Common Vein Conditions and Diseases Other Than Varicose/Spider Veins

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The body’s circulatory system is made up of a system of flexible tubes that move various fluids throughout the body. Some of the move bloods, while others move lymphatic fluids. Any condition that affects this system is called vascular disease, and can include any problems that affect how blood and lymph fluids flow through the arteries, vessels and veins.

Vein diseases are relatively common conditions that can affect up to 20% of the adult population. While the term vein disease is commonly associated with varicose veins and spider veins, there are many other vein conditions that you should be aware of in order to stay healthy.

Aneurysm

Essentially, an aneurysm is a bulge that occurs on the wall of a blood vessel. These often occur in the heart’s aorta. While small aneurysms are generally harmless, they can lead to other risks, including a situation where the clot or aneurysm can break off and travel to an area that can be dangerous or even fatal. The aneurysm can also grow and press against other organs, causing pain.

Blood Clots in Veins

A blood clot that develops within a muscle—usually in the pelvis, thigh, or lower leg—is called a deep vein thrombosis. This can be serious due to the possibility of the clot breaking loose and traveling to the lungs and becoming a pulmonary embolism.

Lymphedema

This condition is caused when lymphatic fluid builds up—usually in the arms or legs—because the lymph nodes and vessels fail. It is often a condition that follows lipedema condition, which is a type of fat disease.

There are other conditions that can affect the veins, including:

  • Atherosclerosis/Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Buerger’s Disease
  • Clotting disorders

Treat Your Vein Conditions Today

Many vein conditions can become serious, and it is very important to attend to any symptoms of vein disease. At the St. Louis Laser Vein Center, we are specialists in vein disease, its diagnosis, and treatment. If you are concerned about possible serious vein disease, we urge you to contact us today. We will discuss and diagnose your individual case to ensure your overall health.