How do you take care of your heart after 40?
As you find yourself hitting 40, you may start thinking about health issues you previously didn’t concern yourself with. Should heart health be one of them?
Veins pump blood to your heart. Your leg veins contain valves that help to keep blood flowing upward, against gravity. If these valves become weak or damaged, blood can flow back down into your legs and pool in your veins. Venous disease is a general term for some of the common conditions that occur when blood pools in your leg veins, causing pain and other complications. Venous disease affects about 15 percent of the adult population and results in symptoms that range from mild to severe.
Common venous disease conditions include:
When you are in an upright position, the blood in your veins has to travel upwards, against gravity. Veins carry blood through a series of valves that open to push blood up toward the heart. When these valves become impaired or weakened, blood flows downward and pools in your veins, resulting in a variety of symptoms.
Risk factors that contribute to venous disease include:
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Your physician will conduct a history and physical, which includes questions about your health and an evaluation of your symptoms. You may also undergo diagnostic tests.
The following tests can be used to diagnose venous disease:
Treatment of venous disease depends on the type and severity of your condition. Your physician will discuss which treatment option is best for you — medication, non-surgical procedure or surgery. The goal of venous disease treatment is to destroy or remove damaged veins so that blood will find a new route to the heart using healthy veins.