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A Louisiana Vein Doctor On “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” of Vein Disease

Given the incredible advances that have taken place in recent years in the area of diagnosing and treating circulatory disorders, there is very little reason why vein disease should still be as prevalent as it is. Most diseases of the veins can now be definitively diagnosed in less than an hour, and if present, can be treated and eliminated in about via a Louisiana vein doctor the same amount of time. So WHY, we are forced to ask, does vein disease still affect over 26 million Americans per year, causing not only tremendous amounts of suffering, but hundreds of thousands of deaths?

The answer to this question is that most people have never been exposed to real facts about vein disease – only to the huge amounts of “too little real information” and “too much misinformation” that proliferate about vein disease via word of mouth and on the Internet. In an attempt to correct this situation, in this article we’re going to discuss vein disease in a somewhat light-hearted way, in terms of the title of a famous “Spaghetti Western” movie – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The facts we want to present really do fall into these categories, but because we’d like to save “the Good” for last, we’ll work through them in reverse.

What’s Ugly about vein disease?

This is an easy one, because the most visible signs of vein disease – varicose veins and the smaller spider veins – are unattractive. If you’re one of the millions of people who have these swollen and discolored veins covering their legs, face, and neck, you already know all about “the Ugly” of vein disease because you see it in your mirror every day. “The Ugly” is the thing that prompts you every day to reach for long pants and dark stockings instead of the clothing you truly want to wear.

But the true ugliness of varicose veins and spider veins is the disease that causes them, and what it’s doing to your health beneath the surface. These swollen veins are caused by a disease called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, a condition that – left untreated – can result in legs so tired, weak, and swollen that you can no longer walk. That’s pretty ugly.

What’s Bad about vein disease?

CVI doesn’t just cripple your circulatory system. This disease also attacks your immune system, increasing your susceptibility to inflammation and greatly increasing your risk of obesity, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. And because we’re talking about “the Bad” of vein disease, let’s not forget that as vein disease “villains” go, CVI is not the worst of the bunch. The real “Bad” of vein disease would be deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, a much more serious condition that causes blood clots to form in the large veins of your legs. These blood clots impair your circulation even if they remain in place, but when they become really Bad is when they travel through your veins to your lungs (where they can cause a pulmonary embolism) or to your brain (where they can cause a stroke). DVT is so bad that it results in over 300,000 deaths per year.

OK…please tell me what’s Good about vein disease…

The “Good” of vein disease is that it is no longer difficult to detect or treat. Advances like ultrasound make it possible for a Louisiana vein doctor vein to diagnose any problems in less than an hour using painless, non-invasive methods. If CVI, DVT, or any other vein diseases are found, they can be eliminated using equally painless, equally fast treatment methodologies that are so gentle they don’t require anesthesia and so safe they can be performed in your local vein clinic in New Orleans. The Good thing about vein disease – and what many patients who have sought vein treatment in Covington at La Bella Vita Vein and Laser Clinic would say is the Best Thing about vein disease – is that treating it these days is so safe and easy that you can have your varicose veins removed on your lunch hour. Yes – you can walk into a meeting with your Louisiana vein doctor with varicose veins, and walk out without them. No hospitals, no general anesthesia, and no lost days away from work spent “recovering” because there is nothing to recover from. Call us biased, but this all sounds pretty Good to us.

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