Healthy Veins and Venous Insufficiency
Your veins are vessels that carry blood from your body's tissues to your heart and lungs to pick up more oxygen and get re-circulated through your body. The muscles in your legs aid in this process, contracting to help pump the blood upward. Each vein has tiny valves inside it to keep the blood flowing in the right direction; this one-way traffic keeps blood from flowing backward. However, a malfunction can occur in one or more of these valves, a common condition we call venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is what causes varicose veins and spider veins and affects more than 30 million Americans.
Varicose veins - which afflict 10% to 20% of all adults - are swollen, twisted, blue veins that are close to the surface of the skin. Because valves in these veins are damaged, they hold more blood at higher pressure than normal. This forces fluid into the surrounding tissue, making affected legs swell and feel heavy, tired or achy.
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Spider veins are tangled groups of tiny blood vessels just under the skinís surface that resemble spider webs or tree branches. Typically, they are red, blue or purple and are clearly visible on the thighs, lower legs and face.
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People with a family history of varicose veins or spider veins have the highest risk of developing them. In fact, even elite athletes can develop varicose veins if they have a family history of venous insufficiency.
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At Center for Vein Restoration, we offer five primary treatments: radiofrequency, laser, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, visual sclerotherapy and ambulatory phlebectomy. Each of these treatments is quick and relatively painless and most are covered by insurance. After a detailed evaluation by one of our trained vascular technicians, we can help you determine which treatment is most appropriate for your situation.
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