Treating Big Blue Varicose Veins Can Improve Your Vascular Health

It’s easy to recognize a varicose vein, thanks to its big, blue, twisted appearance. While they’re often just a source of embarrassment, varicose veins can be part of a more dangerous disorder. If you have unsightly leg veins, Dr. Michael Kassouf and our VeinMedic team can identify their cause and offer innovative treatments that improve your vascular health.

Understanding varicose veins

Varicose veins are a type of venous disease that develops when you have blood pooling in a blood vessel. Your circulatory system has different kinds of blood vessels. Blood moving through your body toward your heart goes through veins. When blood leaves your heart, it goes through arteries. 

Your veins have special valves to keep your blood flowing in the right direction. When you have a varicose vein, there’s a problem with a valve, which allows your blood to flow backward and collect in one area. As it pools, your blood vessel starts to swell and bulge underneath your skin, forming a varicose vein.

You can have varicose veins in superficial veins close to the surface of your skin and the deep veins located in your muscles. It’s crucial to know the cause of your varicose veins because some develop due to risky vascular issues.

When varicose veins become dangerous

Varicose veins affect approximately 23% of Americans. In many cases, they form as your blood vessels weaken, especially from aging or being overweight or obese. You’re also more likely to have varicose veins if you have a family history of the condition or spend long periods sitting or standing. However, a more serious cause is chronic venous insufficiency.

If you have chronic venous insufficiency, blood pools in your legs because your veins aren’t working correctly. What makes this condition especially dangerous is the fact that it can affect your deep leg veins — you can have chronic venous insufficiency without having outward signs.

Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include:

Varicose veins can also be caused by superficial thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis. These conditions often develop because of a blood clot in your leg vein. Without treatment, these conditions can become dangerous, restricting your blood flow and even causing death.

Treating varicose veins

Fortunately, it’s easy to treat varicose veins, whether your problem is purely cosmetic or you have a serious venous disease. At each of our convenient New York locations, we provide a comprehensive and thorough evaluation of your vascular function and health. 

After reaching a diagnosis, we might recommend a variety of treatments, like sclerotherapy, laser therapy, and radiofrequency or laser ablation. These procedures range from noninvasive to minimally invasive, and they all use different methods to close off your defective vein so your blood routes to a healthier vessel.

To find treatment for your unsightly varicose veins and to improve your vascular health, contact us by calling at VeinMedic or scheduling an appointment online today.

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