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Varicose Veins Specialist

Heart Care Centers of Florida

Interventional Cardiologists located in Titusville, FL & New Smyrna Beach, FL & Merritt Island, Florida

If varicose veins cause pain or prevent you from wearing your favorite outfits, don’t wait to seek treatment. At Heart Care Centers of Florida, the caring providers offer several types of treatment for varicose veins, including sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation. To make an appointment at the practice in Titusville, New Smyrna Beach, or Merritt Island, Florida, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are bulging veins that are purple, blue, or red. They typically develop on the lower legs or thighs and occur due to poor circulation. When the vein valves in your legs don’t close all the way, your blood flows backward and pools, resulting in varicose veins.

Anyone can experience varicose veins, but they’re especially common in women. Though they aren’t always an issue, if you regularly experience leg pain, cramping, or itchy skin, contact Heart Care Centers of Florida right away.

What factors increase the risk of varicose veins?

Several factors increase the risk of varicose veins, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Weight issues
  • Being 50 or older
  • Menopause
  • Standing for long periods

Varicose veins also run in families. For example, if your parents had varicose veins, you’re more likely to experience them as well.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Varicose veins appear knotted and rope-like. As they grow in size, you might experience pain and swelling or feelings of achiness or heaviness in your legs. If you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes or peripheral artery disease, you might also experience skin discoloration or an open wound, like a diabetic ulcer.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?

To diagnose varicose veins, your Heart Care Centers of Florida provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if any activities like standing or exercising make them worse. 

Next, your provider carefully examines your legs, feet, and ankles. If they suspect a circulatory issue, like poor blood flow, they might recommend ultrasound testing. Ultrasound testing uses high-frequency sound waves to capture real-time images of your veins and organs. Your provider can use it to find blood clots or other potential problems.

How are varicose veins treated?

Treatment of varicose veins depends on several factors, including your age, medical history, and lifestyle. Usually, the providers at Heart Care Centers of Florida recommend conservative measures of care like maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet. You might also benefit from wearing compression stockings.

If you have large varicose veins and they interfere with your ability to work or exercise, your provider might recommend an outpatient vein procedure, including:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Laser surgery
  • Endovenous laser ablation
  • Phlebectomy

Each of these procedures boasts a proven record of success and very few side effects.

To receive treatment for varicose veins, make an appointment at Heart Care Centers of Florida by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking feature today.