What Is Vein Disease?

Vein disease is a condition that affects the veins in the body, causing them to become damaged or diseased. This can occur when the valves in the veins become weak or damaged, leading to poor blood flow and blood pooling in the veins. Common types of vein disease include varicose veins, spider veins, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Symptoms of vein disease can consist of pain, swelling, and aching in the legs, as well as the appearance of bulging or discolored veins.

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Are Spider and Varicose Veins Signs of Vein Disease?

Spider and varicose veins often result from poor circulation within the superficial or deep veins in the legs. With vein disease, there is a dilation and swelling of the veins due to various factors, most commonly related to genetics and work routines. As the veins dilate, standard mechanisms to help deliver blood back to the heart function poorly, and the signs of vein disease appear. It’s key to detect the early signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency, as it is the most crucial step in improving cosmetic and medical outcomes.

Vein disease symptom awareness is important so that you know when to seek appropriate treatment.

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Common Vein Conditions

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are the main symptoms that bring attention to potential vein disease. These are prominent veins seen on the surface of the skin due to poor circulation. They are larger than either spider veins or reticular veins and can be seen as twisty blood vessels raised from the skin. Fortunately, varicose vein treatments are far more advanced than in the past. Besides recommended lifestyle changes and compression stockings, minimally invasive procedures are standard and provide superior results.

Leg Swelling

Leg swelling, also known as edema, is a common condition that primary care physicians or cardiologists often evaluate. However, in some cases, leg swelling can be a symptom of a later stage of vein disease known as venous insufficiency, which occurs when blood pools in the legs due to poor valve function. An ultrasound performed by our vein doctors can help evaluate the valve function in your legs and determine if vein treatments will be beneficial.

Spider Veins

When we talk about spider veins or telangiectasias, we’re referring to the small red or blue veins that can spread out like tiny tree branches on the feet, legs, chest, and even face. Spider veins are often asymptomatic and respond well to sclerotherapy or laser treatments over two to three sessions. Spider veins can be a lifelong occurrence, and continued attention is often necessary to maintain a healthy look. In other cases, especially where symptoms are present, they can be the result of underlying venous insufficiency.

Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency occurs when blood cannot be effectively pumped back to your heart from the legs. The issue arises most commonly within the superficial veins that rely on one-way valves to push blood up against gravity. However, with prolonged standing or sitting, the blood pools and creates outward pressure. Over time, this can damage the one-way valves and lead to chronic venous insufficiency. Early symptoms include the development of spider veins and varicose veins. With progression, leg swelling, skin discoloration, and non-healing sores can develop if not treated correctly.

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If you’re looking for innovative vein treatments near you, contact Vein Specialist Centers. We have a world-class team of board-certified vein specialists at our state-of-the-art vein clinics in New Jersey and New York. Most treatments are covered by insurance. Complete the online form and receive a personal response from one of the best vein doctors in New Jersey and New York.

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