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Veins and their association to heart health

Varicose veins, Varicose veins treatment, leg pain

Varicose veins are twisted, thick and gnarled veins often protruding from the skin. Have you ever wondered if those can be a potential cardiac concern? Read this blog to know the facts.

Does varicose vein affect the heart? 

Varicose veins occur due to faulty valves in the veins that result in poor blood circulation and pooling of blood in the veins that causes them to swell. Venous system is linked to varicose veins. Does poor circulation of blood and varicose veins mean a poor heart health? The answer is no. The heart health is influenced greatly by the health of your arteries. 

Does that mean there is no connection between Veins and the health of your heart?  In fact, there is a big connection between your veins and your heart health. A patient with cardiovascular disease and varicose veins (venous diseases) is observed to have higher chances of leg swelling, leg ulcers, or infection near the affected veins.

Why Varicose veins should still be taken seriously?

According to our doctors, some symptoms of venous disease overlaps with conditions like peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Arterial problems usually will not manifest and you may not experience any symptoms until the arteries are narrowed by more than 60%. Symptoms like leg ulcerations, swelling, and inflammation may be present for both the conditions. 

If you already suffer from diabetes, obesity, or hormonal problems it is probable that your risk of artery and vein damage is more.

Many patients inadvertently find out about their existing heart problems when they present themselves for vein treatments. As these diseases frequently co-exist, treating veins in this scenario is important to prevent other serious complications.

Treatments for arterial and venous system

Leg exercises, especially for the calf muscles, proper diet, proper weight management, and quitting smoking are found to provide long term benefits to those with arterial and venous system problems.

Angioplasty is a procedure to widen the artery where there is a blockage thereby allowing more blood to flow through. Atherectomy is another minimally invasive procedure to remove the plaque deposits from the blood vessels.

Your veins have the capability of repairing themselves once you quit smoking. But your habit might have already created enough damage to your arteries and veins, and it is better that you conduct a proper vascular evaluation. It takes several years after you quit smoking for your cardiovascular system to be as healthy as it would be if you had never smoked.

Strengthening the muscles in your legs by short walks can have a positive impact on your venous health. Staying hydrated is essential for your veins, too. Treatment for veins may include compression stockings, medication, or minimally invasive procedures like sclerotherapy or vein ablation.

Seeking a vein specialist with appropriate training is the key to having successful varicose vein procedures with minimal complications. A vascular surgeon can personalize your treatment plan based on the condition and severity. Call Avis Vascular Centre and book your appointment today.

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