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How Treating Varicose Veins Can Improve Your Vascular Health

Varicose veins have a characteristic appearance. These large, bulging, twisted veins most often appear on the legs, and while their unsightly appearance is often the most common complaint, it’s crucial to know that these veins are a sign of underlying vein problems. 

Vascular surgeon Dr. Dennis Resetarits and our team at Surgical Care East, PLLC provides top-quality vascular care to men and women in the Onondaga county community of New York. If you have varicose veins, we can help identify their cause and improve your vascular health.

How veins function

The arteries and veins that make up your circulatory system are tasked with transporting oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. When blood leaves your heart, it moves through your arteries. To return to your heart, it flows through hollow structures called veins. 

Because blood must flow against gravity, veins have special valves that keep blood moving in one direction. In people with varicose veins, these valves weaken or become damaged, reducing their ability to keep blood flowing in the right direction. As a result, blood pools. Due to the influence of gravity, pooling most often occurs in the legs. 

This increases the pressure against the vein walls, causing the veins to bulge and become distorted. Veins close to the skin’s surface bulge outward and take on the characteristic appearance of varicose veins.  

Varicose veins: a sign of venous disease

The appearance of varicose veins is more than an aesthetic nuisance. It’s a sign that the veins in your legs aren’t working as they should. You’re more likely to develop varicose veins as you get older and if you’re overweight, sedentary, or have a family history of venous problems. People with jobs that require them to stand for long periods are also prone to developing varicose veins. 

Chronic venous insufficiency is a common cause of varicose veins. This long-term condition occurs when malfunctioning veins don’t allow blood to flow back up to the heart, causing the blood to pool in the superficial or deep leg veins. Because chronic venous insufficiency can occur in your deep leg veins, that means you can have this condition without visible signs of varicose veins.

In addition to varicose veins, signs of chronic venous insufficiency include:

When you have varicose veins, they can indicate more serious venous diseases such as superficial thrombophlebitis and deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).

Warning signs of superficial thrombophlebitis

Superficial thrombophlebitis refers to vein inflammation. It may develop when you have a blood clot that reduces blood flow in a vein.

Warning signs of superficial thrombophlebitis often include:

You should always have signs of superficial thrombophlebitis assessed by a doctor. Superficial thrombophlebitis raises the risk of developing deep-vein thrombosis.

Deep vein thrombosis: a potential complication of varicose veins

Deep-vein thrombosis occurs when you have a blood clot in your vein that prevents your blood from circulating. This condition is hazardous because a blood clot in your vein can break free and travel to your lungs. 

When this happens, it can cause a life-threatening condition known as pulmonary embolism -- a condition where a blood clot where one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked. This is a life-threatening condition that can damage the lung and lead to death.

Treating varicose veins 

When you visit Surgical Care East, PLLC, Dr. Resetarits will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend a course of treatment for your varicose veins. We offer:

The treatment Dr. Resetarits recommends for you depends on several factors, including the size and number of varicose veins. The goal of varicose vein treatment is to reduce symptoms, lower the risk of complications, and improve vascular health. 

If you have varicose veins, we can help. To get started, contact our Camillus office by calling 315-270-3432 or by requesting an appointment online here on our website today.

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