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What Are the Potential Health Risks of Varicose Veins?

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Patients who suffer from varicose veins are often concerned most about how they look. While varicose veins can be unsightly, they can also be a warning sign of underlying vein health issues. If you suffer from varicose veins, here are the important things you need to know, including what causes them, the potential health risks, and the most effective varicose vein treatments.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Wondering what causes varicose veins? Varicose veins are caused when tiny check valves inside the veins become weak and fail to function properly. This allows blood flow inside the veins to reverse its direction of flow. This causes a cascade of negative events including vein enlargement, weakening of the vein walls, and venous blood pooling. Pooling leads to twisted and swollen veins.

Varicose veins most commonly occur in the thighs, legs and feet. Varicose veins are not normal. They are an indication of poor vein health and underlying superficial venous disease. Both men and women can suffer from varicose veins. The older one gets, the more likely they are to develop and experience them. With varicose veins, there is a strong correlation with advancing age, pregnancy, and genetics.

You’re more likely to suffer from varicose veins if:

  • You become pregnant, especially with multiple pregnancies
  • You stand or sit a lot, wear high heels often, or cross your legs frequently
  • You have a family history of varicose veins

The good news is that with proper varicose vein removal, the unsightly varicose veins can be effectively treated with an in-office procedure.

Potential Health Risks

While most patients who suffer from varicose veins have cosmetic concerns with limited associated symptoms, some individual experience more significant vein health issues.

Recent research has found that people who suffer from varicose veins have a higher risk of developing blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis. Sometimes, these blood clots migrate through the venous circulation from the legs to the lungs where they impair breathing and oxygen exchange, a condition known as pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal.

If you’re wondering if your varicose veins pose a potential health risk for you, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a board-certified vein specialist so that your vein health can be assessed. Warning signs that your varicose veins present an imminent threat to your health include the presence of swelling or edema, brownish skin discoloration, bleeding varices, veins that are hot, red, lumpy, or painful.

Varicose Veins Treatments

Once your varicose vein condition has been thoroughly evaluated by a board-certified vein specialist and a venous duplex ultrasound study has been performed to map your veins, a vein treatment plan specific to your vein condition can then be developed for you. You can then determine the best vein treatment plan to best address your vein condition. The good news is that there are many proven and effective varicose veins treatments that can treat all aspects of your vein condition to improve and restore your vein health.

The most proven and effective varicose vein treatments include:

  • Injection sclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS)
  • Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA)
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy (AP)
  • Transdermal laser therapy

Before undergoing any vein treatments, whether cosmetic or therapeutic or both, you will want to select an experienced, board-certified vein specialist. This selection process helps you to minimize the risk of side effects, unexpected events, adverse events, and the likelihood that you receive inappropriate vein care or that your veins recur.

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Varicose Vein Treatment that You Can Trust

Hogue Clinics is the regional leaders in vein care for Minnesota. At Hogue Clinics, you will be treated by world-class, board-certified vein specialists with world-class experience. At Hogue Clinics you will be treated with the most effective vein treatments to get the results you want and deserve! Our vein specialist can address your cosmetic and therapeutic vein concerns. No matter if you have undesirable surface veins on your feet, legs, face, breasts, or other parts of your body, you can count on Hogue Clinics to provide the best choice for professional vein care in Minnesota.

Call our office today at 866-219-4699 to schedule a FREE Vein Screen. Let us help you make your vein concerns a problem of your past!


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