What is Venous Disease?
Venous disease is a condition that affects the venous system, which includes veins and venules in the body. Data from Circulation AHA Journals indicates that varicose veins affect more than 25 million adults in the United States and more than 6 million with more advanced venous disease. It can be caused by a variety of factors including congenital abnormalities, trauma to the venous system, infections in the venous system, or other conditions. The diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases are handled by Dr. Schmetterer in Salem Ohio who has been practicing for years.
In this blog post, we will discuss venous disease diagnosis and treatment.
How Do You Know if You Have Venous Disease
It is often difficult to know if you have venous disease, as there are no definitive signs that will lead you to the diagnosis. Some people may not even be aware they have it until their condition has progressed significantly and they seek medical attention for unrelated problems. However, there are several vein disease symptoms that can indicate you’re suffering from venous diseases, such as:
- Pain or cramping in the legs, particularly after standing for long periods of time;
- Skin discoloration on the lower limbs caused by pooling blood under your skin;
- Heavy sensations and aches in your calves which worsen when walking upstairs or incline;
- Swelling of the ankles, feet, fingers, hands, and face (due to fluid accumulation);
- Varicose veins. If you have more than three visible signs of vein disease then it is likely there are other issues associated with this condition – there may be more serious like heart problems or internal organ damage.
Tips to Avoid Getting or Worsening the Condition
Venous disease is a condition that affects venous blood flow. It can be debilitating and difficult to treat, but it’s important to take the necessary precautions to avoid worsening your venous disease.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being obese or overweight can make the venous problems much worse as it increases your risk for developing venous diseases such as varicose veins and spider veins which often cause leg cramps to sufferers.
- Exercising regularly, especially if you’re sitting at work all day long (which is the most common factor leading towards venous disease). Exercise will help increase blood circulation in your legs and prevent backup of fluid into the deep vein system where they become damaged over time.
- Always wear compression stockings during flights and extended periods of travel when seated.
- Reduce venous disease by avoiding prolonged periods of standing and sitting.
- Elevate your legs when possible, especially before going to bed at night.
Concluding Thoughts on How to Treat Your Symptoms
- Compression stockings can help reduce the effects of postural pooling by creating a pressure gradient on the legs,impriving venous blood flow back to the heart
- Exercising regularly keeps the lymphatic fluid moving through your body, reducing swelling of tissues which can result from venous insufficiency which results in varicose veins. Lymph nodes are part of our immune system so working out is great for general health too!
- Massage therapy stimulates circulation leading to better oxygenation throughout all parts of the body – this will also speed up lymph flow and may even lead to weight loss as excess fat stores within swollen limbs release fatty acids with exercise.
- See a vascular surgeon for treatment
If you suffer from venous disease symptoms, it is important to seek the right treatment. Delayed evaluation and treatment can lead to permanent damage. There are a number of different treatments that work in conjunction with each other for the most effective outcomes and we want to help you find them! Dr. Schmetterer in Salem Ohio specializes in treating venous diseases and has helped many patients get their lives back on track.
Schedule a consultation today so we can get started on finding out which treatment is right for you.