Don’t Fall for False Information about Vein Disease
- Posted on: Jul 15 2017
So many people have varicose veins and spider veins that it is easy to find ample information about these conditions without much effort. And information is just what people want, knowing that the presence of visible veins can impede self-confidence and then some. At Vena Health & Wellness, what we like to do is make sure our patients understand the details of their condition. Only when the right information is obtained can successful treatment be planned.
Why Varicose Veins Develop
Varicose veins are somewhat of a primary problem, and also kind of a secondary problem. They are problematic because these veins manifest with symptoms such as itching, aching, and obvious cosmetic impairment. They are also secondary to other issues. We get varicose veins because:
- The strength of the particular vein has become weak, which has allowed blood to pool in a given area.
- The vein swells due to the pressure from that accumulated blood.
- Over time, bulging will become more apparent as pressure increases in the weakened vein.
Misinformation is More Common than You May Think
You may have come across some “facts” about vein disease that is simply not accurate. Some common falsehoods that we still hear include:
- Varicose veins are an age-related problem that you get when you’re older.
In reality, age is one of the least relevant factors in the development of varicose and spider veins. Heredity is a primary factor in 80% of patients with vein disease. A person can be in their twenties and notice problem veins.
- Vein disease is a women’s health issue.
Any man who has spider or varicose veins knows this is nothing more than a pipe-dream that men do not get vein disease. Yes, women are more susceptible; but men also sometimes need to consult with a vein specialist.
- The reason to get treatment for varicose veins is to improve appearance.
It’s true that a large percentage of patients obtain vein treatment such as sclerotherapy because they have gotten tired of looking at bulging, ropy veins on their legs or spider veins around their ankles. However, there are several physical symptoms that may coincide with varicose veins, prompting a consultation with a vein specialist. Varicose veins may cause a persistent ache. In older patients, there is a risk of bleeding varicose veins. In some instances, there is also a risk for deep vein thrombosis, a condition in which blood clots have formed in the leg.
We’ll leave you with this: varicose and spider veins are a problem you don’t have to live with. Whatever the reason you want treatment, know that surgery may not be the only option available to you. Learn more about how to eliminate varicose and spider veins when you visit Vena Health and Wellness.