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Veins are blood vessels that move deoxygenated blood from the body back to the heart. The body’s entire network of veins is called the venous system. Unlike arteries, veins have thin walls. Venous problems occur when vein valves and walls are damaged and fail to keep blood moving to the heart. The three main types of venous problems are varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and chronic venous insufficiency.
Because some venous problems can be life threatening — like when a blood clot from one blood vessel breaks loose and travels to another vessel in the lungs — it’s important to see a doctor if you’re having symptoms of DVT or other issues. Dignity Health offers testing and treatment for venous problems, including varicose veins, in the Bay Area. Find a Doctor and make an appointment today.
Varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, and DVT symptoms include:
Your veins contain one-way valves designed to keep blood flowing toward the heart. Sometimes, these valves become damaged or floppy and don’t work properly. Blood can pool up in the veins instead of flowing to the heart. Weak veins that balloon out to the side make this problem worse. Eventually, stagnant blood causes the surrounding tissue to swell — especially in the legs, since the heart must work against gravity to get your blood moving back to your chest.
Treatment and prevention of venous problems focuses on restoring vein function, reducing swelling, and preventing complications such as blood clots.
Common chronic venous insufficiency, DVT, and varicose vein treatments include:
Dignity Health doctors are focused on your well-being and are committed to diagnosing and treating venous problems.
Dignity Health treats deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, and chronic vein insufficiency in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.