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Varicose Veins? Might be More than Meets the Eye

BY MINDI RUDAN

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We’ve all seen them; on the beach, bulging behind summer shorts or marring the look of an otherwise great “gam” or worse—on our own legs in the mirror: Varicose or spider veins. Defined basically as veins that have become enlarged and twisted, the “bulge,” appears when valves or the pair of “leaflet valves” no longer meet properly, and simply put, the valves just don’t work anymore. (Valvular incompetence.) This causes blood being pumped from your heart– that we often take for granted, hard-working veins carry to and fro– to back up, if you will, creating the unsightly bulge we know as varicose veins. Most common in the superficial veins in the legs, which are subjected to high pressure from standing, too much sitting, inactivity or the dastardly leg crossing, these veins can actually be found anywhere on the body, even the face.

While most people seek remedy for the cosmetic aesthetics, there’s much more reason to check them out—especially as we age. And while there are countless vein clinics, or even medical “spas” that offer to treat the malady, few bear the pedigree of board certified, world-renown cardiologist Ariel Soffer, founder of Soffer Health Institute, now with SIX locations. His professional credits could fill a page alone, but his personal passion for this field and his journey towards it–is much deeper. This IS the doctor who for FOUR years had an ABC News Health segment called “Dr. Soffer’s Second Opinion.”The same doctor medical companies still call to test and give input on new methodology, new tools, techniques and breakthroughs. This IS the doctor who gives a seminar in New Orleans every year for 3-500 other highly skilled physicians who travel from all over the country to learn from him. HIS techniques, his innate diagnostic ability and gain his insight into this specialty.  He’s that talented, and that committed.

And lucky for us, his SoFla locations are graced by him –and a hand-picked and trained staff every day. His website heralds almost rock star adoration from legions of patients, some whose lives have potentially been saved, and countless others he’s made more livable and enjoyable because of his “vein whisperer-ish” knowledge, talent and years of focused experience.

“He’s (Doctor Soffer) clearly the top of this pyramid,” offered Adam Kustin, company spokesperson and someone who’s clearly enamored of Dr. Soffer’s skill and humility after seeing what he does every day. “In this field, he is as good as it gets, yet the man is so kind, so warm and so approachable, it has spawned the growth of this practice.” And call me crazy, but when you are talking about your vascular health, your overall well-being and your potential to enjoy living life, going to a “medical spa” to be treated for veins that work in tandem with your heart daily—SHOULDN’T be a crap-shoot. “You want the best,” said Kustin. “Two people can walk in with the same bulging vein issue, but there’s no way to tell if either has any real underlying health issues. It’s more than just cosmetic.” And Dr. Soffer’s ability makes sure patients don’t walk out just cosmetically beautiful, but walk out KNOWING there isn’t a serious hidden health issue that could be life threatening just down the road. “Sometimes people aren’t bothered by the bulging vein but they experience achy, very tired legs, numbness or restless legs and they never associate these “symptoms” with varicose veins. That’s why seeing a doctor as qualified as Dr. Soffer and his staff becomes so vital.”

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And fixing the issue is relatively simple. “And pain-free,” he added. “Most procedures involve closing the vein, sometimes repairing it. The new lasers are very low risk, super accurate and extremely effective. We can also inject saline. It depends on the severity.”  When asked why this doctor has made vein health his focus when he clearly is still regarded as one of America’s top cardiologists, the answer brought staggering clarity and a character trait we all want in our doctors. “It was emotional for Dr. Soffer. He wanted to stop fixing the sometimes near unfixable issues in cardiology. Instead he wants to help people prevent these life threatening issues BEFORE they take a toll. Before they compromise how a patient lives life …and he gets an immediate hug,” half-joked Kustin. “He SEES people pain free, enjoying life again who didn’t even know it was possible for them. They never connected the dots, he does.” With six offices locally, Deerfield Beach, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Aventura, North Miami Beach, Hialeah/Miami Lakes,  Dr. Soffer is accessible. His staff is multi-lingual, welcoming and most importantly willing to help people start the process.

Soffer Health Institute began in Aventura and now there are several locations, including one in Deerfield Beach at 1877 W. Hillsboro Blvd. They plan to open a Weston location next. Members of the staff speaks Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Creole and Portuguese.

