Approximately 24 million Americans suffer from different types of venous disorders, such as varicose veins, spider veins or other symptoms of condition called venous insufficiency and its complications, including trophic ulcers, thrombophlebitis, bleeding, swelling, infections and malignant degeneration. Perhaps you know someone suffering from vein problems, and you wonder if you too might be at risk? Or perhaps you are experiencing some symptoms, such as bulging or blue veins, aches, difficulties walking or standing, muscle cramps, heaviness and tiredness of your legs, swelling, burning, restless leg syndrome or heaviness in the legs, and you’d like to know what to do next.
What should Manhattan, New York patients know about risk factors for vein disease?
Healthy veins have elastic walls that help move blood from the extremities to the heart. Dr. Lev Khitin, a leading vein doctor of New York City, explains multifactorial nature of venous disorders causing varicosities. While it takes several types of genetic predisposition to decrease elasticity of venous wall, there are numerous extrinsic factors affecting it development in negative or positive direction.
In terms of risk factors you may be able to change, consider lifestyle a priority. Prolonged standing or even sitting down, prolonged periods of heavy weight lifting, traumas and operations on the pelvis and lower abdomen, long periods of restricted mobility and immobility, increased weight, among many other factors, contribute significantly to your risk of developing vein diseases. These conditions place extra stress on the venous return, which can lead to a weakening of the vein walls and, therefore, their dilation. In dilated veins, valves do not reach each other, which in turn allows venous blood to go downwards instead of coming up to the heart. When this occurs, it is called “venous insufficiency”, or an inability of the veins to properly transport your blood back to your heart. Subsequently, the tissues of the lower extremities receive already “used” venous blood under high pressure with all the above-mentioned consequences. To prevent the above, it is important to undergo an appropriate evaluation and, depending on presence of specific risk factors, to take steps to modify these factors.
What if I already have symptoms of vein disease?
Don’t worry. As mentioned earlier, modern vein disease treatment is better than ever before. Gone are the days of painful procedures with extensive recovery times, large scars and unavoidable recurrence of the disease. Gone are the days of going to a hospital or having general anesthetics. Today, centers such as the New York Vein Treatment Center in Manhattan, NY offer convenient, safe, comfortable and effective procedures, performed well within an hour, on an outpatient basis, will no disease recurrence and no limitations or restrictions upon completion of the procedures.
Each procedure has its own features and advantages, so your best bet would be to make an appointment with one of the dedicated physicians, so your personal vein condition can be evaluated comprehensively and treatment plans, if necessary, will be created according to your individual needs and preferences. So, whether you are concerned about your risk of vein disease or suffer from conditions caused by abnormalities of venous circulation or just can’t wait to get rid of varicose or spider veins, please call Manhattan office at (212) 575-8346 to set up a consultation today.