Varicose Vein Treatment in Oakmont, PA
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Varicose from the Latin word varius describes veins that have varied or differing qualities from healthy veins. Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and misshapen ultimately effecting the veins’ ability to function properly..
Who Gets Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins Risks
About 3 out of every 10 people have varicose veins making this condition commonly recognized. The percentage increases when looking specifically at a group of older individuals.
You are more likely to develop varicose veins based on certain risk factors such as age, family history, long periods of standing, a life of sitting, trauma to the legs, prior blood clots in the veins, some inherited conditions, birth control pill use, and pregnancy.
Symptions and Causes of Varicose Veins
Symptoms of Varicose Veins Causes of Varicose Veins
Symptoms of swelling, redness, aching, heaviness, inability to exercise, pain or tenderness along the vein, muscle cramps, itching/ burning, restless legs, changes in skin (thickening, dryness, irritation, or ulceration) and decreased sensation of touch occur with varicose veins.
What causes varicose veins?
Your arteries pump blood away from the heart at a relatively high pressure. Veins on the other hand return blood to the heart at a lower pressure and must do their job against the force of gravity. That’s why it can feel so good to put your feet up at the end of the day. To help the correct flow of blood back to the heart the veins have valves, flaps of tissue in the vessel that allow the blood to move only one direction. Over time and with certain other factors these valves can become damaged.
This lower pressure, gravity, history of long periods of standing (typically seen in certain occupations), damaged valves, along with genetic pre-disposition all contribute to the improper reverse flow of your blood. This is known as venous insufficiency. The reverse flow, or reflux, directly causes more blood to be in the vessel. This increased amount of blood further increases pressure and makes the vein larger and misshapen over time.
Treating Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins Treatment
The best way to start is to set up a consultation. Dr. Drnovsek will talk with you individually about your ultrasound results and what treatment are available. If you have any question, it’s a great time to ask! Then, together you and Dr. Drnovsek will talk about the best treatment plan for you.
Varicose Consultation and Ultrasound Screening
- Vein Specialists of Pittsburgh offers consultation for patients with spider veins and/or varicose veins.
- Brief ultrasound screening is frequently performed at the time of first consultation.
- Ultrasound and Doppler interrogation is non-invasive and painless.
Available Treatments for Varicose Veins:
Can Treating Varicose Veins Help Spider Veins Too?
Symptoms of Varicose Veins Spider Veins
Often spider veins can be a sign of venous insuffiency and reflux in the larger veins towards the surface of the skin known as superficial veins or perforators (veins that connect the superficial veins to the deep veins).
Varicose veins are often symptomatic and, when they are bulging, a rope like appearance can be noted.
Symptoms include: swelling, redness, aching, heaviness, inability to exercise, pain or tenderness along the vein, itching, burning, restless legs, changes in skin, and decreased sensation of touch.