A vein’s role in the circulatory system is to transport blood from the extremities back to the heart. Unlike arteries, veins rely on a series of one way valves to make sure blood moves in the direction it should. These valves allow blood to move one way (towards the heart), preventing it from flowing backwards. Unfortunately, these valves can be damaged, allowing blood to pool or collect in the veins below. As it flows backwards, blood often takes the path of least resistance through the superficial system, leading to bulging varicose veins on the legs. One way to think about it is as if the superficial venous system were a freeway. When the flow is impeded, it backs up on the on-ramps, which are the varicose veins. Central NJ area residents can finally do something about these blocked pathways with the help of Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center in Hamilton Square, New Jersey.
An estimated 40% of women and 25% of men experience varicose veins. There are a number of causes associated with this issue, including standing occupations, age, heredity, hormonal imbalances, hormonal changes during pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and trauma. It is not uncommon for only one leg to be affected.
There are a number of symptoms commonly associated with varicose veins. Patients often experience an achy or full feeling in the legs that may become painful. Varicose veins do not cause sharp or stabbing pain. Fatiguing, tingling, tenderness, cramping, and itching are also possible.
If your physician suspects you have varicose veins, Central NJ doctors will perform an ultrasound screening. This test uses a machine that visualizes blood vessel shape and size and blood flow characteristics. Your doctor will then “map” out the venous system, allowing him to locate the affected portions of the veins. This procedure provides the needed information to create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for each patient.