When Should You Have a Venous Screening?

You’ve probably heard of cardiovascular disease, but did you know that you can develop disease within your veins? There are several conditions that affect your veins, and they’re collectively known as venous disease. A venous screening can play an important role in early detection.

Venous disease

Your veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to your lungs and heart. You may imagine them as simple, hollow tubes, but they’re more complicated than that. The veins in your legs and feet have valves that keep your blood flowing toward your heart, and prevent it from running back down to your feet.

When those valves fail to function properly, a host of problems may result. Some types of venous disease include:

Blood clots

Blood clots have different names, depending on where they occur. For example, a blood clot in your lung is called a pulmonary embolism. A blood clot in a vein deep in your leg is called a deep vein thrombosis, and one that’s near the surface is called a superficial venous thrombosis or phlebitis.

Chronic venous insufficiency

When the valves in your veins don’t work properly, blood can pool in your feet, causing swelling, cramping, and discoloration of your skin.

Varicose veins

When the walls of your veins weaken, the blood puts pressure on them. They become dilated and discolored. Varicose veins are sometimes called spider veins.

Ulcers

When your blood can’t flow and sits still, you can develop open sores that don’t heal. These are venous stasis ulcers, and usually occur below the knee, often on the inner part of the leg.

Your risk of venous disease

Certain factors increase your risk of venous disease. You have a higher chance of developing venous disease if you:

You may not have any symptoms of venous disease, which is one reason that screening can be critically important. Identifying a problem with your veins early can prevent more severe problems from developing later.

Venous disease can cause long-term disability without treatment. You may not be able to work or meet your obligations at home. Untreated venous disease can even be fatal. Understanding your risk factors is an important first step.

If you have any of the risk factors listed above, or you’re worried about venous disease, discuss your concerns with our staff here at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants. You’ll likely be surprised at the simplicity of a venous screening.

Venous screening is easy

You’re asked to complete a questionnaire about your medical history, then you have a simple ultrasound and one of our providers inspects your legs, ankles, and feet. The whole screening only takes 15-20 minutes.

Book your appointment for a venous screening at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants online or by phone today. It’s easy, and it could be life-saving if you’re at risk for developing venous disease!

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