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Are Varicose Veins a Sign of Heart Risk?

November 15, 2018 • Desert Vein Institute • Varicose Veins

Unsightly varicose veins are a sign of vascular disease, which can be related to heart disease. If you have vein problems, they may indirectly lead to heart problems. Varicose veins are more directly associated with potentially deadly DVT (deep vein thrombosis), however, according to Harvard Health. That’s why a quick and painless exam at your local vein center is a simple step you can take to maintain good health. Our vein doctors are here to help you live a long and healthy life with expert laser vein treatment.

How Vein Health is Related to Heart Health

Both the veins and larger arteries circulate blood. Blood flows up through the veins back toward the heart and lungs, so that it can absorb nutrients and oxygen. Then, the oxygen-rich blood is pumped back throughout the body through the arteries–and the cycle continues. Your vascular system is therefore separate from the arterial system, which is most associated with heart trouble or heart attacks (with conditions like hardening and narrowing of the arteries).

Varicose veins occur when blood leaks back toward the feet, due to faulty or weak vascular valves. These valves are intended to keep blood flowing upward, but when they leak, blood can pool in lower leg veins, causing bulging, discolored and sometimes painful veins. So, rather than directly causing heart trouble, vein problems can put you at risk for DVT. If a deep blood clot (thrombosis) is not quickly treated in a local emergency room, the clot could break free and travel to the lungs, causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. By getting regular vascular exams and seeking treatment for varicose/diseased veins, you help protect your overall health, including your heart health. 

Vein Treatment Options

If you notice varicose veins, or if any vascular problems are found during your painless exam, we have a variety of effective treatments with no downtime that will help restore and maintain your vein health. Our vein doctor may recommend one or more of our advanced, minimally invasive treatments including: 

  • •VenaSeal, where adhesive is injected to glue the vein closed.
  • •Sclerotherapy, where a safe, chemical irritant is injected into the vein causing it to collapse.
  • •EVLT Laser Treatment, which uses a laser fiber to close the vein.
  • •ClosureFast, which uses a thin catheter to focus RF (radiofrequency) energy into vascular walls, to seal them shut. ClosureFast causes only minimal bruising, if any. 
  • And more.

Get Expert Varicose Vein Treatment in Las Vegas, NV

Are varicose veins affecting your life? Make an appointment with the vascular experts at your vein clinic in Las Vegas. Contact Desert Vein Institute online today or call us at 702-726-9709 now.

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