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Your Vein Health

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 works with patients to diagnose and treat venous disease. There are treatment methods that can also provide solutions for varicose veins, spider veins, and other types of venous disease.

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
  • Female
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time

Symptoms include:

  • 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:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ablation
  • Microphlebectomy