Varicose veins are abnormally swollen or enlarged blood vessels caused by a weakening in the vein's wall. They can be harmful to a patient's health because they may be associated with the development of one or more of the following conditions: phlebitis or inflamed, tender vein; thrombosis or a clot in the vein; and venous stasis ulcers or open sores from inadequate tissue oxygen and fluid retention.
Learn about treatment options for varicose veins
- Laser surgery
- Surgical ligation, stripping and intravascular laser or radiofrequency ablation
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
- Combined approaches
Who develops varicose veins?
The exact cause of varicose veins is unknown, although heredity, pregnancy and hormonal influences are believed to be primary factors contributing to both conditions. More than 40 percent of women have some form of varicose conditions, with an increasing incidence of venous disease as one gets older, so that up to 80 percent of women have some form of venous disease by age 80. Slightly more women than men have varicose and spider veins.
Do's and Don'ts
There are many preventative measures and medical techniques available to diminish the appearance and pain associated with these vein conditions.
For more information and referrals
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