Many people with varicose veins react to them by covering them up with long pants or dark stockings and ignoring them, effectively trying to pretend that they’re not a serious problem that requires treatment. Unfortunately, this isn’t true – varicose veins are the surface symptoms of an underlying vein disease that can be very serious indeed, and that can lead to dangerous complications without treatment from a vein care specialist in Kauai or Maui.
What Hawaii residents (or visitors) should know about the possible complications of vein disease
The swollen and discolored veins you see in the mirror every morning before you hide them with long pants didn’t just appear there on their own. They are most likely the result of a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI, which impairs your circulation, allowing blood to pool in your extremities rather than being pumped back to your heart as it should be. This causes increased pressure on the veins themselves (causing them to swell) and allows them to fill up with deoxygenated blood (which causes them to turn bluish-purple and thus visible beneath the surface of the skin).
Unfortunately, the consequences of varicose veins don’t stop with them being unattractive. Left untreated, one of the most common side effects of varicose veins is chronic swelling in the legs and ankles, which can quickly become painful enough to make it difficult to walk or stand. In some people, this swelling can be so pronounced and so painful that they become effectively disabled.
Painfully swollen legs are only the start of varicose vein complications
Swollen legs are often followed by changes on the surface of the skin, the result of poor circulation caused by CVI. When this happens, the skin on your legs can turn brown and become leathery and more prone to injury. Merely scraping your legs on a chair or table can cause open sores that then refuse to heal, leaving your legs with bleeding wounds.
And even this is not the worst of the complications that arise from varicose veins. That is what CVI and an impaired circulation are doing to your overall health. If you have varicose veins and fail to get them treated, you greatly increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.
OK, I get it…vein disease is worse than I thought. What do I do now?
Whether you know you have varicose veins or you suspect you are at high risk of developing them because there is a family history of them, the most important thing to do is to have a venous health screening to determine your current level of vein health. You can do this by calling a Big Island vascular doctor such as Dr. Randall S. Juleff and his associates at Vein Clinics of Hawaii at 808-214-5715 and scheduling an appointment.
If it turns out that you don’t have vein disease, these Hawaii vein specialists can help you to prevent it. If you have vein disease in its early stages, they can help you manage the symptoms through conservative treatments such as compression stockings, exercise, and lifestyle changes. And if you have more serious vein disease (or just want to get rid of your varicose veins for cosmetic reasons), they can recommend the most effective minimally-invasive treatments available anywhere.
So the “bottom line” is that vein disease IS probably worse than you thought. But at the same time your prognosis is better than you might have thought because now you know that the specialists at one of the best Maui vein treatment centers can help you eliminate it forever – quickly, painlessly, and without hospitalization.