Varicose veins are commonly viewed as a cosmetic problem. This condition, which typically appears on the legs, occurs when the one-way valves inside the veins that carry blood back to the heart become weaker, allowing blood to pool inside the veins and cause the bulging, dark appearance of varicose veins. However, because varicose veins represent an issue within the cardiovascular system, they can pose increasing health concerns if you suffer from both varicose veins and heart disease. Furthermore, without treatment or lifestyle changes, varicose veins can worsen over time, affecting your comfort and your quality of life in addition to causing cosmetic concerns. At Reddy Cardiac Wellness of Sugar Land, we take all factors that affect your heart health and your general wellness into account to develop a wellness plan that addresses all your needs.
Varicose Veins and Your Health
Varicose veins are extremely common. These veins are not an immediate sign of heart disease; rather, varicose veins can develop complications or concerns if you also have untreated or unmonitored heart disease. Certain types of heart failure can increase your risk for varicose veins and their related complications, which range from discomfort to blood clots that can become serious medical emergencies. By working with your cardiologist to improve your heart function and your general health through lifestyle changes such as getting a prescribed amount of exercise and eating a heart-healthy diet, you can reduce your risk for varicose veins and prevent any that do exist from developing severe complications.
Discussing Varicose Veins with Your Cardiologist
If you are concerned about developing varicose veins or are worried about complications related to the varicose veins you may already have, your cardiologist can help. Because your Sugar Land cardiologist specializes in disorders of the heart and cardiovascular system, he will work with you to determine your personal risk factors and the best treatment or management options available to you.
- Make note of any symptoms you have experienced, such as burning, tingling, discomfort, or feelings of fatigue and heaviness in the legs. If your symptoms have recently grown worse, let your cardiologist know.
- Ask whether your heart health has an effect on the severity of your varicose veins, as well as the treatments your cardiologist recommends to improve heart function and reduce discomfort or risk associated with varicose veins.
At Reddy Cardiac Wellness, we are devoted to helping our patients achieve comfort, health, and a higher quality of life through state-of-the-art treatment and holistic wellness practices. We invite you to give us a call at (281) 617-2203 for more information about us or to schedule an appointment.