If you have experienced knotted, twisted varicose veins (and the swollen legs & ankles that often accompany them), you know they can quickly slow you down. You may also wonder if the same issue can happen to your arteries. After all, the two types of blood vessels work closely together to transport blood throughout your body. Fortunately for varicose vein sufferers, arteries cannot become varicose. Dr. John Chuback, a vein specialist from Bergen County, explains why.
What should New Jersey residents know about how arteries and veins are different?
Your arteries and veins carry out separate but related tasks. Your arteries are responsible for delivering oxygen rich blood throughout your body, while your veins take care of returning the deoxygenated blood back to your heart. Each type of vessel is constructed in a way that helps them carry out their task. Arteries are equipped with muscular walls that apply pressure to move blood along every time your heart beats. Veins do not have such musculature, forcing them to rely on a series of valves and movement from the muscles that surround them to propel blood towards the heart.
The difference in structure between arteries and veins is at the heart of why arteries cannot become varicose. To understand this fully, it is important to know why veins become varicose in the first place. The tiny valves that help veins transport blood can become damaged, causing to blood to reflux back down into the leg causing an excess of pressure. This pressure can stretch out the vein walls, causing them to bulge outwards. This results in the ropy, twisted appearance of varicose veins. Poorly flowing blood can also put a patient at risk for serious complications, making varicose veins an issue well worth seeing a vascular doctor in NJ about.
Arteries, on the other hand, are able to resist an increase in pressure. Rather than bulging outward they keep their shape, preventing them from becoming varicose. However, this doesn’t mean that arteries cannot become diseased. Smoking, poor diet, and obesity can increase the risk of peripheral artery disease, a condition that may lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Fortunately, both vein disease and artery disease are very treatable. Vein disease treatment in NJ focuses on closing off problematic veins from the rest of the circulatory system, reducing pressure and eliminating the appearance of varicose veins. Both artery and vein disease may be improved by lifestyle changes, including weight management, smoking cessation, and regular exercise. If you are worried about your risk levels for vein or artery disease, consulting with a vein specialist in Bergen County can help you learn more.
While arteries may not become varicose, their health is vitally important to your overall wellbeing. Therefore, it is wise to consult with a health professional if you believe you may be experiencing problems with your arteries. Chuback Medical Group is happy to answer any questions you may have about vein or artery disease. If you are interested learning more on this topic, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chuback, please don’t’ hesitate to call our office at 201-693-4847. We look forward to speaking with you.