If you suffer from aching, swollen legs, or have varicose veins, you may have a condition called venous insufficiency. At Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, in Bradenton, Florida, Erick E. Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, diagnoses venous insufficiency and offers customized treatments to restore your vascular health. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Your arteries carry blood to the different parts of your body, and your veins bring your blood back to your heart. The veins in your legs have to work against gravity to push your blood back up through your body. These veins have tiny valves that help your blood move efficiently and prevent it from flowing backward. When there is a problem with these valves, you have what’s called venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency causes a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
Venous insufficiency is caused by weakness in your valves, and it can be exacerbated by blood clots and varicose veins. Your risk of developing venous insufficiency increases if you smoke, have a family history of the disease, or are overweight.
Varicose veins are the gnarled, blue or purple veins that can be found on your legs. They develop when a weak valve in one of the veins on your legs allows blood to flow backward, where it eventually pools and swells your vein.
Your chances of developing varicose veins are higher if you have a family history of varicose veins, are overweight, or if you smoke. Furthermore, you will have a higher chance of getting them the older you get.
For most people, varicose veins are a purely cosmetic concern. However, they can also cause cramping and an achy heaviness in your legs. They can also be a sign of venous insufficiency, which means your blood isn’t circulating efficiently.
At Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, Dr. Calderon offers FDA-approved endovenous radiofrequency treatments that close and seal varicose veins. Not only does this get rid of your varicose veins, but it also encourages your blood to follow a more efficient route back to your heart.
Endovenous radiofrequency treatments are outpatient procedures, so you can go home when your treatment is complete. You will need to wear compression stockings for several weeks after your procedure to help keep your vein closed and encourage healthy circulation.
If you’re troubled by varicose veins or symptoms of venous insufficiency, call Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants or make an appointment online today.