Ask the Vein Clinic: What Are Vein Diseases?

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Painful varicose and spider veins on womans legsThe cardiovascular system provides a way for nutrients, blood, and oxygen to reach all the parts of the body. Unfortunately, as the body ages, disorders of the circulatory system may develop, reports the American Venous Forum, which include heart disease and vein disease. Several different types of vein disease exist, and if you have experienced symptoms of vein disease, you may need to see a professional at an accredited vein clinic for an accurate diagnosis. Take a look at what you need to know about vein disease.

Explaining Vein Disease

Vein disease refers to the inability of the veins to drain properly. As explained by the American Heart Association, vein disease may be the result of changes in the structure of vascular tissue, specifically the stretching of veins in the limbs, which may warrant varicose vein removal.

Types of Vein Disease

Some types of vein disease can result in pain, inability to walk, or major cardiac events. The most common vein diseases include the following:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – This type of vein disease involves the formation of blood clots in the deeper veins of the legs. Less than 50 percent of patients exhibit signs or symptoms of DVT, explains the American Heart Association. These clots may break loose and travel through the circulatory system until reaching an obstruction.
  • Superficial Varicose Veins– When a vein becomes unable to function properly, the disorder is referred to as a venous insufficiency. However, varicose veins make up a superficial venous insufficiency. Common causes of varicose veins include obesity, standing for long periods of time, pregnancy, and a sedentary lifestyle, asserts MedlinePlus. However, varicose veins include the next type of vein disease as well.
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency– Most often, the cause of chronic venous insufficiency (deep veins that cannot drain adequately) leads back to the formation of a DVT, yet this condition may arise from similar causes of superficial varicose veins. Some common side effects of chronic venous insufficiency include leg swelling, pain, darkening skin color, and a hardening of the skin’s texture.

Varicose vein removal or compression therapy for minor cases may provide relief from the pain and negative consequences of vein diseases. To learn more about vein disease and varicose vein removal, contact Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center at (914) 295-2202, or fill out the online contact form to schedule your consultation.

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