Varicose Veins Are A Serious Vein Disease That Gets Worse With Time And If Left Untreated, Can Lead To Deadly Blood Clots
Over 24 Million Americans are suffering from varicose veins. What people should know is that varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue. They are a serious medical condition that only gets worse with time, leading to potentially deadly results.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are the purplish or blue enlarged veins you can see bulging out of someone’s leg. Any of the body’s veins can become varicose but varicose veins most often develop in the feet and legs.
Varicose veins appear in the lower legs most often because walking and standing raises the pressure in the veins of the lower part of the body. This increased pressure puts more stress on the vein walls in your legs, causing them to expand and become varicose.
What causes varicose veins in legs?
One of the causes of bulging and painful varicose veins in the legs is high blood pressure inside your superficial leg veins.
The veins in our legs transport blood back up towards the heart. Inside the veins, there are little valves that are supposed to prevent the blood from flowing downwards and accumulating in the legs.
The problem begins when high blood pressure in the vein damages the valves, making them weak. Once the valves have weakened, blood is allowed to flow downwards.
This blood becomes trapped and starts to accumulate in one area of the vein and causes the vein to bulge. And this is a varicose vein.
Some additional causes or risk factors of developing varicose veins in legs include:
- Having a family history of varicose veins
- Obesity or being overweight
- Lack of exercise
- Having a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in the leg
- Standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time
Based on statistics, more women reportedly have varicose veins than men, but it will typically affect both men and women who are between the ages of 30 and 70.
Why do women get varicose veins?
In women, the risk of developing varicose veins during pregnancy is high because as the uterus grows, there is additional pressure on their major veins. In turn, this causes additional pressure within the leg veins.
Additionally, the increased progesterone levels in pregnant women, coupled with the increased amount of blood in their body, adds even more strain on their leg veins.
During pregnancy, it is common for women to develop large varicose veins. Within one year after child birth their veins usually return to their normal size.
Women have a higher chance of developing permanent varicose veins if they have gone through more than one pregnancy.
What are the symptoms of varicose veins?
Symptoms of varicose veins vary from person to person.
The majority of people who have varicose veins on their legs feel these symptoms:
- Achiness or a heaviness in the legs
- Burning and throbbing in the legs
- Leg muscle cramps
- Swelling in the lower legs
- Itching around the veins
However, some people experience no discomfort at all from their varicose veins.
Are varicose veins dangerous?
Varicose veins are more dangerous than people tend to think. Blood clots have a higher chance of forming inside your bad varicose veins.
This is very dangerous because blood clots in varicose veins can result in permanent vein damage that can eventually lead to leg ulcers and wounds that do not heal.
The most significant danger with a varicose vein blood clot is that it can travel to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism – which can be fatal. The blood clot could also travel towards your brain and cause a stroke which can leave you disabled and can even take your life.
Tampa Varicose Veins Treatment
When looking for a vascular surgeon in Tampa that can remove your varicose veins, it is very important to choose a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon because they have had more rigorous training in vascular surgery than other vein doctors.
You also should choose a vascular surgeon with privileges in major hospitals because they can treat you in a hospital setting if necessary.
Here at The Vein & Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay all our vascular surgeons are Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and have privileges at major hospitals in Tampa.
Our vascular surgeons remove varicose veins using modern technology that leave minimal to no scarring at all and offer very fast recovery time.
To find out more about our Tampa varicose veins treatment and to schedule a Varicose Vein Removal Consultation, give us a call at (813) 377-2773 because if varicose veins are left untreated they can become dangerous.