Why Vein Disease Is Worse Than You Think

Many people who have varicose veins react to them by covering them up with long pants or dark stockings and ignoring them, effectively trying to pretend that they’re not there, or that at the very least they’re not a problem that requires treatment. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Varicose veins are the surface symptoms of a vein disease that can be very serious indeed, and that can lead to dangerous complications without treatment from one of the best vein doctors in Hamilton Township.

What you should know about the complications of vein disease

The swollen and discolored veins you see in the mirror every morning before you hide them under dark stockings or long pants didn’t just appear there on their own. They are most likely the result of a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI, which impairs your circulation, allowing blood to pool in your veins rather than being pumped back to your heart. This causes increased pressure on the affected veins (causing them to swell) and causes them to turn bluish-purple and thus become visible beneath the surface of the skin.

Unfortunately, the consequences of varicose veins don’t stop with them being unattractive. When varicose veins remain untreated, one of the most common side effects is chronic swelling in the legs and ankles, which can become so painful that it is difficult to walk or stand.

Painfully swollen legs are only the start of varicose vein complications

As one of the best vein doctors in Hamilton Township, we know that as vein disease progresses, swollen legs are often followed by changes on the surface of the skin, the result of poor circulation caused by CVI. The skin on your legs turns brown and becomes leathery and more prone to injury. Merely scraping your legs on a chair or table can cause open sores that then refuse to heal, leaving your legs literally covered with bleeding wounds.

And even this is not the worst of the complications that arise from varicose veins, which is what CVI and your impaired circulation are doing to your overall health. If you have varicose veins and fail to get them treated, you greatly increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

OK, I get it…vein disease is worse than I thought. What do I do now?

Whether you know you have varicose veins or you suspect you are at high risk of developing them because you have a family history of them, the most important thing to do is to have a venous health screening from a New Jersey vein doctor to determine your current level of vein health. You can do this simply by picking up your phone and calling one of the best vein doctors in Hamilton Township at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center. Call 609-528-6330 or go online to schedule an appointment.

Author
Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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