When it comes to vein disease, there are “good numbers,” and “bad numbers.”
Let’s start with the “bad numbers,” to get them out of the way
The largest and most shocking of these “bad numbers” count the number of people who actually have vein disease. An estimated 40 million Americans have varicose veins, and 20% of them will eventually see their varicose veins become covered with leg ulcers so painful they have difficulty walking. Another form of vein disease, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), generates smaller “bad numbers” in terms of how many people have it – only 300,000 to 600,000. But that’s still 1-2 people per 1000, and of that number 60,000 to 100,000 will die each year from complications of DVT such as pulmonary embolism or stroke.
Now, what are the “good numbers” about vein disease you should know?
The best number or statistic that we as vein care specialists in Kauai can give you is that almost 100% of vein disease is treatable. The incredible advances made in the diagnosis of vein disease mean that almost all serious vein diseases can be detected during a venous health screening that takes only about an hour.
One hour. 60 minutes. That’s a pretty small number, considering the benefits. In that short an examination, using painless, non-invasive technologies like Duplex ultrasound, the best vein doctors in Hawaii can accurately determine the current state of your vein health.
Screenings or not, won’t some people still get vein disease?
Yes, they will. “By the numbers,” a certain number of people will always be at higher risk of getting vein disease than others. This is because of gender (women get vein disease more than men, for hormonal reasons), age (vein disease is more likely if you are over 50), and heredity (you are more likely to get vein disease if someone in your immediate family has had it). However, screenings can still lower the overall numbers because if your Oahu varicose vein doctors find that you have high gender, age, and hereditary risks for vein disease, you can still lower your overall risk by controlling your weight, eating a balanced diet, avoiding sitting for long periods of time, and getting enough exercise. If everyone got regular vein screenings and followed their doctors’ suggestions, most vein disease could be prevented.
What if the screening finds that I already have vein disease?
Again, “by the numbers,” early detection of vein disease is important because, caught early, vein disease is treatable. These days vein disease can not only be eliminated, it can be treated using minimally-invasive procedures that don’t even require you to go to a hospital. Varicose veins can be permanently removed in the comfort of one of the best Maui vein treatment centers. More serious vein diseases such as deep vein thrombosis can be treated in about the same amount of time. And because we’re talking about “numbers,” one of the most important numbers to bear in mind IS time – these procedures don’t require you to take any time off from work or other activities, and can be completed in about an hour.
So step by step – “by the numbers” – what should you do now?
Step 1 – call our Hawaii vein specialists at 808-214-5715 and set up an appointment for a venous health screening.
Step 2 – show up for your appointment, and then follow your doctor’s advice on how to best prevent or treat vein disease.
Step 3 – relax. If you’ve followed the previous two steps, you have a better chance of staying in good vein health than most people in America.