Today’s busy lifestyles mean dealing with issues such as varicose veins often get put on the back burner. After all, varicose veins are mainly a cosmetic issue, right? You can just cover them up and deal with them later. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. You can cover them up, yes, but varicose veins are a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which is a condition that won’t go away on it’s own. In fact, it’s very likely to get worse.
What do Boynton Beach residents need to know about venous insufficiency?
Venous insufficiency is a progressive condition that is the result of a number of risk factors. These risk factors include age (50% of people over age 50 have some form of vein disease, and that goes for men and women), genetics (a family history of vein disease increases your likelihood of developing CVI, and lifestyle factors such as overweight and having to stand on your feet for long periods of time.
Boynton Beach Vein Doctors explain that maintaining a healthy weight and a regular exercise program can go a long ways towards preventing CVI or slowing its progression, but once it’s started, it won’t stop. There are some serious consequences of leaving CVI untreated as well. In addition to the chronic aching and heavy feeling you may have in your legs, untreated vein disease can develop into leg ulceration or even blood clots, which are known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT can even be life threatening, if you don’t know you have a blood clot and it breaks free and travels to your heart, lungs or brain.
How can I prevent these consequences?
A regular appointment for screening at our Boynton Beach Vein Center is an excellent way to get your venous health assessed, as well as your risk of DVT or other complications. Venous health screenings are painless and offer peace of mind. To complete the evaluation, we’ll take a thorough medical history, and conduct a visual examination of your legs. We’ll also perform a painless Doppler ultrasound examination, to visualize the veins deep beneath the skin, where blood clots may lurk.
Armed with all this information, your Boynton Beach Vein Expert can offer you a variety of minimally invasive treatment options, all of which can be performed right in our offices on an outpatient basis. This means no hospital visit, no general anesthetics, and no lengthy recovery period. In fact, you’ll be up and on your way in about an hour, with just compression stockings to wear until your follow up appointment with us. At that time, we’ll re-assess your venous health and see if any further treatments are needed.
So as you can see, it’s worth making the time to call South Palm Cardiovascular Associates at 561-515-0080 to make an appointment. Not only will you find out how to restore the health and beauty of your legs, you’ll be improving your overall health and circulation and preventing some possibly unpleasant consequences. So don’t wait, give us a call today.