Venous insufficiency is a chronic disease in which the leg veins have problems sending blood back to the heart. Typically, valves in your deeper leg veins keep blood moving back and forth from the heart. But, with chronic venous insufficiency, the vein walls are weakened and the valves are damaged. As a result, the veins stay filled with blood, especially when you’re standing.
The most common causes of venous insufficiency are previous cases of blood clots and varicose veins. In some cases, weak leg muscles may also contribute to venous insufficiency. Symptoms include swelling of the legs, skin discoloration, prominent varicose veins, skin ulcers, burning sensations in the legs and feet, cramping, and leg weakness. Risk factors include age, a history of deep vein thrombosis in the legs, obesity, pregnancy, sitting or standing for long periods, and tall stature.
Often, patients with the disease show no visible signs of bulging veins. If you experience heavy legs at the end of the day or exhibit any of the above symptoms, you may suffer from venous insufficiency. Contact us today for more information about the diagnosis and treatment of venous insufficiency.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that appear just below the skin. Although they typically occur in the legs, they can also form in other parts of the body. Veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing toward the heart – if the veins become weak or damaged, the veins can swell and cause unsightly varicose veins.
Although some varicose veins are strictly a cosmetic issue, they can also be the result of a serious, underlying disease. Varicose veins are easy to identify; in addition to the appearance of twisted veins beneath the skin, symptoms include aches, fatigue, swelling, burning, itching, restless leg syndrome, night cramps, and numbness. If left untreated, symptoms will get worse over time and complications, such as inflammation or vein obstruction, could limit or impede your daily activities.
If lifestyle changes, self-care, or other varicose vein treatments haven’t worked, contact Vena Vascular today for more information about the diagnosis and treatment options for varicose veins.
Spider veins are small pink, red, and blue nets of veins seen under the skin. Although they’re smaller and less painful than varicose veins, their appearance can still be alarming. Since spider veins are typically painless and aren’t accompanied by other symptoms, they’re usually treated purely for aesthetic purposes. They’re commonly seen on the face, but can develop on the legs and other areas of the body.
Although doctors don’t know why certain individuals develop spider veins, they can be caused by genetics and age. Those who spend a lot of time on their feet or spend a long time standing, such as nurses or teachers, are more likely to develop spider veins. Shifts in hormones, pregnancy, and fluctuations in weight are also underlying causes of spider veins.
Whether your spider veins are causing you pain or you’d like to undergo treatment for purely aesthetic reasons, contact the spider vein specialists at Vena Vascular today for more information about the diagnosis and treatment of spider veins.
Described as abnormal clusters of blood vessels that occur during fetal development, vascular malformations are inherited and present at birth. Since the lesions tend to grow in proportion to the growth of the child, they may not become apparent until later in life. While there are many types of vascular malformations, the most common is arteriovenous malformations (AVM) – an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins.
Although many vascular malformations are asymptomatic, in some cases they can cause intense pain or bleeding. If left untreated, they can lead to other serious medical problems. The exact cause of vascular malformations is unknown, and it’s not generally thought to be an inherited disorder. The condition affects males and females equally.
If you or your child was diagnosed with a vascular malformation, Vena Vascular can help. Whether they’re aesthetically embarrassing or are causing you pain and discomfort, contact us today to discuss your treatment options.