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Varicose Veins

Heart Vascular and Leg Center -  - Vascular Specialist

Heart Vascular and Leg Center

Vascular Specialists & Cardiologists located in Bakersfield, CA

Varicose veins can cause discomfort, embarrassment, or serious medical problems if they’re left untreated. At Heart Vascular and Leg Center in Bakersfield, California, board-certified cardiologist Vinod Kumar MD, FACC, and his team offer a wide array of varicose vein solutions to provide symptom relief and prevent complications. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online to get started today.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

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Varicose veins are visible, enlarged, twisted veins that commonly occur in the legs. They affect about 11 million men and 22 million women between ages 40 and 80. Bulging varicose veins are more than just a bothersome cosmetic inconvenience. If left untreated, they can lead to serious consequences. 

Varicose veins have lost their ability to function properly or push used blood back to the heart for oxygen replenishment. “Bad” blood can pool in your legs and lead to debilitating pain, non-healing wounds, and even amputation, in some cases. The Heart Vascular and Leg Center team offers numerous varicose vein treatment options.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Signs and symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Visible dark purple or blue veins
  • Bulging or twisted veins
  • Cord-like veins
  • A heavy feeling in your legs
  • Throbbing, burning, or swelling
  • Muscle cramping
  • Leg pain after standing or sitting
  • Itchy veins
  • Skin discoloration 

Spider veins, which are smaller versions of varicose veins, look like a spider’s web and appear on your legs or face. Potential complications associated with varicose veins include painful ulcers and blood clots.

What are the risk factors for varicose veins?

Anyone can develop varicose veins, but certain factors increase your risk. Examples include personal or family history of varicose veins, being overweight, lack of exercise, older age, being a woman, pregnancy, and standing or sitting for an extended time.

What are my varicose vein treatment options?

At Heart Vascular and Leg Center, expert providers offer consultations, diagnostics, and intervention all at the same facility. They use cutting-edge technology that requires no surgery, cutting, pain, or hospital stays. 

You can undergo varicose vein removal during your lunch break and drive yourself back to work. Varicose vein treatment options include:

Lifestyle changes

Making simple lifestyle changes can reduce varicose veins or prevent them from forming. Examples include getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and not standing or sitting for an extended time.

Compression stockings

Compression stockings squeeze your legs to help veins move blood more efficiently and diminish the severity of varicose veins.


During sclerotherapy, your doctor injects varicose veins with a unique solution that causes scarring and closes off the veins. Blood then reroutes to healthier veins, and treated veins fade away over several weeks.

Laser treatment

Laser treatment uses cutting-edge laser technology to close off varicose veins without surgery or downtime. Blood reroutes to healthier nearby veins.

Radiofrequency treatment

Venefit™ is a revolutionary procedure in which your provider uses radiofrequency energy to destroy veins, causing them to fade away over time.


During VenaSeal procedures, your provider uses a catheter and medical adhesive to seal varicose veins closed without surgery.

Don’t live with embarrassing or debilitating varicose veins when noninvasive treatments are within reach. Schedule a consultation with Heart Vascular and Leg Center by phone or book online today.