Heart and Vein Center is a full service, high-tech medical facility specializing in the treatment of all types of varicose and spider veins in Southeast Michigan. The types of veins we treat include: Spider Veins, Reticular Veins, Varicose Veins and Venous Ulcers. We provide free compression stockings to all the patients that decide to undergo vein procedures.
What are Varicose Veins?
According to a recent estimate, over 60% of the US population has some degree of varicose veins. Furthermore, as the population is getting older, that percent is getting larger! Although varicose veins and spider veins (telangiectasia) are twice as common in women than men, they are increasing in frequency in both sexes. They are a problem cosmetically and they are a problem medically as well!
Medicine describes three types of abnormal veins which cause people trouble. These are spider veins (also known as telangiectasia), reticular veins and true varicose veins (also known as varicosities).
But Medically Important Too!
Regardless of the type of varicose veins, no one likes them. They are unpleasant to look at… and they may cause physical symptoms as well!
The recent medical study by Dr. Roger Y. Murray of Almonte Springs, Florida found that 400 people who had only spider veins and no other type of vein problem had that all problems and symptoms associated with their veins in addition to mere cosmetic problems.
Some of the physical symptoms Dr. Murray found associated with spiders were:
- Tired Legs
- Aching in the Legs
- Restless Legs at Night
- Burning & Cramping
- Itching in the Leg
- Throbbing & Swelling
According to Dr. Murray’s study, these symptoms were directly related to the presence of spider-telangiectasia on the legs and no other type of varicose vein.
Spider veins are especially common. You know spider veins — you probably have some yourself. Spiders are those ugly, dark blue little veins that run up and down the legs resembling lines on a road map. Sometimes spiders group themselves into nasty little star burst patterns that pop out where they are least wanted! Sometimes they fan out along the outside of the thigh or the inner aspect of the lower leg. Often they gather around the ankles or behind the knees.
Regardless of where they occur, spider veins are downright ugly! In fact, a recent survey found that American women are more concerned about spider veins on their legs than with almost any other cosmetic problem.
Reticular veins are those deeper, darker veins that form bluish networks that criss-cross over the thighs and lower legs. Reticulars are larger veins than spiders and they are usually the source of spiders. Getting rid of reticular veins will help get rid of spiders!
Varicosities are those large varicose veins resembling ropes that twist up and down the course of the leg or behind the knee. These types of varicose veins are most unsightly, they bulge, and they may be painful. They may even be prone to blood clots.
If You Have ‘Em, Get Rid of ‘Em!
If you, like millions of other Americans, have varicose veins and you don’t like them, you really should consider doing something about them. If you have some of the symptoms above, or if you simply don’t like to wear shorts or swim wear because of your legs, do something about it.
Now with the advances in conventional sclerotherapy, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and laser you can get rid of varicose veins.