One of the most common, chronic health conditions in North America involves vein problems. In fact, more people lose time off from work due to vein disorders than from artery disease. By age 50, as many as 50% of women and 20% of men suffer significant leg vein problems.
An estimated more than 80 million Americans currently suffer from some form of venous disease that can affect the flow of blood in the body, causing conditions with varying degrees of severity. Collectively called Chronic Venous Disorders, symptoms often include swelling (edema), heaviness in the legs, pain or cramps in the calves, skin discolorations, skin problems (dermatitis), dry or weeping eczema, visible varicose or “spider” veins and venous leg ulcers, which are the most serious.
Your arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body and the veins send the blood to the heart through tiny valves that prevent the blood from flowing backward. When the valves don’t work properly, a condition known as venous insufficiency occurs, which can cause the blood to pool in the veins of the leg. Most often, this condition is attributed to blood clots and varicose veins, which impair blood circulation.
Any feeling of leg discomfort can be a sign of an underlying problem involving the veins and should be checked out by a phlebologist; left untreated, these conditions can escalate and become more serious.
Meet Dr. Karel Douglas Vaughan
Karel Douglas Vaughan, MD, has been serving the Conejo Valley community for over 20 years. Dr. Vaughan opened the doors of Suite 123 at the Westlake Westshore Medical Plaza in 1992. He specializes in Integrative Medicine, Phlebology and Physical Medicine; his services include therapeutic Botox, vulvar varicosities, and spider and varicose vein treatment, but are not limited, as Dr. Vaughan practices integrative medicine.
The field of integrative health and medicine reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient and focuses on the whole person. Integrative medicine is informed by evidence and makes use of appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and professions to achieve optimal health and healing. Simply put, integrative health and medicine offer the best practices for optimal health and healing. Dr. Vaughan measures the success of his treatments by the health and happiness of his myriad of patients, treating each of them with the same level of care and attention to detail.
Depending on the severity of the vein disorder, Dr. Vaughan’s treatments range from use of compression stockings and medications to ultrasound and surgery. Regardless of the condition, Dr. Vaughan employs state-of-the-art, therapeutic techniques that produce rapid results for his patients. Even those with acute or advanced conditions are often amazed at how quickly they see improvement.
Dr. Vaughan stresses the need for proper nutrition, exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, lifestyle and regular follow-up care. Even those with a family history of venous insufficiency can mitigate their chances of developing the condition by taking preventive measures. His holistic approach to medicine has always been on the cutting edge. Dr. Vaughan employs the most advanced methods of testing and treatment available. His commitment to remaining in the forefront of his field is fueled by his passion for medicine and his insatiable appetite for learning.
Contact Dr. Vaughan at 805.495.8305 to schedule your appointment and begin your journey to optimal health and wellness today!