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Varicose Veins Specialist

Cardiac & Vascular Interventions of New Jersey

Interventional Vascular Specialists located in New Brunswick, NJ

Varicose veins aren't just an aesthetic issue — advanced vein disease can limit mobility and lead to painful leg ulcers. If you have problem veins, board-certified specialist Ramzan Zakir, MD, of Cardiac & Vascular Interventions of New Jersey, can help. At his practice in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Dr. Zakir uses advanced techniques, including sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation, to resolve varicose veins with minimal fuss. To arrange a consultation, call Cardiac & Vascular Interventions of New Jersey or use the online booking form today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins mainly affect your legs, where they initially appear as visible veins under the surface of your skin. As they worsen, varicose veins begin to bulge outward to resemble coiled ropes in shades of blue, purple, or red.

At first, varicose veins don't cause too much of a problem other than being unsightly. However, without treatment, the affected veins might cause symptoms such as:

  • Throbbing
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Tingling or burning sensations

Varicose veins can make your legs tired and achy and quite tender. Severe varicose veins could lead to the development of leg ulcers — serious nonhealing wounds prone to infection.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are a common symptom of chronic venous insufficiency, a condition affecting the valves in your veins. These valves are part of the system that pumps blood up to your heart and stops it from traveling back down your legs.

If the valves weaken or get damaged, the blood can collect in parts of the veins and cause them to become distended, which is when the veins become visible. Varicose veins are particularly common in the legs because gravity makes it harder for blood to travel back to your heart.

What are the risk factors for developing varicose veins?

Anyone can get varicose veins, but you're more likely to develop them as you get older. Risk factors that increase your chances of having varicose veins include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of exercise
  • Spending a long time standing or sitting
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Family history of varicose veins

Varicose veins are a common problem, but Dr. Zakir provides expert treatments to restore your circulation and help you avoid complications like leg ulcers.

What treatments are available for varicose veins?

There are several minimally invasive treatment methods for varicose veins, all of which are available as outpatient procedures at Cardiac & Vascular Interventions of New Jersey:

Endovenous laser therapy

Endovenous laser therapy also causes the vein to collapse but uses laser energy instead of a sclerosant.

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation collapses and seals your varicose veins using radio wave energy.

Each treatment results in blood finding a new route along healthy veins. The closed-off varicose veins gradually break down.  

If you're experiencing varicose vein symptoms, visit Cardiac & Vascular Interventions of New Jersey for fast and expert treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online today.