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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!
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
There are a number of risk factors which can lead to the development of varicose veins. While not all of these are controllable, some can be directly influenced by the patient. In many cases, varicose veins are the result of a combination of the following:
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.
Varicose veins may produce no bothersome symptoms at all. However, in cases which do become symptomatic, the following are among the most commonly observed side effects:
While certain risk factors for varicose veins are beyond a patient's control, there are steps that can be taken to minimize veins and their impact on the body. These include:
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:
Following diagnosis, our experts can help you learn lifestyle habits to prevent venous disease and determine the best treatment for your needs.
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!