What is a Vein Exam?
A vein exam is a screening performed by a vein specialist to assess the health of your veins and how at-risk you are for developing venous diseases or related conditions. It is a relatively simple procedure performed to identify any potential problems in your veins and to help you maintain your overall health. As we age, the risk of developing vein conditions or diseases increases, so if you are concerned about the health or appearance of your veins, it is crucial to undergo an examination. By assessing your veins, a vein doctor can detect any risk factors early or diagnose your condition and determine the most suitable treatment.
At California Vein Specialists, Dr. Leary conducts an in-depth assessment of your vein health. First, he takes the time to inquire about your general health, medical history and lifestyle to identify any possible risk factors associated with the veins. He then conducts an ultrasound examination of the area of concern (typically the legs) to detect blockages or congested areas within the veins. This detailed assessment allows Dr. Leary to evaluate the functioning of your veins and whether their role within the body has been disrupted.
Dr. Leary then reads your results to identify vessels that require immediate treatment, while also inspecting for signs of chronic venous insufficiency, spider, and other related conditions. Where necessary, he will determine the most suitable procedure and will personalize treatment according to your individual needs, concerns and body type. Keeping your long-term vein health in mind, Dr. Leary also provides you with educational materials and recommends steps you can take to care for your veins and reduce the risk of disease.
Who Should Get Screened?
Vein diseases are often difficult to detect on your own, particularly because some conditions have no visible symptoms. A vein screening will allow the doctor to identify any potential risks or problems and can help to reassure you of your overall health. The risk of developing vein diseases and conditions increases with the following factors:
- Prior history of a Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot)
- Family history of a DVT or Pulmonary Embolism
- Acute infection
- Cancer therapy
- Congestive heart failure
- Estrogen use, oral contraceptives
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Restricted Mobility
- Bulging Varicose Veins
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we recommend scheduling a vein exam as soon as possible:
- Pain or discomfort associated with the veins
- Tired or heaviness in the legs
- Tingling, numbness, burning or cramping in the legs
- Swollen ankles
- Open sores or ulcers on the legs
- Varicose or spider veins, especially during or after pregnancy
- Discoloration of the skin
At California Vein Specialists, Dr. Leary offers a wide selection of treatment options. Having worked extensively with various conditions and diseases, Dr. Leary can treat your issues and alleviate symptoms regardless of your medical situation or reasons for treatment. After determining the cause of the problem, he will design a treatment plan to thoroughly address and resolve your concerns.
Why Get a Vein Exam?
The veins are vital to for healthy bodily function. They are responsible for carrying blood from various parts of the body back to the heart and ensuring balanced blood flow and circulation. Blockages or congested veins can cause more severe issues and more damage to your health, so checking for vein irregularities is crucial for maintaining your overall wellbeing. A vein screening allows you to learn more about your vein health and detect any potential issues that may arise.
Many people aren’t aware of the severe problems that can develop in the veins. Vein issues can affect all age groups and being aware of your risk factors is essential for prevention. When left untreated, issues in the veins can cause long-term disability that may make work or regular activities difficult. Early detection and awareness of risk factors may be crucial to your health. A vein screening is a simple procedure you can do to check for signs of disease and learn how to actively improve your vein health. Whether you are concerned about the appearance of your veins or would merely like to learn more about your risk factors, a vein screening is the first step to achieving better vein health.
Even patients who are concerned about superficial problem veins, such as spider or varicose veins, should undergo a thorough vein exam before scheduling a treatment, to ensure that the root of the issue is properly identified first.
Schedule a Vein Exam
With over two decades of experience working with various conditions and diseases, Dr. Leary takes pride in delivering high-quality care and personalized results. At California Vein Specialists, we maintain a strong commitment to service excellence. At our facility in Newport Beach, Dr. Leary conducts thorough vein examinations that allow him to determine the core of the problem and the most suitable treatment for each patient. To undergo a comprehensive vein screening, schedule a vein exam today by calling us at 949-515-9377, or filling out our online contact form.