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25 Facts about Varicose Veins

25 Facts about Varicose Veins

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Ryan Rivard
  1. Varicose veins can occur in almost anyone and affect up to 35% of people in the United States.
  2. The most common cause of varicose veins is genetic predisposition.
  3. More than a cosmetic issue, varicose veins indicate the presence of vein disease.
  4. Women, particularly those who have had multiple children, are at a higher risk of developing varicose veins then men.
  5. Obesity increases the risk of developing varicose veins.
  6. Standing for long periods of time can exacerbate varicose veins.
  7. Varicose veins may exist without any symptoms.
  8. Spending several hours in a seated position, especially during travel, can increase your risk for varicose veins and other vascular issues such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
  9. A board-certified vein specialist can use an ultrasound is used to pinpoint problem veins and determine the best course of treatment.
  10. Symptoms associated with varicose veins, such as throbbing, burning pain and cramps, typically worsen throughout the day
  11. Wearing compression stockings helps alleviate the pain associated with varicose veins.
  12. Varicose veins can become painful, hot, hard, discolored and clot with a condition known as phlebitis.
  13. Modern treatments for varicose veins can be done on-site at a doctor’s office and are pain free.
  14. Because varicose veins indicate the presence of vein disease, most insurance policies cover their diagnosis and treatment.
  15. Leaving varicose veins untreated can lead to significant health problems.
  16. A recent Brazilian study found that nearly 70% of pregnant women develop varicose veins during pregnancy as a result of increased estrogen and progesterone levels.
  17. Birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and other hormone fluctuations can cause varicose veins.
  18. When the valves in the veins that carry blood from the body back to the heart fail, it causes a condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) which is closely related to varicose veins.
  19. In addition to their physical appearance, the most common symptoms of varicose veins include: heavy, tired, or aching legs, swelling in the legs and ankles, itching or scaly rash on the skin of the legs, or restless leg syndrome.
  20. Varicose veins may be present without displaying symptoms.
  21. If left untreated, varicose veins may lead to ulcers in the lower legs or ankles and other serious health problems.
  22. Compression stockings can help manage or delay the severity of varicose veins. They come in many different grades. As your vein specialist which is best for you.
  23. Vein stripping, which involves surgically removing damaged veins, is no longer a primary treatment for varicose veins. Several effective treatments that are minimally invasive, painless treatments are now available.
  24. If both of your parents have varicose veins, there is a 90% chance that you will also have varicose veins.
  25. Regular exercise, involving the lower extremities, promotes good blood flow, staving off varicose veins.

Are you at risk for developing varicose veins? Do you suffer from some of the most common symptoms? Make an appointment today with a vein specialist to say goodbye to varicose veins. