How do Varicose Veins form?
Venous Reflux is the result of vein walls and valves that keep blood moving upwards to your heart, becoming diseased or damaged allowing blood to flow back to your feet or to pool in your legs.
People with venous reflux experience complications from the blood leaking back into the veins, causing the veins to swell and to become varicose. Symptoms may include swelling, skin changes with venous ulcers possibly forming as the disease progresses.
Rope-like, twisted often ¼ inch or larger in diameter, varicose veins can be blue or purple in color. They can bulge outward from the skin’s surface, having enlarged due to excess pressure and too much blood within the superficial saphenous venous system.
Venous reflux 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 for Varicose Veins
Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from chronic venous insufficiency. 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.
Others may experience some or all of the following:
- Achy, heavy-feeling legs
- Leg fatigue
- Burning & Itching
- 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 not 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.