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Vein FAQ


Vein conditions can lead to a number of health problems, including circulation issues, leg cramps, and even ulceration and bleeding. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about vein conditions, and the different treatment options available. If you think you may be suffering from varicose veins or another debilitating condition, don't hesitate to contact the experts at Northeast Vein & Laser Center for assistance.

Q: What Are Varicose Veins?

A: Large swollen veins that bulge under the skin, varicose veins are caused by an abnormal valve or weakened vessel wall. Varicose veins are typically blue or green in color and can occur anywhere in the leg. In a vein that functions normally, the valve prevents blood from flowing in the wrong direction -back towards the foot. In a varicose vein, however, the valve is damaged and does not close properly; allowing blood to escape when muscles relax. The increase in pressure that results causes the vein to become swollen with excess blood.

Q: How Do I know If I Have Varicose Veins?

A: Along with the appearance of blue or green veins bulging under the skin, symptoms of varicose veins include: itching, swelling, pain, restless legs, bleeding, heaviness, fatigue, ulcers, and physical changes in the skin.

Q: What Are Spider Veins?

A: Referring to small, dilated veins that appear near the surface of the skin, spider veins may be red, blue, purple, or green in color. Most spider veins are caused by venous hypertension, or high pressure in one portion of your venous system. While spider veins can develop anywhere on the body, they are most commonly found on the face and legs.

Unfortunately, spider veins may indicate a deeper venous insufficiency. For this reason, any underlying problem contributing to spider veins must be investigated before treatment can begin. At Northeast Vein, Dr. Cooper commonly performs an ultrasound procedure to check for underlying issues as part of the initial examination of spider veins.

Q: How Do I Know If I Have Spider Veins?

A: Along with the appearance of small red, blue, purplish, or greenish dilated veins, spider vein symptoms include: pain, itching, burning, stinging sensations, and bleeding.

Q: Why Should I Choose Northeast Vein & Laser Center for Vein Treatment?

A: With over 20 years of experience in the field of venous diseases, Dr. George Cooper is knowledgeable in all the latest and most-advanced treatment options. To protect his patients' health, Dr. Cooper performs all treatments himself with the assistance of a nurse who specializes in cardiac intensive care. Additionally, Northeast Vein & Laser Center accepts most forms of insurance, and is fully committed to ensuring patient privacy.

Call today at 401-739-0011! A solution to your problem veins awaits you.