FAQs About Your Varicose Veins

When it comes to varicose veins, what they mean, how they’re caused, how they’re treated, what they look like, we’ve got you covered. If you or a loved one have varicose veins, it’s our goal to be as transparent with you as possible. To help you feel more informed about this condition, we have created a brief article answering some frequently asked questions.

What’s Happening Inside Varicose Veins?

A lot of people want to know what exactly is happening inside their veins that causes varicose veins. Diseased veins have damaged valves in them which don’t circulate blood back up to the heart as well as they should. As this condition worsens, it may cause the blood to start flowing in the opposite direction which causes a condition called venous reflux.

How Are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?

Besides taking a look at the overall appearance of your varicose veins, they are diagnosed with either ultrasound or angioplasty. Once you have been properly diagnosed, then we can start you on the right treatment path.

Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Varicose veins themselves are not dangerous and only have to be removed, in most instances, if you want them to be. They can, however, be an indication of an underlying issue and should be examined by a professional like Dr. Heeringa.

If My Veins Are Removed Or Collapsed, What Happens To My Blood Circulation?

One of the most amazing things about the human body is that it knows how to heal and redirect itself in specific scenarios. For instance, once your veins have been removed or collapsed, the blood will redirect itself to nearby, healthy veins instead.

Are you ready to learn more about varicose veins and vein disease? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists today!