Not a Halloween Trick: Spider Veins Can Signal Serious Vein Issue

Dr. Jeffrey Alpern, Founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona, continues the discussion about spider veins and the treatment for them on Tuesday, October 22 on Arizona Midday, 12 News KPNX. Join in!


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 the veins 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, vein specialist 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.

“Spider veins are frequently found on the legs and feet but can also occur on the face and upper body,” Dr. Alpern explains. “Most patients who seek spider vein treatment are bothered by their unsightly appearance, but they should be cautious and have a vein specialist make sure there are no underlying venous issues.”

“With proper diagnosis spider veins are not a serious health issue,” adds 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.”

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.

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, spider veins, leg 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, or call 623-428-0068. Vein Specialists of Arizona also services local community needs
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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 founder of Vein Specialists of Arizona located in Phoenix’s 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.