Varicose veins affect about three in 10 adults. Though they don’t always present symptoms, many people with varicose veins experience swelling, leg cramps, and pain. At The Woodlands Heart & Vascular Center, cardiologist Jasmine Khan, MD, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins. To make an appointment at the office in Shenandoah and Sugar Land, Texas, call the office today or schedule online.
Varicose veins are knotted, rope-like veins that usually form on the legs, calves, or thighs. They occur when the valves within your veins fail to close. That allows blood to flow backward and pool, causing your veins to stretch and twist.
Anyone can develop varicose veins, but they’re more common in women. Researchers aren’t entirely sure why, but it’s thought hormones play a role.
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
If you have varicose veins, you might also notice that your legs hurt more after sitting or standing for extended periods.
In most cases, self-care measures like regular exercise and wearing compression stockings can relieve discomfort caused by varicose veins.
If you experience persistent leg pain or swelling, make an appointment at The Woodlands Heart & Vascular Center. Both of these symptoms may indicate a blood clot, which is potentially life-threatening. Other symptoms that warrant medical treatment include bleeding and skin ulcers.
Anyone can develop varicose veins, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop varicose veins if you have a family history of them. For example, if your parents had varicose veins, you’re more likely to as well.
To diagnose varicose veins, your provider conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including their severity and when they first started. Next, they carefully assess your legs for signs of swelling.
Your provider might also recommend an ultrasound test, depending on your age and health history. An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to determine if the valves in your veins are functioning properly.
Treatment of varicose veins depends on several factors, including the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your life. The Woodlands Heart & Vascular Center might recommend:
You might also benefit from an ambulatory phlebectomy. This outpatient procedure involves your provider removing varicose veins through a small incision in your leg.
To receive treatment for varicose veins, make an appointment at The Woodlands Heart & Vascular Center by calling the office today or scheduling online.