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What causes varicose veins? Santa Monica Vein Center; Raffy Karamanoukian

What causes varicose veins?


One of the most common reasons to develop painful varicose veins is a condition known as valvular damage.  In this condition, the direction of blood flow in the vein is disrupted and the circulation is less efficient.  This condition makes it harder for the circulatory system to direct blood in and out of your legs and thighs.  The overall insufficiency of the venous circulation can cause dilation and bulging of varicose veins and lead to a condition known as venous reflux.  During your consultation, a Doppler ultrasound probe is used to painlessly examine the direction of flow and the size of your deeper varicose veins.  Ultrasound is quick and noninvasive and can provide important answers for the future management of varicose veins.


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Most ultrasound examinations for venous reflux take about 20 to 30 minutes and can help Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian at the Santa Monica Vein Center manage your vein problems. The cost of the ultrasound examination is usually covered by medical insurance. 


If you have symptomatic varicose veins, schedule a consultation at the Santa Monica Vein Center with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian and take the first step to help your legs.  Call our office at 310-998-5535.

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