Varicose veins are the result of dysfunctional valves and affect the circulation of blood. Millions of people in the US are affected by vein disease. Some of the risk factors contributing to the development of varicose veins are: age, heredity, pregnancy, obesity, hormonal changes or professions that require standing for a long time. Whatever the reason may be if varicose veins are left untreated they can lead to serious complications.
- Do Listen to your body: Learn to listen to your body and look for signs such as painful varicose veins, leg pain or cramps, leg swelling, restless legs, itching or burning or skin discoloration on the legs.
- Do Look into family history: Find out if you have a family history of varicose veins. Approximately 70% people with varicose veins have parents with a similar condition.
- Do watch out for blood clots: signs of blood clots such as pulling sensation in the legs or pinching pain and swelling. If the clot travels further up the body the condition can be life threatening.
- Do seek medical attention: In the past varicose veins were treated using a painful procedure called “vein stripping” during which the diseased vein was removed from the body. Our vein and vascular specialists use an FDA approved, highly effective yet minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment called Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) during which laser energy is delivered into the diseased vein sealing it closed and healthy veins take over blood flow immediately.
- Don’t think varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem: A lot of people think varicose veins are a cosmetic problem. The reality is the swollen, protruding, twisted and unsightly veins are indicating a serious underlying condition that needs treatment.
- Don’t believe varicose veins will go away on their own: Varicose veins are caused by dysfunctional valves that don’t simply repair themselves on their own but need medical treatment.
- Don’t think varicose veins are always visible: Sometimes varicose veins are located in deep veins and are not visible as bulging veins. If you are still experiencing the symptoms of vein disease don’t avoid them and look into getting a diagnosis.
- Don’t delay treatment: Varicose veins are the signs of vein disease and if left untreated can lead to serious complications. Don’t delay your treatment as timely detection and treatment can save you from other even more serious complications.
Now that you have a do’s and don’ts list for varicose veins it’s a good idea to observe if you are experiencing any symptoms of vein disease. Feel free to share this list with a loved one who you think could be suffering from varicose veins.
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