What Is Vein Disease?
There are several diseases that can affect the veins in your body, including Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) or Chronic Vein Deficiency, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Plumonary Embolism, and Lymphedema. Many people who consult a physician because of vein problems suffer from Chronic Venous Insufficiency, which is a weakening of the valves in the veins. These veins carry blood to the heart, but if they malfunction the blood can instead pool in the legs, causing a wide range of problems, including varicose veins. Read on to learn more about vein disease, including causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Vein disease often occurs as part of aging because, as is the case with other parts of the body, the veins simply wear out over time. In the case of CVI, the veins become weak and cannot transport blood as efficiently as they’re supposed to. One in three Americans suffers from some sort of vein-related disease, making it a common problem in people as they grow older.
There are several causes for vein diseases, one of the most notable being heredity. If one or both of your parents suffers from a vein disease, you have a greatly increased risk of developing it as well. Women and men are both at risk. People over the age of 50 are also at greater risk although this can simply occur in young people. Excess weight can also cause vein diseases, particularly CVI, as can pregnancy, hormonal changes, and sitting or standing for prolonged periods.
Venous disease stems from a breakdown of the structure of the veins. The walls inside the leg veins deteriorate and the valves that carry blood become defective and unable to do their job. Instead of traveling, toward the heart the blood flows backward toward the feet. The body attempts to correct this by expanding the veins in an attempt to get the blood flowing properly again. Instead, however, the valves within the vein may be unable to work as they should and may even be unable to close. Instead of being pumped out of the veins, the blood may sit in the veins and cause complications such as swelling.
If the condition is not treated, it can cause long-term damage. For example, affected veins may begin to twist and bulge because o the excess blood, a condition known as varicose veins. They may be painful or uncomfortable, and could eventually burst or leak. Sores or ulcers can also form, and the skin may become hard or discolored. Blood blots can also form.
At Alpha Vein Clinic, we’re the experts in diagnosing and treating vein disease. Book an appointment with us today so we can thoroughly evaluate your condition and create a customized treatment plan that helps you look and feel better.
Alpha Vein Clinic
3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400
Las Vegas, NV, 89128
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