Are Varicose Veins a Real Health Risk?

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Close up of the back of someone's legs with visible varicose veins.

No one likes swollen, twisted or protruding varicose veins bulging on their legs. But there is another much more serious issue than beautiful legs and that is these diseased leg veins may be a sign of heart disease. Healthy veins carry blood back to the heart and lungs to be oxygenated but sometimes these valves become weak which causes irregular blood flow. Even though there isn’t a direct connection between varicose veins and heart disease, these diseased veins still indicate an issue with blood circulation and are a real risk to your health and wellbeing.
Some of the most common symptoms of varicose veins are:

  • Painful varicose veins
  • Leg pain or cramps
  • Leg heaviness or swelling
  • Restless legs
  • Itching or burning on the legs
  • Skin discoloration

If the symptoms of varicose veins are left untreated they can lead to even more serious complications. Varicose veins are one of the most common symptoms of venous insufficiency. A condition where the flow of blood through the veins is inadequate which may cause blood to pool in the legs. Blood pooling in the legs can lead to skin darkening and discoloration. In advance cases varicose veins may lead to venous leg ulcers causing the skin to break down and reveal flesh underneath. Venous leg ulcers can get larger overtime leading to increasing discomfort in the legs. Varicose veins can sometimes cause inflammation of the veins beneath the surface of the skin causing patients to experience tenderness of the vein, as well as ongoing pain or swelling of the legs.
One of the most serious conditions caused by varicose veins is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) which develops due to blood clot formation causing the patient to experience redness, pinching sensation and increased swelling in the legs, If the blood clots travel further up the body, the condition can be life threatening.
At USA Vein Clinics our vein and vascular specialists offer a minimally invasive and non-surgical vein treatment during which the diseased vein is sealed and healthy veins immediately take over the blood flow. This treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure and is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.
If you are suffering from symptoms of venous insufficiency don’t wait call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with our leading vein and vascular specialists.

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