Let\’s face facts – most people don\’t take vein disease very seriously. They may have noticed some varicose veins and spider veins, but they think that they are merely a cosmetic issue, and so they stop wearing shorts or dresses and just \”live with them.\” They don\’t consider treatment for their swollen veins, and in many cases don\’t even go to a doctor for evaluation to find out whether the varicose veins might be a symptom of something more serious. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous approach that could leave you running to vein specialists for help when your symptoms get worse.
What do people in Manhattan need to know about vein disease?
The most important thing to know is that varicose veins are not just an annoying cosmetic issue; they are a symptom of serious underlying vein disease. One of the most common causes of varicose veins is chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition in which the veins have become weak or damaged, and can no longer pump blood back to the heart efficiently. This can cause the blood to pool up in the veins, which causes them to become enlarged, and turn blue in color.
If your varicose veins are the result of CVI, the swollen and discolored veins are just the early symptoms of a degenerative process that can escalate quickly if they are not treated. Many patients with varicose veins also report swelling in their legs, ankles and feet, often accompanied by chronic pain and aching. Left untreated, the varicose veins can become thick and ropy, the skin surrounding them can become tough and discolored, and they can lead to development of ulcers (chronic non-healing infected wounds), bleeding, infection and many other complications.
Here, at New York Vein Treatment Center, we see far too many patients who only come to us after formation of ulcers and other complications, after years of suffering from pain and swelling, which could have been avoided if they had sought early treatment. These days, circulation problems can be diagnosed by your NY vein specialist within the minutes, using tests and studies that are harmless, painless, precise and non-invasive.
If I suspect I have vein disease, what should I do?
The thing not to do is procrastinate. Varicose veins do not \”get better\” or \”go away on their own.\” Early diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins can enable you to avoid the unpleasant and dangerous situations discussed above. The diagnosis – in the form of a thorough venous evaluation conducted by a prominent NYC vascular doctor – can detect and pinpoint much more serious forms of vein disease, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This condition can only be detected by using specialized, state-of-the-art equipment like Doppler ultrasound to actually \”see\” the flow of blood through the veins, and detect circulatory problems. Often blood clots can break away from DVT and travel to the lungs. This condition called pulmonary embolism kills over 300,000 Americans every year. The prevailing majority of these people never got a venous evaluation, because they didn\’t think one was necessary.
After your evaluation, your doctor decides if you need treatment. Don\’t be afraid of such treatment based on stories from your grandmother\’s time. Certain problems can be corrected by wearing compression stockings to improve your circulation and by doing exercises and staying on a strict diet. If, however, a procedure is required, all of them are safe, effective, painless and quick, performed right in the office at vein center in Manhattan, require no surgery or hospitalization, are not followed by any restrictions or limitations and deliver permanent results.
So if you suspect that you have vein disease or just want to find out, for sure don\’t delay and don’t give your symptoms the chance to become worse. Give Dr. Lev Khitin, the best vein doctor in New York, a call today at (212) 575-8346 to arrange a consultation. We can schedule an appointment for you, set your mind at ease and remove the possibility of having to call us in a panic later.
For more information, see our website at www.veinstreatment.com.