• Diagnosing Leg Vein Problems

     
     
    3/03/2013
    If you have pain and discomfort in your legs or you are risk for leg vein problems, track your symptoms on the SecondsCount Leg Vein Symptoms Log and share it with your doctor. He or she will take the following steps to see if you have a problem with the veins in your legs and diagnose your condition:
    • Review your medical history - Venous disease runs in families and it can be caused by environmental factors, too, such as recent surgery. A close review of your medical history will alert your doctor to these and other potential risk factors for venous disease.
    • Give you a physical exam - In addition to checking your pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and possibly ordering blood tests, your doctor will also check the color and texture of your skin and for any sores, signs of infection, varicose veins, or spider veins.
    • Perform a hand-held Doppler ultrasound test to listen to blood flow
    • Order a duplex ultrasound to look at the structure of your veins and look for any problem affecting the flow of blood through your veins. An ultrasound is a painless test that uses sound waves to create images. It is often used to diagnose vein problems by showing both superficial and deep veins, how your blood flows through your body, if blood flow is blocked or flowing in the wrong direction (venous reflux), and if valves are working.
    • Use venography, or an x-ray of the veins
    • Take venous pressure measurements

    If you have symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, such as trouble breathing or coughing up blood, you may be given the following tests:

    If you have been diagnosed with vein problems you are at greater risk for developing vein problems in the future. So it is important to do what you can to stay healthy, continue to take any medication as directed by your doctor, and have regular check-ups to identify problems with the veins that can be treated before they cause more serious problems.

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    Diagnosing Leg Vein Problems

    If you have pain and discomfort in your legs or you are risk for leg vein problems, track your symptoms on the SecondsCount Leg Vein Symptoms Log and share it with your doctor.

    Help for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: Knowing Your Options

    With very little attention from us, healthy veins work hard to keep us alive and kicking. They perform one of many critical functions of the cardiovascular system, specifically, returning blood to the heart to get the oxygen and nutrients the body needs. For many of us, it’s only when something goes wrong with our veins—especially if it causes us pain or embarrassment—that we appreciate how important veins are to our health.

    Is My Leg Vein Problem Cosmetic or Medical?

    Leg vein problems, such as varicose veins and spider veins, may not put your life in danger, but they can be very painful. You might also feel embarrassed by the way they look. Have you given up swimming and wearing shorts because you think people are staring the twisted, bulging, purple veins on your calf?

    Leg Vein Problems (Venous Disease)

    Vein problems can hurt and interfere with your daily activities for the rest of your life if you don’t do something about it. According to the Vascular Disease Foundation, “by the age of 50, nearly 40 percent of women and 20 percent of men have significant leg vein problems.”

    Leg Vein Treatments

    Without treatment, a minor problem with your veins can get much worse. So it’s important to see a doctor, whether to treat a potentially life-threatening condition, such as preventing blood clots in the deep veins, or to find relief from pain and sores.

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Leg Vein Problems

    The following questions may help you talk to your physician about your individual risk for venous disease. Print or write down these questions for your next appointment so you can take notes and remember the key points you want to discuss.

    Resources for Leg Vein Problems

    If you are interested in learning more about venous disease or you are looking for support, local screening information, or qualified medical professionals in your area, you may be interested in the following websites...

    SecondsCount Healthy Vein Checklist

    Vein problems are not the end of the world. Especially if you are willing to try new things, change some old habits, and take responsibility for your own health.

    SecondsCount Venous Disease Risk Assessment Checklist

    Are you at risk for problems with your veins? Check off the items that apply and share your answers with your doctor. Together you can find ways to reduce your risk of developing problems in the future.

    Symptoms of Leg Vein Problems

    You can have problems in your veins without any symptoms. In fact, about 50 percent of the people with one of the most serious vein problems, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), do not have any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, don’t ignore them. It’s your body’s way of telling you to get help.

    Types of Leg Vein Problems

    When was the last time you thought about your veins? Maybe when you gave blood? And yet they are an integral part of the vascular system that keeps us alive—day in and day out—whether we think about it or not. Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood back to the heart and into the lungs to be replenished with the oxygen and nutrients the body needs to function and stay healthy.

    What Causes Problems in Leg Veins?

    Blood vessels have the important job of moving blood throughout the body. Blood vessels called arteries carry blood from the heart to all other parts of the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body’s organs and tissues. Veins, another type of blood vessel, return the blood to the heart and lungs to restock its supply of oxygen.