What is a vein screening?
A vein screening is an assessment usually done on the legs to detect if vein disease is present, or if you’re at risk. A vein screening will also help your physician determine which course of treatment is right for you if evidence of vein disease is found.
Should you have your veins screened?
Vein disease often goes undetected and undiagnosed because you may not experience any symptoms other than visible or bulging veins. Screenings offer an opportunity to know if you are at risk or are currently suffering from vein disease.
There are a few reasons why you may need to have your veins screened. If you’re experiencing painful, nagging symptoms or you’re embarrassed by the appearance of the veins on your legs, you should have your veins evaluated by a professional. Signs and symptoms that vein disease may be occurring include:
- Leg or ankle swelling (edema)
- Pain that worsens when standing
- Leg cramping
- Aching, throbbing or heavy feelings in the legs
- Itchy or weak feelings in legs
- Thickening of the skin on the legs and ankles
- Skin discoloration
- Leg ulcers
- Tight feelings in the calves
- Varicose and spider veins
It’s also important to get screened if you’re at an increased risk for vein disease. A few factors that can increase your risk include:
- Family history of vein disease or deep vein thrombosis
- Restricted mobility
- Certain oral contraceptives
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Trauma or injury to the affected leg
Few people are aware of the serious problems that can occur when vein disease is left untreated. If you’ve been experiencing signs or symptoms of vein disease, or if you have any of the risk factors, call the vein specialists at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic today at 855-591-1357 to schedule your vein screening.