Restless legs syndrome affects up to 15% of Americans today. This uncomfortable condition doesn’t only cause uncontrollable leg movements — research shows that years of restless legs syndrome (RLS) may hurt your heart, too. At Vein & Cardiovascular Center: Ashish Pal, MD, in Orlando, Sebring, and Davenport, Florida, you’ll find effective minimally invasive RLS solutions like Venefit™ radiofrequency ablation and VenaSeal™ medical adhesive. Ashish Pal, MD, FACC, is a widely known expert who’s ready to treat the veins causing your RLS, so call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Restless legs syndrome means you have uncomfortable feelings in your legs, along with an overpowering urge to move them. Usually, RLS symptoms strike late in the day or at night, typically while you’re seated or lying down.
Over 80% of restless legs syndrome sufferers also have a problem called periodic limb movement of sleep (PLMS). With this condition, your legs make involuntary jerking movements as often as several times a minute.
Restless legs syndrome often makes it hard to fall asleep and may cause frequent sleep interruptions. Many RLS sufferers don’t get enough sleep, so they struggle to feel properly rested.
Having RLS also doubles your odds of having a stroke or heart disease. Recent research shows that RLS sufferers have an increased risk of cardiovascular death as well.
For these reasons, it’s vitally important to treat your RLS symptoms while also minimizing your risk for cardiovascular disease.
Chronic venous insufficiency, which means your leg vein valves don’t function correctly, may cause more than 70% of restless legs syndrome cases. Among other possible causes are genetics, neuropathy, and iron deficiency.
Because the majority of RLS cases relate directly to vein function, it’s important to get treatment from a trusted vein specialist like Dr. Pal when you need help.
Dr. Pal personalizes your restless legs syndrome treatment after discussing your symptoms and performing an exam. Two of the most effective treatments for RLS are:
VenaSeal treats the chronic venous insufficiency at the root of your RLS symptoms. In this treatment, Dr. Pal uses surgical grade medical adhesive to seal diseased veins, triggering their shrinkage.
In Venefit endovenous therapy, Dr. Pal uses a special catheter in the diseased vein to deliver measured radiofrequency energy (ablation). Ablation causes collagen fibers in your vein walls to thicken and shorten, leading to vein shrinkage. Dr. Pal slowly withdraws the catheter, sealing the vein shut as it moves.
After VeneSeal or Venefit therapy, your blood redirects into other healthy veins. This relieves blood pooling, varicose veins, and RLS symptoms.
Learn more about treatments for restless legs syndrome by calling Vein & Cardiovascular Center: Ashish Pal, MD, or using the online scheduler.