A Vein Specialist in NJ Shares Some Interesting Facts About Varicose Vein Disease

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that commonly occur with aging. Normally, veins rely on their one-way valves to propel blood back to the heart. When these one-way valves become damaged, the blood has a tendency to backflow or reverse direction. It pools and stagnates in the lower legs causing increased pressure on the walls of the veins. This causes the veins to dilate and lose their elasticity. Over half of all Americans suffer from some type of vein disease. Varicose veins are among the most common.

Interesting facts that Hamilton Square, NJ residents should know about varicose veins

Mild varicose vein disease is uncomfortable, annoying and cosmetically unpleasant. More severe varicose vein disease can cause swelling of the legs, discoloration of the skin, leg fatigue, cramping, pain and ulceration. When blood pools in the veins for long periods of time, blood clots can form. A blood clot in a superficial vein is not a serious problem. However, when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, it is considered a medical emergency. Blood clots are friable and a piece can easily break off and travel to the lungs where it can seriously interfere with normal breathing. Varicose veins are an independent risk factor for the development of blood clots in the deep veins. A blood clot in the deep veins is called a deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis can be life-threatening.

Causes of varicose vein disease include age, heredity, prolonged sitting or standing, obesity and pregnancy. All of these conditions lead to weakness of the vein walls and poor function of the vein valves.

Can complications of varicose veins be prevented?

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad has treated thousands of patients with vein disease. According to Dr. Ahmad, vein disease can be treated conservatively by maintaining a normal weight and participating in regular exercise. Swollen legs and ankles can be treated with support stockings. When conservative measures fail, there are a number of minimally invasive surgical procedures that can help.

A leading spider and varicose veins doctor in NJ, Dr. Ahmad is an expert in all of the latest surgical treatments for vein disease. One of these treatment approaches is sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of an irritant (sclerosant) into the diseased vein. The chemical irritates the interior of the vein walls and cause the vein to close. One of the most modern forms of treatment is endovenous laser therapy. This involves the placement of an optical fiber within the diseased vein and applying laser energy to its interior which, again, results in closure of the vein. Microphlebectomy consists of the removal of varicose veins through very small incision sites. None of these techniques require general anesthesia.

What to expect

On your first visit to the Center, Dr. Ahmad will review all of your medical history and perform a thorough physical exam. Diagnostic ultrasound may be used to assess the severity of your vein problems. Based on these findings and your personal needs, Dr. Ahmad will recommend the treatment that is best for you.

All surgical procedures are performed at the Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center. Dr. Ahmad and his staff strive to meet your needs with professionalism and compassion. Imagine yourself with younger looking, healthier legs. Imagine life without leg discomfort. Take charge of your vein health and take that first step. Call the Center for an appointment.

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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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