What You Need to Know About Vascular Care

Your vascular health has a lot to do with how you live your life, including your food and lifestyle habits. Improving these areas of your life, including maintaining a healthy weight, helps promote your vascular health. Usually, vascular health conditions develop gradually, and you may not be able to tell you have the disease until it’s too late. Therefore, regular health exams are critical to helping evaluate and discover vascular issues before they cause complications. Kristen Forsythe FNP and the team at Vascular Specialists provide effective vascular care to better your health. Here are some of the vascular care services available.

Leg pain

What comes to your mind when you encounter leg pain? Probably an injury or tiredness. But did you know it could signal a vascular health problem?

The legs have vein valves that stop blood from flowing backward. However, blood accumulates in your legs when the valves are not functioning correctly. It may make the legs appear swollen and feel heavy and painful.

Leg pain can also occur due to the blocking of arteries, which limits blood flow leading to leg cramping, among other uncomfortable symptoms.

You can treat leg pain by wearing compression stockings and lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding standing or sitting for long periods. Other treatments involve treating the damaged veins using sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation.

Varicose veins

They cause cosmetic concerns, which may make you feel uncomfortable. Varicose veins may also cause pain, swelling, and a heavy feeling. You need a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of your problem.

Varicose veins occur when vein valves malfunction causing blood to flow in reverse and flood your veins, causing them to appear bulging and twisted.

Your provider offers advanced treatment options, including sclerotherapy and VenaSeal, to repair the damaged veins.

Venous ulcers

These open wounds, usually on your lower legs, take time to heal—the wounds resulting from venous insufficiency, which causes the inadequate blood flow in your lower legs.

Valve weakness in your legs causes blood to flow backward and pool in your legs. The skin around the vein may become weak, causing fluid to leak, leading to ulcers.

Proper wound care can help initiate the healing of venous ulcers. Keeping your legs elevated when resting can also promote healing.

Vascular ultrasound

Your provider performs a vascular ultrasound to help observe your blood flow. The procedure involves using soundwaves to develop an image on the monitor.

The procedure is minimally invasive and safe. It allows your provider to examine your blood flow, diagnose vascular problems and check your treatment progress. Vascular ultrasound helps your providers achieve the following.

  •         Point out areas with heavy plaque
  •         Evaluate tumors and malformations
  •         Regulate blood supply to organs and tissues
  •         Locate blood clots and other blockages
  •         Place a needle in a vessel
  •         Determine if you are a candidate for specific vascular procedures

Vascular ultrasound allows you to receive the exact treatment you need. The procedure helps reduce the risk of complications related to vascular treatments.

Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death worldwide. Therefore, regular vascular care is essential to help prevent complications and save lives. Contact Vascular Specialists today to schedule your consultation.

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