Is it Time to Visit a Vein Clinic?
If you think you may be dealing with the symptoms of abnormal veins, you may wonder if it is time for you visit a vein clinic. To determine whether the time is right, ask yourself the following questions.
1. Do my veins appear abnormal?
For most people, the first sign of abnormal veins is a change in the veins' appearance. Spider veins typically appear as thin, web-like veins that are visible from the surface of the skin but are not raised. These veins are most common on the chest, hands, face and legs. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger veins that may be deep within the tissues or raised above the skin's surface. These veins may be twisted or gnarled, and they are most common in the legs.
2. Do I have other symptoms?
Many people with abnormal veins experience physical symptoms in addition to veins' abnormal appearance. These symptoms may include cramping, throbbing, burning, numbness, tingling and weakness. Some people with severe varicose veins may also develop ulcerations in the skin near the affected vein. If you have any of these symptoms, it is time to see a vein doctor.
3. Have I tried at-home treatments?
In some cases, you may be able to improve some of the symptoms of abnormal veins with at-home treatments, such as elevation of the legs, wearing compression stockings or engaging in more physical exercise. Some people with abnormal veins may also benefit from weight loss. If you have tried these conservative treatment options without success, or if you don't want to try at-home treatments first, it may be time to make an appointment at a vein clinic.
4. Am I interested in vein clinic treatment options?
If you seek treatment at a vein clinic, you may have several different treatment options to choose from. For example, at Premier Heart and Vein Care, we offer the following vein treatment options:
- Sclerotherapy - Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat spider veins and some smaller varicose veins. During this procedure, a vein surgeon injects your abnormal veins with a special solution designed to irritate the walls of the veins and force them to swell. The walls stick together, and the vein collapses. Over time, it fades from view.
- Veinwave - Veinwave is a procedure designed to address spider veins. This procedure treats spider veins with high frequency thermal energy.
- Venefit - Venefit is designed to treat varicose veins, including those that are larger or located deep within the tissues. During this procedure, a vascular surgeon threads a thin catheter into the abnormal vein and administers radiofrequency energy. This energy causes the vein to collapse and shrink.
Ready to make an appointment at a vein clinic? Contact Premier Heart and Vein Care to learn more.
Types of Tests Cardiovascular Doctor May Recommend
When you visit the cardiovascular doctor, he may recommend a series of tests for preventive cardiology reasons or for diagnostic reasons, Some of the common tests cardiac specialists might recommend are as follows.
Types of Cardiovascular Tests
This type of ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to take images of the internal structures of your body. It is usually performed so the doctor can check for artery-clogging plaque that can lead to strokes and other severe complications.
The echocardiogram, or echo, is an ultrasound that sends high-pitched sound waves to a transducer. The different types of echocardiograms are:
- Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE)
- Stress echocardiogram
- Doppler echocardiogram
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
This test might be recommended if the doctor suspects you have problems with the chambers or valves of your heart or heart issues that cause symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath.
Also known as a Electrocardiogram, or ECG or EKG, an electrocardiography test is simple, quick and painless and is used to amplify and record your heart's electrical impulses on paper. It's used to diagnosis many different cardiac pathologies including palpitations, syncope, myocardial ischemia and infarction. It's been an invaluable tool for doctors for decades.
It is often used when a doctor suspects a heart disorder. For older and middle-aged people, it is often used as part of their regular physical exams, even if the doctor doesn't suspect a heart disorder. The ECG can pick up various abnormalities including an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), excessive thickening of the muscular walls of your heart (hypertrophy) or an inadequate supply of oxygen and blood to your heart.
This test uses a portable, small device that records your heart's rhythms continuously as well as records your heart's electrical activity. The doctor places electrodes on your chest which you wear for 24 to 48 hours so he can record your heart's activity during this time.
Lab tests (blood tests) are performed for diagnosing and monitoring treatment for vascular and heart disease. Several factors are analyzed with these blood tests. A common set of lab tests performed is the cholesterol or lipid profile. Your customized treatment plan is developed based off of your lipid profile results as well as other tests.
This is a diagnostic test the cardiovascular doctor performs for evaluating how strong your heart muscle is while it is pumping blood throughout your body. It uses ultrasound imaging and detects and records any decrease of your blood flow to your heart that is caused by your coronary arteries narrowing. If the health of your heart is questioned or if the doctor needs to evaluate any ongoing cardiac treatment you have, he will use this test.
To schedule an appointment for one of these tests or to learn more about how preventative cardiology can benefit you, contact Premier Heart & Vein Care to meet with a San Luis Obispo cardiac specialist.