Varicose Veins

Varicose Veins services offered via telehealth

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins aren’t always a cosmetic concern. At Home Cardiology in Gilbert, Arizona, is a telehealth cardiology practice that provides virtual appointments to screen for peripheral vascular diseases (PVD) like varicose veins. Zaki Lababidi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Sharolyn McClurg, NP, and the team can determine if your visible veins are a sign of a circulation problem that needs treatment. Call today or schedule your varicose vein screening using the online booking button. Home visits are available.

Why do I have varicose veins?

Varicose veins occur when you have damage to the wall or valve of a vein. The tiny valves in your veins open and close, pushing oxygen-poor blood back to the heart and lungs and preventing the blood from flowing backward.

If you have a damaged or weakened valve or damage to the wall of the vein, the valve may not fully open or close, allowing blood to flow back. The blood pools in the vein, stretching the blood vessel and causing it to enlarge.

Varicose veins affect the superficial veins under the skin, creating raised blue or purple lines. Most people have varicose veins on the leg, but they can occur anywhere.

When should I worry about varicose veins?

Varicose veins are usually harmless and more of a cosmetic concern than a serious health issue. 

However, you should talk to your doctor about your varicose veins because they’re a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a circulation problem in which the leg veins are unable to pump blood back to the heart adequately.

You should also talk to your doctor if your varicose veins itch, burn, or ache or if you have leg swelling or skin discoloration. 

What happens during a virtual varicose vein visit?

The details of your varicose vein visit with the At Home Cardiology team depend on your symptoms, concerns, and medical history. Your provider asks detailed questions to fully understand your health issues so they can create an effective plan.

If the team has concerns that your varicose veins are a symptom of a vascular condition, they order a vascular ultrasound to evaluate the flow of blood in the veins. 

What are some treatments for varicose veins?

Treatments for varicose veins include lifestyle changes and procedures. Getting regular exercise, putting your feet up at the end of the day, and wearing compression stockings to improve circulation are lifestyle changes that may prevent your varicose veins from worsening.

If you’re unhappy about the look of your varicose veins or they’re causing circulation problems, the At Home Cardiology team can talk to you about procedures to get rid of the visible veins. Procedures include injections, ablation procedures, and removal of the diseased vein.

Call At Home Cardiology today or click the online booking button to schedule your varicose vein evaluation.