As they begin their vein disease treatment in New Jersey, many of our patients at Chuback Medical Group are a little hesitant when we suggest that they start by undergoing a venous health screening. We understand their hesitation, because many medical tests require patients to fast beforehand, or make them endure painful and invasive procedures during the test itself.
Relax. A vein screening isn’t like this at all. It’s a simple, painless, and above all non-invasive procedure that will enable your New Jersey vascular doctor to give you an accurate assessment of your vein health in about an hour. You really don’t need to “prepare” for it at all, except to gather some family health information beforehand, if you don’t know it already.
So what does a vein health screening involve?
As performed by the best vein doctor in New Jersey, your screening will start with a physical examination, during which Dr. John Chuback will ask specific questions about your general health and your possible risks for vein disease. Because vein disease is hereditary, he may ask additional questions about your close family’s history with varicose veins or other vein diseases, obesity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, or living a sedentary lifestyle. This is not to be intrusive in any way, but to help us determine the level of vein disease risk you have inherited. Next, Dr. Chuback may ask about specific symptoms, such as whether you have noticed varicose veins on your legs, and if so, whether they cause you discomfort or pain. If you are female, he may also ask whether you have given birth, or are taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, because these can also increase your vein disease risk.
What actual tests are performed, and do they hurt?
The purpose of the tests performed during a vein health screening is to determine the exact causes of any symptoms you are experiencing, and to allow the doctor to determine what the best treatment options may be. Dr. Chuback may start with blood pressure readings, sometimes taken at both wrist and ankle because this allows us to measure the difference between the two readings, which can help to detect chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, one of the primary causes of varicose veins.
Next, we use a Doppler ultrasound to look below the surface of the skin to visualize the veins themselves and the blood flowing through them. This enables the doctor to see blockages or impairments to normal blood flow. Ultrasound is painless, safer than X-rays, and causes no discomfort at all. Other tests may be performed, depending on what the doctor finds with ultrasound, but rest assured that they will be as painless as everything we’ve discussed so far.
You can prepare by making a list of questions of your own
At Chuback Medical Group, we want to work with you to help you achieve your health goals, so it really helps us if you come prepared with things you want to know from your screening. Examples of questions you might ask include:
• “What did you find? Are my symptoms due to vein disease?”
• “If I don’t have vein disease currently, what can I do to prevent it?”
• “What would be the result of avoiding or delaying treatment?”
• “If I do have vein disease, what are my treatment options?”
Now that you know how simple and painless a vein health screening is, isn’t it time to make that call to 201-693-4847 to schedule one? We think you’ll be happy with your first experience with the best spider and varicose vein doctors in New Jersey.