CVTC – Best Vein Doctor in New Jersey Explains Vein Disease in Simple Terms

The heart is like a motor that pumps blood throughout the body. Arteries carry oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood from the heart to all the body organs. When arteries reach their designated body organ or tissue, they divide into a network of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. After the body organ or tissue extracts the oxygen and nutrients from the blood, the capillaries reunite to form the veins. Veins are responsible for returning the blood back to the heart and the cycle repeats.

The veins have a tough job. They are expected to propel blood upward from the legs, against the force of gravity, to the heart. Luckily, the leg muscles help out by contracting as the body moves and thus squeezing the blood up through the veins. The veins also have one-way valves that allow blood to move upward toward the heart but prevent blood from reversing its direction and leaking back down into the legs.

As we age, our veins lose some of their elasticity, and the valves inside of them do not close as precisely. This allows blood to leak back down into the legs, causing swollen legs and ankles. As blood accumulates in the leg veins, the increased pressure stretches the vein walls causing the veins to “bulge.” These enlarged, bulging veins are known as varicose veins.

The increased pressure inside the leg veins causes fluid to leak out of the veins into the surrounding tissues. This causes swollen legs and ankles. If left untreated, swelling of the legs can lead to leg pain, skin discoloration and even skin ulcers.

Varicose veins and spider veins are also independently associated with deep vein disease. Deep vein disease can take the form of deep vein thrombosis which is a life-threatening condition.

What should New Jersey residents do about their vein disease?

Dr. Ahmad recommends an initial trial of conservative treatment for vein disease. He stresses the importance of a regular exercise program. Strengthening the leg muscles serves to provide better support for weakened veins. He advises New Jersey residents to achieve a normal weight.  Excess weight puts added pressure on the pelvic veins which is transmitted to the leg veins and exacerbates vein disease. Dr. Ahmad reminds New Jersey residents to avoid prolonged standing and/or sitting which also increases venous pressure in the legs. He encourages the use of compression stockings which function as a support for the leg veins.

Many people benefit from these measures, but in the event that these combined efforts fail, several minimally invasive treatment modalities can safely and effectively eliminate varicose and spider veins. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at the Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center by Dr. Ahmad, a highly trained and experienced New Jersey vascular doctor,

Dr. Ahmad urges sufferers of vein disease not to delay treatment. Vein disease is progressive, and early intervention promises better results.

Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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