Take the First Step Toward Relief With a Free Vein Screening
At The Vein Center of Florida and The Vein Center of South Baldwin, we know it’s important to take the first step to getting relief from painful, embarrassing varicose veins and unsightly spider veins. This includes being screened for vein issues, also known as venous disease or venous insufficiency. To understand the importance of vein health and screenings, we must first understand the vital role that veins play in our bodies.
Your Venous System
Most people know that our veins are responsible for moving deoxygenated blood back to our hearts, so that the blood can be recirculated and sent back out through our bodies via arteries. Arteries pump oxygenated blood to all of our organs and systems, allowing them to function properly. However, veins have an even more challenging job. If you think about the distance from your feet to your heart, and realize that veins are pushing blood upwards, you can see where there might be some difficulty if your veins aren’t healthy – moving gallons of pressurized blood against gravity is no small feat.
Veins are designed as a series of one-way streets, equipped with valves to keep your blood flowing in one direction – up to your heart. If these valves are weakened and start to fail, this causes a condition known as venous insufficiency. This means that the valves in the veins are damaged, allowing blood to flow backward and pool in your veins. When the blood pools, it exerts added pressure on the vein walls, stretching them and causing them to bulge and twist, eventually becoming visible on the surface of your skin. These are known as varicose veins.
Symptoms of venous insufficiency and varicose veins include:
- Leg pain
- Feeling of heaviness in the legs
- Swelling of the legs
- Skin ulcers
- Dry, scaly skin on your legs
What Are the Causes of Venous Insufficiency?
- Job – Any jobs where you are required to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time can increase the pressure on the veins in your legs and make pooling blood worse
- Genetics – If one (or both) parents have varicose veins, there is a high likelihood you will develop them
- Gender – Varicose veins affect nearly 55 percent of women, while only 45 percent of men get them
- Age – If you are over the age of 50, you may be one of the 50 percent of people in that age group with varicose veins
- Obesity or pregnancy – Added weight from pregnancy or obesity will cause added pressure on the veins in your legs, which raises the risk of developing varicose veins
- Lifestyle – Smoking negatively affects your circulation, which impedes the ability of the veins to work properly
Treating Varicose Veins and Other Vein Issues
Venous disease is progressive, and is a condition that cannot be cured, however, there are ways to treat the symptoms. As unsightly as they are, varicose veins are actually early warning signs of what could become a more significant problem. Treating varicose veins isn’t just treating a cosmetic issue – it’s discovering a deeper problem within your venous system that, left untreated, could lead to serious health conditions.
For the majority of people, varicose veins are completely treatable. At Vein Center of Florida, we offer several minimally invasive treatments right in our office that require little to no downtime for recovery. These minimally invasive procedures can not only improve the cosmetic appearance of your legs by eliminating unsightly varicose veins, but more importantly, they can help improve your overall health.
Free Vein Screenings
A screening helps Dr. Jimenez understand what is going on inside your veins. Screening for vein disease is especially important if there is a family history of vein disease and for addressing a vein problem before it progresses.
We periodically host free screenings for these conditions. When you come in for your screening, our team will help you determine what you should do next to start getting the symptom relief and attractive legs you deserve.
Find out more about our free vein screenings. Whether you’re in Pensacola, Destin or Escambia County, Florida, or Foley/Baldwin County, Alabama, The Vein Center is here to help you. Call 1-800-910-VEIN.