One of the things you learn running one of the best vein treatment centers in Hawaii is that patients don’t tend to take vein disease seriously. We meet many people who noticed the first signs of varicose veins years before they actually sought treatment from an Oahu varicose vein doctor. The majority of these patients thought that their varicose veins were merely a “cosmetic problem,” and decided to try to “live with them” instead of seeking treatment. They hid their legs under dark stockings and long pants, hoping that the swollen and discolored veins would “get better on their own.” Unfortunately, untreated vein disease doesn’t get better – it gets worse. So by the time these patients finally did come to see us, the comment they all made was, “I wish I had sought treatment sooner.”
Vein disease is a real disease, and needs real treatment
Varicose veins are the visible symptoms of a much deeper disease, chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. If you have CVI, the tiny valves that control the flow of blood back to your heart and lungs don’t close properly and become “leaky.” Deoxygenated blood flows backwards into the veins and collects there, which is what causes them to swell and become discolored. But that’s just scratching the surface of the damage that CVI is doing to your overall health.
Having untreated CVI means that every day you put off seeking treatment you allow the disease to further impair your circulatory system, causing a number of unpleasant side effects. The first symptom you notice will be that your legs and ankles become swollen and feel tired and weak all the time. Ignore this and continue to put off treatment, and in a very short time you can be in so much pain that you can no longer walk. If you can no longer walk easily, naturally that is going to affect your lifestyle. And because your impaired circulation affects your mental state as well, it is common for people with untreated varicose veins to become clinically depressed. The long-term impact of untreated vein disease is even worse, because having vein disease greatly increases your risk of obesity, heart attack, diabetes, and stroke.
So what should you do if you have varicose veins?
Seek treatment. Contact a varicose vein treatment specialist in Honolulu or Maui, have a full venous health screening, and let the doctor explain your options to you. Mild cases of varicose veins can often be treated conservatively with diet, exercise, and the use of compression stockings. But even if your varicose veins are more advanced and can only be fixed by removing them completely, the treatments we offer at Vein Clinics of Hawaii are gentle, painless, and minimally invasive, and can be performed in the comfort of our offices. So give Dr. Randall S. Juleff a call or go online and set up an appointment for your own venous health screening. You won’t regret it.