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Could You Have Venous Disease and Not Know it? Learn the Signs and Treatment Options

Vein problems aren’t something to ignore. About 30% of Americans are affected by vein disease. Vein problems and diseases can seriously interfere with your quality of life.

Veins are responsible for returning blood to your heart and lungs. Damaged veins or blood clots compromise the function of these pathways in your legs. Venous disease is a serious problem that requires treatment. At Metroview Vascular & Surgical, with offices in Charlotte and Gastonia, NC, Board-Certified Vascular Surgeon Augustine Eze, MD, FACS, is an expert in diagnosing and treating venous disease.

Signs of venous disease

Chronic venous insufficiency is a common vein disease that can affect your daily activity with such symptoms are:

You may get relief from elevating your legs, only to have discomfort return when you stand back up. Even as you get older, your legs aren’t supposed to hurt all the time.

If you seek treatment at Metroview Vascular & Surgical, Dr. Eze can help alleviate your discomfort and help you get your life back.

Your diagnosis entails evaluating your medical history, your symptoms, and the results of an ultrasound of your legs.

Treatment for vein disease

Dr. Eze determines your treatment by the nature of your condition and the severity of your case. The simplest routes are compression stockings, which fit snugly to apply pressure to your lower leg and encourage upward blood flow, keeping your legs elevated while at rest and exercising regularly to the best of your ability. Weight loss may also be advised.

Other potential treatments include: 

In many cases, minimally invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation help eliminate varicose veins and treat venous disease. Sclerotherapy involves injecting the veins with a solution that dissolves the vein so your body can reabsorb it. This treatment is appropriate for spider veins and mild varicosity.

Radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to heat and seal your varicose veins. The device delivering the energy is guided via ultrasound for precision.

When varicose veins are eradicated, your body is able to direct blood flow through other deeper veins.

Venous disease can sometimes cause blood clots

Blood clots are a serious complication of venous disease known as deep vein thrombosis. They can lead to a pulmonary embolism, in which a clot dislodges from your legs and travels to your lungs. We help prevent these complications, but if you have the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, seek medical help immediately. It cannot wait for your next appointment.

Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include:

These symptoms can also indicate other emergency medical problems.

If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or general heaviness in your legs that compromises your day-to-day activity, call one of our offices or request an appointment using the Online booking tool

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