USA Vein Clinics is offering free varicose vein screenings to the general public in all of its offices nationwide from January 19 through January 24. Interested patients may call 888-768-3467 to schedule a free appointment. Varicose veins affect more than 30 million Americans and can be a painful and life-threatening condition if not treated. The general public is often unaware that treatment of varicose veins is frequently covered by insurance carriers. Many patients have varicose veins without even knowing it.

During a painless screening that lasts about an hour, a technician performs an ultrasound of the leg to determine if and where a patient has varicose veins. Varicose vein symptoms include dull aches, pain, soreness, itching, burning, heaviness, swelling, tingling, numbness, restlessness, dry scaly skin, ulcers, tired legs, redness, skin discoloration, thickening and hardening of the skin, and pain while standing.

The immediate benefit of vein treatment is the elimination of painful symptoms; the long term benefit is the prevention of other more serious medical conditions, including blood clots in the legs and ankles. If untreated, a blood clot can move to other vital organs, including the lungs, creating a life- threatening pulmonary embolism; or the heart, which can cause a heart attack. It is best to treat varicose veins early to prevent these more serious conditions.

More than 30 million Americans live with varicose veins, often unaware of the complications that can result and do not know that many insurance carriers cover the cost of treatment. 25% of all women, 15% of all men, and 40% of all people over 40 are affected by varicose veins. Though anyone can develop them, varicose veins are most common in women, the elderly, the obese, those with a family history of varicose veins, and individuals who spend extended periods of time on their feet.

USA Vein Clinics offers a variety of minimally-invasive treatments to meet individual patient needs, including endovenous laser therapy, clarivein, and sclerotherapy treatments. Most patients return to their normal activities the same day.

USA Vein Clinics accepts most forms of insurance. Screenings are free and open to the public. Patients are encouraged to call 888-768-3467 to schedule an appointment or speak to an insurance specialist. For more information on USA Vein Clinics, please visit www.usaveinclinics.com.