Vascular Disease Specialist

Hei Jin Chung, MD, FACS, RVT -  - Vein Specialist

Dr. Chung Vein Specialist

Hei Jin Chung, MD, FACS, RVT

Vein Specialist located in Phillipsburg, NJ

One in three Americans over the age of 45 have a vein disease, and that number doesn’t include people with a vascular disease in their arteries. Dr. Hei Jin Chung specializes in diagnosing and treating vein disorders, especially conditions that affect your legs such as varicose veins. If you have any concerns about the health of your veins or your risk of vascular disease, call the office, Dr. Chung Vein Specialist in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.

Vascular Disease Q & A

What is vascular disease?

Vascular disease refers to any health condition that affects your arteries and veins. Atherosclerosis, which is caused by a buildup of cholesterol, is one of the most common vascular problems.

Other vascular diseases frequently diagnosed include blood clots, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, and aortic aneurysm.

What are the different types of vein disease?

You may not notice symptoms of vein disease at first because they’re often minor, but it’s important to be aware of potential symptoms and see Dr. Chung as early as possible because untreated vein disease can lead to severe complications. A few types of vein disease include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis: A blood clot deep in your limbs, usually your legs, that causes symptoms such as pain, swelling, warmth, and redness.
  • Pulmonary embolism: When part of a blood clot breaks off and travels to your lungs, you’ll experience chest pain, shortness of breath, sharp pain when taking a deep breath, and coughing up blood.
  • Chronic venous disease (CVD): CVD refers to a group of chronic conditions caused by diseased or damaged veins, including:
    • Varicose veins and spider veins
    • Chronic venous insufficiency
    • Leg ulcers, swelling or pain
    • Phlebitis

What causes blood clots?

A blood clot develops when your blood coagulates, creating a gel-like mass of blood.

Coagulation is essential to stop bleeding when you have a wound, but it’s dangerous when a blood clot forms in your blood vessels. Blood clots may block the flow of blood or break off and travel to your lungs, brain or heart.

Being overweight and prolonged inactivity increases your risk of blood clots in veins and arteries. Trauma, age, and chronic inflammatory diseases also raise the chance of developing blood clots in your veins.

How are vascular diseases treated?

Treatment depends on the type of vascular disease.

Diverse medications and medical procedures are available, but lifestyle changes are also part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In fact, lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, exercise, losing weight, and taking frequent breaks if you have to sit for a long time can help prevent vascular disease.

Compression stockings are used as a first-line treatment for vein disease because they promote blood flow. When you wear compression stockings every day, they can also help prevent vein disease.

Please don’t wait to have symptoms of vascular disease checked out by Dr. Chung – call or use online booking to schedule an examination.