Are there risk factors associated with varicose veins?

Varicose veins develop when excess blood pressure damages the veins. This restricts blood flow and causes blood to collect in the veins, making them swell, bulge, and protrude from the skin. Extended periods of sitting or standing, age, injury, and obesity can also cause the veins to weaken or become damaged.

These veins can be sore, itchy, and uncomfortable, and they can also cause heaviness or achiness in the legs. They may also appear gnarled and twisted beneath the surface of the skin. Find relief from this discomfort and erase the appearance of these veins at the Leg & Vein Center!

Are there risk factors associated with varicose veins?

For many patients, varicose veins may seem like a simple surface-level imperfection. However, varicose veins may be a sign of other underlying health concerns.

While uncommon, varicose veins located deeper in the body may be more likely to develop clots. This is a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) that requires immediate medical attention. Should a blood clot travel through the veins and into the longs, this can cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.

If you experience pain, redness, or swelling in the leg, or if you are having trouble breathing, chest pain, a fast heartbeat, or fainting, contact a healthcare provider or emergency services as soon as possible.

Diagnosis & Treatment

There are many ways that the experts at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South Leg & Vein Center can diagnose your condition. By assisting your symptoms, performing a physical examination, and running diagnostic testing, our specialists can help identify signs of venous disease.

Treatment for venous disease includes:

  • Radiofrequency ablation, a minimally-invasive procedure that uses radio frequency to heat and close off the vein
  • Endovenous laser therapy that uses a laser fiber to heat the vein wall and close off the vein
  • Sclerotherapy using injectable solutions to close off the vein and shrink the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins
  • Phlebectomy, a procedure in which small punctures or incisions are made in the skin to remove varicose veins.
  • VenaSeal and Varithena

Following diagnosis, our experts can help you learn lifestyle habits to prevent venous disease and determine the best treatment for your needs.

Seek an Expert Opinion from the Experts in Vein Health

Varicose veins, though primarily harmless, can share the same symptoms as other medical conditions. Consult with a vein specialist from the Leg & Vein Center for a professional diagnosis!