Varicose veins are a common source of concern. Are you worried because varicose veins run in the family? Or maybe it seems everyone your age is dealing with varicose veins. Have you started experiencing symptoms like skin discoloration or leg cramping? Has your confidence wavered because of the appearance of varicose veins? Whatever your source of concern, a varicose vein screening can help set your mind at ease.
The basics of varicose vein disease
In veins, one-way valves normally help ensure that blood flows only in the direction of the heart. When these valves malfunction, the sluggish flow and pooling of blood that results is referred to as venous insufficiency. This can lead to the development of spider and varicose veins.
In the venous circulation, return of blood from the legs, feet and ankles (referred to collectively as the lower extremities) is the most challenging as the blood is at it’s furthest distance from the heart. This is why venous insufficiency almost always develops in the lower extremities.
Recognizing varicose veins
Around 10% of Americans suffer from varicose veins, making it a very common condition. Increasing age and a family history of the condition are two of the biggest risk factors in the development of varicose veins.
The symptoms of varicose veins can include leg cramping, ankle swelling and skin discoloration even before the veins develop their characteristic appearance as swollen, serpentine and sometimes discolored blood vessels. The appearance of varicose veins can be another important symptom motivating a search for treatment options. Given that these and other symptoms of venous insufficiency can overlap with other conditions with serious systemic implications, it is important to seek medical advice in the diagnosis and treatment of suspected varicose veins.
Varicose Vein Screening
To understand your personal risk of developing or having varicose veins and to discuss preventative or treatment options, be sure to get a varicose vein screening. Expect to have a visit with a board certified vascular specialist who will conduct an expedient yet thorough physical exam of your legs. The specialist will then discuss your personal risk of developing varicose veins as well as the most suitable prevention and treatment options. You may be offered some immediate relief for symptoms such as prescription compression stockings as well as an understanding of all the varicose vein treatment options best suited to your current health status and future risk profile.
While intended to provide some useful information, this article is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. Be sure to make an appointment with Dr. Tilara at the Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center or a doctor in your area if you have a concern. The Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center offers free varicose vein screening and is conveniently located in Lawrenceville, GA. The Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center also serves the surrounding Atlanta metro area including Duluth, Dacula, Buford, Grayson, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville and Suwanee. Find out today how the Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center can help set your mind at ease while putting your best foot forward with a free varicose vein screening.
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