If you have venous disease, you need reliable care and treatment
that’s convenient. At the Wake Forest Heart & Vascular Center, our
specialists provide comprehensive, accessible, outpatient care.
What is Venous Disease?
Venous disease includes a number of conditions caused by diseased
veins. In your body, veins keep blood flowing to your heart. When they are weak
or damaged, blood can flow the wrong way, creating pressure in your veins. When
that pressure builds, your veins may become swollen or stretched, slowing blood
- Types of venous disease include:
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Spider veins: thin, blue flared veins
- Varicose veins: wide, twisted veins that
bulge on the surface
- Venous malformations
Symptoms of Venous Disease
Common symptoms of venous disease include:
- Widened (dilated) veins: either spider or
- Swelling in the lower legs and ankles
- Skin changes including redness, itching,
dryness, oozing fluid, scaling, open sores from scratching and crusting or
- Venous ulcer: open, non-healing sores on the
shins and ankles
Diagnosing Venous Disease
Your physician will begin with a physical exam. Our diagnostic
tools and techniques provide high-quality imaging to help physicians quickly
diagnose venous disease. Your physician may recommend any of the following
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Treating Venous Disease at Wake Forest Baptist
We offer a number of treatment options for all types of venous
- Compression therapy: We provide compression socks,
available with a prescription. These socks relieve the symptoms of venous
disease and may even slow its progression.
- Wound care: We offer comprehensive wound
care services through our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.
- Venous ablation: This minimally invasive
procedure eliminates abnormal veins using a laser. This procedure requires only
local anesthesia. Your physician inserts a catheter into the affected vein. The
catheter delivers laser that causes the targeted vein to collapse. Patients are
able to return to normal activity shortly afterward.
- PFO closure: We perform this cardiac
catheterization procedure to close an opening (known as a patent foramen ovale) between the
atria, the upper chambers of the heart. Learn more about our structural heart disease
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