Vein disease can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, so it’s important to seek treatment at a reputable vein clinic. Click HERE to book an appointment at our excellent vein treatment center in NY, or keep reading to learn more about the answers to common questions we hear at our vein treatment center.
1. What causes vein disease?
Veins throughout the body have one-way valves that ensure that blood makes its way to the heart but doesn’t flow back out to the limbs, but when the valves in the veins become leaky, they cause venous insufficiency.
2. What are some common signs of vein disease?
Spider veins and varicose veins are common signs of vein disease, and will worsen over time unless the underlying venous insufficiency is addressed, so it is vital to make an appointment at a vein treatment center as soon as you notice them.
- are thin, at less than a millimeter in diameter
- resemble red, blue, or purple spider webs
- can be found in clusters on the legs or face
- are much bigger than spider veins, at over three millimeters in diameter
- resemble a knotted rope, with uneven distribution and areas that bulge
- are found in the legs, inner thighs, buttocks, and lower pelvic regions
3. What are some common symptoms of vein disease?
Symptoms are the consequences of vein disease that you can feel. Some symptoms of vein disease include:
- heaviness or aching, especially after a long day of being on your feet, because more blood makes its way down to the legs
- leg fatigue and swelling in the feet or ankles
- leg muscle cramps due to insufficient circulation, which would otherwise carry away excess lactic acid produced from normal muscular activity
- Itchy, burning, or throbbing varicose veins and spider veins
4. What are risk factors that contribute to vein disease?
All of the following risk factors ultimately have the same effects of either weakening the vein valves or dilating the vein walls. If you have one or more of these risk factors, and are also seeing some of the signs and symptoms described earlier, make an appointment at a vein treatment center NY to seek treatment.
- Medical/Family History
- Biological Sex
5. How do my medical history and family history increase my risk of vein disease?
If you have had deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots in your legs, in the past, your chances of reflux is much higher because the blood clots can cause a lot of damage to the valves of the veins. Additionally, if your parents have varicose veins, there is a 90% chance you will develop varicose veins as well. Many genetic factors, such as collagen development or vein wall composition, can impact vein development and health.
6. How does my biological sex increase my risk of vein disease?
Because of hormones like estrogens and progesterones, women are more likely to develop a vein disease than men. At least half of all women are affected by a venous disease because these hormones affect the relaxation of venous walls, reducing blood pressure and causing vein insufficiency.
Pregnancy increases the risk of venous disease, as increased hormone levels during pregnancy lead to relaxation of vein walls, and the increase in total body blood volume in gestation leads to swelling of the veins. In addition, as the uterus develops, it can press on the veins and limit blood flow, causing them to bulge.
7. How does age increase my risk of vein disease?
Age is the most common risk factor for venous disease, as aging results in normal vein wear and tear. This increases the chances that spider veins, varicose veins, or valvular reflux will develop over time.
8. How does my weight increase my risk of vein disease?
Excess weight can lead to increased vein pressure, causing spider veins and varicose veins. Fat deposits also result in higher levels of estrogen, causing venous walls to relax and grow, making it more visible on the surface of the skin.
9. How does my occupation increase my risk of vein disease?
You can be more vulnerable to vein disease if your work or everyday activities require you to sit or stand for long periods of time, so take breaks to walk around to lessen the risk of varicose veins and spider veins.
10. What should I do if I have signs, symptoms, and/or significant risk factors for vein disease?
If you are seeing spider veins or varicose veins and experiencing leg pains and fatigue, it is essential to set up an appointment with a specialist in venous medicine at a vein center. Risk factors can exacerbate these signs and symptoms, so you need to take action to minimize damage to the veins and prevent further problems down the road. If you are looking for a “vein treatment center NY” contact us at the Vein Treatment Clinic location in New York City, conveniently located in the heart of New York and easily accessible by Grand Central Station and Penn Station.
11. Who can help address my concerns about vein disease and seek treatment?
Let’s meet some vein doctors who can not only treat you in your vein, but can also go beyond and beyond in our vein center in New York.
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a Harvard-trained triple board-certified vein doctor who values education for both his peers and patients. Vein doctors regularly visit him to learn more about the latest minimally invasive, non-surgical techniques.
Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a vascular Surgeon trained at Yale, who is specialized in venous and arterial disease. She believes in a holistic approach to patient care and advocates for the wellbeing of her patients.
Dr. Juan Montoya is a double-board certified specialist in venous medicine and cardiothoracic surgery. As a Yale-trained surgeon from Columbia, he has extensive experience in teaching fellow doctors about minimally invasive venous therapies in both English and Spanish.
This medical group of three doctors all prioritize patient care and strive to provide treatment with compassion and professionalism. Click here for directions and check out the Vein Treatment Clinic location in New York City for vein treatment today!