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George M. Hariz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be flesh colored, dark purple or blue. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They are swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are commonly found on the calves or on the inside of the leg.

Causes of Varicose Veins

The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body. Arteries carry blood from the heart towards the body parts and veins carry oxygen-poor blood from the body back to the heart. There are valves in the veins which prevent the blood from flowing backwards as it moves up the legs. They act as one-way flaps. If the one-way valves do not work then gravity will pull the blood down and increase pressure in the legs, causing them to enlarge and become prominent. Blood can leak down the vein and collect causing a problem called venous insufficiency. Pooled blood enlarges the vein and it becomes varicose.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms associated with varicose veins include heaviness, aching, swelling, fatigue, itching, tingling, or tenderness. Pain is usually described as a dull fullness, ache, or cramping sensation. Varicose veins do not routinely cause sharp, stabbing pains.

Diagnosis

Texas Vein Care will perform a duplex ultrasound examination to visualize your blood vessels location, size, and shape and function. We map out your venous system to identify all affected portions of your veins. Texas Vein Care then creates a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient.
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