Approximately 27 percent of American adults have some type of venous disease in their legs, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation. This equates to an estimated 20 to 25 million people in the U.S. who suffer from one of many serious venous diseases and disorders, and the numbers are even higher among older Americans. At Coastal Vein Vascular Institute, we specialize in diagnosing and treating the entire spectrum of venous disease.
Venous disease results when veins’ walls and valves are damaged or weak and do not function properly. Normally, valves in veins and muscles work together to move blood forward to the heart. Muscles contract to squeeze the blood along; when they relax, valves prevent the blood from moving backward. When a venous disorder or disease is present, valves can be too weak to perform their normal function, allowing blood to pool or flow in both directions. Venous or vascular disease is associated with a number of issues, including:
Several factors may play a role in venous diseases, with heredity being one of the most common causes. Additional factors include aging, reduced mobility, inactivity, obesity, and leg injuries. Lifestyle choices and cumulative health can also affect vascular health.
Symptoms of venous or vascular problems in the legs include:
Left untreated, venous disease can worsen and become more severe. Some conditions—such as deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots that can break loose and travel to the lungs—can even be life-threatening. Medical care for venous issues should be sought as soon as possible.
Our board-certified physicians will consult with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your specific condition and its severity, our recommended treatments may include compression therapy, endovenous laser ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, sclerotherapy, or other procedure. Coastal Vein Vascular Institute’s physicians are interventional radiologists who are trained in minimally invasive vascular techniques and experienced in arterial and venous endovascular procedures.