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Treating Varicose Veins Isn’t Vain, It’s Critical for Your Health

Estimates suggest that up to 25 million Americans have varicose veins. Aside from causing cosmetic problems, varicose veins can also cause a handful of unpleasant symptoms. Many varicose vein sufferers experience pain, aching, and heaviness in their legs. 

Furthermore, varicose veins can cause serious health complications or signal that you may have an underlying vascular condition.

Our vascular surgeon at Vascular Center & Vein Specialist, Dr. Anwar S. Gerges, treats varicose veins at his offices in El Paso and San Antonio Texas. Read on to find out what our experts have to say about the risks of leaving varicose veins untreated. 

Untreated varicose veins can lead to blood clots

New research suggests that untreated varicose veins may lead to deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots. 

In a study that looked at the correlation between varicose veins and blood clots, researchers compared a large group of people with varicose veins to a similar group of people (same age and sex) who didn’t have varicose veins. The study found that the group with varicose veins were five times more likely to develop blood clots.

These blood clots can break off and travel to the lungs, where they can cause a blockage and lead to a medical emergency. Symptoms of clots in the lungs include the following:

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, call 911 right away. 

Who is at risk of developing varicose veins?

Varicose veins tend to be more common in older people, people who are overweight or obese, and people who spend significant time standing up or sitting down. 

Hormone treatments slow down blood flow, making it easier for the blood to pool in veins and cause varicose veins. Therefore, menopausal women who are on hormone replacement therapy are also at an increased risk of developing varicose veins, as are women who take birth control pills. 

Diabetics have a higher chance of developing varicose veins because chronically high blood sugar levels can damage veins.

Treatments available for varicose veins

Dr. Gerges offers several treatments for varicose veins. Among these treatments is laser therapy, which is less painful than traditional therapy and has a shorter recovery period. To get an idea of the effectiveness of laser therapy for varicose veins, take a look at our before and after gallery

If you’re interested in treating your varicose veins, contact us to schedule an appointment. Our specialist will be happy to answer all of your questions with regards to vein health.

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