Varicose Veins? Elite Athletes Get Them Too!

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An Olympic swimmer, who has varicose veins, with medals and the American flag--in a pool.

When you think of the Olympics the first thought that comes across your mind is elite athletes and physically strenuous competitions. It is hard for the mind to accept an athlete can ever suffer from varicose veins: a vein disease that affects up to 35% people in the United States. Society of Vascular Surgery
Believe it or not, even the world’s best athlete can get varicose veins and experience the painful symptoms and challenges varicose veins present. Summer Sanders, a gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer, sports commentator, reporter, TV show host and actress shared her story as the spokesperson of a campaign called “Rethink Varicose Veins” which aims to educate the public about this common, yet serious condition and to dispel some misconceptions.
“Like many moms, my lifestyle requires me to be on my feet constantly. I noticed my legs were heavy and achy after a long day, but I assumed these symptoms were just something I had to deal with.” Says Summer. “My doctor and I decided the best path for me was a minimally invasive treatment. The procedure was quick and I was back to my regular activities within a short period of time. Now my legs feel great.”
View Summer’s interview here.
“ My own mother suffered from varicose veins most of her life,” says Summer. “She was often on her feet due to her work as a flight attendant and would find herself in pain during long trips. She began to notice her varicose veins when she was pregnant with me and always joked that varicose veins are hereditary; according to my mom, you get them from your kids! It soon hit me that, even though I was active , I was starting to get my mother’s legs.”
“Now my legs feel awesome again. Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue; you don’t have to live with them anymore.”
If you are experiencing painful varicose veins, leg pain or cramps, swelling and heaviness in the legs, restless legs, itchiness or burning in the legs don’t wait! If these symptoms are left untreated they can lead to serious complications.
At USA Vein Clinics we offer a highly effective, FDA approved, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments for varicose veins-Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) performed as an outpatient procedure. This treatment is virtually painless, quick and patients can resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with our vein specialists. Treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.

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