Venous Disease: General Information
The body's circulatory system contains both arteries and veins. Arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the extremities. Veins, unlike arteries, contain valves that that push blood in one direction back to the heart. Healthy veins in the legs have valves that open and close to help the flow of blood return to the heart. Venous reflux occurs when these valves become insufficient and do not close completely allowing congestion of the blood. Veins become larger and more dilated and are then referred to as varicose veins. Twenty five million people suffer from some form of venous disease. More than 80 percent of people greater than 70 years old are affected by venous disease. Abnormalities in these vessels can cause pain in the legs as well as many other symptoms. Non-pitting edema (swelling) for examples is almost always vein disease. There is no need to continue to suffer with the current medical advancements and various treatment options, safe and effective spider and varicose veins can be treated.
Dr. Muhammad Salim is a highly experienced board certified Interventional Cardiologist and Phlebologist. He is also board certified in Internal Medicine, Endovascular Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and phlebology. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Salim dedicates his venous disease practice and clinic to those with symptomatic venous disease and not cosmetic procedures. Dr. Salim currently performs three procedures for vein disease: stab phlebectomy, schlerotherapy, and radiofrequency ablation.