Author: Ajay Mhatre, M.D., FACC
Venous disease is a blanket term used to cover a range of diseases and disorders in the veins. If your physician recently told you that you have venous disease, you may have been referred to a cardiologist for specialized care. You also might have questions about venous disease. My colleagues and I regularly offer treatment for venous diseases in Phoenix and around the Valley area. In this blog post, I hope to share with you some valuable information about venous disease, as well as descriptions of a few of the most common types of venous disease.
All About Veins…
First, it’s important to understand the difference between arteries and veins. Arteries pump oxygen-rich blood away from the heart, out to the rest of the body. Veins return this blood back to the heart for re-oxygenation. These veins have valves that help move the blood back to the heart, and prevent it from traveling backward. Oftentimes, venous disease refers to a problem with these valves or valve flaps. If they aren’t working properly, then it may be more difficult for your body to get blood back to the heart.
Types of Venous Disease
- Peripheral vascular disease (commonly occurring in the legs) is one of the most common types of venous diseases. This disease – characterized by blockages in the vascular system – can develop in both arteries and veins. Learn more.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that occurs when a blood clot develops in one of the body’s deeper, internal veins (oftentimes in the leg). Patients with DVT may be at risk for having the clot break loose and lodge in a blood vessel of the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism (a potentially life-threatening condition).
- Venous stasis ulcers are a third common type of venous disease. These external wounds most frequently appear below the knee and above the ankle on the inner part of the leg. They are caused by increased pressure from weakened valves in the leg.
Treatment for Venous Disease in Phoenix
You can start getting treatment for venous disease in Phoenix this month. Don’t delay, as getting treatment now may improve your quality of life and overall health. Schedule an appointment at Phoenix Heart Center by calling 602-234-0004.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.