Varicose veins are a common venous disorder that affects millions of Americans. An estimated 50% of people between 40 and 80 suffer from vein diseases, including varicose veins.
Understanding Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are caused by chronic venous insufficiency in the body. The veins in the legs have valves that are responsible for making sure the blood is circulating in the right direction. These valves work against gravity to ensure the blood is efficiently pumped throughout the body.
Sometimes, due to weak or damaged veins, the valves are unable to function properly, causing the blood to pool in the veins.
As a result, the veins start swelling and become enlarged. They may also appear visible and purplish-blue, which is unsightly to look at. This condition is known as varicose veins.
While varicose veins can affect anyone, whether they are young or old, some factors increase the risk. These include:
- Pregnancy – Multiple pregnancies increase the chance of varicose veins developing
- Age – The risk of varicose veins increases as a person ages and the veins become older and weaker
- Gender – Women are more prone to developing varicose veins due to frequent hormonal changes in the body
- Smoking – People who smoke regularly have thicker blood, which can increase the chances of varicose veins
There some other factors that can cause varicose veins, such as family history, standing, or sitting for long periods, and menopause.
Usually, varicose veins are detected by the visible symptoms of swollen and discolored veins. However, some additional symptoms might indicate a venous disorder, such as:
- Heavy, aching, and uncomfortable legs
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Throbbing and burning legs
- Frequent leg cramps especially at night
- Itchy, thin and dry skin
Diagnosis and Treatments
Dr. Michael Aziz offers expert diagnoses for varicose veins and other venous disorders. He uses non-invasive tests such as ultrasound to assess the flow of blood in the veins to determine a possible issue.
His clinic also offers several treatments along with lifestyle changes to treat and prevent varicose veins and spider veins. His treatments include VNUS Closure Procedure and Sclerotherapy to reduce swelling and restore healthy blood circulation.
Dr. Aziz’s treatments for venous disorders guarantee quick results, rapid recovery, and healthier veins.
Get in touch with his staff today to book a vein evaluation and get rid of those ugly varicose veins in no time!
Words from our patients
“I have been a patient with Dr. Aziz for few years. He has always been very caring, and never rushed me. I will always recommend him to my friends and family.”