Should I Get a Vein Screening?
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
According to the American Society for Vascular Surgery, at least 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins. With numbers like that, you might be wondering if you also have varicose veins. If you’ve ever wondered if you have vein disease, you might want to get a vein screening. Let’s go over the basics of this procedure and what would make you most at risk for varicose veins or other venous disorders.
Why Would I Need a Vein Screening?
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your legs or see a noticeable issue with your veins you may be interested in a vein screening. We also typically encourage patients who have any of the following conditions or behaviors to consider getting screened:
- Use tobacco
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Restricted mobility
- Prior history of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots
- A family history of DVT or pulmonary embolism
- Estrogen use
- Undergone certain cancer therapies
- Congestive heart failure
- Acute infection
What Happens During a Vein Screening?
During your screening, you will be asked to stand on a raised platform for about 25 minutes while a registered technologist uses an ultrasound machine to check your veins for any signs of venous insufficiency. Before your vein screening, you will be encouraged to drink plenty of water as well as avoid caffeine the day of your screening.
What Are the Potential Risks Of Untreated Varicose Veins?
Other than being unattractive in some cases, untreated varicose veins may lead to serious medical complications and conditions. People with varicose veins have an increased risk of leg ulcers, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and skin changes. These issues can then lead to more significant and severe problems like stroke and other cardiovascular problems. A vein screening can help us determine how serious your vein problems are and get you the proper treatment.
The good news about vein screening is that your insurance may cover it. Another great thing about it is that it’s fast and pain-free. If you want to learn more about vein screening and whether or not it’s right for you, schedule a consultation with us by calling 817.235.0769.
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