First, this article is NOT for dummies, any more than the excellent series of “For Dummies” books published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. are really for dummies. That series of books has now sold over 200 million copies because, as their subtitle “A Reference for the Rest of Us” indicates, they present everyday people with clear, easy-to-understand information about complicated subjects. That is what we hope to do in this article with the complicated subject of vein disease.
So you’re NOT a dummy if you’re reading this. Instead, you most likely have (or have a family history of) varicose veins or spider veins and you’re looking for one of the best vein treatment centers in Hawaii. Or you’ve heard about even more serious vein diseases like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and you want to know whether you’re in danger of acquiring them. So let’s start at the beginning…
What exactly IS vein disease?
Vein disease is a malfunction of your circulatory system that occurs when genetics, accident, medications, lifestyle, or other factors damage the delicate blood vessels that carry deoxygenated blood back to your heart and lungs. Because your circulation is the mechanism that supplies your body with oxygen and nutrients, any condition that impairs its proper functioning is serious. Some forms of vein disease have visible symptoms, such as the swollen and discolored veins caused by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) that manifest as varicose veins or smaller spider veins. Other forms of vein disease may not display any visible symptoms but can be even more dangerous; DVT, for example, is responsible for an estimated 300,000 deaths per year.
How is vein disease diagnosed and treated?
Varicose veins and spider veins can be seen on the surface of the skin, but to successfully diagnose most forms of vein disease, Maui and Big Island vascular doctors must use specialized equipment such as Doppler ultrasound, which can look below the surface of the skin to visualize not only the structure of your veins, but the blood flowing through them. Ultrasound is non-invasive and painless, and by using it in a venous health screening that takes only about an hour, specialists can tell whether or not you have vein disease.
If tests determine that you do, in fact, have vein disease, there is even more good news, because modern treatment techniques are minimally invasive, so painless that they don’t require anesthesia, and so fast and non-traumatic that you can have (for example) your varicose veins removed on your lunch hour and then go back to work. The tiny catheters used to perform treatments like sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy (EVLT) are smaller than the needle used to give you a flu shot. And they are guided precisely into place using ultrasound and other state-of-the-art visualization technologies.
So now that I know the basics, how do I find out more about vein disease?
That is the easiest part of your “Vein Disease Treatment for Dummies” course – you can find out more simply by picking up the telephone and calling a Hawaii vein specialist at Vein Clinics of Hawaii. Call Dr. Randall S. Juleff today and set up an appointment for your own venous health screening. If he finds indications of vein disease, he can present to you the most state-of-the-art treatment options for eliminating it. And if he doesn’t find indications of vein disease but finds that you have risk factors that make you more likely to get it, he can give you tips on how to prevent it. Now you know – that’s how easy Maui vein treatment is these days, and all you need to do is take advantage of it.