Varicose veins are extremely common and often overlooked. This condition affects over 30 million Americans, yet only about 1.9 million seek treatment. Varicose veins are bulging, dilated veins that are caused by malfunctioning venous valves.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Common symptoms of varicose veins include:
Aching leg pain
Rash on the legs
Burning or itching of the skin
Color changes in the skin
Causes of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins occur when the veins aren’t functioning properly and are caused by increased blood pressure in the veins. Venous valves are one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. When the valves malfunction, blood flows in the opposite direction, causing veins to enlarge in order to accommodate the increased volume of blood. This problem is also known as venous reflux.
Factors that increase your risk of developing varicose veins include:
Obesity or being overweight
Standing or sitting for long periods of time
There are solutions for those suffering from varicose veins. The physicians at Advanced Heart and Vein Center will perform a consult and based on the findings, may order a simple, non-invasive test called a venous duplex (ultrasound).
Next, our physicians will tailor a treatment plan specific to your anatomy and desired outcome. The first line of therapy includes conservative options such as leg elevation and compression stockings. Conservative care may initially help ease the pain of varicose veins but will not provide definitive treatment.
If conservative care fails, treatment of the underlying problem can be offered and is covered by most insurance companies. There are currently several minimally-invasive office therapies available, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA or Closure Fast®) and VenaSeal® Closure, used to close the saphenous vein and eliminate reflux.
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At Advanced Heart and Vein Center, we offer advanced vein care for a wide range of conditions in our vein center. To schedule a FREE vein screening, please contact us at (720) 893-5000 today!