Venous Disease – Varicose Veins
The Vein Specialists at Baton Rouge Cardiology Center are experts in therapy and treatments of vein diseases such as varicose and spider veins. Varicose veins and spider veins are quite common among men and women – more than 80 million Americans have some type of venous disease.
Veins are the blood vessels that return blood to the heart from the body. Damage to the veins causes blood to pool, resulting in complications that can everything from pain to blood clots.
Many people live with varicose and spider veins for years without seeking treatment, thinking these issues are cosmetic and just a normal part of aging.
You can and should seek treatment for these conditions if your leg symptoms include:
- Pain or aching
- Vein tenderness
- Darkening of the skin
- Skin ulcers
Some of the most common risk factors for venous diseases are:
- Family history
- Gender (women are more like to develop varicose veins than men)
- Older age
- Jobs that require a lot of standing
Early detection of vein diseases contributes to the successful nature of treatment. These treatment methods today are minimally invasive and less painful than traditional vein stripping. The most common treatments are endovenous laser therapy (EVLA), sclerotherapy and phlebectomy.