Venous disease is a widespread disease. Every fifth woman and every sixth man in Germany are affected by a chronic venous disease - sometimes without even knowing it.
Our veins play a very important role in our body, as they help transport blood throughout the body to our heart. However, as vascular diseases have become more common in all ages,it’s more important than ever to recognise and treat them as early as possible. Here in our dossier, we have compiled a list of the most common venous diseases and disorders, where you can find comprehensive information on how they are diagnosed and treated!
The most common venous diseases and disorders
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In the case of weak veins, compression stockings support the circulation and convey a feeling of compactness in the legs.
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Frequently asked questions / FAQs about Vein Disorders
Chronic venous disease (CVD) is an umbrella term that covers a range of venous issues including spider veins, varicose veins, CVI (chronic vein insufficiency) and PAD (Peripheral arterial disease). Often an umbrella term is used for these conditions as they can instigate and exacerbate one another.
Vascular problems can present a wide range of symptoms depending on the core issue. These include intermmitent pain known as claudication (a cramping heavy sensation, often in the legs), numbness, pins and needles, increasing pain with activity and exercise, weakness in the muscles, discolouration of the skin (changing to blue or purple) and wounds that don't heal, among others. It's crucial to seek immediate medical help if there's any pain that increases rapidly, you feel chest pain and shortness of breath, or if you lose feeling in a part of your body.
Vein disease is real, and relatively common. Roughly one quarter of the adult population suffers from varicose veins, and on top of that there's a wide range of other vein issues. While in most cases it's not serious, left untreated it can potentially lead to more worrying issues.
Clogged arteries occur when plaque builds up inside the veins, causing blockages that can be damaging and potentially life-threatening. The warning signs for these blockages include shortness of breath, lower back pain, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and dizziness, pain and numb feelings in the hands and feet.
Warning signs for stroke can occur hours or even days before a stroke occurs. If you experience any of the following, it's important to seek immediate medical attention: Sudden trouble with vision in one or both eyes, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech that comes on suddenly, weakness or numness in the arm, face or leg, ususally no one side of the body, sudden dizziness and lack of balance, as well as other symptoms.
If you're displaying symptoms like fatigue, swelling, aching or cramping in your legs, especially around the ankles and calves, it's worth speaking to a doctor about potential vein issues. Itchiness, bulging veins and a hot sensation in the legs is often a sign of varicose veins, and this is normally the best time to speak to a specialist to confirm what the cause is and find a solution.
Varicose veins themselves don't pose a serious risk in most cases, however if left untreated there's a risk of more serious issues developing, including vein rupture and other venous issues.
While it's impossible to completely prevent vein disease, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances and more effectively manage any issues that might develop. This includes a healthier diet, wearing loose fitting clothes, exercising regularly and avoid sitting or standing for extended periods of time.
Vein blockages are caused when small amounts of particles (usually fat and sugar) build up on the vein walls, forming plaque. This plaque continues to build up as more fats and sugars are consumed. When the clot has formed, it's known as a thrombus, and if dislodged it can cause serious and life-threatening issues like stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolism.
Boosting circulation can be done in a few ways, including regular exercise, diet that cuts out fat and sugards and focuses on leafty greens and berries, keeping the legs moving if you're seated or standing for long periods of time as well as wearing compression stockings.