Dr. Jeffrey Alpern & Dr. Gary Kersten of Vein Specialists of Arizona Talk Kim Kardashian, Pregnancy & Vein Issues on NBC Arizona Midday

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, DO, and Dr. Gary Kersten, MD, of Vein Specialists of Arizona discussed how high heels worn during pregnancy are a concern and could lead to varicose and spider veins. For the entire interview, watch the video.

While appearing on NBC Arizona Midday recently, Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, DO, was asked, “Kim Kardashian recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl. But, as reported during her pregnancy, there were concerns about her wearing too tight shoes … can this lead to varicose and spider veins?”

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, DO, founder and director of Vein Specialists of Arizona discussed the issue on NBC’s Arizona Midday. Joining Dr. Alpern on the highly-rated television program was Dr. Gary Kersten, MD, a Board Certified Phlebologist and OB/GYN who now exclusively treats varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

Kardashian’s habit of wearing high heels, even when pregnant, was first reported in the National Enquirer and quoted Dr. Arthur Wisot, a noted Los Angeles obstetrician. Although he had not treated Kardashian, Wisot 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.”


Dr. Jeffrey Alpern is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who was the first DO 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, DO 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, MD, 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, http://VeinsAZ.com or call 623-428-0068. Vein Specialists of Arizona also services local community needs with a bilingual staff – Se Habla Español!