Venous Disease Explained
What is venous disease?
Venous disease is a condition where the veins, particularly in the legs, fail to work properly, causing varicose veins, spider veins, and other issues. A vein fails when it gets dilated (becomes wider, larger, or more open), causing the valves in the vein to be leaky. This causes a backflow of blood going the wrong direction in the vein, resulting in a vicious cycle where even more of the vein becomes dilated, more valves fail, and the thin vein walls stretch even thinner where blood pools
What causes venous disease?
Venous disease is caused by a combination of genetic and hereditary factors (family history, DNA, etc.) plus environmental factors (sitting or standing for long periods of time, pregnancy, etc.)
Is venous disease serious?
Venous disease causes problems because blood that ought to be circulating steadily through the veins gets stuck instead in pockets where the veins’ thin walls have stretched. This not only causes unsightly, bulging veins, it can be uncomfortable and downright painful, and it can increase the risk of getting a blood clot. However, venous disease is usually not fatal.
What are the symptoms of venous disease?
Venous disease results in veins that are holding more blood than normal, making them swollen and distended and under a higher-than-optimum blood pressure. This extra pressure causes fluids to leak through the walls in the veins into the surrounding tissues, leading to a feeling of heaviness and fatigue in the legs, swelling, or swollen limbs. Other symptoms can include pain, skin changes and skin ulcers, and varicose veins.
Can it be treated?
Yes! Venous disease used not to have treatment options, but modern technology has allowed medical science to bring relief to sufferers of venous disease. We offer treatments like radiofrequency ablation, VNUS ClosureFAST™, Sclerotherapy, Liquid Sclerotherapy, Microphlebectomy, and more.
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