There are times when being one of the best vein doctors in Hawaii is like being a mechanic who specializes in a precision automobile like a Ferrari. I have known a few such mechanics, and they all told me that several times a year a customer brings in one of these beautiful cars, and it’s a disaster. So they have a conversation:
Mechanic: “When was the last time you brought this vehicle in for service?”
Owner: “Oh, I’ve never had it serviced. I didn’t know I needed to…it’s a Ferrari.”
Mechanic: “Well, when did you first notice these odd symptoms – the clanking, and the smoke pouring out of the exhaust?”
Owner: “Several months ago, but I figured they’d go away if I ignored them.”
As vein care specialists in Kauai and Maui, we often have similar conversations:
Patient: “My legs hurt, and my legs and ankles are swollen all the time.”
Doctor: “Hmmm…when was the last time you had a vein health checkup.”
Patient: “Oh, I’ve never had one.”
Doctor: “But I couldn’t help but notice you have varicose veins. Didn’t you see a doctor about them?”
Patient: “No – I didn’t think it was necessary. Varicose veins aren’t serious, not like a real disease, and I figured they’d just go away if I ignored them.”
Your body isn’t a Ferrari, but it needs regular checkups just like one
Vein disease IS a real disease, but the problem is that many people don’t think it is. They don’t think they “need” a vein health checkup – or even that they should consult a vein specialist if they have symptoms like the patient in the second scenario above – because they don’t believe vein disease could be serious.
Vein disease is serious. One recent study found that 20% to 50% of patients admitted to a hospital for stroke alsohad some form of vein disease that had contributed to the stroke. But in almost every case, the patients didn’t know that they had a vein disease, because they’d never had a checkup. Many of the patients in this study died as a result of their stroke, and the tragedy is that those deaths could have been prevented if they’d just had a venous health screening.
A vein health checkup is painless and non-invasive, but can save your life
Venous health screenings take only about an hour, but they allow your Maui vein treatment specialist to determine whether you have or are at high risk of getting vein disease. Some of these diseases have visible symptoms, like varicose veins, but others hide beneath the surface of the skin, and can only be detected by a vein doctor who has been trained in how to use ultrasound and other specialized equipment. So if you haven’t had a vein health checkup in some time – or, like the unfortunate Ferrari driver at the start of this article, have never had a vein health checkup – now is the time to change that.
Vein disease does matter, and your health does matter. And you can take care of your health proactively by simply making a phone call to one of the best vein doctors in Hawaii or go online to arrange for your own screening. You’ll be glad you did.