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Difference Between the Vein and Vascular Symptoms 

Vein and Vascular Treatment at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute 

Veins and arteries are two separate entities. Many people confuse the two, leading to questions about diagnosis and treatment. At Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, we want to help you understand the differences between vein and vascular symptoms and conditions. It’s critical to your vein and vascular health to understand the differences and receive the proper treatment. Contact us today to learn more.  

Artery and Vein Differences 

Vascular and venous conditions’ main difference is in which part of the body is affected. Vascular mainly involves the heart, while venous involves the veins. Arteries and veins provide different functions for the body. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. Veins are blood vessels that carry blood that is low in oxygen from the body to the heart for reoxygenation.  

Common Types of Vein Conditions & Symptoms 

The types and symptoms of common vein conditions include: 

  • Venous Insufficiency – Venous insufficiency is defined as any vein disorder caused by inefficient blood delivery. The most common symptoms include swelling in the legs, pain in the legs, leg cramps, weak legs, aching legs, varicose veins, and itchy legs.  
  • Varicose Veins – Varicose veins are bulging veins under the skin caused by pools of blood that cannot flow through the veins. Varicose veins are usually blue or green with a twisted design. They sometimes can cause legs extreme pain.  
  • Lymphedema – Lymphedema is most often caused by damaged lymph nodes that cannot properly drain, causing a backup of fluid. The most significant symptoms include swollen limbs, pain, a heavy feeling in your extremities.  
  • Venous Ulcer – A venous ulcer is formed from abnormal vein function. Swollen and irritated skin often turns into an open wound that will not heal.  
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is caused by a blood clot deep in your vein. Symptoms of DVT include leg swelling, cramping, a change in your skin color, and sudden pain in your foot or ankle.  

Common Types of Vascular Conditions & Symptoms 

The types and symptoms of common vascular conditions include: 

  • Carotid Artery Disease (CAD) – CAD occurs when the carotid artery is blocked with fat, plaque, and cholesterol. It can sometimes break off, causing strokes. Some of the most common symptoms include weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, and pain in your arm or shoulder. 
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) – PVD is a circulatory condition when narrow blood vessels block adequate flow to the body. The main symptoms of PVD include weakness, hair loss, and pain in the lower parts of your body. 
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) – PAD is a circulatory problem involving blood flow to the extremities. The most common PAD symptoms include swelling, numbness, ulcers, cramps, and pain in the legs.  

Treatments for Vein Conditions 

Once we determine if you have a vein or vascular condition, we provide a customized treatment option for your specific needs. Vein treatment options include:  

  • EVLT Treatment – Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) is a minimally-invasive procedure to treat varicose veins. We use laser energy to close off affected veins to allow blood to flow freely through other healthy veins. 
  • Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution primarily made of saline into affected areas of spider veins and varicose veins. This solution works to help the blocked area of a blood clot, allowing the vessel to naturally turn into scar tissue and help the bulging vessel disappear.  
  • Phlebectomy – If affected varicose veins are a good candidate for our vein stripping procedure, a phlebectomy is often an excellent choice. We perform a minimally invasive phlebectomy procedure by making a series of tiny cuts along the surface of your leg to pull the affected vein out. 
  • Conservative Management – We prescribe medical-grade stockings to wear for three months to determine if they can improve symptoms before trying more in-depth treatments. 

Treatments for Vascular Conditions 

The most common vascular treatment options include:  

  • Atherectomy – Atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove plaque buildup from your artery walls and blood vessels. We use a sharp-tip catheter to remove the buildup to completely clean the arteries. 
  • Angioplasty – We perform an angioplasty to improve blood flow in narrow veins. This procedure is done with a balloon-tipped catheter inserted into the blocked artery and guided through the area.   
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement – A stent placement involves placing a small mesh tube in your artery to prevent collapse after an angioplasty.  

 Contact Arizona Vein and Laser Institute 

Arizona Vein and Laser Institute will find the best treatment to fit your vascular or vein condition. Our experienced surgeons are knowledgeable about the most innovative vein and vascular procedures. We offer complete examinations with highly effective treatments. If you’re experiencing vein or vascular conditions symptoms, contact one of our six locations today.