Winston-Salem Vein Specialists: Troubling Facts on Vein Disease - NHVS

Top Winston-Salem Vein Doctors Present Troubling Facts About Vein Disease

vein specialistsWhen most people hear the term “vein disease,” if they have any association with that phrase at all, they think “varicose veins.” And while the swollen, discolored veins that appear on many people’s legs are part of the larger picture of vein disease, they are far from all of it. So in this article the leading vein specialists in Winston-Salem present a few troubling facts about vein disease, to help you understand how prevalent and serious it is, but also (less troubling) how easily it can be diagnosed and treated.

What do our neighbors in Winston-Salem need to know about vein disease?

The first troubling fact that most people don’t know about vein disease is how common it is. Over 50% of all Americans over the age of 50 suffer from some form of vein disease. Most of these people (for hormonal reasons) are women, but a quarter of men aged 30-40 and half of men over 70 have vein disease. The most common form of these diseases is varicose veins (affecting 20-30% of the adult population), but they also include chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), in which the veins become damaged and unable to pump blood efficiently back to the heart, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which puts people at risk of developing dangerous and potentially fatal blood clots.

The second troubling fact is how potentially serious vein disease can be if left untreated. Many people – especially those who equate “vein disease” with varicose veins – mistakenly think that it’s just a “cosmetic issue.” They may resent the discolored and swollen veins that have begun to appear on their legs, but they just shrug and think they can “live with them,” and thus avoid seeing a vein specialist. This “head in the sand” approach is dangerous, and can put their entire health at risk.

You must be joking — how serious can a few swollen veins be?

Pretty serious. Varicose veins are almost always the first surface symptom of a larger problem with your body’s circulatory system. If it is caused by CVI, that means that the varicose veins you are ignoring are going to get worse – over 20% of people with varicose veins develop open sores (venous leg ulcers) along the swollen veins that resist healing, and that keep them in constant pain. CVI can result in swollen legs and ankles, feelings of tiredness, and an inability to stand or walk for long periods of time.

If you have similar vein disease in the deeper, larger veins of your legs, the problem is even worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 2 people in every thousand (300,000-600,000) have DVT and don’t know it because they’ve never gotten a venous health screening. Even more troubling, the CDC reports that 60,000-100,000 people with DVT die of pulmonary embolisms each year, 10-30% of them within a month of being diagnosed, because they ignored their vein health for so long and failed to get a screening until it was too late to do something about them.

Vein disease also increases your risk of acquiring other chronic diseases. If your activity has become impaired by constant pain and feelings that “my legs hurt,” you may stop exercising. Vein disease thus makes you more likely to become obese, and obesity has been identified as a major factor contributing to the alarming rise in Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

Don’t just be troubled by these “troubling facts,” do something about them

Don’t lose sleep worrying about whether you have vein disease, or whether it is serious or not…find out for sure. A venous health screening from the best vein doctors in Winston-Salem takes only a few minutes, is completely painless, and could literally save your life. If diagnosed and treated early, almost all of the serious risks associated with vein disease can be treated and eliminated – quickly, easily, and painlessly, in the comfort of our offices. It’s the “not knowing” that puts your health – and your very life – at risk. To eliminate that risk, give Novant Health Vein Specialists a call at 336-245-4890 or go online and set up an appointment for a screening and initial consultation. For more information, visit:

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