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How Dangerous Are Varicose Veins?

 
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How Dangerous Are Varicose Veins?

Posted by Atlanta Vascular and Vein in Varicose Veins 27 Jan 2016

Varicose veins can cause achiness, pain and sometimes a burning sensation. And at first appearance, it does not seem that varicose veins would be detrimental to one’s health. However, varicose veins are not just a cosmetic concern. If they are left untreated, the enlarged and twisted veins can advance into more serious concerns like ulcers, blood clots or even worse. In fact, a specialist is highly recommended for monitoring or treatment since varicose veins are potentially dangerous.

Definition

Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins that can bulge near the surface of the skin. The veins are bluish-purple or red and most common in your legs and feet. This is because walking and standing intensifies the pressure in the veins of the lower body. However, you can get varicose veins in other parts of the body such as the vulva.
Varicose veins may indicate that you have a problem with your circulatory system. As well, the swollen and achy veins are sometimes the first stage of a more severe, progressive condition.

Not Just a Cosmetic Issue

Although varicose veins may be a cosmetic concern, they can easily lead to serious health conditions. For instance, when blood pools in the veins they can clot. This superficial (close to the skin) clotting can cause phlebitis. Though phlebitis is painful, it is not normally life threatening.

On the other hand, if the clot in a superficial vein expands, it has the potential to move into a deep vein. This type of clot is known as deep vein thrombosis and can be very dangerous. The clot can break loose and move from the bloodstream to the lungs, resulting in a possible pulmonary embolism. The blockage is sudden and potentially life threatening. Today these clots can be identified through ultrasound and then treated, generally with anticoagulants (blood thinners).

Additionally, with some people varicose veins can progress to swelling in the legs and the beginning stages of venous disease. First the legs swell, then possible hyperpigmentation where the skin darkens and then incapacitating venous leg ulcers develop. The ulcers are often found on the inner leg above the ankle.

Treatment and Prevention

For the most part, ulcers and other progressive issues can be prevented early on with the right treatment and care. One of the most advanced and successful treatments is with laser technology and ultrasound. At the Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center, you can be rest assured that you will receive individualized and specialized care.

What is more, Dr. Amish Tilara has extensive expertise as a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist. As well, Dr. Amish Tilara has established his academic and clinical brilliance through impeccable training and contributions to the field of medicine.

Atlanta Vascular & Vein Center is located in Lawrenceville, GA. And for more convenience, it also serves the surrounding areas of Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville and Suwanee.

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