Spider veins and varicose veins are commonly viewed as a cosmetic concern. However, a recent study has found a strong link between varicose veins and risk of blood clots in the form of deep venous thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), and peripheral artery disease (PAD). The doctors at DHR Health Vein Institute use different treatments to address a wide range of venous diseases.
Study Linking Varicose Veins and Risk of DVT
A study recently published by The Journal of the American Medical Association has found that the presence of varicose veins–typically appearing as bulging veins with purple or blue color–was associated with increased risk of DVT.
DVT is a blood clot that forms in the vein, usually in the legs or feet, which if left untreated, may go up to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) and other organs in the body, leading to serious complications, including death.
The study was conducted in Taiwan and included about 426,000 adults. While respondents who were diagnosed with varicose veins were at significant risk of developing blood clots, the researchers were unable to identify if the venous problem was a risk factor or if the two conditions simply shared the same underlying cause(s).
Other Side Effects of Varicose Veins
If you have severe varicose veins, you may be suffering from painful skin ulceration or disintegration of tissue that commonly affects the area near the ankle. Before an ulcer forms, the affected spot usually develops some type of discoloration. Chronic swelling and bleeding, which happens when the veins close to the skin burst, are also common problems associated with varicose veins.
Treatments for Varicose Veins
The most effective treatment for varicose veins will depend on many factors such as your anatomy and the extent of your venous insufficiency. Hence, doctors at DHR Health Vein Institute conduct a physical exam and imaging tests to pinpoint the source of the problem. From there, treatment options are considered.
Prevention and Aftercare Tips
Doctors have found that exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced, low sodium diet, doing leg elevation, and changing one’s sitting/standing position regularly can minimize the risk of varicose veins.