Venous disease affecting your legs can cause a variety of unpleasant and often serious conditions, including varicose veins and venous leg ulcers. At Core Cardiology, board-certified interventional cardiologist Rahul Gaglani, MD, is an expert in diagnosing and treating venous diseases and provides a range of effective, cutting-edge solutions for problem veins. Call his office in Murrieta, California, today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Venous disease is an umbrella term for various conditions that are due to circulation problems in your legs.
The most common cause of venous disease is venous insufficiency. This condition develops when the blood in your leg veins isn’t pumping back up to your heart efficiently.
It happens when the valves inside your veins stop working properly. They might get weaker because of your age and risk factors like an unhealthy lifestyle and having a family history of venous disease.
When they’re working, valves prevent blood from going back down your legs when it should be returning to your heart. If the valves stop working, blood starts to build up in your legs, your circulation suffers, and you can develop other venous diseases as a consequence.
The most common venous diseases are varicose veins and spider veins. These conditions show up as visible red, blue, or purple veins under your skin. Varicose veins are large and often protrude. Spider veins are networks of much smaller blood vessels.
Other venous diseases include:
From 5-10% of people who have varicose veins go on to develop venous leg ulcers. These are open sores that are likely to be extremely painful and difficult to heal.
Venous stasis dermatitis causes itchy, red dots, or a red rash on your shins or around your legs.
Hyperpigmentation means your skin is darkening, which could be a sign of advanced vein disease.
This is a condition where your skin looks scarred and discolored while feeling smooth, tight, and painful. Lipodermatosclerosis develops after many years of having diseased veins in your legs and not receiving treatment.
Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is a rare disorder that develops before birth. It causes varicose veins or an excess of bone and soft tissue growth in the affected leg. Pressure buildup can cause the varicose vein and the leg to swell, and it often triggers a red or purple discoloration that looks like a birthmark.
If you constantly feel the urge to move your legs, you may have restless legs syndrome (RLS). RLS can be frustrating and uncomfortable, and often causes difficulties when sleeping and traveling. Venous disease is a potential cause of RLS.
At his practice, Dr. Gaglani can treat venous diseases using a variety of methods, including:
The treatment Dr. Gaglani recommends for your venous disease is the one most suited to your condition.
Call Core Cardiology today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.