When you think about a disease of the veins, varicose veins are probably the first that come to mind, right? Well, that’s not completely unusual considering approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population over 50 years old has varicose veins. Nevertheless, there are many other vein diseases you should be aware of should you find yourself with one or more vein conditions in the near future. The specialists at Palm Vein Center put a heavy emphasis on patient education so that patients can address their vein issues quickly and efficiently. Below are a few diseases of the veins everyone should be made aware of:
Varicose veins are often described as “ropy,” “bulging,” or “snake-like” veins that lie just below the skin. Symptoms of this condition may include burning, aching, throbbing pain or itchiness. Varicose veins can progress without proper care and cause skin ulcers, infections, blood clots or spontaneous bleeding. It’s important patients exercise regularly, keep their blood pressure at an appropriate level, elevate their legs frequently and wear compression stockings to keep the condition under control. Patients should also consider minimally invasive procedures to remove or drain varicose veins.
Thrombus is a blood clot that forms in a vessel and remains there. Therefore, superficial thrombophlebitis refers to a blood clot that forms in a superficial vein and is accompanied by inflammation (phlebitis). Patients may feel/notice warmth, tenderness and/or swelling around the area of the affected vein. The likelihood of the clot breaking up and transporting to a lung is very low, however, it’s important patients see a specialist who can deliver a thorough diagnosis and prognosis. Leg elevation, moist heat and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can help anticoagulation (prevention of blood clotting), but talk to your Palm Vein Center physician to start a treatment regimen that is right for you.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
This condition refers to a blood clot in veins that are “deep” within the legs. Patients may complain of pain while walking, leg swelling, pressure or fullness, as well as redness surrounding the affected area. These clots are often more serious and may require an interventional procedure to lower the risk of a pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery). According to the American Heart Association, appropriate therapy can reduce the risk of a pulmonary embolism from 25 percent to 5 percent over the first year of treatment. Blood thinners may also be prescribed/recommended for patients with DVT. Talk to your Palm Vein Center physician about appropriate therapies.
Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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