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Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Varicose veins and spider veins not only impact physical appearance but also have the potential to cause discomfort and affect overall well-being. At Cardiovascular Specialists, we help local patients achieve optimal health with our comprehensive services including diagnosis and treatment of spider veins and varicose veins. Read more to learn about these conditions and the available interventions so you can make informed decisions and take steps toward managing and improving your vein health.

Causes and Risk Factors

Several factors may contribute to the development of spider veins and varicose veins, including:

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  • Genetics: A family history of these conditions can increase the chances of developing problems.
  • Age-related wear and tear: As we age, the veins may weaken, causing valves to function less efficiently.
  • Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, menopause, or the use of hormonal therapies can contribute to the development of these conditions.
  • Prolonged standing or sitting: Occupations that involve long periods of standing or sitting can lead to increased venous pressure and vein problems.
  • Obesity and lifestyle factors: Excess weight and a sedentary lifestyle can put additional stress on the veins and hinder proper blood flow.

Symptoms and Complications

Are you wondering whether or not you have varicose or spider veins? Here are some of the most common symptoms:  

  • Visible veins that are dark, twisted, or bulging.
  • Swelling, heaviness, or aching in the legs, especially after long periods of standing or sitting.
  • Itching or a burning sensation around the affected veins.

If left untreated, these conditions can lead to complications such as skin discoloration, skin ulcers, and an increased risk of blood clots.

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Treatment Options

Managing varicose and spider veins may require a combination of various treatments and interventions. Here are the options available:

  • Compression Stockings: These specially designed stockings provide graduated pressure, helping to improve blood flow and reduce discomfort.
  • Sclerotherapy: A procedure in which a solution is injected into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and redirecting blood flow to healthier veins.
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation: This minimally invasive procedure uses laser energy to heat and seal off the affected veins, redirecting blood flow.
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy: A surgical procedure that involves the removal of varicose veins through tiny incisions.
  • Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation: Similar to EVLA, RFA uses radiofrequency energy to heat and seal off the veins.

The choice of treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the recommendations of a healthcare professional.

Prevention and Self-Care

If you want to prevent or manage varicose and spider veins, then it’s wise to adopt a few self-care practices like: 

  • Engaging in regular exercise to improve circulation and strengthen leg muscles.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing, taking breaks to elevate the legs, and changing positions frequently.
  • Wearing compression stockings as recommended by a healthcare professional.
  • Practicing good skincare and avoiding excessive sun exposure minimize the risk of skin complications.

Do You Have Varicose Veins or Spider Veins? 

If you’re concerned about the presence of spider veins or varicose veins, call or visit Cardiovascular Specialists today. Our team of professionals can help you actively manage these conditions and improve your vein health. Contact our office to learn more about your treatment options or to schedule a convenient appointment. 

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