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Vein disease is a medical condition that can lead to further health problems. Ignoring the condition can lead to further health problems. Ignoring the condition can result in symptoms such as pain, fatigue, itching, burning and swelling. In many cases of vein disease, what is seen on the surface of the skin is not indicative of what is happening underneath the surface. This is why it is important to meet with the doctor who utilizes ultrasound so that you can accurately diagnose the condition and receive vein care that will provide long-term results. The second heart is a system of muscles, veins and valves all working together to help get the venous blood from your foot, up your leg and to the heart. Vein valves act as trap doors that open and close with each muscle contraction to prevent the backflow of blood. When valves become defective or weak the second heart can be overwhelmed, blood can pool in veins, and varicose veins, spider veins, and chronic venous insufficiency can develop.
What are varicose and spider veins?
Varicose veins are bulging; “rope-like” abnormally enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. The failure of these veins to circulate blood properly causes blood to pool within the vein. Each vein has a series of valves, which are designed to prevent blood from flowing backwards. When these malfunction they allow blood to collect creating pressure inside the vein and form protruding, unsightly veins that are often accompanied by discomfort or pain.
Spider veins are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located just below the surface of the skin. Although they can appear anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found on the face and legs. These small red, purple, or bluish veins typically branch out in a linear or spider web-like appearance.
What are the risk factors for varicose veins and spider veins?
· Increasing age
· Family history
· Pregnancy and hormonal change
· Prolonged standing
· Leg trauma
What are the signs and symptoms of vein disease?
· Aching pain
· Leg heaviness
· Burning pain
· Easily tired legs
· Rash on the legs
· Leg swelling
· Numbness in the legs
· Darkening of the skin
· Skin ulcers
Will my insurance cover the treatment?
Depending on the presence of symptoms and severity of the venous condition, the majority of insurers offer benefits when medical necessity is established. Please recognize that every insurance plan is different. If you want to be certain that your insurer will do their part, we’ll work with you to pre-authorize the treatment you need before you begin treatment for your venous condition.