Laurelton Heart Specialists
Cardiologist & Internal Medicine located in Rosedale, NY
Varicose veins affect 35% of people in the United States. Though viewed as more of a cosmetic problem, varicose veins can affect circulation. At Laurelton Heart Specialists in the Rosedale area of Queens, board-certified cardiologist Ola Akinboboye, MD, MPH, MBA, and his cardiology team understand the cosmetic and health concerns surrounding varicose veins and offer state-of-the-art ablation services and techniques to remove them. To schedule a consultation at the New York City office, call or book online today.
Varicose Veins Q&A
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are bulging, twisted veins that affect the look and texture of your skin. Though varicose veins can develop in any vein in your body, they most often affect the veins in your legs.
You develop the visible veins because of a malfunction in the valves that aid in blood flow. The valves in your veins open and close as your body pushes the blood back to your heart for reoxygenation.
If your valves are damaged, they may not close all the way, and the blood flows backward and pools, creating the raised superficial vein.
Your risk of developing damaged valves increases as you get older. Women are also at greater risk of valve damage due to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and menopause.
Being overweight and standing for long periods of time are also risk factors for the development of varicose veins.
When should I see a doctor for my varicose veins?
Varicose veins are viewed as a cosmetic concern. However, the alterations in the flow of blood caused by your damaged valves may interfere with blood circulation. If you have concerns about your varicose veins, for cosmetic or health reasons, you should have them evaluated.
You should also schedule an appointment with the team at Laurelton Heart Specialists if your varicose veins are getting worse or you’re experiencing leg pain or swelling. Without proper treatment, varicose veins can cause complications such as nonhealing leg ulcers or blood clots.
The team performs comprehensive evaluations, including imaging tests that assess blood flow through your veins, during your varicose vein evaluation to ensure you get the most effective treatment.
How are varicose veins treated?
The team at Laurelton Heart Specialists develops individualized treatment plans for the management of varicose veins. Initially, the team may recommend diet changes, an exercise program, and the use of compression stockings.
If you’re overweight or obese, the team uses modern weight management techniques to help you get to a healthier weight.
Initial treatment may not get rid of your varicose veins, but it can prevent them from worsening. To get rid of your varicose veins, the team at Laurelton Heart Specialists offers state-of-the-art vein ablation services and techniques.
During this treatment, the team inserts a catheter into your bulging vein. The catheter is heated and destroys the vein, causing it to disappear over time.
To schedule a consultation to discuss your varicose vein treatment options, contact Laurelton Heart Specialists by phone or online today.