DOES VEIN DISEASE ONLY OCCUR IN OLDER PEOPLE?
WHAT IS VEIN DISEASE?
Chronic Venous Disease (CVD) refers to other chronic conditions related to or caused by veins that become diseased or abnormal. These problems can include:
- Varicose veins and spider veins
- Leg Swelling and Leg Pain
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Leg skin changes
- Leg ulcers
- Vascular Malformations
So if any of those conditions are something that sounds familiar to you, then it might be just about time for you to come in and let us set your mind at ease here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas. The longer any venous disease goes untreated or undiscovered the worse it gets.
IS IT A MYTH THAT VEIN DISEASE ONLY AFFECTS OLDER PEOPLE?
Yes, this would be a complete lie if someone was to tell you that venous diseases only occur in elderly people or older women, Although age is certainly a risk factor, Varicose veins can be found in both teenagers and young adults, and while women are more likely to develop varicose veins, men are not completely safe from vein disease. Pregnancy and female hormones can cause vein disease on the legs and the body, while steroid hormones and heredity can mean that people of any age or sex can develop varicose veins.
Increasing age is a slight risk factor for varicose veins because of wear and tear on the vein valves that regulate blood flow. Patients certainly perceive it as more common as they age because the disease has had longer to make its symptoms known and is more advanced and therefore has done more damage. However, one of the primary causes of vein disease, accounting for about 80 percent of cases, is hereditary. It is not at all unusual to find varicose veins in young adults and, even teenagers. The best advice is to be guided by symptoms, not by age.
WHAT HAPPENS TO CAUSE VEIN DISEASE?
In patients with venous disease, the internal walls of the leg veins are deteriorated and the small valves are defective and incompetent. When a valve is incompetent, either in the deep or superficial vein system, blood flows backwards towards the foot. This is called reflux. When valves are incompetent in the superficial veins only, the deep veins have to carry more blood towards the heart. To compensate, the veins expand and the valves may not close properly. When this happens, such as in the case of severe varicose veins, the deep vein system may also become incompetent. When blood is no longer pumped effectively from the lower leg, the peripheral veins will not be emptied even when walking. They remain filled with blood and the pressure in the vein will not decrease. This condition is known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) which may result in edema, skin change and in some cases ulcerations.
A FEW SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF VENOUS DISEASE:
Depending on degrees of severity, symptoms of venous disease or Chronic Venous Disorders (CVD) include:
- Feeling of swelling
- Feeling of heaviness in the legs
- Pain or cramps in the calves
- Skin discolorations
- Dermatitis (skin problems)
- Venous leg ulcer (open wound)
The causes of venous disease are not clearly identified yet. Considering risk factors we have to differentiate between varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. Here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas we specialize in treating venous disease. We can help treat, cure and prevent vein disease. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment at 702-430- 7661. Our caring and educated staff will be excited to hear from you. There is no reason to be setting at home guessing and worrying if you have a vein problem or not. Let us ease your mind.
Alpha Vein Clinic
3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400
Las Vegas, NV, 89128
(702) 430 7661
Dr. Sassan Kaveh
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