The small blue or red veins that appear beneath a person’s skin are called spider veins. These are veins that are located close to the surface of skin and have become enlarged. Varicose veins are similar to spider veins, but are larger and look like knotted cords beneath the skin. Spider and varicose veins, together known as venous disease, can be connected to serious heart conditions.
- Poor Circulation and Venous Disease
The valves that control the flow of blood through veins can become damaged due to pressure and aging. As the heart pumps blood through the body, small amounts of blood can sometimes flow backward through these weakened pumps. This poor circulation can cause small veins to become spider veins. When blood flows backward in larger veins, they can become varicose.
- Connection to Heart Conditions
While spider and varicose veins themselves are primarily aesthetic problems, they may be related to more serious conditions, including heart problems. The blood flowing through varicose veins moves more slowly than in normal veins. This can cause blood clots to form within varicose veins. This problem, known as thrombophlebitis, can result in life-threatening conditions, such as pulmonary embolisms, if a blood clot moves through the heart and into the lungs. The appearance of spider and varicose veins is especially problematic for those who already suffer from heart conditions.
- What You Should Do
It is important to monitor your health and update your physician about the appearance of new conditions, including varicose veins. If you are concerned that a heart condition may be connected to your varicose veins, then it is important to contact your doctor right away. In addition, you can reduce your risk of heart problems that can occur in connection with varicose veins by seeking treatment, such as endovenous laser treatment, to eliminate your varicose and spider veins.
At Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan, we provide several different treatment options for spider and varicose veins. To schedule a consultation or learn more about the heart conditions that can be connected to venous disease, call us today at (212) 204-6501.