The Dangers Of Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins forms when veins that are close to the surface of the skin enlarges and create a prominent appearance. These veins may also twist, and become blue or purple, with a rope-like appearance. Many people think these unsightly veins are a cosmetic problem as they look unappealing. But these superficial veins present more serious underlying complications. Varicose veins are caused by dysfunctional valves in the diseased veins. There are many factors which lead to their development such as genetics, obesity, hormonal changes such a s pregnancy or menopause. According to the American Society of Vascular Surgery, at least 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins, with women at a higher risk of developing this condition. Varicose veins are most common in the lower legs as pressure from gravity makes the blood harder to pump up the leg. People with untreated varicose veins can also develop damage to the skin in the lower legs. Over time this skin damage can lead to the development of venous ulcers- a non-healing sore that can’t heal on its own and requires medical treatment. Some of the classic symptoms of varicose veins are leg pain and cramps, heaviness and swelling, itching and burning, restless legs  and in some cases non-healing wounds. If left untreated, these diseased veins may lead to a much bigger problem. Phelibitis- inflammation of the diseased vein which may allow pooled blood inside the vein to form and form a clot  leading to a very painful condition presenting as a hard, tender lump on the leg.  If this clot extends from the superficial vein the deep vein system, a more serious condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). In some cases the clot can also travel to other parts of the body, where it may reach the lungs leading to a life threatening condition called pulmonary embolus, which requires urgent medical attention.  At USA Vein Clinics we treat varicose veins with a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment called Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) performed as a 15 minutes, outpatient procedure. After the treatment the unsightly veins disappear and the symptoms of varicose veins improve.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of varicose veins and want to avoid serious complication in the future call (888)-628-9389 All treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare and most other insurance plan.

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