In your body’s circulatory system, arteries deliver blood from your heart and lungs; veins return the blood to your heart.
When your veins function properly, your entire body is healthier. Problem vein conditions can range from cosmetic to potentially life-threatening. If you notice changes to veins — bulging, darkening or becoming painful — don’t hesitate to seek expert care. The trained specialists at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey are ready to treat your vein conditions, helping you remain healthy and enjoy life without visible veins. Call today for an appointment.Veins and arteries form the circulatory system of your body. Arteries receive the oxygen and nutrient-rich blood from your heart and then deliver it to themuscles, organs and tissue throughout your body. Your veins carry the deoxygenated blood back to your lungsto replenish the oxygen, before returning to your heart to start the cycle over again.
Veins and arteries are essentially one-way streets. To keep the flow going in the right direction,both your veins and arteries have a series of valves that only permit the blood to flow forward. When they’re working correctly, these valves open to allow the blood to pass through, and then close to prevent the blood from returning the same way it came.
What Causes Vein Problems?
Vein conditions can result from several causes, and valve malfunctions are one of the most common culprits. If a valve fails to open and close correctly, blood pools in your veins, which often signals venous issues. Various factors can lead to valve problems, including:
Obesity.Excess body weight places unnecessary stress on your cardiovascular system. Valves suffer significantly more wear and tear. Gender. Pregnancy, hormonal changes and other factors cause females to develop vein problems more than men.
Symptoms of Vein Conditions
Some symptoms that accompany vein problems — such as when veins begin to bulge or turn dark purple or blue — are apparent, but other symptoms may be less noticeable. Cord-like veins that bulge and twist, and even visible lines on the skin surface,may be symptomatic of vein problems even if they don’t cause pain or discomfort. Untreated, problem veins may begin to burn, throb or pulsate. They can eventually lead to additional discomfort in the area surrounding your veins.
Other symptoms may include:
These symptoms may worsen after prolonged sitting or standing. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit vein specialist Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey. Don’t settle for a general doctor; learn why you should choose specialist.
Types of Vein Conditions
Although the symptoms are similar across vein problems, each can result from different conditions and require different treatments. Your northern New Jersey vein specialists are experts at diagnosing and treating your vein problems. Some of the most common vein ailments include:
Varicose veins. Due to the increased pressure from frequent standing and walking, varicose veins usually appear in your legs. Varicose veins can lead to bleeding, blood clots or even a venous stasis ulcer. Consult specialist like Dr. Gorelik about self-care and medical procedures available to treat varicose veins properly. Treatments can range from simple compression stockings to minimally-invasive surgery such as endovenous radio frequency ablation.
Spider veins. Usually considered a smaller sibling to varicose veins, these slim but visible lines can be red, blue or purple. Although most common in the thighs, calves and ankles, spider veins can appear anywhere. Often a result of an injury or valve complications, they respond well to laser therapy.
Venous insufficiency. Your blood needs to travel freely from your legs, ankles and feet back up to your heart for more oxygen. When your valves leak or fail to operate properly, your blood doesn’t circulate fully. Pooling blood in your legs may result in a blood clot. This condition can be painful. Effective treatment requires consistent monitoring from a professional. You may need antibiotics, other medications, sclerotherapy, endovenous thermal ablation, or even minimally invasive surgery.
Facial veins. Skin conditions caused by too much sun, medications or geneticscan contribute to spider veins on your face. While not usually painful, you may consider them unattractive. Laser and ultrasonic treatments remove facial veins.
Hand and foot veins. The veins in your hands and feet are usually smaller and more numerous than in the rest of your body. Their quantity and size make them more susceptible to damage by medications, venous insufficiency or injury. But your vein doctor can correct this damage through sclerotherapy.
Arm veins. Although less common than leg veins, arm vein conditions tend to occur in people with low body weight or who regularly lift heavy weights. Depending on the size and severity of your arm vein problems, they respond well to the same types of treatments used for hand or varicose veins.
Medical Causes of Vein Conditions
Sometimes, your vein conditions reflect a serious medical issue that needs attention. These medical ailments may cause or contribute to your visible vein problems.
Communicate honestly and openly with Dr. Dmitry Gorelik, your vein treatment specialist, about your symptoms, lifestyle and habits. He needs this information to accurately assess and treat your vein conditions. Contact the experts at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey for a consultation. With three offices — in Parsippany, Old Bridge and Sayreville, NJ — they’re convenient and prepared to eliminate your vein conditions.