In ancient times, a myth was a story that wasn’t really true, but was told by bards and spiritual teachers to uplift people and teach important principles. In our internet age, however, a myth is more likely to be a collection of untrue stories and misconceptions that – instead of having a positive value – often harm the very people who believe these myths to be true. For example, consider the myth promoted widely during the first half of the 20th century that smoking cigarettes wasn’t harmful – believing in that myth has killed literally millions of people.
In the field of medical science, one area of specialization that is unfortunately full of myth, misconceptions, and misunderstandings is vein disease. This is even more dangerous because vein disease is so widespread – over 25% of Americans suffer from vein disease, but only a fraction of them seek treatment. In this article, we’ll provide a few facts to clear up the myths.
What are the most common myths about vein disease and its treatment?
- Varicose veins only affect the elderly. Not true. They are very common in women in their 20s and 30s who have given birth.
- Vein disease is “only a woman’s disease.” Another untruth, one that keeps the 45% of men over 60 who have vein disease from seeking treatment.
- Vein disease isn’t a real disease. Speaking as New Jersey vein experts, this is the myth we hear most often. New patients often tell us they believe that their varicose veins are a “merely cosmetic” problem and that there is no need to seek treatment for them. This is not only untrue, it is dangerously untrue – vein disease can cause pain, disability, and even death.
- Vein disease is limited to varicose veins and spider veins. Again, this is dangerously untrue. Another common form of vein disease – deep vein thrombosis or DVT – causes over 300,000 deaths per year.
- Vein disease treatment is unnecessary. Many people believe that they can safely ignore their varicose veins or other forms of vein disease beneath long pants and dark stockings, and that nothing bad will happen. This is untrue – untreated varicose veins don’t “get better on their own,” they get worse.
- Removal of varicose veins and spider veins is “merely cosmetic.” While it is true that varicose vein removal does improve your appearance, the real reason varicose vein removal experts in New Jersey perform it is to improve your health and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
The real truth about vein disease is that it is very much a real disease, and that there are many valid medical reasons why you should seek vein disease treatment in New Jersey. Modern screenings to detect vein disease are non-invasive and painless and take only about an hour. If problems are found, they can in most cases be treated and eliminated in about the same amount of time, equally painlessly, and with no need to go to a hospital.
So don’t risk your health by believing in the myths you hear about vein disease treatment. Instead, pick up your phone and call our New Jersey vascular doctor, Dr. John Chuback, and schedule an appointment.