Understanding vein disease and its symptoms is the first step toward healthy veins. Approximately half of all Americans have varying degrees of vein disease. If you notice any itching, nighttime cramping or restlessness, swelling, aching or bulging veins in your legs, tell your doctor. If your primary care physician believes you are at risk for vein disease, he may refer you to a vein specialist. The team of experienced physicians at Carolina Vein Specialists can evaluate your vein health and prepare a treatment plan to meet your specific needs.
Diagnosing vein disease
When you visit one of our highly skilled physicians, they will give you a visual examination. During this exam, they will pay particular attention to areas prone to spider and varicose veins, as well as check for any other visible signs of vein disease. They will also check your legs for swelling. Next, they will ask you a series of questions about your family health history. Our physicians want to fully understand any concerns you have regarding your vein health. At Carolina Vein Specialists, patient health and comfort is our priority, so we sit with you, listen and take notes while you describe any vein-related aches or pains you are experiencing.
Alternatively, a duplex ultrasound may be used to test the speed and direction of your blood flow. This will help your doctor determine if you have any blood flowing in the wrong direction (venous reflux) due to a damaged vein valve or varicose vein.
You may be familiar with the duplex ultrasound technology, which is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image on a screen. Determining which valves are weakened or compromised is key for planning effective treatment.
These ultrasound-imaging tests help us accurately diagnose your specific vein condition, so we can focus on the root of the problem and help restore your vein health and comfort in your legs.