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Vein Screening

Are My Veins Okay? Early detection & treatment of vein disease can help secure your quality of life. 

 

Vein Screening Clinic

Your legs can tell an awful lot about your overall health. If you’ve been wondering about the cause of your varicose veins, aching, itchiness, pain, heaviness and/ or swelling in your legs, join our experts for a complimentary 15-minute vein screening clinic. Our board-certified vascular surgeons and vascular sonographers will help you identify potential problems and recommend treatment options so you can maintain your overall health and a summer-worthy appearance. 

Vein Screenings will be available on: TBD

To make an appointment call, (603) 882-3000 Ext. 67269

Understanding Vein Disease

Arteries are the part of the circulatory system that carries blood away from the heart. Veins are the vessels that carry blood back to the heart and lungs.

Since the veins in your legs are working against gravity, “pumping” blood up from your feet to your heart, they contain valves to keep the blood flowing in the proper direction. Like swinging doors, these valves float open to allow the blood to flow toward the heart, and flap closed again to prevent the flow of blood back toward the feet. 

Vein disease occurs when the walls and valves of your veins become weak or damaged, and begin to stretch. The main causes are heredity, pregnancy, injury, obesity, and prolonged sitting or standing. Over time, if veins are continually over-stretched and dilated, the flap-like valves can’t close properly. This may result in blood flowing back down the leg- leading to bulging veins, swollen ankles, and a feeling of heaviness and pain in your legs. 

Vein disease is progressive in nature. If symptoms are left untreated, veins can become irreversibly damaged and unable to perform the “pumping” function they were designed to do. 

Most people do not have all these symptoms. But even a mild case of vein disease can affect your overall health. Because  your blood flow is less efficient than before, it’s harder for blood to be re-oxygenated and re-circulated. Cells throughout your body may not receive the oxygen and nourishment they need. As a result, in addition to causing leg pain, vein disease can rob you of the energy you need for everyday activities. 

So, if you’ve been wondering why your legs hurt or your angles swell, or you just don’t seem to have any get-up-and-go lately, vein disease may be the reason. 

8 Warning Signs of Vein Disease

Tired, heavy-feeling legs
One of the first signs of vein disease is your legs feeling chronically tired and heavy in the evenings. This is a clear indication that the return flow of blood from the legs to the heart is impaired. 

Swollen ankles at night
Thick swollen ankles are definite signs that blood is congested in the leg veins. Over time, damaged vein walls can become even more stretched out and permeable, allowing fluid and protein to filter from the veins into surrounding leg tissue, which causes the swelling.

Tingling, numbness, burning or cramping in legs and feet
Since vein disease can cause serious circulation problems, your lower legs and feet may not be getting the oxygen they need. In essence, they may be “falling asleep” more often than usual, or suffering from muscle cramps.

Open sores or ulcers on the lower leg
When chronic venous insufficiency reaches its most serious point, ulcers may appear on the lower leg. These are the result of blood leaking into the leg tissue and damaging the skin. 

Leg pain from prolonged sitting or standing
During long periods of sitting or standing, when the muscles are at rest, blood may collect in the legs and ankles. The leg veins stretch easily and may become enlarged by the pressure of the pooled blood. This in turn can cause dull, aching pain. 

Varicose or spider veins, especially during or after pregnancy
During pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body greatly increases, stretching your veins beyond their normal capacity. 

Discoloration of the skin
Over time, leakage of blood into the area surrounding the veins can cause tissue to die, darkening the skin.

History of vein problems in the family
There are many causes of vein disease, but the main one is heredity – the condition often runs in families. The earlier you take precautions and treat the problem, the better chance you have of avoiding serious complications.

 

To book your appointment with the Vein Screening Clinic, call (603) 882-3000 Ext. 67269