Vein Treatment Specialist

Prime Heart and Vascular

Rishin Shah, MD

Cardiovascular Physician located in Allen, TX, Frisco, TX & Plano, TX

Veins can be a cosmetic and a functional concern. At Prime Heart and Vascular, Dr. Rishin Shah has years of experience dealing with the many complications related to these snaking tubes that are an essential part of your cardiovascular framework. To learn about vein treatments, call the Allen, Frisco, or Plano, Texas, location today or schedule here on the website to meet with a renowned cardiologist.

Vein Treatment Q & A

What causes visible veins?

Chronic venous insufficiency or venous obstruction cause vein problems.

Chronic venous insufficiency

Veins bring your blood back to your heart and contain valves that help to push the blood in the right direction against gravity and up towards your heart. When these valves are damaged, the blood can flow backward and increase the pressure in the legs, known as chronic venous insufficiency or venous reflux.

Chronic venous obstruction

A blockage in the veins is called a chronic venous obstruction. The blockage typically occurs when scar tissue in the vein causes damage to the valves and a backward flow of blood or a poor return of blood to the heart.

The pressure in the leg veins over time can lead to symptoms, including visible leg veins, restless legs, neuropathy, and leg and ankle swelling.

What are the risk factors for developing vein problems?

Risk factors for developing visible veins and vein problems include:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Childbirth
  • Tall height
  • Family history
  • Jobs that require sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Being female, due to levels of the female reproductive hormone progesterone

What are some of the treatments for veins?

Dr. Shah uses various testing and imaging techniques to assess your vein problem and determine the best treatment. He might recommend an MRI, an ultrasound, a physical examination, or a venography.

Once Dr. Shah has diagnosed your vein problem, he devises a personalized treatment plan that may include:

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes, such as elevating your leg, walking more frequently, and improving your diet can help your calf muscles to push the venous blood back up to your heart. You should avoid prolonged sitting and standing, and if you’re overweight, weight loss can also relieve pressure on your veins.

Compression stockings

Dr. Shah offers effective compression stockings for symptom relief.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a simple in-office procedure using a catheter to emit sound waves to close the vein with heat. Dr. Shah uses numbing medicine for your comfort and the treatment usually only takes around 45 minutes with no downtime.

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy involves the use of a small needle to inject a medicine to shut the vein.

Microphlebectomy

A microphlebectomy is used to remove larger veins with a small incision and a special medical hook.

Dr. Shah also provides vein treatments, such as venous stent, clot removal, and pelvic embolization. To learn more, call Prime Heart and Vascular or schedule an appointment online.