There are two ways a stroke can happen – ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel blockage prohibits blood from getting into the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel bursts or leaks in the brain. Most strokes (85%) are ischemic. Dr. Tif Siragusa, vein expert in Nashville, explains the important link between vein disease and stroke, something many people are unaware of.
What do Nashville area residents need to know about vein disease and stroke?
Among varicose veins, aching, and swelling, developing blood clots is a common side effect of vein disease. Clots can form when the valves inside the veins fail, which allows blood to pool inside the affected leg veins. These clots typically grow on the inner vein wall, hindering blood flow or cutting off circulation in the legs and ankles. If these blood clots detach from the vein wall, they can travel up the vein and into your major organs, such as – you guessed it – your brain, resulting in a stroke.
Frighteningly, most people are unaware that they have a blood clot in their veins, because the symptoms are rarely recognizable if symptoms occur at all. Some risk factors for developing blood clots include being overweight or obese, smoking, having high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol, as well as living a sedentary lifestyle.
Blood clots demand prompt medical attention, meaning the sooner you’re treated, the likelier your outcome will be good. Luckily, Nashville vein treatment is an outpatient procedure that carries little discomfort and downtime. If you have varicose veins in Nashville or think you’re at risk for blood clots or stroke, please call us at 615-777-0744 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Siragusa.