When you start to notice signs of spider or varicose veins on your legs, your first instinct may be to put on some long pants and just get on with your life. While this approach may work in the short term, if you continue to ignore these signs of vein disease you may be putting yourself at risk. Dr. John Chuback, a NJ vein expert, explains why vein disease may be a riskier issue than you might think.
The risks of vein disease
Vein disease occurs when the vessels responsible for transporting blood out of your extremities and back to your heart are unable to efficiently do their job. Rather than moving upwards, blood and fluids give into gravity and settle into the veins below. The symptoms associated with this condition tend to grow worse over time: if you ignore the initial symptoms, you may end up with a more serious problem than you bargained for.
Varicose veins are unattractive on their own, but for many people they bring along a group of symptoms that are unpleasant and often painful. The skin around the vein may become red and tender, the leg itself may start to feel achy or tired, and you may find yourself bogged down with uncomfortably swollen legs and ankles. These symptoms are unlikely to go away on their own, making vein disease treatment in NJ a necessary step to finding relief.
If you choose to simply put up with these symptoms you put yourself at risk for a much more serious issue: deep vein thrombosis (or DVT). DVT is a blood clot that forms in veins deep inside the leg. The sluggish blood flow associated with vein disease creates an environment perfect for blood clot formation. This type of clot is particularly dangerous due to what happens if it breaks off of the vein wall. If this occurs, the clot is referred to as an embolus. An embolus can travel through the bloodstream where it may interfere with important organs such as the lungs, heart, and brain. If an embolus reaches the lungs it may cause a pulmonary embolism, a condition that can cause massive damage and is potentially fatal.
Treatment can reduce your risk
There is little doubt that vein disease carries many risks. However, a vein treatment center in NJ can help reduce your chances of complications. Today’s vein treatment options are safe, effective, and virtually pain-free. They help to improve circulation by sealing problematic veins off from the rest of the circulatory system or by removing them altogether. This allows blood to flow through veins that are functioning as they should, leaving you looking and feeling better.
Modern minimally-invasive vein treatment does not require general anesthesia or lengthy hospital stays. Instead, you can receive treatment in our offices and return to your daily routine shortly after your procedure is complete.
Vein disease may be riskier than you think, but with the help of a NJ vascular doctor you can improve your chances of avoiding complications. At Chuback Medical Group, we are here to help find the right treatment plan for your situation. We’d be happy to speak with you further about how we can find the right way to help you. Give our office a call at 201-693-4847 to learn more.