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Do you have Venous Insufficiency? Signs and Symptoms of Vein Disease

June 20, 2019
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Signs of Venous Insufficiency

Picture this–you’ve got a day off, and decide that you’re going to spend this beautiful free day in the great outdoors. You grab your friends and hit up a local park for an afternoon of hiking, biking, and walking through the wilderness. When you stop to rest, you notice that your legs feel like cement, and your shoes feel a little tight from swelling. Just thinking that you’re out of shape, you continue with your outdoor adventures. However, when you get home that evening, it’s clear that this is more than just a case of being tired and sore. You see some veins on your legs that you’ve noticed before, but today they are bulging and blue. Could these veins be the source of your leg discomfort?

If you don’t need to “picture this” because it’s already happened to you, you may have a chronic issue called venous insufficiency. A varicose vein specialist can identify your condition, and also offer several minimally-invasive procedures to target your varicose veins. The vein experts at the Vein Treatment Center of New York and Vein Treatment Center of New Jersey are highly-trained to recognize signs of venous insufficiency, and can offer relief from the pain and discomfort of varicose veins.

 

Signs of Venous Insufficiency:

  1. Spider veins and Varicose veins: Visible leg veins are signs of venous insufficiency.
  2. Heaviness: A sense of weight and fatigue in your legs at the end of the day is another sign of venous insufficiency.
  3. Cramping: calf cramps, known as charley horses, can be a sign of venous insufficiency.
  4. Restlessnes: Restless legs, particularly at the end of a long day, can be a sign of venous insufficiency
  5. Pain: A dull aching pain in your legs at the end of the day can be a sign of venous insufficiency.
Leg cramps are due to a number of different conditions, including vein disease. Learn more about the causes of leg cramps and what type of doctor can help.

What is Venous Insufficiency?

Seeing varicose veins and spider veins on your body can be a bit unnerving at first. It feels as if they appeared out of nowhere! However, your body has likely been battling the signs of venous insufficiency for some time. To understand venous insufficiency, you first need to know about your body’s circulatory system. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body, while veins return blood back to your heart for re-circulation and re-oxygenation. Your veins have a difficult job working against gravity, so they get some help from your vein’s valves. When working properly, these one-way valves close tightly and keep your blood from moving back into the preceding vein.

Over time, your veins stretch and valves can become weakened, which leads to blood pooling in the previous vein. Why do veins stretch? Pregnancy, obesity, family genetics, or age can increase the pressure inside of the vein, leading to venous hypertension. In turn, venous hypertension weakens the vein valve, which causes venous insufficiency. Only a vein expert, such as the vein doctors at the Vein Treatment Center of New York and Vein Treatment Center of New Jersey can recognize signs of venous insufficiency and diagnose it with a painless duplex ultrasound examination.

How are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Connected to Venous Insufficiency?

Leaky vein valves can begin like a dripping faucet– you tend to ignore the small droplets until the faucet fails and water won’t stop coming out! The reason why you see spider veins and varicose veins is because of chronic venous insufficiency. When the valves weaken and blood pools in your veins, it creates pathways that present themselves as spider veins or varicose veins. Spider veins are closer to the surface of your skin, are red or blue in appearance, and resemble a spider’s web. Varicose veins are larger in diameter, deeper under the skin’s surface, and look like a twisted rope.

Varicose veins and spider veins are signs of venous insufficiency. Common side effects of varicose veins and spider veins are leg discomfort, leg heaviness, itching around the veins, and swelling around your ankles and calves. Varicose veins and spider veins are a reminder that your leaky leg veins and vein walls are stretching, so you should visit a vein doctor to address your venous insufficiency.

What Can I Do to Prevent Venous Insufficiency?

Due to a combination of genetic factors, you may be predisposed to venous insufficiency and venous hypertension. You can thank you dad not only for your large ears, but also for your vein structure! While you can’t control your genetics, you can do a few things to improve your overall vein and heart health. By maintaining a healthy weight, eating whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables, and getting regular vigorous exercise, you are setting lifestyle goals that will improve your overall vitality.

How Do I Treat Venous Insufficiency?

The only way to diagnose and treat venous insufficiency is to consult with a vein expert, such as the vein doctors at the Vein Treatment Center of New York and Vein Treatment Center of New Jersey. Even though venous insufficiency sounds like a scary diagnosis, there are several minimally-invasive methods used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. Our highly-trained vein specialists can recommend one of the following varicose vein treatments:

  • Sclerotherapy: By injecting a small amount of Sclerosant (salt solution) into the affected vein, a natural clot is created. This forces the blood to re-route into a healthier vein, and eventually dissolves the varicose vein or spider vein.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation: Thermal, heat-based energy is used to close the affected varicose vein, which will in turn become absorbed by the body.
  • Venaseal: Also known as “vein glue”, this fast-acting seal fuses the vein wall together, forcing blood to find a new route. The affected varicose vein will eventually disappear

If varicose veins or spider veins are starting to affect your daily activities, it’s time to consult with the vein experts at the Vein Treatment Center of New York and Vein Treatment Center of New Jersey to see how their expertly-trained staff can help you regain confidence and improve your quality of life.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Sareh Rajaee

Venous Specialist | BROWN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Sareh Rajaee is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon and Vein Disease specialist. She is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in spider veins and varicose vein removal. She is proud to serve the New York community at our vein clinic in Manhattan, and the New Jersey community in Clifton & Paramus.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Todd Kobrinski

Vein Specialist | GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Todd’s goal as a vein treatment doctor is to help patients achieve the best quality of life. After learning about you, how vein disease is affecting you and why, he is able to craft a customized treatment plan for your spider and varicose veins.

Our vein clinics offer FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Jasmine Koo

VENOUS SPECIALIST | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jasmine specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider and varicose vein removal in San Diego, California. Her areas of expertise include Sclerotherapy treatment, radiofrquency ablation, and VenaSeal treatment for chronic venous insufficiency.

Our Vein Clinic San Diego offers FREE insurance verification– most vein treatments are covered by all major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Dr. Amanda Steinberger

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Steinberger has a great passion for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, which is demonstrated by her technical precision, unparalleled bedside manner, and extraordinary results. She is board certified in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

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Dr. Thomas Arnold

Vein Doctor | Pennsylvania University

Dr. Thomas Arnold has significant experience with thousands of procedures performed for spider and varicose vein removal. He is adept at ultrasound guided procedures and cutting-edge vein treatment methods for vein disease.

Dr. Jasmine Koo
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Dr. Kamran Saraf

Vein Doctor | Georgetown University

Dr. Kamran provides treatments to relief the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency; a condition commonly known for causing spider and varicose veins, leg heaviness, swelling and discomfort amongst other symptoms. Dr. Kamran is known as a top varicose vein specialist for his excellent outcomes and extraordinary patient care.

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Dr. Walter Lech

Vein Doctor | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Lech’s advanced technical skills are rivaled only by his empathetic, patient-centric approach to care. For the past several years, he has applied the same detail-oriented, compassionate treatment philosophy to patients suffering with chronic venous and lymphatic disorders.

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Dr. Mitchell Karmel

Venous Specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Karmel is triple board certified with extensive experience in vascular imaging. He completed a radiology residency at Cornell Hospitals, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Karmel completed a two-year fellowship in Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology at Harvard Medical School rotating though Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Boston Children’s Hospital. He has vast experience in vascular procedures and is coauthor on several peer reviewed papers and presentations.

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Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
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Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
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Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
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Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
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Smith MD

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Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
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Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
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Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
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Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
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Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
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Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
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