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Varicose Veins

Cardiology Specialists of Orange County

Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases & Interventional Cardiology located in Santa Ana, CA; Newport Beach, CA; & Irvine, CA

Though you may be more concerned about the appearance of varicose veins, the enlarged veins may also indicate a circulation problem. At Cardiology Specialists of Orange County in Santa Ana, Irvine, and Newport Beach, California, the board-certified cardiology physicians take a patient-centered approach to care. They use advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate your varicose veins and assess circulation. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the enlarged, swollen, twisted veins that bulge under your skin. You can develop varicose veins anywhere on your body, but they most often affect the legs.

Damage to the walls or valves in your veins causes varicose veins. Your veins push blood back to your heart and lungs to support circulation. The valves that line your veins open and close to move blood forward and prevent blood from flowing backward.

If your valves are weak or damaged, they may not close all the way and allow some of the blood to flow back and pool. The pooling blood causes the vein to swell and enlarge. 

When should I have my varicose veins evaluated?

Varicose veins are common and rarely a serious health condition. However, your swollen visible veins may be early signs of chronic venous insufficiency, a circulation problem.

Symptoms that may indicate a circulation problem include:

  • Leg pain
  • Swelling in your legs or ankles
  • Itching at the site of the varicose vein
  • Change in skin color
  • Nighttime leg cramps
  • Non-healing leg wound

Whether your varicose veins cause symptoms or not, you should schedule an appointment at Cardiology Specialists of Orange County for an evaluation. Taking steps to improve blood circulation early may prevent your varicose veins from worsening.

What can I expect during a consultation for varicose veins?

Cardiology Specialists of Orange County takes a patient-centered approach to care. You can expect an in-depth clinical exam when you come in with concerns about your varicose veins.

During your exam, your cardiologist reviews your symptoms, medical history, and the types of medications you take. They also perform a physical exam and may run blood work to assess general health.

To diagnose chronic venous insufficiency, your cardiologist performs a vascular ultrasound. During this non-invasive test, your provider uses venous ultrasound imaging to assess blood flow through your diseased veins. 

How are varicose veins treated?

Treatment for your varicose veins depends on your symptoms and the severity of your circulation issues. Initially, your cardiologist at Cardiology Specialists of Orange County may take a conservative approach and recommend:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Alternating between sitting and standing
  • Keeping your feet elevated when possible
  • Adding exercise to your daily routine

For circulation problems related to your varicose veins, your cardiologist may recommend treatments to get rid of the diseased vein, such as sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency treatment, or phlebectomy. 

To schedule your varicose vein evaluation at Cardiology Specialists of Orange County, call the office or book online today.