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Varicose veins may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vein disease, but there is so much more to vein disease than that. According to Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad, our vascular doctor in Hamilton County, there are 2 categories of vein disease: insufficiency and thrombosis.

What do Chicago residents need to know about venous insufficiency?

Also called venous reflux or chronic venous insufficiency, venous insufficiency is the most common type of vein disease and accounts for most cases of varicose veins. Although most instances of varicose veins are only cosmetic, the underlying disease can cause some disturbing health problems. Insufficient blood flow allows blood to pool inside the vein, so when venous insufficiency strikes, you can look forward to tired, heavy sensations, swollen legs and ankles, pain, and more in addition to bulging, ropey leg veins.

What is thrombosis?

The other vein disease category is known as thrombosis, and although it’s not as common as venous insufficiency, Hamilton County spider vein doctors warn it can be more serious to your health and wellbeing. A blood clot, or ‘thrombus’, that forms in the veins near your skin can be painful, but will usually resolve itself within a couple weeks with anti-inflammatory drugs and compression. If a clot occurs in the deep leg veins, the effects can be severe. Deep vein thrombosis can lead to pulmonary embolism, stroke, disability, or death if untreated.

Luckily, there are easy treatment options available to treat both types of vein disease. Lifestyle changes, vein treatments, and New Jersey vein removal are just a call away. Learn your vein disease risk and treatment options from a board certified vascular doctor in Hamilton County.  Dial 609-528-6330 or go online to schedule your consultation with us today.  You will certainly be happy that you did!

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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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