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Vein Disease and Hypertension

The connection between high blood pressure and vein disease is an important topic that affects millions of people worldwide. Let's examine how the two conditions relate to one another.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can have various detrimental health effects if left untreated. While hypertension primarily affects the arteries, chronic venous hypertension affects the veins.

Venous hypertension is a disorder that afflicts the veins in the lower extremities, notably the legs. Its hallmarks are raised venous blood pressure, which can lead to numerous conditions.

The following information concerns how venous hypertension impacts the veins' overall health.

Chronic Venous Hypertension: An Overview

When the blood vessel valves become damaged, they cannot return deoxygenated blood to the heart, causing blood to accumulate in the legs. Overall, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) causes high venous blood pressure. However, the condition is connected to the following conditions:

Further risk factors might involve injuries to the legs, a history of surgeries, or blood clots.

Indications of chronic venous hypertension are leg swelling, pain in the legs, changes in leg coloration, leg ulcers, or thickened skin on the legs.

The above symptoms might become more noticeable or intense after sitting for long stretches. 

How Venous Hypertension Impacts Vein Health

Varicose Veins: One of the most common complications of venous hypertension is the development of varicose veins. Varicose veins are distended, tangled veins near the skin's surface. They are often blue or purple and can be pretty painful. The increased pressure in the veins causes them to stretch and become visible.

Spider Veins: Spider veins are smaller, thin, red, or blue veins resembling a spider's web. They can be found closer to the skin's surface and are typically painless. While they may not cause significant medical problems, they can be a cosmetic concern.

Leg Discoloration: Discolored legs are another consequence of venous hypertension. Due to the blood retention in the veins, the skin in the affected area may become discolored, appearing dark or brownish. This discoloration is known as hyperpigmentation and is caused by the deterioration of red blood cells and the release of iron deposits into the tissues.

Deep Vein Thrombosis: In more severe cases, venous hypertension can lead to the formation of blood clots within the deeper veins of the legs, a concern known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These blood clots can be hazardous as they have the potential to break loose and migrate to other organs, causing life-threatening complications such as pulmonary embolism.

Edema: Leg swelling, medically called edema, is another common symptom of venous hypertension. The buildup of pressure in the veins can cause fluid to leak into the surrounding tissues, leading to swelling. This swelling can be uncomfortable and may affect mobility.

Leg Ulcers: These are open sores that occur when the blood flow to the skin is compromised due to the increased pressure in the veins. Leg ulcers are often difficult to heal and can cause pain, discomfort, and increased risk of infection.

Texas Endovascular: Providing Exceptional Treatment for Vascular Conditions

At Texas Endovascular, we believe everyone has the right to live their life to the fullest without the constraints imposed by vein diseases and disorders. We are proud to be a valuable resource for patients struggling with chronic venous insufficiency, offering advanced interventions that can significantly improve their health, mobility, and overall quality of life.

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