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Venous Disease

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 flow. 

  • 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 varicose veins 
  • Swelling in the lower legs and ankles 
  • Skin changes including redness, itching, dryness, oozing fluid, scaling, open sores from scratching and crusting or scabbing 
  • 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 tests: 

Learn more about heart and vascular diagnosis at Wake Forest. 

Treating Venous Disease at Wake Forest Baptist in North Carolina 

We offer a number of treatment options for all types of venous disease: 

  • 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 treatments.

Contact Wake Forest Baptist Health 

Request an appointment online. Or, for more information, please call:

  • 336-716-WAKE or 
  • 888-716-WAKE (toll-free)


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Last Updated: 08-24-2016
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