Vein disease affects everyone differently. One person may be at the first vein disease stages with only mild symptoms and a few spider veins. However, someone else may be at a different vein disease stage and have more significant symptoms such as aching, burning legs and ropey veins with swelling in their legs. The one thing expert vein doctors like Dr. Wright know for certain is that without treatment the vein disease stages will worsen with time.
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Vein Disease Stages:
Vein Disease: Spider Veins (Telangectasias)
This describes disease that occurs in tiny veins in the skin. The dilated veins and capillary vessels are called telangectasias and are more commonly called “spider veins.” They occur in 40% of woman and 18% of men. The mildest form of vein disease; over half of the population has symptoms associated with this vein disease stage.
Vein Disease Stage: Varicose Veins
This is the classification for varicose large dilated superficial veins. This is the stage in which people often become aware of vein disease. Over 75% of people with this stage of vein disease have symptoms that interfere with their lives.
Vein Disease Stage: Leg Edema
Slightly more advanced vein disease causes swelling of the legs. The backflow in the venous system interferes with the body’s ability to reabsorb fluid leading to swelling of the leg. This swelling resolves at the end of the day when legs are elevated. Vein disease is the most common cause of leg swelling.
Vein Disease Stage: Skin Changes
Over time the venous congestion leads to changes in the skin. The skin becomes thinner and discolored to reddish brown or whitish in color. At this vein disease stage the skin is easily injured and heals slowly.
Clinical Class 5 & 6
Vein Disease Stage: Leg Ulcers
These are the most advanced forms of superficial vein disease. Venous ulcers are caused by venous congestion that has progressed to point that it interferes with ability for blood flow to provide nutrition to skin. This makes any skin injury heal very slowly, if at all. Without treatment of the underlying vein disease, 20% of these ulcers remain unhealed at 2 years. “Class 5 Vein” is used to describe legs with healed venous ulcers. Clinical Class 6 Vein Disease is used to describe legs with active ulcers. Venous disease is the most common cause of ulcers on the leg. However, many people with leg ulcers do not know there are effective treatments for them.
How Do Vein Valves Play a Role in Vein Disease?
Varicose veins occur when the valves in the veins malfunction. The vein walls can lose elasticity (due, for instance, to age or hormones) causing them to stretch. When this occurs, the valve may be unable to close, allowing blood that should be moving towards the heart to flow backward (called venous reflux). Blood collects in lower veins causing them to enlarge and become varicose. In this manner, faulty valves high on the leg may cause varicose veins lower down (e.g., mid or lower leg).
How Do You Diagnose Varicose Veins?
An examination of the legs by our experienced staff is all that is required to diagnose varicose veins. This examination uses a small, noninvasive ultrasound machine to detect the blood flowing in the varicose veins. There is no need for X-rays or blood tests. An ultrasound machine takes pictures of the veins and can show their performance in various locations. This is done to ensure that the appropriate treatment can be planned.