Are you ready to seek treatment for varicose veins? Free varicose and spider vein seminar.Sugar Land, TX - 1/2/2014
Varicose veins can be unsightly and may cause discomfort or pain. In some cases, they can even lead to serious health problems. Understanding more about varicose veins can help you decide how to better deal with them. Ulises Baltazar, M.D., board certified vascular surgeon with Houston Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates, answers some commonly asked questions.
Ulises Baltazar, M.D.
Q: What are varicose veins?
A: They are enlarged veins that may be blue, red or flesh-colored and occur most often in the legs. They may appear twisted and bulging and may be raised above the surface of the skin.
Q: What causes them?
A: Varicose veins may be caused by weak, damaged, deformed or missing valves in the veins. Your leg muscles push blood back to the heart against gravity. Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing forward to return it to your heart. But if the valves aren’t working properly, blood can leak back into the veins and pool there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.
Q: How common are they?
A: Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years and older. They are more common among older people, people who are overweight or obese, those who sit or stand for long periods, and women.
Q: When should I see a health care provider about varicose veins?
A: You should seek treatment if varicose veins cause pain or aching; a vein is red, swollen, very tender or warm to the touch; the skin on your calf and ankle becomes thick and changes color, or has sores; a varicose vein begins to bleed; or your symptoms interfere with your daily activities.
Q: How are varicose veins treated?
A: Varicose Veins are treated in the following ways:
You don’t have to live with the discomfort and embarrassment of varicose veins. For an appointment with Dr. Baltazar, call 281.240.8400.
FREE VEIN SEMINAR
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