What You Need to Know About Varicose Veins

Most of us know how varicose veins can be a cosmetic nuisance and, for those of us who experience this often painful condition, we should also know that there’s more to these bulging and twisted veins that meets the eye. Over 30 million people in America suffer from the venous disease (or chronic venous insufficiency) that is associated with varicose veins, but what do we really know about them?

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)?

With proper circulation, blood is pumped through your body from the heart and back up to it to be reoxygenated. The veins in your legs often have the most work to do since they are also battling gravity to pump the blood back up. Your calf muscles and the one way valves located within the vein walls help this process. CVI is a condition in which the valves in your veins become weakened and do not work properly. This results in blood pooling in your legs and increasing the pressure on the vein walls.   

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

CVI is a progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time if left untreated. Varicose veins begin gradually and without pain so they often go unnoticed. When the obvious signs of painful, twisted and bulging purple, blue or flesh-toned veins appear, the worry sets in. Along with pain, other symptms may include: aching, throbbing, cramping, itching, stinging and burning. Restless legs and swelling are also tell-tale signs. 

Who is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

Many aren’t aware that the greatest risk factor for developing vein diease is heredity. That means, if you have a family history of vein disease, you are much more likely to also develop this condition. Women are 3 to 4 times more likely to have varicose veins than men, but that doesn’t exclude men from this progressive disease. In fact, as many as 10-15% of men will devlop visible varicose veins at some point in their lives. Other risk factors include: older age, pregnancy (hormonal changes and added pressure can weaken the vein walls and valves), lack of movement (such as sitting or standing for extended periods) and leg trauma (from blood clots or trauma from accidents or surgeries). 

What you can do:

Varicose veins are most common in the legs and feet. If you have visible varicose veins, or if you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms that are related to CVI, seeing a physician who is knowlegdable on the condition is key. Although elevating your legs and using compression stockings can provide temporary relief, vein treatment is the only option that will stop vein disease in its tracks. At Alpha Vein Clinic, our physician Dr Sassan Kaveh, is highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of venous insufficiency of the legs. Our minimally invasive vein treatments such as Radiofrequency Ablation and ClariVein will have your legs back to their healthy selves in very little time. Call us today at (702) 430-7661 to set up a comprehensive evaluation by Dr Sassan Kaveh. You’ll be glad you did!

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