Venous Disease Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

If you need treatment for painful varicose veins or venous disease, you can rely on the expertise of the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists. At the office in the Downriver area of Southgate, Michigan, the team offers on-site diagnostic testing, including venograms, to evaluate the health of your veins. They focus on conservative and minimally invasive treatments to restore blood flow through your veins and protect your long-term cardiovascular health. To learn more about the available treatment options for venous disease, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online today.

Venous Disease Q & A

What is venous disease?

Venous disease describes conditions that affect the health and function of your veins, the vessels that carry blood.

Your veins are hollow tubes that have valves inside to control the flow of your blood. In a healthy vein, the valve opens when your muscles contract to let blood flow through. When your muscles relax, the valve closes to prevent blood from flowing backward.

The veins that reside closest to your heart are larger than your other veins. Two of the major veins near your heart include the inferior vena cava (IVC) and the superior vena cava (SVC). The IVC brings blood from your abdomen and legs back to your heart, and the SVC brings blood from your head and arms to your heart.

When any of these veins are blocked or damaged, and blood can’t flow through, it increases your risk for serious complications, including heart attack and premature death.

What are common types of venous disease?

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists can diagnose different types of venous disease using on-site Doppler ultrasounds and venograms. They customize care plans to treat conditions like blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and also specialize in addressing:

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are bulging, twisted leg veins that form when valves fail to keep blood flowing in one direction. The blood pools and causes the vein to enlarge and protrude through your skin.

Renal insufficiency

Renal insufficiency describes the poor function of your kidneys due to a blockage or a narrowing (renal stenosis) in the renal arteries that carry blood to the organs.

May-Thurner disease

May-Thurner disease is a rare condition that develops when the right iliac vein in your pelvis compresses the right iliac artery and causes a DVT blood clot. This clot lies deep in the vein and can partially or totally block the flow of blood.

Chronic venous insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency describes the pooling of blood in the veins of your leg that cause chronic leg swelling, skin discoloration, and slow-healing skin wounds (ulcers).

How is venous disease treated?

Your treatment plan for venous disease depends on the severity of your symptoms. The goals of treating venous disease are to ease your symptoms and reduce your risk for complications, including life-threatening blood clots.

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists offers an on-site peripheral angio lab to effectively treat venous disease and improve the flow of blood in your veins. They offer customized treatment plans that might include:

  • Sclerotherapy
  • Stent placement
  • IVC filter placement
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

To reduce your risk for additional vein blockages, you might benefit from the peripheral rehab services available at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists.

If you need diagnostic testing for venous disease, schedule an appointment online or by calling Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists today.