Varicose veins are a pathology so common that even the need for diagnosis seems doubtful to a non-specialist. However, if you decide to part with varicose veins forever, you should act wisely. We suggest contacting the Baltic Vein Clinic. The institution has an international certificate – ISO 9001: 2008, which confirms the high level of medical services.
First step to diagnosis
If you experience a feeling of constant heaviness in your legs, your ankles swell in the evening, the venous pattern of your legs has intensified, it may be time to get acquainted with varicose veins.
Acquaintance will be unprofitable for you, so you should try to prevent it.
Below are the risk factors, the presence of which may indicate to you the need for timely diagnosis of foot diseases.
Risk factors for venous disease
- Age. With age, muscle tone decreases and tissue degeneration occurs. From the age of 30-35, women often develop varicose veins.
- Heredity. If one of the relatives has venous insufficiency, then in 43% it may be in the next generations.
- Excess weight. When overweight, the load on the legs increases.
- Pregnancy. After the baby is born, the walls of the veins become thinner and weaken during pregnancy.
- Hormonal preparations. The risk of thrombosis increases if a person takes hormonal drugs and abuses smoking.
- Unhealthy Lifestyle. There are circulatory disorders, the formation of which contributes to a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle.
- Harmful work. If a person regularly has to be in a sitting or standing position for a long time, this increases tenfold venous pressure.
- Shoes with high heels. The muscles of the lower leg are always in a tense state, so blood circulation in the veins is disturbed.
- Heat and physical work. With a long and regular stay in the heat or when performing physically hard work, the vessels dilate, and the functional ability decreases.
If you are constantly in at least one of the above risk factors, then be sure to set aside time for yourself and undergo vein diagnostics. In our clinic you will do it quickly and inexpensively. Moreover, in comfortable conditions and on the most modern equipment . But an accurately established diagnosis is 99% of successful treatment.
Diagnosis needs to be confirmed
Diagnosis is necessarily accompanied by the method of duplex sonography, which has long become the gold standard.
- Duplex sonography . This is a unique modern diagnostic method that has successfully replaced both Doppler mapping and ultrasound angioscanning. The procedure takes about 20 minutes and the result is detailed information about the condition of both superficial and deep veins.Duplex – ultrasound can also be used for preventive purposes.
In the clinic, the diagnosis of veins, in some cases, can be supplemented by:
- Computed tomography phlebography . This type of diagnosis is accompanied by the introduction of a contrast agent. Colored with contrast, even the deepest and smallest vessels are perfectly visible. CT phlebography allows you to get a detailed picture of the general condition of the vessels of the legs. It is shown to prescribe it for unclear symptoms of varicose veins, as well as for differentiating the diagnosis from probable thrombosis. Siemens Somatom Definition AS is the latest CT scanner used by doctors at the Baltic Vein Clinic.
- Magnetic resonance venography (MRI) is a type of magnetic resonance imaging that allows you to evaluate the vessels through which blood returns to the heart. MRI technology does not cause ionizing radiation, therefore it is harmless to the body. The Siemens MAGNETOM Spectra 3.0 T tomograph makes it possible to do sufficiently informative examinations of veins even without the introduction of a contrast agent.
- Segmental dopplerography / TBI determination of the tibio-brachial (shoulder-ankle) index.
It is the simplest, but very important research method that gives an idea of the state of the arteries of the arms and legs, allowing you to determine the patency and possible narrowing of the arteries. In addition, this latest generation ABility Doppler takes measurements, automatically reads results and prints out within 3 minutes.
After receiving the results of the diagnosis, the doctor will determine the treatment tactics, and if necessary, prescribe a minimally invasive operation. You shouldn’t be afraid of her. The Baltic Vein Clinic has accumulated vast experience in vein surgery. Achievements of Latvian doctors are recognized in the world and awarded with certificates. The benevolence of Riga doctors, their kindness and skills will make your stay in the clinic as comfortable as possible for you.