“Vein disease.” It seems to be a simple term, but what exactly does it mean? In the broadest sense, vein disease is a condition in which your veins are no longer able to function effectively. When you look a little closer, though, you’ll see that there are a number of different conditions that are associated with this broad term. In this article, our NJ vein expert Dr. John Chuback explains some of these conditions and what you can do to keep them from impacting you.
What are the different conditions associated with vein disease?
Vein disease (also referred to as venous disease) can impact your life in a number of ways. Some of these impacts are relatively subtle. For example, we often have patients visit us at Chuback Medical Group who are dealing with spider veins. Spider veins are small, slender, discolored veins on the surface of the skin. Usually a result of damaged valves, these veins are usually only a cosmetic nuisance. However, they can be a sign that something isn’t quite right in your vascular system.
For some patients, spider veins are accompanied by varicose veins. Varicose veins are large, twisted, and discolored veins that bulge out from the skin’s surface. These veins can be very uncomfortable, causing the skin around them to become itchy or painful. If you have varicose veins, you might also feel a sense of heaviness or tiredness in your legs. In most cases, varicose veins are caused by the next condition associated with vein disease: chronic venous insufficiency.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition in which your veins are no longer able to effectively transport blood out of your legs and back to your heart. More common in women, the elderly, and those with a family history, CVI is the most common cause of spider and varicose veins. According to some of the top vein doctors in Bergen County, your lifestyle can have an impact on whether or not you suffer from CVI. If you are overweight or obese, live a sedentary lifestyle, or work a job that requires you to stand or sit for long stretches of time, you have a much higher risk of CVI.
While the conditions we’ve talked about so far can cause uncomfortable symptoms, alone they are not a major medical issue. However, they can increase the risk of suffering another much more serious vein disease condition: deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT refers to blood clots that form in veins deep inside the legs. These clots have the potential to break off the vein wall, travel through the blood stream, and cause major damage to vital organs. If you are at risk for DVT, receiving help from a NJ vein treatment center could literally save your life.
Protecting yourself from vein disease
Ensuring your veins are healthy and working properly can help you avoid the discomfort and potential danger of the conditions associated with vein disease. Making healthy lifestyle choices is a great way to get started. By managing your weight, quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and wearing compression stockings, you can help you veins work at their best.
Unfortunately, lifestyle changes can’t undo previously existing vein damage. To get rid of spider or varicose veins, you’ll need the help of NJ vein disease treatments. The treatments offered here at Chuback Medical Group are a safe, comfortable, and effective way to improve your vein health and restore your legs’ former aesthetics. To get started, give our office a call at 201-693-4847. We’ll help you set up a time to consult with Dr. Chuback, allowing you to start improving the health and function of your veins.