At Carolina Vein Institute
, we have extensive knowledge about all manner of vein disorders
. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
, our vein clinic
offers the most effective treatments for both varicose veins and spider veins.
Blood circulates through our bodies via the arteries and veins. The arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The job of the veins is to carry blood from the organs and extremities back to the heart. Then the cycle begins again.
For blood to return to the heart from the feet and legs, it must flow upward. The muscles of the calf and thigh help pump the blood upward against gravity. Valves in the veins (small flaps that function as gates) open in one direction to let the blood flow through and then close to hold it in place.
Heredity, pregnancy, obesity and standing for long periods of time cause the veins to stretch, and the valves become unable to close properly, allowing the blood to move in the wrong direction. This reflux causes high vein pressure, resulting in large "ropey" veins over time. This high pressure also causes the legs to ache and swell, making them feel tired, heavy, or full.
These broken capillaries, properly named telangiectasias, or spider veins, are small red, blue, or purple web-like veins (less than 2 cm in diameter) on the surface of the skin. These small, flat, or raised veins are often associated with larger veins (2–6 cm in diameter) that are blue/green in color and can often be seen with additional lighting.
More common in women, spider and reticular veins may be triggered by pregnancy or hormonal variations, and sometimes result in itching, restlessness, aches, and throbbing in the legs. Spider veins may also found on the face and chest.
Contact us today for more information about different vein disorders, and schedule an appointment
with us if you believe you are suffering from any of them.