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“What Is Vein Disease?” | Aria Vein Center St. Pete

What Is Vein Disease?

There are a variety of components that go into venous diseases– illnesses that affect the veins in your body. At the Aria Health + Wellness, Vein Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, specialists are here to help treat a variety of conditions that affect the veins in your body and help promote optimal venous health. The veins carry de-oxygenated blood towards your heart and lungs where they pick up oxygen and have valves to prevent back flow.

What Are Blod Clots?

Your veins are a key component of your circulatory system, and damage to veins can come in a variety of forms. The most commonly known, and most serious would be a blood clot, otherwise known as a thrombosis, which usually occurs in the leg. Blood clots, also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis, (DVT) can be life threatening if they travel from the legs to the lungs. It’s important to be aware of some of the signs of a blood clot to the leg, such as redness and swelling. Pain can occur in your leg that begins in the calf and can feel sore and begin to cramp. Sometimes clots can occur with no noticeable symptoms. Your doctor will prescribe blood thinners to treat the blood clot.

Blood Clot Prevention.

Prevention of blood clots is a key component in wellness. Avoid staying in one place for long periods of time. When in a cramped space, such as traveling on an airplane, be sure to get up frequently, and exercise your legs even while sitting in place. Avoid crossing your legs as this impairs circulation. Never sit for long periods of time. Exercise is essential in lowering your risk of blood clots, and is especially important when you are more sedentary or travel frequently.  Take your prescribed medication regimen if you were ever treated for a blood clot to prevent new ones from forming.

If the clot travels to the lungs, this can result in a life threatening condition called a Pulmonary Embolism. Signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain that gets worse when taking a deep breath or coughing, a rapid pulse, spitting up blood, and feeling lightheaded, dizzy or faint.  If you experience any of the above symptoms, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Another more common, less severe, disease of the venous system would be varicose veins.  Varicose veins usually form in the legs, as they are caused by pressure placed on the venous valves. These weakened valves then allow blood to pool, and the improper circulation of the blood, leads to the twisted, gnarled, look of what is called varicose veins.

At the Aria and Wellness, Vein Center, here in St Petersburg, Florida, you can be evaluated and assessed for treatment of varicose veins. Treatment for your varicose veins are not only cosmetic in nature. As Veins are an essential part of the circulatory system, getting treatment can be the right step in improving your overall circulatory health and wellness.

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