Varicose Veins: Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis
Veins carry blood throughout the body and back to the heart. The veins in the legs have a one-way valve that helps the blood flow up toward the heart, against gravity.
Due to age, gender, heredity, and other health conditions, the walls of these veins can weaken and those valves can fail to close. This causes the blood to pool making the veins bulge and twist. Bulging and twisting in the veins can cause pain, leg fatigue, and leg heaviness.
The pooling of blood causes swollen feet and ankles, itching, skin changes, and excessive bleeding with minor cuts. If left untreated varicose veins could cause more chronic conditions like ulcerations.
There are many ways for a vein/artery specialist to properly for a diagnoses that many primary care physicians will overlook or misdiagnose.
Diagnosis can be broken down into:
- Physical examination
- Pressure tests
- Angiography (CAT scan, MRI, etc.)
- Symptom review
It takes an experienced professional to determine vein or artery disease. Once Dr. Zadeh determines the underlying condition, he will walk you through the many treatment options available, such as:
- Unna Boots
Dr. Barry Zadeh at Love Your Veins will perform a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis where the risks and benefits of laser treatments are explained. Call or click today to schedule an appointment.