As many as 35% of Americans live with varicose veins. While many people are concerned about their appearance, varicose veins are also signs of vascular health problems. At Upper East Side Cardiology, Satjit Bhusri, MD, evaluates varicose veins and offers personalized treatment for New York City residents at the practice in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today if you’re concerned about varicose veins.
Varicose veins are the thick, ropey, purple or blue veins that appear on the surface of your veins. They form when blood pools in a weak section of the vein, swelling and bulging against your skin.
In addition to their appearance, varicose veins can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as itching, burning, cramping, and aches. Your skin might also change texture or color around your varicose veins.
Your veins have small valves that help push your blood toward your heart. When those valves are weak or don’t work properly, your blood can leak backward in your veins, pool, and cause a varicose vein to form.
Your risk of varicose veins increases if you’re overweight or spend a long time on your feet every day. Peripheral vascular disease can also weaken your veins and contribute to your chances of developing varicose veins. Peripheral vascular disease is also a warning sign of other cardiovascular health problems.
Make an appointment at Upper East Side Cardiology if you have varicose veins at all. Varicose veins are an indicator of vascular health problems and can lead to blood clots, bleeding veins, and leg ulcers.
The providers at Upper East Side Cardiology can evaluate your varicose veins and peripheral vascular health. They examine your legs, checking the pulse in your ankles and the temperature of your skin.
The providers also use state-of-the-art vascular ultrasounds to visualize your veins, identifying areas of weakness and blockage. These tests help your provider create a customized treatment plan to restore your vascular health.
Your provider at Upper East Side Cardiology tailors your treatment plan to address your specific condition.
For example, they might suggest wearing compression stockings and making time to elevate your legs during the day. Often, additional exercise, such as a brisk walk, can help improve circulation.
However, if your veins are severe and causing other painful symptoms, your provider might also suggest additional treatments such as endovenous laser ablation, sclerotherapy, or ligation and stripping.
These procedures close and seal your varicose veins. Your blood is forced to flow through healthier veins, and over time, your varicose veins empty of blood and disappear.
Your provider might also recommend further cardiovascular testing or treatment if your varicose veins evaluation reveals other health problems.
Call Upper East Side Cardiology today or make an appointment online for personalized varicose veins treatment.