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Vein Diseases - Overview

An estimated 60% of women and men suffer from vein disease.

Some of the signs and symptoms include leg pain, achy legs, burning in legs, numbness in legs, leg cramps, heaviness in legs, itching legs, restless legs, tired legs, swelling in ankles or leg calves. Left untreated, it may result in skin discoloration, bleeding veins, sores that heal poorly, and blood clots.

To understand vein disease, you must first understand the function of veins. Arteries are blood vessels responsible for delivering blood to all areas of the body, including the legs. Veins are responsible for collecting the same blood and bringing it back to the heart. Leg veins, located farthest from the heart, have to work extra hard to push blood upward against gravity toward the heart.

Studies have shown that a vast majority of people have genetically weak veins. Now, if you add more risk factors such as standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, pregnancy, excess weight, and trauma, veins can start to fail. As veins begin to fail, blood starts to pool in the legs resulting in veins that are "varicose"—abnormally swollen or knotted.

01 Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, bulging veins that are often visible on the skin surface, but the majority are weak or damaged blood vessels below the surface of the skin that cause poor circulation and are only visible with help of an ultrasound.

02 Spider Veins

Spider Veins are smaller versions of varicose veins that usually appear on the skin's surface as small, red to purple blood vessels that resemble a spider's web. While spider veins rarely pose a medical problem, they often signal problems in the larger veins below the skin's surface.

03 Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic Venous Insufficiency is a medical condition in which the veins are unable to pump oxygen-depleated blood back to the heart, often resulting in chronic swelling of the legs.

04 Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein and can be a complication of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. Classic symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include swelling, pain, and redness of the affected area.

Which of these legs MAY HAVE varicose veins?

1-spiderSpider veins2-varicoseVaricose veins3-edemaEdema4-ulcerDiscolor or Ulcer5-invisibleNot visible

All of the above.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Aching
  • Burning or numbness
  • Cramping or 'Charlie horse'
  • Heaviness
  • Itching
  • Leg pain
  • Restlessness in legs
  • Tiredness
  • Swelling in feet ankles and calves

Left untreated, may result in skin discoloration, bleeding veins, sores that heal poorly, and blood clots.

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