Varicose veins can appear on men and women as a result of genetics and lifestyle choices. The best way to steer clear of varicose veins involves employing viable preventative measures. Dr. Syed W. Bokhari offers a minimally invasive treatment for Riverside varicose veins before developing into chronic venous insufficiency. If you are in Riverside, California, and its environs, contact Advanced Cardiovascular Care for personalized treatment for varicose veins.
What are Varicose Veins?
Those with varicose veins prefer to keep their feet covered to avoid the embarrassment associated with the venous disease. Varicose veins are bulging veins that appear as twisted cords around the affected areas. Veins bulging above the skin’s surface often appear blue or red. All veins can become varicose but usually appear in the legs and feet.
Causes of Varicose Veins
The varicose veins appear when vein valves cannot function as required, creating a chance for blood to pool in specific areas.
Aging also contributes to varicose veins’ formation as the veins stretch, lose elasticity, and grow weaker. As a result, blood finds it harder to flow through your body and back to the heart.
Some women develop varicose veins during pregnancy. Physical and hormonal changes create a recipe for increasing blood volume throughout your body.
The risk of varicose veins increases with a family history of obesity and spending more time on your feet.
What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI)
From a health standpoint, varicose veins are not always problematic. If unchecked, the condition may progress into chronic venous insufficiency. CVI occurs when vein valves and walls stop working correctly. In the long run, challenges in your blood flow increase your chances of suffering stasis/ severe blood pooling.
Common symptoms of CVI include:
- Stasis ulcers
- New varicose veins
- Leathery-looking skin on the legs
- Itchy or flaky skin on your legs and feet
- Aching and fatigue in the legs
- Swelling in the ankles and lower legs as a result of standing for extended periods
Treatment for Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Your doctor commences treatment through a conclusive diagnosis, physical exams, and noninvasive duplex ultrasound imaging to determine the extent of damage and draft an effective treatment plan.
Your treatment plan may involve venous stripping which is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. You may also qualify for endovascular ablation, a less invasive in-office procedure.
Endovascular ablation is completed in forty-five minutes but offers immediate recovery with minimal downtime and side effects.
How to Prevent Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Most cases of CVI develop as a result of lifestyle choices in relation to diet and exercise. You can prevent chronic venous insufficiency through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy body weight. You may take extra precautions through leg elevation, compression stockings, painkillers, and laser and sclerotherapy injections to manage symptoms.
Other Services Offered at Advanced Cardiovascular Care
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari specializes in:
- Adult cardiology care
- Aortic aneurysm repair
- Aortic stenosis/ TAVR
- Cardiac catheterization
- Minimally invasive heart surgery/ open heart surgery
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Spider veins treatment
Varicose veins and spider veins are likely to develop due to lifestyle choices, genetics, and family history of the condition. Advanced Cardiovascular Care focuses on delivering personalized treatment based on individual symptoms and severity of varicose veins.