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Recently, Dr. Brian Pink sat down with Gayle Guyardo, from Bloom, News Channel 8, to discuss the prevalence of vein disease and the significant impact it has on nearly 75% of Americans.

Vein disease, a condition affecting millions worldwide, poses significant health challenges. In this blog post, we delve into its symptoms, underlying causes, and effective treatment options.

So What is Vein Disease?

Vein disease, also known as venous insufficiency, occurs when veins struggle to return blood to the heart efficiently. This condition primarily affects the legs, where veins must work against gravity to transport blood upward.

What are Symptoms of Vein Disease?

  • Varicose Veins: Enlarged, twisted veins often visible under the skin.
  • Leg Pain: Aching or cramping, especially after prolonged standing or sitting.
  • Swelling: Edema in the lower legs and ankles.
  • Skin Changes: Discoloration, dryness, or itching around affected veins.
  • Ulcers: Non-healing sores, typically near the ankles in severe cases.

What Can Cause Vein Disease?

Several factors contribute to vein disease:

  • Genetics: Family history plays a significant role.
  • Age: Vein valves weaken over time, increasing the risk.
  • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes and increased blood volume.
  • Obesity: Excess weight places added pressure on veins.
  • Occupation: Prolonged sitting or standing can hinder blood circulation.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options:

  • Physical Examination: Includes evaluating symptoms and medical history.
  • Ultrasound: Helps visualize blood flow and detect any abnormalities.
  • Conservative Management: Lifestyle changes such as exercise, elevation, and compression stockings.
  • Medical Interventions: Minimally invasive, non-surgical, 30 minute procedures like foam sclerotherapy or radio frequency ablation. All options are walk-in, walk-out, virtually pain free and require zero downtime.

Prevention and Lifestyle Tips:

  • Regular Exercise: Promotes healthy blood circulation.
  • Weight Management: Reduces pressure on veins.
  • Avoid Prolonged Sitting or Standing: Take breaks and move around regularly.
  • Elevate Legs: Especially after prolonged periods of sitting or standing.

Vein disease can significantly impact daily life, but with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, individuals can get the relief they deserve. In fact, many of our patients lose weight, report improved sleep and have improved mobility following their treatment!