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Vein Conditions

VEIN CONDITIONS

About Phoenix Heart Vein Clinic

The Phoenix Heart Vein Clinic is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of all stages of Venous Disease. The Vein Center treats patients using the industry’s most cutting edge technology and non-invasive procedures. All diagnostic testing is done on- site for your convenience and is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Your treatment plans will be customized for you by our Vascular Experts. Our health insurance coordinators will work with your health insurance company to make sure that you receive the best coverage for you medical treatments.

Examination of varicose veins on the womans legs

The Vein Center at Phoenix Heart

treats patients using the industry’s most cutting edge technology and no-invasive procedures.

VEIN CONDITIONS

The Origin of Vein Disease

Blood in the legs normally flows towards the heart. The direction of flow is maintained by valves in the veins which present the blood from flowing backwards. If the valves do not close properly blood is allowed to flow backwards. The blood then “pools” in the veins causing added pressure that stretches the walls of the veins , enlarging them. These veins are known as Varicose Veins.

This backward flow of blood is called Venous Insufficiency.

Normal Valve
Normal Valve
Abnormal Valve
Abnormal Valve
stages of venous disease

Understanding Vein Disease

Vein disease can take many different forms depending on its progression. It is important to understand the causes, symptom, signs, prevention and treatment available to you.

The most common CAUSES include:

The most common SYMPTOMS include:

The most common SIGNS include:

Elderly woman in white panties shows cellulite and varicose veins on a light isolated background

Spider Veins:

Spider veins are tiny red or purple dilated blood vessels. They are smaller than varicose veins and commonly occur in the legs but can also be found on other areas of the body such as the face.
Varicose veins on a leg

Varicose Veins:

Varicose veins generally appear as twisted, bulging rope-like cords on the legs. They are caused by the failure of valves in the veins that leads to added pressure and stretching of the veins along with pooling of the blood.
Close-up view of skin changes with hyperpigmentation

Skin Changes:

Venous skin changes are generally present below the knees and appear a brownish color and can also change the texture of the skin. Dry skin can also occur in many cases.
Venous ulcer or varicose ulcer at the medial side of leg.

Venous Ulcers:

Venous ulcers are generally seen after the onset of skin changes. Venous ulcers are caused by a breakdown of the skin and tissues overlying and surrounding diseased veins.
Woman's leg is edema (swelling) after cancer treatment.

Leg Swelling & Lymphedema:

Lymphedema involves blockage of the lymph vessels, with a resulting accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissues of the body. This then causes swelling or edema that is most often seen in the arms and legs.

There is no cure for lymphedema and once it develops, it can be a long-term condition requiring daily treatment. But medical management can significantly improve your lifestyle.

Signs and Symptoms

two swollen legs

Stages of Leg Swelling and Lymphedema

more stages of lymphatic buildup in legs
Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
Lymphedema Wraps
Lymphedema Wraps
Pneumatic Compression Pumps
Pneumatic Compression Pumps

You Are Not Alone:

Lymphedema affects approximately 100 million people worldwide, including at least 3 million people in the United States.
  • 1
    Primary:
    Primary lymphedema is an inherited condition, where the patient is born without lymph vessels and nodes. The swelling associated with primary lymphedema usually occurs during adolescence and affects the foot or calf.
  • 2
    Secondary:
    Secondary lymphedema, or acquired lymphedema, develops as a result of an injury to the lymph system.
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