How Varicose Veins Can Make You Sick

You’re familiar with varicose veins; they’re those bumpy, twisted blue ropes just under your skin. You may even have a few that have staked a claim on your inner calves. Unsightly varicose veins plague at least 30 million people across the United States alone, most of them women. What you, and many of these millions of people may not have realized, is that varicose veins might make you sick.

What do Hamilton Square, NJ residents need to know about varicose veins?

Healthy circulatory system, veins are like a one-way highway for the body to transport blood and nutrients throughout your body. Valves attached to the inner walls of the veins open and close to build up pressure that pushes along blood in an upward motion to the heart. Over time or through disease or injury, the valves stop working as they used to, allowing blood to fall backwards. The escaped blood becomes stuck inside the vein, causing the vein to swell and deform into the bulging serpentine veins that show up on your calves, thighs and almost anywhere else on your body.

As if that isn’t bad enough, this can also happen in the veins you can’t see. The deeper veins are usually more important veins that connect directly to vital organs, such as your lungs and heart. Since you don’t think about the things you can’t see, you may not even know there’s a problem and the condition might get worse. Varicose veins don’t always show symptoms, even though they may be unsightly nuisances; however, when they do present symptoms, their effect can be mild at best and scale up to complications that can send you to the hospital.

My legs hurt! Does that mean I have varicose veins?

Although varicose veins aren’t always a health concern, they may be a preview of other vein problems lurking deeper inside your legs. If you leave varicose veins untreated, they have the potential to grow in size, become discolored or become painful. Some patients complain that their varicose veins make their legs feel tired and heavy.

As an extreme, but serious example, your varicose veins might be the result of a blockage of dried blood, fat or other material. Suddenly, you have one swollen leg and ankle that might even appear bluish in color and painful to the touch. If that blockage breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream up to your heart or lungs, it will become a life-threatening emergency situation.

Who can help me if I have varicose veins?

Patients in the NJ area a lucky in that they access to some of the latest and most innovative methods for treating their varicose veins, in a way that’s generally fast, convenient and effective.

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is a board-certified vascular surgeon and the sole practitioner at Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center. As one of the ­best vein doctors in New Jersey, Dr. Ahmad and his entire medical team are dedicated to improving your vascular health. Our center allows you to experience top-notch care for the improvement of your varicose veins and up-to-the-minute vein health education. If you’d like to find out more or go ahead and schedule a consultation with us, please call our office at 1-888-VEIN-DOC. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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