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About Vein Disorders

Veins carry oxygen-depleted blood from the extremities (feet, hands, etc.) to the heart, where fresh oxygen is added to the blood. The heart then sends the fresh oxygen-rich blood back out through the arteries to all parts of the body. Valves in the large, major, "deep" veins prevent blood from "flowing backwards or downhill" (for example, in the legs) while the heart and other muscles work to pump blood towards the heart.

A problem with the valves of the major veins results in a problem like varicose veins. Imagine a tree, with a large-diameter trunk, many smaller-diameter branches, and even more small-diameter branches (farthest from the trunk). In this same manner, the veins that are closest to the skin's surface are the smallest in diameter.

Problems with the "intermediate" veins (known as reticular veins when dilated) are very often the cause of problems with the smallest capillaries (the smallest of the body's blood vessels) that are closest to the surface of the skin, and known as spider veins when dilated. Reticular veins are also referred to as "feeder" veins when they are the cause of spider veins.

Spider veins are dilated (the diameter of the vein is larger than it would be if it were functioning normally) capillaries near the skin's surface. Also referred to as a thread vein, the medical term for a spider vein is telangiectasia. When reticular (feeder) veins are the cause of spider veins, the underlying cause is treated first to prevent a rapid reoccurrence of the spider veins. This is why we perform a complete diagnosis of your entire vein history and condition prior to recommending any treatment.

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