Can problems inside our legs be detected and treated before we develop varicose veins?

Dr. Stephen Bunker, featured in the November 2013 issue of Austin Monthly, says:

varicose vein symptomsYes! Swelling, heaviness, itching, burning, pain and cramps may all be indications of venous insufficiency ­­ – improper function of veins responsible for draining stale blood from our legs.

Call Bunker Vein and Imaging Center at (512) 726-0599 for an initial screening, vascular ultrasound examination and consultation with Dr. Bunker, certified by the American Board of Vein and Lymphatic Medicine. You can also request an appointment online.

Venous Insufficiency

Excerpt from VascularWeb, provided by the Society for Vascular Surgery

Arteries bring oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body and veins return oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. When your leg veins cannot pump enough blood back to your heart, you have chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

When you are in the upright position, the blood in your leg veins must go against gravity to return to your heart. To accomplish this, your leg muscles squeeze the deep veins of your legs and feet to help move blood back to your heart. When you walk and your leg muscles squeeze, the venous pump works well. But when you sit or stand, especially for a long time, the blood in your leg veins can pool and increase the venous blood pressure. Over time, in susceptible individuals, this can weaken the walls of the veins and damage the vein valves, causing CVI.

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