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 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.
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:
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.
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.