September is Vascular Disease Awareness Month
The vascular system is a super highway of blood vessels made up of arteries and veins that either carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body (arteries) or carry blood back to the heart (veins). It’s a critical part of the body that we don’t consider often enough. In light of Vascular Disease Awareness Month, we want to help you understand the signs and symptoms that can occur when this vital system is disrupted.
If you’re a frequent Alaska Heart Beat Blog reader, you know that two common forms of venous insufficiencies are varicose and spider veins. While both are often found in our lower extremities and visible beneath the skin’s surface, varicose veins are enlarged, swollen veins and spider veins are smaller, web-like vessels. Warning signs include: aching, darkening of the skin, easily tired legs, leg heaviness or numbness and swelling. These elongated and rope-like veins are not just painful and unsightly, they are often a sign of more serious issues beneath the skin’s surface that can result in serious conditions like deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
At the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute’s Vein Clinic, Dr. Richard Anschuetz, one of our cardiologists, and his team of highly qualified vascular specialists consider your entire circulatory system and are trained in a number of techniques – many of which are non-invasive – that are designed to prevent and treat venous insufficiencies. Make an appointment for your consultation today at AlaskaHeart.com or by calling 907-563-8346 (VEIN).