Pregnancy, Varicose Veins and Kim Kardashian

Tight and high heels worn during pregnancy is a topic discussed among Phlebologists and vein specialists. Catch Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O. and Dr. Gary Kersten, M.D. of Vein Specialists of Arizona on Arizona Midday, NBC as they continue the conversation.

Kim Kardashian recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl. But as reported during her pregnancy, there were concerns with her habit of wearing too tight shoes … and could this lead to varicose and spider veins? Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O., founder and director of Vein Specialists of Arizona and Dr. Gary Kersten, M.D. will discuss the issue on NBC’s Arizona Midday on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

As Dr. Alpern explains, “Varicose and spider veins commence in your twenties to thirties, sometimes earlier and they never improve. Once a vein starts to malfunction, not pumping the blood upwards toward the heart, blood will start to pool and they will never function properly again unless treated by a qualified doctor.”

Dr. Kersten, a Board Certified Phlebologist and OB/GYN practiced only Obstetrics for nearly 26 years. Now he devotes his time exclusively to the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

“Many women first develop varicose veins or spider veins– or find that they get worse – during pregnancy,” Dr. Kersten says. “I became passionate about treating varicose veins when I saw them in my patients during their pregnancy. Many women don’t realize that they don’t have to suffer with varicose or spider veins.”

Kardashian’s high heel wearing was first reported in the National Enquirer and quoted Dr. Arthur Wisot, a noted Los Angeles obstetrician who had not treated Kardashian whose opinion agrees with Drs. Alpern and Kersten.

“High heels are not a good idea during pregnancy because your center of gravity shifts and you lose your sense of balance,” Wisot stated in the article. “And, improper footwear can also lead to aching, enlarged spider veins.”

Tune in to NBC’s Arizona Midday on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 for the discussion hosted by Destry Jetton.


Dr. Jeffrey Alpern is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who was the first D.O. to perform a heart and heart/lung transplant in the world. Among his other impressive qualifications, Dr. Alpern trained at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic and was Surgical Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation at both Temple University and Hahnemann University Hospitals in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He currently is Director and founding member of Desert Cardiovascular Surgeons in Phoenix, and founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona located in Phoenix’s West Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide to use fast, virtually painless, safe and effective laser ablation and radiofrequency (RF) techniques for the treatment of existing varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers.


Board Certified Phlebologist (medical specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of venous origin), Gary L. Kersten, M.D., has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years, dedicating his practice exclusively to the treatment of varicose veins and venous insufficiency since 2007. Dr. Kersten began his medical career as a Board Certified OB/GYN in Michigan, IL and Arizona. Many women first suffer varicose veins during pregnancy. When Dr. Kersten had the opportunity for advanced specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, he discovered his true passion. Dr. Kersten joined the medical team of Vein Specialists of Arizona in 2013.



Vein Specialists of Arizona (VSA) is a state-of-the-art vein center that defines a new standard in care for the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, leg ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency. From vein treatments that correct existing underlying pathology to procedures that erase spider veins before the patient’s eyes, we think you will find VSA to be your best choice for venous issues. Your compassionate, effective, safe, affordable and convenient vein treatment at VSA begins with an ultrasound screening exam. Please visit website, or call 623-428-0068. Vein Specialists of Arizona also services local community needs
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