The process to test to see if you require a procedure to rid of the superficial veins is by a seeing a cardiovascular doctor. The doctor will ask you a bunch of questions about your legs and have an ultrasound technologist like myself scan your legs for superficial venous abnormalities called Reflux. Superficial Venous Reflux is when the valve(s) in your vein(s) become incompetent or lack to help push blood back to the heart. If the problem continues for a long period of time, the leg can develop swelling, discoloration, and eventually ulcers.
There are two kinds of Superficial Venous Incompetencies, Primary and Secondary. Primary Superficial Venous incompetency is genetic and occur as we age. Secondary Superficial Venous Incompetency is more serious because the veins tend to lie deeper in the muscles. The Deep Veins in your legs are the main drainage in your legs to the heart. The closer the superficial veins connect closer to the deep venous system, the more dangerous the problem because blood clots can develop. When the superficial connects to the deep system this called a perforator. Veins are supposed to drain the legs so when the veins are not properly functioning, perforators form. If the perforator valves become incompetent, ulcers form. The leg becomes dead tissue eventually.
It is important to identify the problem in your legs immediately to your doctor after having symptoms like trouble walking due to feeling like your legs are a ton of bricks, itching/scratching, or for more information you can contact me to ask or just look it up on the web when searching varicose veins.
If you are having problems with your legs, contact your doctor because it can be venous problem or another medical condition.
Anyway, I am learning and observing a lot.
Not me, my problem is Arteries! A couple of Decembers ago, the Docs at the VA put stents in my iliac arteries, and also a brachial stent in my right elbow. Where the lumens of the iliac arteries were supposed to be 2 centimeters thick, they found mine were only 10 millimeters thick, severely limiting blood flow to my legs. I got my cholesterol down to where it should be, and smoke a lot less now, but I suppose the arteries are eventually going to do me in. I’m 1 week short of being 23,000 days old. Whoo-hoo!