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Never clean your roof again

BY RACHEL GALVIN

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Imagine never cleaning your roof again. Sound impossible? It’s not, thanks to Roof-A-Cide. This special solution not only cleans your roof, but creates a protective shield against further damage. For over 20 years, the staff at Roof Treatment Inc. has been using this 100 percent copper-based algaecide/fungicide to clean roofs on condos, private homes, businesses and more. This is the only solution of its kind that is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. It will get rid of mold and algae for two years guaranteed, where other chemicals, like Chlorine, only last six to 12 months. Chlorine also has been known to leave behind a salt residue that accelerates mold growth, leaving the homeowner having to clean the roof sooner rather than later.

Mold leads to wood rot and mold spores can be sucked into the air conditioner and cause health problems. Depending on the amount and type of the mold, it can lead to respiratory problems, headaches and worse, and can affect both humans and pets. Eliminating it is not always an easy task. It takes a trained professional and the right type of product to do the job.

But overdoing the “solution” can be even worse. Repeated cleanings of your roof can just lead to more trouble. Many people replace their roofs every 12 to 15 years, not because the roofs have that shelf-life, but because they have been damaged by growing algae or from incorrect cleaning. This is an unwanted expense that can be avoided.

What is worse is that the chemicals often used not only can cause problems with the roof, but also harm surrounding landscaping and can be toxic. Roof Treatment, Inc., run by brother and sister team Frank and Christina Miele, is very aware of these issues. They use Roof-A-Cide because it not only is safe for nearby grass, plants, bushes, trees, pets and people, it also will also save homeowners money by utilizing less water – 30 gallons, rather than 1800 gallons on average.

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Speaking of saving money, did you know that those dark stains on the roof actually act like a sponge to absorb the sun’s rays and end up increasing the temperature in the home. This means turning up the A/C even more on those hot days and raising your electric bill.

But just going to any house cleaning company is not the answer. Many companies don’t have experience when it comes to cleaning roofs. They may even be using your house as a guinea pig. Their trial and error may cost you in the long run. Too much pressure and too harsh chemicals can end up causing cracks or even lead to pieces of the roof coming off. Talk about going from bad to worse!

With Roof-A-Cide, the process is simple. On most roofs, their professional staff will start with “Roof Restore,” a special detergent, and will use a low pressure hose to wash it clean.

Next, they will apply Roof-A-Cide. They are able to use the product effectively on shingles, tiles, stone coated steel and slate. The product is backed by every major roof manufacturer as an approved method to prevent roof stains for years with each treatment.

The Mieles are so sure of their product that they offer a two-year warranty against mold. “The treatment,” they say, “is the cure.”

“We have the best product on the market. We preserve roofs; we don’t destroy roofs!” says Christina Miele.

If you have black streaks or stains on your roof, using this process can make it look like new, which can increase your property value. This is especially important for homeowners looking to sell their home, but also for those looking to maintain it.

Customer Johnny B. says, “My roof looks better than when it was new. [I am] very happy I had it done.”

This licensed and insured company also offers pressure washing for decks, driveways, and residential and commercial properties. They say that maintaining a clean property decreases costs by 75 percent. After all, unmaintained homes can lead to disrepair, which can be much more costly than keeping it clean in the first place. They even seal pavers, which not only protects, but also brings out the natural colors of the material being sealed. This is similar to the phenomenon with roof cleaning. A roof can magically go from black to light gray, for example, all with a simple cleaning.

Not sure if your roof needs a cleaning? Call Roof Treatment, Inc. at 954-275-1831 and get a free quote. They are located at 2045 SW 127th Avenue in Davie and work throughout Broward County. For more information, visit http://www.RoofTreatment.com.

Golfing for the King” – Benefitting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund for financially needy high school students

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Golfing for the King” – Friday, October 20, 2017 – Carolina Country Club – Registration at 7 a.m., Shotgun start at 8 a.m. – 3011 N. Rock Island Road Margate, Florida 33063

Benefitting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund for financially needy high school students.

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In 2017, The City Commission recognized 17 deserving high school students who were awarded Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. With the generous assistance of the Coral Springs Community Chest, as well as contributions from individuals the Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee was able to distribute scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 toward each student’s college education. Students were evaluated on their level of financial need and community involvement. Since the inception of the MLK Scholarship Program, more than 250 students have been awarded scholarships.

Sponsors are recognized at golf tournament as well as at the annual MLK Celebration in January 2018.

High School seniors who are residents of Coral Springs and attend Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs High, Stoneman Douglas High and J.P.Taravella High are eligible to apply for this scholarship for the 2018/19 school year. Applications can be obtained in the fall from the Brace Advisors at each school or from the City’s web site at CoralSprings.org/mlk.

For more information, call Joyce Campos at 954-344-1005