Surprisingly enough, not all vascular problems result in varicose veins or spider veins. Quite often, most vascular issues go unnoticed or undiagnosed because they don’t have any visible symptoms. Our doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Gosin does far more than safely and painlessly remove varicose and spider veins. As part of his education, experience and certification, he is also able to help patients with a wide range of vascular problems that go far beyond visible veins in the legs.
As a leader in minimally invasive vascular and vein treatments Dr. Gosin is able to treat and diagnose several vascular conditions that don’t necessarily affect veins. These include:
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is swollen part of the lower aorta. The aorta runs from your heart through the center of your chest and to the abdomen and is one of the body’s major blood vessels. And since it’s the body’s main supplier of blood, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. Treatments depend on the size and rate of growth of your aneurysm, but they vary from careful monitoring to vascular surgery.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral artery disease can occur when the arteries in your legs become blocked, causing your legs to receive insufficient blood and oxygen. Also known as leg artery disease, it can cause discomfort or pain in the buttocks, things, hips, knees and shins when walking. Factors such as smoking, having diabetes, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol and being overweight can increase your likelihood of developing PAD. After PAD is diagnosed (through a series of tests and exams conducted by a certified physician), it can often be treated through lifestyle changes like increased exercise and in some cases, medication. In some cases, a vascular specialist may need to perform procedures that may range from minimally invasive interventions to surgery.
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease refers to the narrowing of the carotid arteries, usually caused by a buildup of plaque. The carotid arteries carry oxygen and blood to the brain. As the arteries become more narrowed, it decreases blood flow to the brain and increases the risk of a stroke. Age, smoking habits, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and a family history of the disease are all factors that increase the risk of getting the disease. There may be no symptoms with the disease being discovered on a routine physical examination or a Doppler ultrasound test. At times, the first symptom might be a neurologic event such as a sroke. Once diagnosed, carotid artery disease may be treated via lifestyle changes , with medications, or at times surgery or stents. A vascular surgeon can determine the proper treatment in a given situation.
If you have any questions regarding vascular problems or varicose veins and would like to make an appointment for diagnosis, contact Shore Vascular & Vein Center. Dr. Gosin and his staff are Atlantic County, Cape May County, and Ocean County, NJ’s most knowledgeable and experienced vein and vascular care team. To get in touch, call (609) 927-VEIN (8346) or visit our Somers Point, NJ office.