Varicose veins can affect people differently. The severity of conditions varies person to person, but various risk factors make some people more susceptible to severe conditions related to them. These include factors such as:
There are numerous medical risks related to varicose veins; and while some people are at greater risk for serious complications, it is better to be safe and have a certified vein specialist exam you. The doctors are Goldman Vein Institute are the experienced, leading professionals in venous conditions.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in the deeper veins within the body. The blood clots form due to pooling blood that cannot flow properly through the veins. Occasionally symptoms include pain and swelling, but because this occurs in the deeper veins it often goes unnoticed. DVT is dangerous because clots can loosen and travel to the heart, causing a pulmonary embolism. Treatment for DVT vary. For less severe cases, taking anticoagulants and wearing compression stockings will help. For life-threatening or serious cases, clotbuster medications may be applied via an IV.
Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is an inflammatory condition in the veins due to blood clots forming in the upper veins, near the skin. It is rarely life threatening, but symptoms include hardening of the vein, skin that is warm to touch, tenderness, and pain. Treatment for SVT may require taking anticoagulants and wearing compression stockings.
Venous leg ulcers are painful sores that develop as a result of poor blood flow. Increased pressure in the veins from pooling blood causes the veins to “leak” under the skin; as the skin swells and breaks down, open ulcers can develop. Treatment for ulcers includes continual cleaning and dressing (and redressing) of bandages that cover the wound, wearing compression stockings, and antibiotics when necessary.
Seeking treatment before conditions worsen is always beneficial; not only will it protect your health, it will save you money. Your insurance provider will likely cover some or most expenses related to treatment, as preventative measures will avoid costly procedures in the long run.
Varicose veins can lead to painful or life threatening conditions if left untreated. If you believe you are at risk for developing a medical condition due to varicose veins, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Goldman Vein Institute.