What is Vein Disease?
In the body, there are three sets of vessels that make up the circulatory system; they include the arteries, lymphatics, and veins. Arteries move oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the tissues; lymphatics move plasma (a part of the normal blood) that bathes the cells back into circulation, and veins are charged with the task of moving oxygen-depleted blood from the organs and tissues back to the heart to be oxygenated once again for circulation.
A properly functioning circulation system is critical to overall health and wellbeing. One of the most common threats to this system is vein disease. Veins contain a series of one-way valves that are essential for circulation, propelling deoxygenated blood upward to the heart, and preventing blood from flowing backward. In a person with vein disease, these valves cease to function properly, allowing blood to leak downward and pool. This unnatural movement of blood creates excess pressure within the thin venous walls, producing a variety of symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Vein Disease?
Individuals that have developed vein disease often experience uncomfortable and sometimes even painful symptoms, which tend to worsen after prolonged periods of standing. Common symptoms associated with vein disease include swelling, throbbing, changes in skin color, rashes, itchiness, numbness and pain to the touch. Another common symptom cited by patients with vein disease is the need to elevate the legs to reduce pressure felt from standing throughout the day. If you have any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a varicose vein doctor serving Chicago for diagnosis and treatment.
How is Vein Disease Diagnosed?
Varicose vein doctors perform a thorough examination of each new patient, including an analysis of their medical history as well as a physical exam. Using Duplex ultrasounds, vascular professionals are able to thoroughly assess the health of the deep and superficial veins in the lower extremities. The ultrasound uses harmless sound waves to measure flow in the veins. These sound waves bounce off the tissue and create an echo. The echo is then converted into an image that can pinpoint veins with malfunctioning valves, and also allows for the identification of any immediate health risks, such as blood clots. Examinations can typically be performed in less than one hour.
If varicose vein disease is confirmed, Dr. Rosenfeld will formulate a treatment plan to safely and effectively address your unique presentation.
What Causes Vein Disease?
The reasons for the development of vein disease range widely from individual to individual. There are many potential causes for vein disease, some of which may be attributed to lifestyle choices, such as inactivity, smoking or poor diet, while others are unpreventable, such as heredity, gender, and aging. Due to the variety of causes or combinations of causes, vein procedures are commonly performed on patients of both genders at all ages. In some cases vein supplement herbs can be used to help treatment. Visit our advanced vein center and learn how to prevent varicose veins in the future.
If you have any symptoms of vein disease, visit with Dr. Richard Rosenfeld of Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, a leading vascular practice serving community members in Chicago including Waukegan, Libertyville, Vernon Hill, and North Chicago IL. To schedule a consultation, please call 847-512-4470.