Vein Glossary

Below is a glossary of terms related to all aspects of venous disease

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Ablation
A generic term that refers to the closing of the greater saphenous vein (GSV), small saphenous vein (SSV), or anterior accessory saphenous vein using heat from a laser or radio frequency catheter.
  -- Endovenous Thermal Ablation of Superficial Venous Insufficiency of the Lower Extremity: Single-Center Experience with 3000 Limbs Treated in a 7-Year Period


Air Plethysmography
Tool that measures the ability of your muscle pump which means the ability of your calf muscles to pump blood out of your veins.


Ambulatory Venous Pressure
The venous pressure measured in the standing position after exercise. The higher the pressure the more significant the problem.
  -- The relation of venous ulceration with ambulatory venous pressure measurements


Aneurysm of the Vein
The definition is a ballooning of the vein at greater than 1.5x the diameter of the adjacent veins. Aneurysms can be benign and cause no problems or they can be the source of a clot that can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolus). The treatment depends on the location and the nearby anatomy.
  -- Aneurysms of the superficial venous system: classification and treatment


Angiogenesis
A network of new veins.
  -- Determination of Incidence and Risk Factors for Postsclerotherapy Telangiectatic Matting of the Lower Extremity: A Retrospective Analysis


Angiomata
A collection of blood vessels.


Anterior Accessory Branch Greater Saphenous Vein (AAGSV)
One of the large superficial branches on the anterior thigh associated with the development of varicose veins in about 10% of patients.
  -- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) of the Anterior Accessory Great Saphenous Vein (AAGSV): Abolition of Sapheno-Femoral Reflux with Preservation of the Great Saphenous Vein
  -- Aneurysms of the superficial venous system: classification and treatment


Anticoagulation
Anticoagulation refers to thinning of the blood and is used to prevent and treat clots. Some medications that do this include Coumadin (Warfarin), Low Molecular Weight Heparin, Xarelto, and others.
  -- Long-Term, Low-Intensity Warfarin Therapy for the Prevention of Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism
  -- Clot Connect