Not everyone with vascular disease has varicose veins. People can have vascular or venous disease without even knowing it. That’s why if you have one or more risk factors, or if you are experiencing symptoms, it is worthwhile to have a screening test done. As with many medical conditions, early detection can prevent serious health problems and potentially prevent more complications, and more complicated treatment, later on.

At VeinInnovations, our vein specialists can perform safe and painless diagnostic tests that will tell us if you have vascular disease, and if so, the nature and severity of it. If your varicose vein problems warrant treatment, we can discuss your options. Many cases of vascular disease respond to conservative treatments like compression hose. Others require more advanced treatments. Fortunately, all of our state-of-the-art vein treatments are non-invasive or minimally invasive.

Risk Factors

If you have one or more of the following risk factors should consider getting a screening on an annual basis, particularly if you are over 60:venous screening

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of vascular disease
  • Heart disease
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Prior stroke (including a mini-stroke)
  • Smoking

Warning Signs

Vascular disease may present with symptoms that many people simply associate with aging. However, you should watch for these symptoms, particularly if you have at least one of the risk factors noted above.

  • Pain or cramping in the calves, thighs or hips after engaging in physical activity (including walking) that dissipates when you stop moving.
  • Coldness, numbness or weakness in one or both legs or feet (particularly on one side).
  • Slower growth of hair and/or toenails or loss of leg hair.
  • Sores or wounds on the lower extremities that don’t heal.
  • In men, erectile dysfunction.

Screening Tests

There are several different types of screening tests that can help our vein doctors detect problems with blood flow, narrowing of the arteries, blockages and other abnormalities, by using ultrasound technology and other painless techniques. Tests are usually covered by Medicare or health insurance, particularly if a patient is already experiencing symptoms associated with vascular disease.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one is at risk for vascular disease or may already have it, call or contact us online to schedule an appointment at one of our varicose vein treatment centers in the Atlanta area. One of our experienced physicians can discuss your concerns and arrange for the appropriate diagnostic tests.