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Venous Insufficiency Specialist

San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center -  - Cardiologist

San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center

Cardiologist & Vein Specialist located in La Mesa, CA & San Diego, CA

Venous insufficiency affects up to 40% of the American population and brings many men and women to San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center in La Mesa and San Diego, California. Behzad Taghizadeh, MD, FACC, offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment for venous insufficiency that can help you move beyond the condition to enjoy your normal routines again. Schedule an appointment by calling one of the offices or using the easy online scheduling tool.

Venous Insufficiency Q & A

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is the medical term used to describe malfunctioning veins. Your veins work to carry blood back to your heart, where it begins the process of oxygenation and recirculation. When that flow of blood is impeded in any way, blood can begin to pool within the veins in your legs.

Venous insufficiency is usually a chronic condition, and it requires treatment to improve. Left untreated, the condition can lead to multiple complications that can negatively impact your health.

What are some symptoms of venous insufficiency?

People experience venous insufficiency in different ways, so not all of these symptoms are present in all affected persons. Common symptoms include:

  • Leg cramps
  • Swelling (edema) in legs and ankles
  • Sensations of aching, heaviness, or throbbing
  • Leg ulcers
  • Varicose veins
  • Feeling of weakness in the legs
  • Pain that improves when legs are elevated

These symptoms should prompt a call to Dr. Taghizadeh for proper diagnosis.

How is venous insufficiency diagnosed?

Dr. Taghizadeh begins by discussing your medical history and symptoms, including signs of restless leg syndrome. A physical examination follows to check for skin ulcers, skin tightening, discoloration, or varicose veins.

Imaging can help provide a clearer sense of what’s going on inside your vascular structures. 

A duplex ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that evaluates the direction and speed of your blood flow. A small handheld device called a transducer is guided over the surface of your skin and delivers sound waves to create an image of the targeted veins.

What are treatment options for venous insufficiency?

You and Dr. Taghizadeh determine the best treatment path depending on your medical history, current health, and the extent of your venous insufficiency. A customized treatment plan is developed to suit your exact set of needs.

In some cases, compression stockings can improve blood flow and reduce swelling in your legs. Dr. Taghizadeh might also advise elevating your legs, increased exercise, and keep your legs uncrossed while seated.

Medications can help treat venous insufficiency, including anticoagulants, diuretics, and drugs that improve blood flow. However, medications come with a risk of side effects, which is why Endovenous intervention is often a preferred approach.

Minimally invasive procedures like endoluminal ablation of the saphenous vein can help redirect blood flow to healthy vessels. Ambulatory phlebectomy is another option, which works by removing damaged vein tissue.

If you suffer from chronic vein insufficiency, schedule an appointment at San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center to explore treatment paths.