Millions of American adults suffer from vein disease, a condition that interrupts the flow of blood to the heart. Vein disease can turn what is normally a one-way system into a two-way street, leading to a number of uncomfortable symptoms and putting patients at risk for serious complications.
Healthy veins are well equipped to transport blood back to the heart after it has circulated throughout the body. This task is facilitated by series of one-way vales that line the vein walls. When the muscles surrounding a vein contract, the valves open and allow blood to flow towards the heart. When the muscles relax the valves close, preventing blood from flowing backwards.
Unfortunately, a number of issues can interfere with this system, leading to dysfunctional valves. Such valves may allow blood to “reflux,” or flow backwards into the feet. If this occurs, blood will begin to pool in the veins below. This backflow can cause pressure that stretches out the vein wall, bulging your veins. Fluids may also start to build up in the leg itself, leading to uncomfortable swelling.
Vein disease does tend to grow worse over time. If left untreated, it may escalate and lead to blood clots and changes in the skin on the legs (such as ulcers and discoloration).
Fortunately, vein treatment is available to treat both the symptoms and underlying causes of vein disease. Lifestyle changes such as exercise and weight management help many reduce swelling and improve circulation. Minimally invasive treatments are also available to seal off problematic veins from the rest of the circulatory system or remove them completely. Modern vein treatments are safe, comfortable, and effective, providing optimal clinical and aesthetic results.
If you are tired of putting up with vein disease, contact our vein clinic in Hawaii to learn more about your options.