Healthy veins are vital for a healthy life. Veins work hard to transport our blood through the body and up to the lungs and heart, before our arteries take over and the cycle starts afresh. The circulatory system cycles like this thousands of times in a single lifetime. Healthy veins easily manage to carry blood up into the heart while fighting the backward pull of gravity. Most cases of vein disease are strongly connected to genetics, but lots of time spent standing or sitting can also increase the chances of our veins to malfunction. Veins have stretchy walls and tiny valves that close to keep blood from flowing backward. Veins harden as we age, which allows blood to pool and the veins to become swollen, twisted and sometimes painful.
Novant Health Vein Specialists considers the venous system as a whole rather than as individual parts. The deep system of veins within the muscular compartments of the legs communicates with the superficial system of veins under the skin and fatty tissue (outside the muscles) through a network of communicating veins which act as bridges between the two systems. The deep system returns more than 95% of the venous blood from the legs to the pelvis, while the superficial system accounts for 5% or less. Since leakiness in the superficial veins is responsible for more than 95% of patients’ problems seen at Novant Health Vein Specialists, ultrasound evaluation of the lower extremity venous systems is an integral part of their comprehensive venous workup. This evaluation will ensure that any underlying vein problems are identified, and, if necessary, corrected before treatment of the external signs of venous disease is initiated. For example, prior to removing bulging veins in the calf, it is important to first identify the underlying leaky vein and seal it, thereby decreasing the chance that other bulging veins will develop in the future.
Upwards of 25 million individuals in the United States experience some type of venous disorder, and most of the sufferers are women. If you are affected by vein disease, please know you have painless treatments available to you. The most frequently occurring disorders are varicose veins, venous insufficiency and spider veins. Though not usually life-threatening, vein disorders negatively affect your circulatory system and, if left untreated, lead to more concerning conditions, such as ulcers, blood clots, stroke, and death.
Novant Health Vein Specialists physicians specialize in a number of state-of-the-art venous procedures and diagnostic tests. To find out more about them, and how these treatments may help you or a loved one, complete the form below and one of our specialists will contact you.