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Varicose Veins

WHAT ARE THEY?

Varicose veins are dilated, bulging bluish veins that appear just beneath the surface of your skin, usually seen in the legs and feet. Varicose veins develop due to faulty valves in the superficial venous system, and result in a condition known as venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency impairs the return of venous blood from the lower legs to the heart, resulting in blood “pooling” in the veins of the legs and feet.

People with venous insufficiency most often experience symptoms of leg/ankle swelling, throbbing/aching, and sensations of leg heaviness or tiredness with or without the presence of visible varicose veins. Typically, these symptoms are worse at the end of the day or after prolonged standing. Progression of venous stasis hypertension can result in discoloration of the skin around the ankle which can appear red, blue or brown in color. Left untreated, some people can develop venous stasis ulcers of the lower legs.

Venous insufficiency is generally hereditary, thus lifestyle is a determining factor in the extent to which varicose veins may develop. We recommend seeking treatment for venous insufficiency as soon as possible to restore vascular health and to reduce the risk of further complications developing.

RISK FACTORS 

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from chronic venous insufficiency “CVI.” Vein elasticity decreases over time, causing the valves to stretch and become weakened. Thus, as we age we become increasingly susceptible.

Obesity will also put strain on an already weakened area, contributing to symptomatic varicose veins. Patients may also become increasingly susceptible to developing varicose veins, as do those whose professions require extended periods of standing.

Pregnancy is linked to the development of varicose veins, because of the circulatory and hormonal changes the female body undergoes in response to the growing fetus.

Varicose veins are dilated, bulging bluish veins that appear just beneath the surface of your skin, usually seen in the legs and feet. Varicose veins develop due to faulty valves in the superficial venous system, and result in a condition known as venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency impairs the return of venous blood from the lower legs to the heart, resulting in blood “pooling” in the veins of the legs and feet.

People with venous insufficiency most often experience symptoms of leg/ankle swelling, throbbing/aching, and sensations of leg heaviness or tiredness with or without the presence of visible varicose veins. Typically, these symptoms are worse at the end of the day or after prolonged standing. Progression of venous stasis hypertension can result in discoloration of the skin around the ankle which can appear red, blue or brown in color. Left untreated, some people can develop venous stasis ulcers of the lower legs.

Venous insufficiency is generally hereditary, thus lifestyle is a determining factor in the extent to which varicose veins may develop. We recommend seeking treatment for venous insufficiency as soon as possible to restore vascular health and to reduce the risk of further complications developing.

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from chronic venous insufficiency “CVI.” Vein elasticity decreases over time, causing the valves to stretch and become weakened. Thus, as we age we become increasingly susceptible.

Obesity will also put strain on an already weakened area, contributing to symptomatic varicose veins. Patients may also become increasingly susceptible to developing varicose veins, as do those whose professions require extended periods of standing.

Pregnancy is linked to the development of varicose veins, because of the circulatory and hormonal changes the female body undergoes in response to the growing fetus.

SYMPTOMS OF CVI

Patients may not experience any initial physical symptoms of chronic venous insuffiency (CVI) disease.

Others may experience some or all of the following:

● Achy, heavy-feeling legs
● Leg fatigue
● Burning & Itching
● Numbness
● Restless legs

DIAGNOSING CVI

Ultrasound mapping provides a clear picture of the patient’s venous anatomy and blood flow, and highlights refluxing vein segments.

Both the deep venous system and superficial venous system will be scanned to ensure there is no evidence of​ Deep Vein Thrombosis​ (DVT) and provide a thorough scan of all superficial veins that could be susceptible to venous insufficiency.

Neither varicose veins nor ​CVI​ will resolve on their own, and can lead to more serious vein diseases. Prompt and effective medical ​treatment for varicose veins​ is essential! Early diagnosis and treatment of vein disease can stop the disease and ease the painful and aesthetically undesirable symptoms of CVI.

Rose City Vein Center provides diagnostic services and will make a determination as to whether ultrasound is necessary based upon an initial consultation. Please ​contact us​ for more information by filling out the form below.

Patients may not experience any initial physical symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) disease.

Others may experience some or all of the following:

● Achy, heavy-feeling legs
● Leg fatigue
● Burning & Itching
● Numbness
● Restless legs

Ultrasound mapping provides a clear picture of the patient’s venous anatomy and blood flow, and highlights refluxing vein segments.

Both the deep venous system and superficial venous system will be scanned to ensure there is no evidence of​ Deep Vein Thrombosis​ (DVT) and provide a thorough scan of all superficial veins that could be susceptible to venous insufficiency.

Neither varicose veins nor ​CVI​ will resolve on their own, and can lead to more serious vein diseases. Prompt and effective medical ​treatment for varicose veins​ is essential! Early diagnosis and treatment of vein disease can stop the disease and ease the painful and aesthetically undesirable symptoms of CVI.

Rose City Vein Center provides diagnostic services and will make a determination as to whether ultrasound is necessary based upon an initial consultation. Please ​contact us​ for more information by filling out the form below.

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