The Woodlands Heart & Vascular Center
Cardiologist located in Shenandoah, TX & Sugar Land, TX
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 Q & A
What are varicose veins?
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.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Symptoms of varicose veins include:
- Dark blue or purple veins
- Veins that are bulging or twisted
- Aching in your legs
- Burning, throbbing, or muscle cramps
- Skin discoloration
If you have varicose veins, you might also notice that your legs hurt more after sitting or standing for extended periods.
When should I visit a cardiologist about varicose veins?
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.
Who is at risk of varicose veins?
Anyone can develop varicose veins, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
- Being middle-aged or older
- Being a woman
- Weight challenges
- Sitting or standing for long periods
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.
How are varicose veins diagnosed?
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.
How are varicose veins treated?
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:
- Compression stockings
- Foam sclerotherapy of large veins
- Laser treatment
- Radiofrequency ablation of vein
- Endoscopic vein surgery
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.