Vein disease is an umbrella term for disorders of the circulatory system that relate to the blood vessels that carry blood back to the heart. There are several ailments that affect these vessels, including varicose and spider veins, venous insufficiency, phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Vein disease, though common, should never be taken lightly since it can have serious, even fatal, medical consequences.
What Are the Causes of Vein Disease?
While there are a number of risk factors for vein disease, some of them genetic, aging, obesity, smoking and extended periods of sitting or standing may all contribute to damaged veins.
What Are the Symptoms of Vein Disease?
When veins are damaged, patients may experience:
- Swelling in the legs and/or ankles
- Pain during walking that subsides with rest
- Varicose (enlarged, protruding) veins
- Leg fatigue or cramping
- Warm and/or red or darkened skin on the leg
- Leg ulcers
Individuals with known risk factors for vein disease should be especially alert for signs of a problem, since if a blood clot forms in the leg it can be very dangerous. Such a clot can travel to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism, to the heart, resulting in a heart attack, or to the brain, causing a stroke. Early diagnosis and treatment of vein disease is essential in preventing such serious consequences.
If you suspect that you have vein disease, consulting with a reputable specialist should be your first order of business. At Dr. Rahmani’s office you can consult, undergo any necessary diagnostic testing, and be treated with care and precision.
How Is Vein Disease Treated?
There are three major treatment options for vein disease, depending on the nature and severity of the disorder: endovascular ablation therapy, sclerotherapy, and microphlebectomy. In each type of treatment, the goal is to remove the targeted vein.
Endovascular ablation therapy uses laser energy or high-frequency radio waves
Sclerotherapy uses a solution injected directly into the vein
Microphlebectomy is a surgical removal of the vein through a tiny incision
During your consultation with Dr. Rahmani, he will discuss which treatment option he recommends in your particular case. Being under the care of a doctor with expertise and compassion will provide you with reassurance as well as improved health.