Recognizing Venous Problems

Vein Diseases

Today’s lifestyle has radically changed. It has become so fast-paced that you can barely notice that a week has gone by. In your haste to make the deadline for a project you’re supposed to finish, you may have placed your health on the back burner.

Giving more attention to your job than your health is very common among Americans, but it has led to disorders that could have been treated if diagnosed early. These disorders include venous diseases, which could be acquired during prolonged standing when your job requires it.

Diseases of the Veins

The veins play a role in circulation by carrying blood to and from different parts of your body. Age, genetics, and lifestyle may contribute to the occurrence of venous diseases. These diseases may include deep vein thrombosis, which occurs when thrombosis or clot gets stuck in the vein in the calf, the thigh or the hip area. Symptoms of venous disease are pain, swelling, warmth, and redness.

Another type is chronic venous disease, which includes multiple diseases like varicose veins and spider veins and leg ulcers. Varicose veins are dilated, thickened, elongated and twisted blood vessels caused by damaged valve within the veins. It affects women more than men and usually runs in the family. Pregnancy, being overweight, and prolonged standing can also cause varicose veins. In some, it can appear like spider veins, which are caused by swollen capillaries or small blood vessels. For leg ulcers, they can develop after a minor injury where skin damage can result from persistent high pressure in the veins of the legs. It is a long-lasting sore on the inside of the leg, just above the ankles, that takes more than four to six weeks to heal. You may feel pain, itching and swelling in the area.

Early venous disease symptoms may seem minor but they can become severe and even life-threatening. To avoid any complication, it is best to seek medical advice as soon as you experience signs of a problem. Early diagnosis increases the chance of a successful treatment.