"Varicose veins are large veins on the legs that occur because of an underlying condition known as venous reflex disease," explained Dr. Meghal R. Antani, an interventional radiologist, during a segment on GTV's The Capital Forum. According to Dr. Antani, this condition afflicts 20%–30% of women and 10%–15% of men. Dr. Antani, along with a team of experienced medical specialists at Center for Interventional Medicine, has treated vein conditions—including venous-reflux disease—more than 10,000 times. To deliver effective results with minimal discomfort, they practices three advanced techniques: radio-frequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy. Whereas radio-frequency ablation seals damaged vessels with light energy, sclerotherapy blocks off blood supply with an FDA-approved medicine. During a phlebectomy, specialists makes a small incision and extracts the vein with a grasping tool or a pair of chopsticks.
Open year round, Capital Clubhouse is an all-ages, 90,000-square-foot facility wholly dedicated to sports and recreation. The multisport arena can easily transform into a soccer, volleyball, dodge-ball, or inline-hockey court, allowing it to host all manner of team-based events from intramural games to kids' parties. Dasher boards that spent their youth exchanging quick embraces with Washington Capitals players at the former US Airways Arena now comfortably surround Capital Clubhouse's NHL-sized ice arena, which is kept cold year round thanks to 11 miles of underground cooling pipe and a steady diet of popsicles. When not supervising skaters from the comfort of the heated balcony, guests can race lithe mountain goats to the top of the center's 30-foot rock-climbing wall, where five different routes offer challenges for wall walkers of all ages and experience levels.
ABC Wellness & Fitness Center offers personal training services, group fitness classes, and nutritional counseling, but it's the host of special extras that make ABC especially unique. Group fitness programs, for instance, include a variety of classes with something tailored for everyone in the family. Seniors can also take advantage of memberships designed just for them, as can college students and groups. There's a lounge where visitors can unwind with a coffee or tea, and a shop where they can stock up on fitness gear.
If kids are too tired to work out in a baby-and-me class after assembling their own cribs, they can spend time in the complimentary on-site child care center. There's also a lounge in which moms can nurse, and a party room to host birthday parties.
At Affordable & Aesthetic Dental Center, Dr. Gurpreet Sethi and his staff foster good oral health during a slew of dentistry services. Their exams and cleanings help prevent maladies, and their implants and veneers replace fractured or dead teeth. For cosmetic needs, they stock their office with Invisalign aligners, VivaStyle teeth-whitening trays, and tiny tooth-sized wigs.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of club equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.