Venous Disease

Veins are responsible for carrying blood back to your heart, and when they are healthy, they have one-way valves that keep the blood flowing in the right direction. However, when these valves become damaged or weakened, they can allow blood to flow backward, which can cause a buildup of pressure in the veins. This can lead to a number of symptoms, including pain, swelling, and varicose veins.

Venous disease is a common condition, and it can affect people of all ages. However, it is more likely to occur in people who are overweight or have a family history of the condition. If you are experiencing any symptoms of venous disease, it is important to see a doctor so that you can receive treatment. There are a variety of treatments available for this condition, and the sooner you start treatment, the better your chances will be of avoiding serious complications.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency and Other Vein Diseases

Vein diseases affect an estimated 40% of the U.S. population, occurring most often in women and individuals over the age of 50. Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a commonly occurring venous disease that affects more than 200,000 Americans each year and leads to varicose veins, swelling, and eventually even leg ulcers. Because vein disease can lead to other, more serious problems, it is important to have vein screenings to monitor the health of your veins and determine if you need vein disease treatment. Summit Skin & Vein Care provides free vein screenings to check for vein disease in Lee’s Summit. Our convenient location is easily accessible to the entire Kansas City region.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins & Venous Disease

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. They most commonly appear in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins occur when the valves in your veins stop working properly. This allows blood to flow backward and pool in your veins. This can cause your veins to enlarge, twist, and become irritated. Symptoms of varicose veins include fatigue, heaviness, aching, burning, throbbing, cramping, itching, and restlessness.

Treatment for varicose veins and venous disease may include lifestyle changes, compression therapy, surgery, or other medical procedures. If you have varicose veins or venous disease, it is important to talk to your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor to find out if you have varicose veins or another condition.

  • Aching, throbbing, or tired feeling in the legs
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Leg cramps
  • Rashes and itching on the skin
  • Poor wound healing and open sores
  • Discoloration of the skin

You may not realize that you have venous insufficiency when the typical bulging varicose veins are not visible. However, all of the above symptoms can be an indication of vein disease. This can lead to further complications if left untreated. While healthy veins have a closed valve that only allows blood flow in one direction, varicose veins allow the blood to flow in both directions. This eventually leads to visible swelling of the veins, as well as the other symptoms listed above. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, a vein screening can help our doctors decide if your veins need further attention, like deep vein thrombosis treatment or the treatment of other vein diseases.

What are venous disorders?

A venous disorder is any condition that damages your veins. Veins are the vessels that bring blood back to your heart after your body has used the oxygen in the blood. Chronic Venous Insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, and spider veins are some of the most common venous disorders.

Free Vein Screenings

At Summit Skin & Vein Care, our expert free vein screenings provided by a professional vein doctor can help determine the health of your veins. During our vein screenings, we check for improper blood flow within the superficial system. We will also discuss your vein treatment options, such as sclerotherapy, and any other questions or concerns you have about your veins. Call us today in the Kansas City and Lee’s Summit areas at (816) 533-4398

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