“Okay, children. Today we’re going to talk about how to take care of your veins.” Vein health is not exactly a topic taught in school. Most of us go most of our lives without more than a few tho…Read More
Varicose Veins Explained
If you are suffering from mild or severe varicose veins, you’re probably wondering what you did to get them and whether you could have avoided them. And once you have them, there’s no doubt that you’re interested in the treatment options you have.
Causes of varicose veins vary, depending on several factors. First, we should understand the how normal blood supply travels through the body. Arteries carry blood through veins from the heart, throughout the body, and return back to the heart to be recirculated. In order for the blood to travel to and through lower extremities, the veins in your legs have to work against gravity.
Our leg muscles contract and act as pumps, while the elastic vein walls work together to pump the blood back to the heart and tiny valves in the veins open as the blood flows toward the heart and quickly close to stop the blood from flowing backward.
Why Do People Get Varicose Veins?
Now that you understand how the blood travels throughout the body, continue reading to learn what happens to our bodies that cause varicose veins.
The older we get, our bodies slowly begin to lose proper functionality, including our venous health. As we age, our veins can lose their elasticity, which causes them to stretch. Stretched out veins become weak which affects how quickly the tiny valves open and close, ultimately allowing the forward-moving blood supply to flow backward. Over time, the blood pools in the veins, causing them to swell and become varicose.
The blood volume in the body increases during pregnancy and decreases the flow from the legs to pelvis. The change in circulation occurs because it needs to support the fetus, however, varicose veins is a common side effect of pregnancies. Fortunately, the varicose veins that develop during pregnancy will typically improve without any medical treatment three months to a year post delivery.
Age and pregnancy are two of the most common contributing factors of varicose veins, but there are several other factors that can lead to varicose veins as well. These include:
- Occupations that involve long-term standing such as school teachers, nurses, medical staff, hair stylists, factory workers, etc.
- Hormonal influences (pregnancies, puberty, menopause, oral contraception, postmenopausal hormone replacement)
- History of blood clots
- Medical conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen (tumors, constipation, tight-fitting garments)
What Are Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
The vein doctors in Brownstown highly recommend seeing a specialist right away to evaluate the damaged veins and advise of the best treatment needed for varicose veins. Schedule a consultation today!
Despite the discoloration of the veins, there are a variety of symptoms that vary among patients. One of the most common complaints is pain and cramping in the legs and ankles. The discomfort is accompanied with tiredness, restlessness, burning, throbbing, tingling, and heaviness. Patients will find temporary relief by elevating the legs or wearing support hose or compression socks.
Not every person who suffer from varicose veins experience the pain and symptoms described above. This doesn’t mean that symptom-free varicose veins are harmless. If you live in Brownstown or Dearborn, contact Venocure for an evaluation. Our vein clinic is stocked with the best varicose vein treatment equipment and supplies. Call us today!
Are Varicose Veins Serious?
It’s safe to say that nobody hopes to develop varicose veins so they can show off the blue and purple hue on their legs and ankles. In other words, most people are embarassed of the veins and choose to wear long pants in an effort to conceal the varicose veins. Unfortunately, simply hiding them to avoid treating varicose veins could lead to serious health conditions.
Just like many health issues, every patient with varicose veins experience different symptoms at different times. Some patients who choose leave their varicose veins untreated will likely see them progressively get worse, putting them at a higher risk of serious health issues. If you, or someone you know is avoiding varicose vein treatment, here are a few conditions that could develop if the damaged veins are left untreated.
As excessive blood pools in the vein walls, excess blood can leak into the skin tissues of the leg. This will cause the patient painful swelling and inflammation as the skin becomes dark and discolored.
The name is used to define stiffening or hardening of the leg tissues. As the swelling and inflammation increase over a long period of time, the tissues become firm and heavy. The patient might feel like their legs are becoming extremely tender to the touch, making it more difficult to move and relax — a frustrating feeling, to say the least.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
DVT is the most serious condition that untreated varicose veins can lead to. Patients will experience a pulling sensation that may feel as if the nerves in their legs are being pinched which is stemming from a blood clot. When the blood clot is left untreated, it can travel further up the body posing a potentially fatal result.
Varicose Vein Treatment
In order to achieve the best results after treating varicose veins is to begin treatment right away. The severity of the condition certainly affects the outcome of the treatment, which is why we encourage you to see a doctor who specializes in varicose veins as soon as possible.
Venocure is a leading varicose vein clinic in Brownstown, with a second location in Dearborn. We focus solely on varicose vein and spider vein treatments, as well as venous reflux conditions, so you can trust that you are in the best hands providing the best treatment for your varicose veins. Because our practice focuses primarily on treating damaged veins, you can expect a full-range of services that our vein doctors will recommend and perform at our clinic. Venocure performs these services:
- Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (ERFA) .
- Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram (ECG)
- Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS)
- Treadmill Stress Test
- And more!
Contact the vein clinic in Brownstown or Dearborn today and schedule your consultation!
Reach our Dearborn office at (313) 347-4581 and our Brownstown clinic at (734) 403-3400.