If you break your ankle or cut your hand, it quickly becomes apparent that you need fast medical care. Other medical problems are not quite so obvious. Issues in your veins are not always easy to see, which makes it difficult to decide when medical attention is required. If you are concerned about your vein health, consulting with a specialist such as Dr. Lev Khitin can help you to determine whether you need specialized care. Learn how to find out if you need specialized vein evaluation and care.
How can Manhattan residents determine whether they need specialized vein care?
There are many issues that can benefit from being evaluated by a vein specialist. One example is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). During this medical condition, a blood clot forms in the deep venous system in prevailing majority of cases in the lower extremity. The blocked venous flow leads to development of swelling and pain “downstream” from the blockage. Often, however, DVT can go unnoticed for prolonged time. One of dreadful complication of DVT is pulmonary embolism (PE): condition during which a blood clot breaks off and travels with the blood flow into the lung circulation. If you notice signs of DVT, it is recommended that you contact a doctor to learn if treatment is necessary.
Varicose veins and spider veins are common sign of venous disease that leave many individuals wondering if they are in need of treatment. These two manifestations of vein disease are obvious. Varicosities are large, discolored veins that often bulge above the surface of the legs, while spider veins create a web-like pattern of fine, discolored veins. Both of the above conditions represent not a disease, but rather the symptoms of a disease called “superficial venous insufficiency”, which in turn usually is responsible for a wide variety of other symptoms. Some of them include pain, discomfort, soreness and throbbing, difficulties standing or walking, numbness, muscle cramps, heaviness, tiredness, weakness, skin discoloration, swelling and many others. If left untreated, it eventually leads to development complications: trophic ulcers, infections, bleeding and thrombophlebitis.
What kind of specialized treatments are available?
There are a number of treatments available to help reverse the effects of vein disease. If your doctor determines you are experiencing deep vein thrombosis, he or she may prescribe blood thinners. This type of medication helps your body to get rid of the existing blood clots and to prevent formations of the new ones.
If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms, it is important to see a physician specializing in managing venous disorder for appropriate evaluation and treatment if needed.
Consulting with Dr. Khitin or another qualified specialist is an effective way to put your fears about vein disease to rest. Your doctor can advise you on what kind of specialized vein treatment is best suited for your situation and equip you with strategies you can use to keep circulation issues from growing worse. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, get in touch with us at the New York Vein Treatment Center. Our Manhattan office has the resources you need to maximize your vein health.