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Heart & Vascular Services

Venous Ulcer Center

At Metro Heart & Vascular, our physicians specialize in the advanced treatment of patients with varicose veins, blocked veins and nonhealing ulcers. Our specialists are leaders in the treatment of venous disease and ulcer care and continue to push breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment in the care of these patients.

Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can appear gnarled or bulging. Any vein can become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. This is due to the increased pressure caused by standing and walking or from poor circulation caused by damaged valves in the blood vessels which take blood back to the heart. Varicose veins are dark purple or blue in color and typically don’t cause pain. However, painful symptoms have been known to occur such as achy feelings in the legs, burning or throbbing in the muscles, itching around the veins themselves and ultimately skin ulcers. If you are experiencing any of these issues with varicose veins, it can be an indicator of a more serious health problem that requires medical attention.

Most patients believe that the elimination of varicose veins is a cosmetic issue. but our team knows that the presence of varicose veins is often an indicator of venous disease and more serious circulation problems. They meet with each patient and develop a customized treatment plan, as well as provide ongoing education and support.

Our expert staff takes a collaborative, team approach to care, coordinating the appropriate specialties for each patient, from wound care to interventional specialists to vascular surgeons. For patients with advanced disease, we also coordinate care through StAMP, our nationally-renown Amputation Prevention Program, and the Metro Health Wound Healing Center. To view some of our patients’ stories, click here.

The specialists at Metro Heart & Vascular offer a full array of heart and vascular services. For more information or to schedule an appointment at any one of our six locations in the West Michigan area, call (616) 252-5950. 

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