Varicose veins can be a cosmetic problem. These bulging, discolored veins are unsightly and do have a negative impact on a person’s appearance. However, this type of vein disease can have a much larger effect than merely impacting your appearance. If you think varicose veins are just a cosmetic problem, it’s time to think again.
What do Bergen County, New Jersey patients need to know about varicose veins
To understand the health risks associated with varicose veins, you first need to understand their cause. Varicosities form due to an insufficiency in a vein’s ability to transport blood out of the extremities back to the heart. They are most likely to occur in the legs, but it is possible for them to form elsewhere.
In a healthy vein, blood is transported upwards (against the force of gravity) by pressure from vein walls. It is prevented from giving in to gravity and flowing backward by tiny one-way valves inside the veins. If the vein walls become less elastic (something that commonly happens as a person ages) or if these valves become damaged, blood is able to pool back into the veins. This causes the pressure that leads to bulging vein problems.
What health risks are associated with varicose veins?
Many people who suffer from varicosities learn quickly that they are far more than a cosmetic problem. This is because they can be accompanied by additional symptoms. Not only do the veins bulge in an unsightly way, but they can also cause pain and throbbing. Additionally, because the skin over varicosities is very thin, the area will be more likely to bleed. If the skin is broken, significant blood loss can occur.
Long-term backup of blood from varicose veins can lead to sores and ulcers on the ankles and legs. These ulcers can be very painful and “ugly” looking. In some cases varicose vein treatment is needed before the wounds will be able to heal.
One of the most significant health threats associated with bulging vein problems is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a blood clot that occurs in a vein deep under the skin. The clot itself has few noticeable symptoms besides redness and a feeling of warmth. However, if part of the clot breaks off it can travel through the bloodstream and become lodged in the lungs, heart, or brain, causing massive damage or death.
Thankfully DVT can be diagnosed through ultrasound and treated with blood thinners. DVT may be diagnosed when undergoing treatment for other problems, including varicose veins. A prompt visit to a varicose vein center when varicosities appear can help you avoid the devastating complications of deep vein thrombosis.
Undergoing vein treatment
Whether you are more motivated by cosmetic or health concerns, undergoing varicose vein treatment is a wise choice. Leading spider vein doctors like Dr. John Chuback can perform a number of safe and minimally invasive treatments to eliminate vein disease. If you are concerned about any of the impact of varicose veins, give the Chuback Medical Group a call at 201-261-1772 and set up a consultation. The consequences of untreated vein disease go far deeper than your appearance. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of the safe, reliable treatments that today’s medical technology can provide.