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What to Expect From Your Vein Checkup

medical-563427_1280A visit to a vein clinic in Orlando is the smartest decision you can make when you are concerned about your vein health. There is absolutely no reason to be anxious about your visit for your vein health checkup. The staff at Florida Vein Care and Cosmetic Center is here to guide you through the process.

You will be asked to submit a family medical history regarding vein health. Dr. Bragg and his staff will need to know if there is a family history of varicose veins, blood clots, etc. Have you ever suffered a serious leg injury? Discuss any symptoms you are experiencing or have recently experienced, such as a heavy feeling in your legs, cramps, swelling, and fatigue, or skin discoloration. Remember to note when these symptoms first began. Share any home remedy you have tried and for how long, and whether or not you felt relief of your symptoms.

The doctor will then examine the affected areas to check for varicose veins.  It is important to keep in mind that varicosity can also occur in the arms, or on your face/neck areas in addition to your feet and legs. If varicose veins in the legs are suspected, the doctor will check your pulse in your feet and legs in several places to study blood flow (or similarly on your arms, wrist and hands.) You may be asked to stand, sit and move into other positions to assist in this analysis. The doctor will also check your legs for swelling, ulcerations, painful areas, and skin discoloration.

Typically, a doppler ultrasound is ordered to further assist in studying the circulation in your veins and arteries.  A doppler ultrasound is a specialized ultrasound that utilizes very high frequency sound waves which bounce off red blood cells to create pictures of blood circulating through your blood vessels. The technician will gently squeeze key areas along your leg, ankle and foot to be able to track the changes in your circulation. This tool is very useful in determining the presence of blood clots and reflux near the valves in your veins. This is a non-invasive procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. If more serious deep vein issues might be a consideration, there are other tests that may be ordered.

Dr. Bragg and his outstanding vein clinic in Orlando staff at Florida Vein Care and Cosmetic Center are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins. Contact us at (407) 805-8989 today for an appointment. Don’t put it off any longer. Your legs are too important.

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