If you have aching, painful or restless legs, heaviness, swollen ankles or muscle cramping, you may have varicose veins.
More than 50 percent of women suffer from varicose vein disease in their lifetime.
While many women experience pain and discomfort, for some varicose veins, or the milder spider veins, are a cosmetic concern. The number one cause of varicose veins is heredity. If your mother or grandmother had varicose veins, you are more likely to develop them. Pregnancy is another risk factor for varicose veins and the veins tend to get worse with each succeeding pregnancy.
Vein disorders are not always visible to the naked eye. A diagnostic ultrasound vein mapping is needed to determine the cause and severity of the vein problems.
State-of-the-art corrective treatments include endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), sclerotherapy and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. With these procedures there is no sedation needed and patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately.
EVLA eliminates the abnormal saphenous vein, which is the source of most varicose vein issues. Using ultrasound technology, a thin laser fiber is guided into the vein through a very small opening to deliver energy to the diseased vein wall, causing the vein to close and eliminating backward blood flow.
Sclerotherapy is a treatment in which a tiny needle is used to inject veins with a medication that irritates the inner lining of the vein and causes it to close. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy uses an ultrasound to locate the veins below the surface of the skin while the medication is injected. This procedure is often used in addition to EVLA.
There is no way to completely prevent varicose veins but improving your circulation and muscle tone can reduce your risk. For healthier veins watch your weight, exercise regularly, eat a diet high in fiber and low in salt and wear compression stockings.
If you think you or someone you know might be suffering from the symptoms of varicose veins, schedule a free vein screening at The VEIN Specialists today!