At Metro Health Heart & Vascular, we treat both venous and arterial diseases. The symptoms for both diseases are very similar and can often be mistaken for each other. Veins and arteries are crucial to your cardiovascular health and should be treated right away.
To better understand your cardiovascular health, it is important to know the difference between the functions of veins and arteries.
- Arteries push blood away from your heart and down to your feet to circulate oxygen
- Veins carry blood back to your heart once the oxygen has been released for circulation
Diseased arteries and veins can greatly affect your overall health.
Venous disease is diagnosed by a simple exam that views the veins in your legs.
Venous disease treatments include:
- Radiofrequency ablation
Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency include:
- Easy leg fatigue or leg heaviness
All of which worsen as the day progresses. Left untreated, chronic venous insufficiency may cause ulcers or sores, which can be very difficult to treat and may lead to amputation.
If you think you have venous insufficiency, schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a Metro Health Heart & Vascular physician. Early treatment can be crucial and our specialists are trained to help you maintain cardiovascular health.
Note: You may need a referral from your primary care physician, depending on your insurance coverage. For questions about referrals, please call your insurance provider. If you have questions about symptoms or treatments or would like to make an appointment, please call our office at 616.252.5950.