Vein health is an important part of our general well-being. When left untreated, venous problems can lead to serious medical complications. Read below to understand the role our veins play in the body and how their condition affects our health.

How Our Veins Work

The valves inside our veins control the flow of blood in our body. Blood in the veins is supposed to flow back to the heart. When the valves are damaged in some way, blood can flow in either direction (either to or from the heart). As a result, blood that is meant to flow to the heart can gather in the veins instead. This condition is called venous reflux disease, also known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Symptoms of CVI

Not every pain that you experience in your legs means you have CVI, but when the pain is persistent and is accompanied by swelling of the ankles, throbbing, itching and leg heaviness, you may want to consult a vein specialist to find out if you have CVI.

Complications from CVI

Pooled blood in the veins can become acidic and cause inflammatory reactions in the form of swelling and pain. Spider veins and varicose veins often result from CVI.

Spider veins are red or purplish veins found near the skin surface. When they occur without evidence of venous insufficiency elsewhere, they can be easily treated with an injection of a vein irritant. Laser treatments, in conjunction with the injections, may also work well in getting rid of spider veins.

Varicose veins are gnarled and bulging veins that may not always be visible as they can occur deep under the skin. When they do occur near the surface of the skin, they are unsightly and often painful. Other symptoms of varicose veins are fatigue and throbbing and cramping of the leg muscles.

Over time, as blood travels more slowly through the veins, it can adhere to the walls where blood clots can form. When these blood clots break away from the vessel walls, they can travel to different parts of the body where they can cause a stroke.

Thus, it is vital to make sure your veins are healthy so you can continue to live an active and productive lifestyle.

VeinInnovations is a successful vein clinic specializing in spider and varicose vein treatment in Atlanta. With our state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and highly trained vein experts, we help our patients to live healthy lives free from the complications, pain and discomfort that stem from venous problems. For varicose or spider vein removal as well as treatment for other vein problems, visit us at VeinInnovations today.