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Varicose veins are a common problem for women, but may also occur in some men. During the initial consultation, the vein specialist will carefully examine and diagnose the varicose vein problem. They will evaluate the patient’s medical and family history to determine the underlying cause of the occurrence of the diseased veins.

Varicose veins typically appear swollen and raised, and have a blue, purple, or red color. They can sometimes be painful. During the initial consultation, the vein specialist will perform a detailed diagnosis to determine the exact nature and extent of varicose vein problem. Based on the diagnosis, they will recommend the most appropriate treatment.

Aortic aneurysms often occur in the part of the aorta that is in the abdomen. That is why they are called the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm or AAA. During the initial consultation, the vascular specialist will explain the potential causes and discuss the suitable treatment options with the patient.

Aortic dissection occurs when the blood enters the arterial wall between the inner and middle layers of the aorta. This condition may occur when the inner layer of the aorta tears, allowing blood to flow from the main area of the artery into the wall. This risk is that the aortic dissection could channel blood out of the aorta, causing arterial rupture.

Aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) refers to the blockage of the aorta or the iliac arteries. The aorta divides into branches called around the level of the navel to supply blood to the legs and the pelvic organs. This blockage typically occurs due to a buildup of plaque within the walls of the blood vessels.

The treatment of varicose veins goes back to at least 400 B.C., the time of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. The pain, discomfort, and unsightly appearance have all been factors in pursuing treatment of the vascular disease which commonly occurs near the surface of the skin in legs.

When looking back at medical history, it becomes clear that we are living in the Golden Age of varicose vein treatment. Only in very recent years have the primary treatment methods evolved from major invasive surgery to what is classified as minimally invasive. This is a significant advantage for the health, safety, and recovery of vascular patients.