A Houston Vein Doctor Asks, “Which Is More Dangerous – Vein Disease or Arterial Disease?”

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This is an interesting question, because both vein disease and arterial disease fall under the same “umbrella” of vascular disease, which is any condition that impairs your circulatory system. Arteries pump oxygenated blood and nutrients from the heart and lungs to other areas of the body, and veins pump the blood back, and both aspects of circulation are equally important. You need both healthy veins and healthy arteries to have a healthy circulatory system, so any form of vascular disease is dangerous, whether it attacks the veins or the arteries.

That said, some forms of vascular disease are more dangerous than others

If we were to attempt to assess the relative dangers of vein disease and arterial disease by counting the total number of deaths caused by them, clearly the “winner” is arterial disease. Two of the most common causes of death worldwide are atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). When critical arteries become blocked by either of these diseases, the result can be stroke, kidney failure, heart attack, and circulatory failure. Another type of arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), causes the arteries in the abdomen to become enlarged and if they rupture, there is an 85% likelihood of death. A fourth arterial disease carotid artery stenosis (CAS) can cause a type of “mini-stroke” that can lead to a full stroke later.

To balance this, varicose vein doctors in Houston can assure you that there is a form of vein disease called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that causes blood clots to grow in the deep veins of your legs. If these clots travel to your lungs they can cause a pulmonary embolism, and if they travel to the brain, they can cause a stroke. Over 300,000 people a year die from these complications of DVT, so that’s pretty dangerous, too.

So how do you know whether you suffer from vascular disease?

See a specialist. You can’t just assume that you don’t have it because you don’t notice any bad symptoms, because many of these vascular diseases don’t have symptoms that a layman could detect. But the experts in your local vein clinic in Houston can perform some simple, painless, and non-invasive tests that can tell whether you have vascular disease, and in only about an hour. If they detect the presence of either vein disease or arterial disease, they can tell you how to best treat it. And if they don’t detect any signs of disease yet but their tests indicate that you are at higher-than-normal risk, they can help you prevent it. So be proactive about your vascular health – call our Houston vein doctor at 281-888-1464 today.

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