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Varicose Veins

Upper East Side Cardiology

Cardiovascular Disease Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Over one-third of Americans develop highly visible, lumpy-looking veins called varicose veins. While common, you shouldn’t ignore varicose veins as they can signal potential vascular problems. Satjit Bhusri, MD, evaluates, diagnoses, and treats varicose veins and their underlying health issues at Upper East Side Cardiology, located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. If you’d like to learn more about varicose vein treatment options, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins form when blood pools in a weak section of your veins, causing the vein to swell and bulge against your skin. They appear as purple or blue lumps on your skin, much darker and “ropey” in appearance than spider veins. In addition to their unwanted cosmetic appearance, varicose veins cause itching, cramping, burning sensations, or aches. 

Some people also experience phlebitis, a condition in which your varicose veins become hard, hot, painful, and discolored. Phlebitis typically resolves on its own in two or three months.

Why do I have varicose veins?

Your veins provide the path for your blood to move throughout your body. Veins have valves that ensure the blood only moves in one direction within your veins, but when the valves weaken or don’t work properly, blood can leak backward in your veins and cause varicose veins.

People who spend long periods on their feet or are overweight are at a greater risk for varicose veins. You’re also at a greater risk for developing varicose veins if you have peripheral vascular disease.

What happens if I don’t treat varicose veins?

Left untreated, varicose veins may lead to several complications, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Veins bursting or bleeding
  • Ulcers
  • Skin tears

Schedule an appointment at Upper East Side Cardiology if you see varicose veins on your body to rule out or confirm underlying cardiovascular issues and seek treatment as necessary.

How are varicose veins treated?

Dr. Bhusri personalizes your treatment based on the specifics of your condition. Treatment may include lifestyle changes like wearing compression stockings, exercising more often, elevating your legs, and limiting the time you spend sitting or standing.

If you experience severe varicose vein symptoms, or your varicose veins don’t respond to lifestyle changes, Dr. Bhusri may recommend in-office procedures to close off your varicose veins and force the blood to flow through healthier veins. Varicose vein treatment options at Upper East Side Cardiology include:

In addition to varicose vein treatment, Dr. Bhusri may recommend additional tests to rule out cardiovascular problems.

To find out if you’re a candidate for varicose vein treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.