Venous disease affects more than 40 million Americans, including half of all American's over age 50. Venous disease is diagnosed when the one-way valves that allow blood flow to the heart fail to function or are damaged in some way.
Types of Venous Disease
- Varicose Veins are enlarged veins that occur in the legs and can affect both men and women. Usually dark blue in color, they can form near or above the surface of the skin.
- Spider Veins are the thread-like red, blue or purple blood vessels that occur in patches primarily on the legs and face.
- Deep vein thrombosis, commonly referred to as DVT, occurs when a blood clot enters the large veins of the legs or pelvic area. They may be painful, but some may be completely asymptomatic.