Vein Care

Normal Vein & Varicose Vein

Diagram: Normal Vein & Varicose Vein
Figure A shows a normal vein with a working valve and normal blood flow. Figure B shows a varicose vein with a deformed valve, abnormal blood flow, and thin, stretched walls. The middle image shows where varicose veins might appear in a leg.

The management of vein disorders is at the heart of The Cardiovascular Care Group's focus. Having managed vein problems in patients for over 50 years, we are the recognized experts in New Jersey and beyond. Vein problems—like people—come in all shapes and sizes and whatever the concern, we have the ability to address it!

Spider Veins (telangiectasias) are the small veins that tend to be cosmetically disfiguring. The genetic predisposition and the occupation or childbearing that many women experience is responsible for producing these unwanted veins. We focus a great deal of attention on the management of these, essentially, cosmetic problems in our Vein Institute of New Jersey.

Larger, blue or purple veins (Reticular veins) are frequently seen. Large varicose veins—sometimes causing pain or discomfort—are often the result of a problem with the veins deeper in the leg. Our veins consist of a series of one-way valves that direct blood from the toes back to the heart against the forces of gravity.

When these valves being to malfunction—often as a result of blood clots or genetics—they allow for an increased pressure in the veins of the legs. This can lead to symptoms of leg swelling, pain, varicose veins and even, in severe cases, ulceration or breakdown of the skin.

Perhaps the most concerning problem with veins of the legs is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Commonly known as a “clot,” this seemingly minor disease can be fatal if left untreated. If these clots grow and dislodge, they can travel to the lung causing a Pulmonary Embolus (PE.) If large enough, the clot will block the body from getting enough oxygen and the person could die from this. More often, the clot in the leg is diagnosed; the treatment with medication begun and the patient will dissolve the clot over a period of time.

Clots that are more extensive can require intervention to prevent long-standing problems. We, at The Cardiovascular Care Group, have the capability and experience to care for vein problems ranging from small spider veins to life-threatening blood clots in the lung.

Diagnosis

The correct treatment of vein problems necessitates accurate diagnosis to determine a treatment plan. Our Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory was one of the first in New Jersey and remains accredited by the national credentialing body, ICAVL. This represents a commitment to quality and accurate diagnosis. Our well-trained, experienced Registered Vascular Technologists (RVTs) perform ultrasound examinations only of the arteries and veins. Therefore, they are experts at performing these tests and they are very knowledgeable regarding disease of the veins and the treatment alternatives.

Leg swelling is a common condition we are asked to evaluate. The use of ultrasound technology is critical in assessing the status of the veins, making sure no blood clots exist.

Treatment Overview

The treatment for vein problems is directed at the type of problem that exists. Cosmetic treatments are common and we are well-recognized as the leaders in the TriState area for cosmetic vein problems (see the Vein Institute of New Jersey.) However, some problems are more detailed and may require hospitalization. With access to many of the top hospitals in New Jersey, we, at The Cardiovascular Care Group, are prepared to help you with whatever problem your veins present.

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