Varicose Veins Specialist

Cardiovascular Institute of America

Cardiovascular Disease Specialist & Vein Specialist located in Citrus Park, Tampa, FL & Lutz, FL

For most people, varicose veins are more of a cosmetic issue than a genuine health concern. However, your bulging, twisted veins may be a sign of an underlying circulation issue that could affect your health. At Cardiovascular Institute of America in Tampa and Lutz, Florida, the cardiovascular disease specialists can determine if your varicose veins are impairing circulation and provide treatment to get rid of them. To schedule an evaluation with Muthu Velusamy, MD, FACC, or another member of the compassionate team, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Varicose Veins Q&A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins refer to the enlarged and twisted veins that develop just under your skin. Your veins help circulate oxygen-depleted blood back to your heart. As the blood circulates, valves in your veins open to allow the blood through and then close to prevent the blood from moving backward.

Varicose veins occur when the valves in your veins are damaged or weakened and are no longer able to prevent the backflow of blood. The blood then pools, creating the enlarged vein.

Varicose veins can develop in any vein in your body, but they most commonly develop in your legs. 

When should I have my varicose veins evaluated?

Varicose veins are often only considered a cosmetic concern. However, your unsightly veins are also a type of venous disease that can affect blood circulation. You should have your varicose veins evaluated if you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate changes in blood circulation, such as:

  • Leg pain or cramping
  • Burning or throbbing sensation in your legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Nonhealing leg ulcer
  • Skin discoloration
  • Itchiness around your varicose veins

However, you don’t have to wait until you have symptoms for an evaluation. The team at Cardiovascular Institute of America encourages you to come in for a consultation if you don’t like how your varicose veins affect the look of your legs. The experienced vascular team offers many treatment options to get rid of your enlarged veins and improve the look of your skin. 

What are the treatments for varicose veins?

The experienced team at Cardiovascular Institute of America takes an individualized approach to care and develop personalized treatment plans for the management of varicose veins. Initially, your treatment may include treatments that prevent your varicose veins from worsening, such as:

  • Use of compression stockings
  • Exercise program
  • Keeping your feet elevated when possible
  • Avoiding prolonged stretches of standing or sitting

The experienced team also offers cosmetic vein treatments for varicose veins to get rid of them, including sclerotherapy and ablation. During sclerotherapy, the team injects a special chemical into your varicose vein that causes it to collapse and disappear over time. Cardiovascular Institute of America also offers foam sclerotherapy for the treatment of larger varicose veins. 

The team also offers endovenous ablation of varicose veins. During this procedure, your veins are cauterized (burned) using radiofrequency or laser energy, which causes the vein to collapse. The team may suggest ablation treatment for larger varicose veins.

To schedule an evaluation with the experienced team, contact Cardiovascular Institute of America by phone or request an appointment online today.