At Mid-Atlantic Institute of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine we believe maintaining healthy veins leads to a healthy life. The most important function of veins in our body is to carry blood back to the heart. When the valves in our veins open as our muscles contract, blood moves through our veins and back to our heart. When our muscles relax, the valves close, keeping the blood flowing in one direction. If these valves inside of your veins become defective as a result of venous disease, the valves may not close completely, and may allow blood to leak backward or flow in both directions.
At our practice, your vein health is our primary concern. Vein problems are not always visible; diagnostic testing is key to determining the cause and severity of your issue. As you begin to think about your vein problems, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a comprehensive vein consultation.
Venous disease, which affects millions of Americans, refers to conditions related to or caused by veins that become diseased or abnormal. If left untreated, signs and symptoms can worsen over time and cause further health complications.
Forms of Venous Disease
- Blood clots (Thrombosis) can occur in the legs, arms, veins of internal organs, in the brain (cerebral vein thrombosis), in the kidneys (renal vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
- Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot that occurs in a vein lying deep below the skin, especially in the legs.
- Superficial Venous Thrombosis or Phlebitis is the inflammation of a vein that is close to the surface of the body.
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency causes blood to pool in the veins and can lead to symptoms such as swelling, pressure and leg ulcers.
- Ulcers are wounds or open sores that occur due to improper functioning of venous valves usually in the legs
Symptoms of Vein Disease
A person may experience different degrees of symptoms, but some of the signs to watch for include:
- Feeling of swelling in the legs
- Feeling of heaviness in the legs
- Pain or cramps in the calves
- Skin discoloration
- White plaque on the skin
- Dermatitis (skin problems)
- Venous leg ulcer (open wounds)
If you think you may be suffering from venous disease, we recommend you schedule a consultation with one of our vein care specialists.