Blood Clots and Varicose Veins: Is There a Connection?

You may think that varicose veins are simply a cosmetic issue; however, that is not always the case. In fact, varicose veins can be a sign or a precursor to far more serious medical conditions.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are usual those blue or purplish veins that can be raised and ropey in appearance. They usually appear in the ankle and leg areas. They are usually caused when there is a pooling of blood due to a failure in the vein valves. Symptoms and signs include:

• Bumpy, swollen veins
• Discoloration
• Heaviness
• Swelling
• Fatigue

Varicose veins can become painful and inflamed, and can lead to a condition called superficial phlebitis, which is a sign that vein thrombosis or clots are developing. Studies have shown that there is a distinct association between superficial phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The Dangers of Blood Clots and Varicose Veins

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious medical issue that is caused by clots developing in deep veins within the lower legs and/or thigh. DVT has potentially serious complications, as the clots can break away and travel to the lungs, which can be deadly.

Due to the fact that varicose veins can lead to more serious conditions, it is important that treatment be administered to prevent them from developing into DVT or other similar conditions.

At the Skin and Vein Center, we know that while varicose veins are usually considered a cosmetic issue, we know how important it is that they be monitored and treated to prevent more serious conditions. While not every varicose vein case will lead to serious conditions, it is important to make sure that the proper treatment is attained to prevent that possibility.

We understand how important it is to receive the proper diagnosis for any vein issue, whether it be a simple cosmetic problem or a more serious condition. Our doctors and staff are experienced and knowledgeable about all vein issues and diseases.

If you are concerned about varicose veins or other vein disease, we invite you to call us for a consultation. We will examine your individual case as well as help you understand your case. Your overall vein health is paramount to us, so don’t delay, call us today!

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