Dr. John Chuback, founder of Chuback Medical Group in Paramus, is a vascular surgeon who has treated vein disease for many years. In that time, he has been dismayed at how often patients “put off” seeing a vein doctor, sometimes waiting months or even years after they first notice symptoms of vein disease.
With some minor venous disorders, such as small spider veins, people can get away with this. Small varicose veins can similarly be ignored as “merely cosmetic” as long as they are not causing complications.
However, there are a few instances when varicose veins, in conjunction with other symptoms, indicate a more pressing and serious threat to your health, one that you should respond to by seeking help from a qualified New Jersey vein expert. In this article, Dr. Chuback talks about those situations.
Vein disease symptoms that call for fast treatment
Medically, varicose veins indicate a lack of proper blood flow in the superficial (close to the surface of the skin) veins in your legs. This impaired blood flow can often indicate the presence of more serious problems in deeper veins. For example, if your varicose veins have begun to cause chronic weakness and swelling, or you have noticed changes in the color or texture of your skin, that is a sign that you should visit a New Jersey vein treatment center to get a venous health screening, during which the doctor can use ultrasound and other tests to search beneath the skin for blood clots.
If blood clots have begun to form in the deeper veins of your legs, that is an indication of deep vein thrombosis. DVT is potentially a very serious condition, because it can become dangerous if the clots break loose from where they formed and travel through your blood vessels to other locations in the body. If blood clots reach the lungs they can cause a pulmonary embolism, and if they reach the brain they can cause a stroke. Both conditions are potentially fatal, so this is one situation in which “fast treatment” is definitely advised.
Vein disease symptoms that require IMMEDIATE treatment
In addition, there are situations in which you should definitely NOT delay seeking treatment. One such situation is if you have been diagnosed with DVT and start to develop noticeable warm spots on the skin of your legs or sudden pain or tenderness in one localized spot on your legs when you walk or stand. Another type of vein disease that requires immediate attention is phlebitis, which can cause redness and swelling, pain or burning sensations along the vein, and veins that feel hard and cord-like when you press on them.
Finally, if you have varicose veins and thus are at risk for DVT, you should know what the signs of pulmonary embolism are, and you should seek IMMEDIATE assistance if you have trouble breathing, cough up blood or pink, foamy mucus, or experience sharp pains in the chest. Other signs of PE include sudden anxiety, unexplained heavy sweating, feeling faint or light-headed, and a racing heart rate.
To avoid needing immediate treatment later, get preventative treatment now
The best way to avoid having to seek medical treatment on an emergency basis is to pick up your telephone and seek preventative treatment today. Call our New Jersey vascular doctor at 201-693-4847 and set up an initial appointment. He will perform a venous health screening and, if he finds signs of vein disease, he’ll explain all of the possible treatment options to you. And even if he doesn’t find vein disease, he can give you tips on how to prevent it. So call today. You’ll be happy you did.