Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the feet, while veins return the blood from the feet back up to the heart. Normally, one-way valves inside the veins prevent blood from flowing backward, but if the valves become deformed, they don’t close properly. Blood flows backward, pools, and enlarges the veins. The resulting twisted blue or purple bulging veins are known as varicose veins. Smaller spider veins can be a symptom of poor circulation or an indication of increased risk for varicose veins.
While the presence of varicose veins or spider veins indicates a blood flow problem, they don’t cause or indicate heart problems. However, for some people, these veins could be a warning sign of serious underlying health issues, and people who suffer from both heart disease and varicose veins may be at increased risk to develop infection and swelling.
Untreated vein disease is progressive. If left untreated, varicose veins may lead to a chronic inflammatory condition in the veins or the formation of blood clots, which can break free and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.
If you have varicose veins or spider veins, it’s important to have an evaluation with a varicose vein specialist. A specialist vein doctor can help you determine the appropriate options for your vein disease treatment.
Two highly effective modern therapies, sclerotherapy for varicose veins and endovenous laser ablation can provide treatment with minimal discomfort and most people can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Additionally, most major health insurance carriers provide coverage for the treatment of vein disease when medically necessary.
If you would like more information regarding leg vein health or an evaluation for your varicose veins or spider veins, please contact the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our two convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853 or Wellington 561-790-4550 or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and other conditions caused by venous insufficiency. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified vein specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in vein treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter and Wellington Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art vein centers, where we provide the latest in vein treatment technology.