What are Vascular Conditions?
Vascular conditions are those that affect the circulatory system and disrupt the healthy flow of blood to and from the heart and bodily organs and tissues. Examples of vascular conditions include venous insufficiency, blood clots, phlebitis, spider veins and varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, and lymphedema.
What Causes Vascular Conditions?
Several factors may influence vascular health. Some of the common risk factors for vascular conditions like chronic venous insufficiency include:
- Injury to a blood vessel or artery
- Cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis, which slows the circulation of blood via plaque buildup in arteries and veins
- Certain medications
Treatments Offered at Sun Vein & Vascular
- Healthy Veins. Ideally, our veins will support the natural flow of blood to and from all parts of the body. Due to the weakening of the valves, some veins fail to move blood properly. This is referred to as chronic venous insufficiency.
- Varicose Veins. Swollen, twisted veins are more than an eyesore, they can be a painful symptom of chronic venous insufficiency. Treatment to close varicose veins can alleviate discomfort.
- Spider Veins. Spider veins are like tiny varicose veins that occur in clusters. They may look twisted and may be slightly raised but do not hurt as varicose veins do. Treatment is performed for cosmetic purposes.
- Restless Leg Syndrome. Occurring at night, the aching, numbness, tingling, and twitching of RLS can create significant frustration. Studies suggest that chronic venous insufficiency may be a primary cause of this condition.
- Skin Problems. Chronic venous insufficiency, if not treated, can lead to skin discoloration, stasis eczema, or uncomfortable skin ulcerations. By addressing the underlying vein, these symptoms may resolve relatively quickly.
- Blood Clots. Clumps of blood can develop superficially or deep beneath the surface. Referred to as thrombophlebitis or thrombosis, blood clots may require prompt treatment to avoid potentially serious complications.
- Swelling. A lesser-known consequence of chronic venous insufficiency, phlebolymphedema, can cause swelling in the lower extremities as a result of lymph accumulation. With proper care, the condition can be manageable.
- Peripheral Arterial Disease. A symptom of atherosclerosis, “hardening of the arteries," PAD affects the lower extremities. Care focuses on alleviating symptoms and also reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
- Other. While deep vein thrombosis may result from injury or lack of movement, it may also stem from May-Thurner Syndrome. Patients who present with DVT may be tested to fully understand their condition and future risk.
When Should You Speak With a Doctor for Your Vein Condition?
You should speak to a doctor about a vein condition when it bothers you. For example, if you have spider veins that cause you to feel self-conscious about your appearance, you can consult with a specialist about appropriate treatment. There is no need to wait until a vein condition becomes symptomatic or painful to receive care. That said, there are many reasons to seek a clinical diagnosis and treatment recommendation for symptomatic veins such as varicose veins. Without proper treatment, this condition can progress to a point at which conservative treatment may not effectively resolve discomfort. Untreated venous insufficiency can increase the risk of skin discoloration, ulcers, and other complicated conditions.
Why Choose Sun Vein & Vascular for Your Vascular Condition Treatment?
Vein conditions can raise a lot of questions and concerns. Dr. Lucy Sun, a board-certified vascular surgeon, established Sun Vein & Vascular as a facility in which patients of all ages can get the answers they need to feel more confident in their vascular health. Dr. Sun has dedicated her career to the study and treatment of vein disorders. She seeks to deliver the highest quality of care to each of her patients so they may achieve the best results possible.