 2022

There’s no doubt that as you age, your prostate changes. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men in the US, with most cases diagnosed in men 65 or older.  And the risk of having an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), increases as you get older, with 90% of men having...

4 Fibroid Complications You Can Avoid with Proper Treatment Aug 1st, 2022

Uterine fibroids are benign, muscular tumors that usually grow in the wall of your uterus. While they don’t cause or increase your risk of cancer, that doesn’t mean fibroids are good for your health. Untreated fibroids increase your risk for different health complications.  Fortunately, you can avoid these problems with safe...

5 Encouraging Facts About an Enlarged Prostate Jul 1st, 2022

Your prostate gland, located around your urethra, makes seminal fluids, plays a role in hormone production, and helps regulate your urine flow. Prostate glands naturally grow throughout your life, which can put pressure on your urethra and cause frustrating symptoms. At Alate Health, our board-certified interventional radiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating problematic...

Why the Type of Fibroids You Have Matters Jun 1st, 2022

If you’re worried about uterine fibroids, you’re in good company. Researchers believe up to 80% of all women develop these benign tumors by the time they turn 50. Although fibroids aren’t cancerous, they can cause frustrating symptoms, including: Heavy uterine bleeding with clots Lower back or pelvic pain Terrible menstrual cramping Pain during sex...

What to Expect After Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) May 1st, 2022

Congratulations on considering safe and effective uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) to treat your fibroids. At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, board-certified interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, uses this procedure to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of countless women.  UFE is a minimally invasive procedure. Your provider places a small...

Uterine Fibroids and Digestive Problems: How are they Linked? Apr 4th, 2022

You probably know fibroids can cause pelvic pain and discomfort. But if you’re one of the 35 million American women diagnosed with these benign uterine tumors, you might wonder if they’re what’s causing your digestive troubles. Board-certified interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, and the team at Alate Health in Houston,...

Signs it's Time to Seek Care for Your Heavy Periods Mar 1st, 2022

Getting your period is never fun, but it’s much more challenging when you struggle with abnormally heavy or prolonged uterine bleeding. This condition, called menorrhagia, impacts over 10 million American women, and uterine problems, like fibroids, could be to blame.  At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, board-certified and fellowship-trained interventional...

Common Myths about Fibroids Feb 1st, 2022

Did you know more than 35 million American women struggle with uterine fibroids? Although these benign growths are common, they’re surrounded by myths that can cause fear and anxiety for anyone with a fibroid diagnosis. At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, our experienced providers specialize in diagnosing and treating uterine...

4 Signs of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) Jan 1st, 2022

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland responsible for producing seminal fluid. But when this small gland grows larger than it should, the issues it triggers can cause problems in more than just your sex life.   Medical researchers call an enlarged prostate benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), and they still don’t understand...

5 Fibroid-Related Health Problems Dec 1st, 2021

If you have uterine fibroids, you understand the unpleasant symptoms they can cause. But did you know untreated fibroids can also lead to more severe health problems?  At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, Dr. Andrew Doe, a board-certified radiologist, specializes in helping women struggling with uterine fibroids find relief using...

Why Do I Keep Getting Migraines? Nov 16th, 2021

Is the pain and discomfort of severe migraine headaches making your life miserable? You’re in good company. More than one billion people across the globe struggle with migraines, including over 40 million people in the United States.    But while knowing you’re not alone when it comes to migraines may provide...

All About Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Oct 4th, 2021

If you’re struggling with chronic pain in your pelvis that worsens after sex, during your period, or after being on your feet all day, you could have a common but infrequently discussed condition called pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS).   Researchers estimate about one-third of all women experience PCS, but diagnosing this...

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...

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...