Spider Veins Can Be a Sign of a More Serious Problem

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, Founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona, says the importance of a correct diagnosis is the beginning to the solution.


What are Spider Veins and some of the causes for them? Bright red to blue spider veins commonly develop close to the skin’s surface from abnormal venous blood flow causing them to stretch and become enlarged. Also called thread veins, spider veins are a common, mild and often insignificant variation of varicose veins. They are frequently found on the legs and feet but can also occur on the face and upper body. Most patients who seek spider vein treatment are bothered by their unsightly appearance.

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O. a cardiovascular surgeon and founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona, says that spider veins on the legs may also be a sign of more serious venous disease.

“When spider veins appear on the legs, it could be a warning of more serious venous issues,” Dr. Alpern says. “Particularly when the spider veins are associated with symptoms such as aching burning pain, a feeling of tired legs that increases after long periods of standing or activity, restless legs, itchy skin, or swelling of the leg.”

Dr. Alpern says the development of spider veins is influenced by family history, trauma, hormonal influences, pregnancy, sedentary behavior and advancing age.

Small spider veins and varicose veins without any other symptoms are most likely an aesthetic condition only. When other signs of venous disease are present, cosmetic spider vein treatment alone is not likely to be the best solution. Signs and symptoms of venous disease that should be evaluated by a vein doctor who specializes in medical vein treatment include leg cramps, lower leg pain, restless legs and difficulty standing.

With proper diagnosis spider veins are not a serious health issue, says Dr. Alpern. “When the problem causing these veins is not addressed however, it is just a matter of time before new veins appear along with debilitating symptoms that interfere with walking, standing, sleeping and activities that you enjoy.”

If you have spider veins, before you head to the nearest vein clinic, understanding the cause of your veins will help you to make an informed decision about where to go for treatment. It could possibly prevent you from developing more spider veins in other parts of your legs and experiencing a progression of undesirable symptoms.

To determine if you have more serious issues with your spider veins, start with a full leg vein exam available at Vein Specialists of Arizona. http://VeinsAZ.com

Jeffrey Alpern DO and Vein Specialists of ArizonaABOUT VEIN SPECIALISTS OF ARIZONA
Vein Specialists of Arizona (VSA) is a state-of-the-art vein center that defines a new standard in care for the diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins, legs ulcers and chronic venous insufficiency. From vein treatments that correct existing underlying pathology to procedures that erase spider veins before the patient’s eyes, we think you will find VSA to be your best choice for venous issues. Your compassionate, effective, safe, affordable and convenient vein treatment at VSA begins with an ultrasound screening exam. Please visit website, http://VeinsAZ.com or call 623-428-0068. http://VeinsAZ.com

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern is a Cardiovascular Surgeon who was the first D.O. to perform a heart and heart/lung transplant in the world. Among his other impressive qualifications, Dr. Alpern trained at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic and was Surgical Director of Heart and Lung Transplantation at both Temple University and Hahnemann University Hospitals in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He currently is Director and founding member of Desert Cardiovascular Surgeons in Phoenix, and of Vein Specialists of Arizona recently located in the West Valley. Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, D.O is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide to use fast, virtually painless, safe and effective laser ablation and radiofrequency (RF) techniques for the treatment of existing varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulcers.