Varicose Veins Specialist

Healing Hearts Clinic -  - Cardiologist

Healing Hearts Clinic

Cardiologists located in Conroe, The Woodlands & Huntsville, TX

Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly, they can cause pain, swelling, and complications to your health. At Healing Hearts Clinic, with locations in Conroe, The Woodlands, and Huntsville, Texas, the team of cardiac specialists offers evaluation and treatment for varicose veins and associated venous disease. To find relief from the aesthetic and physical distress caused by varicose veins, call one of the locations or book an appointment online.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What causes varicose veins?

You recognize varicose veins as puffy, ropey, and twisted veins that usually appear on your legs. These abnormal veins don’t allow blood to return to your heart as it should, so fluid backs up and leads to pressure that causes discoloration and swelling.

Women are more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Varicose veins often indicate an underlying vein problem, specifically venous disease. This can result in leg skin changes, ulcers, and vascular malformations along with the varicosity.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose veins appear as grape-like clusters beneath the skin. They may also show up as small spider veins that are twisted and reddish or purple in color. Symptoms associated with varicose veins include:

  • Tired, heavy legs
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Numbness and aching pain
  • Restless legs
  • Rashes or bleeding ulcers

Therapy for varicose veins can help relieve these symptoms.

How are varicose veins treated?

Varicose veins may be treated with a variety of methods. The team at Healing Hearts Clinic evaluates the severity of your veins to determine the right course of treatment.

They may recommend compression tights and regular rest to ease discomfort. You may also be a candidate for sclerotherapy, which involves the injection of a solution into the veins that closes up the dysfunctional vein and sends blood flow to healthier ones. Sclerotherapy is most effective for smaller varicose veins and spider veins. Larger varicose veins may be treated with laser surgery and endovenous thermal ablation. These are surgical strategies to collapse the irregular veins; blood flow is then forced to healthier veins.

What happens if I don’t treat varicose veins?

Left untreated, varicosity in your legs usually worsens. Your symptoms increase in severity, so you may experience heightened swelling and increased incidences of rashes or ulcerations. Your legs may grow more tired so standing or walking is uncomfortable. Treatment also reduces the total-body inflammation that venous disease can create. Inflammation puts you at greater risk of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

To learn more about treatments for vein problems, call Healing Hearts Clinic or book an appointment online for the location convenient to you.