There are a variety of symptoms related to varicose veins. While the appearance of bulging, twisted, and bluish veins at the skin’s surface is the most recognized, it is possible to have varicose veins without this visible feature. That is why it is important to be on the lookout for other possible symptoms, such as low energy, leg pain, or lower limb heaviness.
A healthy body functions by nourishing tissues with oxygen and nutrients while carrying away waste, through a system of arteries and veins. This process pulses blood from the heart to the head and limbs in a continuous rhythm. Disruptions in one part of the body can have rippling effects elsewhere.
Varicose veins are one such possible problem. Blood flows through veins in one direction toward the heart, aided by directional valves that prevent backflow. Varicose veins are diseased vessels that have lost their structural integrity, causing the valves to fail and blood to flow backward or pool in some areas. This is most common in the leg, where blood pressure is weak and the long upward flow competes against the downward forces of gravity.
This systemic breakdown can impact the delivery of oxygenated and nourished blood to nearby tissues. A person may experience leg cramps or heaviness, as the leg tissues begin to suffer the effects of this diminished enrichment. The disruption in blood flow may also impact other areas of the circulatory system, causing additional symptoms.
Irregular blood flow can lead to fatigue as the heart begins to overwork, attempting to increase blood circulation. Further, muscles suffering from oxygen deficiency do not perform efficiently and can also lead to low energy. While the effects can compound, they may be slow and gradual, making the primary cause difficult to detect.
One of the most reliable methods for detecting the presence of varicose veins is the use of vascular ultrasound. High quality imaging can reveal abnormalities and blockage within veins. It can also show the quality of blood circulation in the surrounding areas.
While other medical professionals may be licensed to perform evaluations with regard to varicose veins, a board certified vascular surgeon is best suited to diagnose and appropriately treat the full range of medical needs. These professionals have focused their education and professional careers specifically on the diagnosis and treatment of vascular medical problems.
One of the country’s top-rated vascular teams is located in Southern California. The highly regarded board certified vascular surgeons at Empire Vein Specialists are available in Riverside, Ontario, Temecula, and Victorville to treat your varicose vein problems. If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms, please contact our office now at 1-800-VARICOSE to schedule a free consultation.