Many people may not realize that these swollen and sometimes raised veins are related. Varicose veins are most often located in the legs and the lower portion of the body.
What Are They?
Varicose veins are lumpy, bulging, blue veins, that are swollen and twisted, and women are four times as likely as men to develop them. By the age of 50, about half of men and women have some type of varicose vein. They have numerous causes including being overweight; standing or sitting for many hours; heart or liver disease; birth control pills; or hormone replacement therapy. They often are an inherited genetic trait.
Pregnant women (about 10 to 20 percent) sometimes develop varicose veins, which will usually shrink and disappear following the pregnancy. If they do not, you may want to seek medical evaluation and treatment.
Varicose Veins Symptoms
- Cramps and fatigue
- Leg heaviness
- Leg pain
- Skin Redness
Potential Signs of Other Medical Problems
Traditionally, varicose veins and spider veins (usually smaller and not bumpy) were considered a strictly cosmetic issue. Having them removed entailed a visit to the dermatologist or a spa. But we now know that spider veins can be a sign of a deeper problem related to the vascular system, the heart, and circulation. In extreme cases, they can lead to venous ulcers and amputations.
Call our Miami office today at (305) 901-7606 to learn about varicose and spider vein treatment options with Dr. Abella. If you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins and are experiencing pain or other problems, we can help. We offer multiple minimally-invasive treatment options for varicose veins and spider veins at our clinic. Treatments include sclerotherapy, vein ablation, and VenaSeal.
Abella Health is a unique practice that provides primary care, with a specialization in cardiac and vein care. Dr. Manuel Abella is an Interventional Cardiologist and Vein Specialist who has been practicing in the Miami area for 23 years. We offer personalized medicine featuring physician and nurse practitioner accessibility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact us to learn more. Our professional staff provides the most comprehensive range of treatments and diagnostic testing in the area.