More than 40 million Americans suffer from pain and swelling in their legs that is the result of inefficient blood circulation. Even when varicose veins appear, most people don’t realize they could have what is medically termed as ‘venous insufficiency,’ or ‘chronic venous disease.’
Beebe Healthcare offers a Vein Center, where venous disease can be diagnosed and treated. Beebe Vein Center also provides information about varicose veins, spider veins, and other types of venous disease. Beebe Vein Center is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in the area of Superficial Venous Treatment and Management. Learn more.
Understanding Vascular Health
In a healthy person, blood flows into the legs from the heart through arteries, and returns to the heart through veins. However, if the walls of the veins have been weakened, or the valves within the veins have been damaged, the blood does not flow easily back to the heart. This causes increased pressure in the leg veins resulting in pain, swelling, redness, and even sores that don’t heal in the legs. This can be associated with blood clots and other serious and chronic circulatory problems. Beebe’s experienced vein team provides many treatment options to improve blood flow, as well as minimally invasive procedures when necessary.
Shown is a standing duplex scan of the circulatory system in the legs.
Venous Disease risk factors include:
- Age and family history
- Standing or sitting for long periods of time
- Aching, cramping, heaviness and redness in legs
- Swelling in the legs
- Wounds on the legs and ankles that are slow to heal
- Skin color changes around the ankles
Treatment options available at Beebe include: