Varicose veins are one of the most common vein-related problems, affecting up to 25 million Americans. Not only are varicose veins visible, without treatment, but they may also increase your risk of blood clots deep inside the legs (deep vein thrombosis). At Carolina Vein Institute, with three convenient locations in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Apex, North Carolina, vein specialists Ashley Baquero, MD, Luan Tran, MD, and the team treat varicose veins using quick and efficient outpatient procedures. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest location today, or book a consultation online.
Varicose veins are a common side-effect of chronic venous insufficiency. They have a twisted and rope-like appearance and occur when one or more vein valve malfunctions, allowing your blood to flow away from your heart and pool. Varicose veins can occur anywhere, but they’re especially common on the legs and calves.
For some people, they’re a cosmetic concern. Others experience uncomfortable symptoms like burning, itching, and tingling. Without treatment, varicose veins can also lead to more serious health problems.
Varicose veins affect everyone differently. Symptoms to watch out for include:
As varicose veins grow in size, your skin might also change color.
To diagnose varicose veins, your specialist at Carolina Vein Institute reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts an exam. Your provider carefully observes your legs, looking for signs of redness or swelling. Make sure to let your provider know about any pain or aching in your legs.
If necessary, your provider might order an on-site vein ultrasound. An ultrasound uses sound waves to take images of the inside of your body. It ensures your vein valves function normally and can detect evidence of blood clots.
Treatment for varicose veins depends on their severity and effect on your quality of life. Usually, Carolina Vein Institute recommends conservative measures of care, such as compression stockings and at-home treatments like losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising.
If these measures don’t provide adequate relief, you might benefit from an outpatient treatment like:
Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to eliminate unsightly veins, improve blood flow, and ease uncomfortable symptoms.
There’s no way to prevent varicose veins entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. Carolina Vein institute recommends exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a diet high in fiber and low in salt.
If you work a job that requires you to sit or stand for long periods, it’s important to try and change positions regularly. Doing so can improve circulation and keep your blood from pooling.
To learn more about the various treatments for varicose veins, schedule an appointment at Carolina Vein Institute. Call the nearest location, or book a consultation online today.