Veins are part of your circulatory system, helping return blood back to your heart and lungs. Vein disease refers to various conditions that affect these blood vessels and their function. The experienced cardiovascular team at Cary Cardiology, P.A., with their offices in Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Dunn, and Benson, North Carolina, specializes in diagnosing and treating vein disease. For comprehensive cardiovascular care from a highly skilled team, call Cary Cardiology, P.A., or book an appointment online today.
Vein disease refers to any condition that affects the structure or function of your veins. Part of your circulatory system, your veins push blood back to your heart and lungs for reoxygenation.
Your veins are lined with tiny valves that open and close to support the movement of your blood. When your muscles contract, these valves open and blood moves through. When your muscles relax, the valves close, preventing the blood from flowing in the wrong direction.
Vein disease often results when there’s damage to the valves in the veins. This damage may prevent the valve from fully closing during muscle contraction, allowing blood to flow backward.
There are many types of vein disease. Some of the common types include:
DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg. These clots may cause pain and swelling and break free from the vein. The clot may travel to the blood vessels in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism—a life-threatening condition.
Varicose veins are enlarged superficial veins that occur because of valve damage. The damage to the valves allows blood to flow backward and pool, causing the blood vessels to expand and bulge.
CVI is a circulation problem that affects the veins in the legs. This chronic condition develops from damage to the valves or walls of the veins, allowing blood to pool in the ankles and leak under the skin.
Phlebitis is a blood clot that develops in a superficial vein. These blood clots don’t travel to the lungs, but they may cause pain and inflammation.
The team at Cary Cardiology, P.A., customizes treatment for vein disease based on the type of disease you have and the cause. Treatments might include:
Cary Cardiology, P.A., has a Coumadin clinic. If you have blood clots, you may need Coumadin® to prevent clots from forming. The Coumadin clinic monitors your blood’s clotting ability so the team can adjust your medication as required. The cardiovascular practice also provides varicose vein procedures to eliminate the visible veins.
If you have noticeable skin discoloration, Cary Cardiology, P.A., can determine if you have a vein disease and provide the treatment you need. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.