The vascular system is an extremely important part of the human anatomy. They are the blood vessels that transport blood back to the heart and into the lungs to replenish with the oxygen and nutrients we all need in order to function and stay healthy. Unfortunately, like all parts of our body, veins can develop problems. When it comes to the leg area of our body, people sometimes forget how it impacts their overall well-being, so it is very important to be educated on how important vascular health really is.
Americas Cosmetic Surgery Centers offer excellent treatments for vein diseases and vascular disorders from our dedicated experts in vein disease, all of whom rank among the preeminent authorities of vascular disorders.
The following list describes some the come common issues that people often can develop in the legs when it comes to their veins. Like we mentioned above, some of these conditions are less serious than others, but they are all issues that are certainly worth discussing with us. Even the most minor of issues cause stress on someone’s life. That being said, if you feel any chest pain or have trouble breathing whatsoever, this may be an indicator of a blood clot in the blood vessels of the heart or lungs and you should seek immediate medical attention at a hospital emergency department.
Types of Vein Conditions
This refers to the unusually stretched or swollen veins that protrude from the surface of the skin, making your legs appear to be bumpy. Varicose veins are the result of faulty vein valves or weak vein walls. Varicose veins alone are fairly harmless, but they can lead to minor problems such as bleeding from minor trauma.
Also known as “broken capillaries,” Spider veins are medically called telangiectasia, which are comprised of dilated capillary veins that are less than 2mm in diameter and reside just below the surface of the skin on the legs or face. Spider veins have a blue, red, or purplish color with web-like or linear appearance.
This is a blood clot in the vein, which can block blood flow or break free and travel through the bloodstream to the heart and lungs, which can cause pulmonary embolism (blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs).
Swelling caused by a blood clot in the vein in both in the superficial veins (those that run just under the skin) or deep within a muscle (including the leg), causing deep vein thrombosis (DVT, see below). As a result, this significantly raises the risk of serious health problems, such as a dislodged clot (embolus) traveling to the lungs and possibly blocking an artery (pulmonary embolism).
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Those who suffer from DVT have a formation of blood clots in the large veins deep within the legs, pelvis, and even in the arms. This can become a serious issue as DVT is fatal for 10 to 30% of people within one month of diagnosis. That being said, DVT is both preventable and treatable if detected in its early stages.
Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
PE occurs when a blood clot breaks free from a deep vein travels into an artery in the lung. PE can become a very serious matter, as severe cases can cause life-threatening conditions that has potential to cause heart failure among other things. To this end, seek immediate medical attention if you have trouble breathing or if you are coughing up blood.
Phlebitis is the condition where swelling/inflammation in the deep or superficial veins occurs. Superficial phlebitis affects is seldom serious and usually resolves itself with local treatment of the inflammation with warm compresses and anti-inflammatory medications. Phlebitis in the deep veins is more serious, as causes DVT (described above).
Venous Skin Ulcer
A venous skin ulcer is a shallow wound that is caused when the leg veins fail to return blood back toward the heart the proper way (called venous insufficiency). For example, veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing toward the heart. Suffers of this condition have damaged valves creating backed up blood and pools in the vein. These types of ulcers often form on the sides of the lower leg, above the ankle, and below the calf.
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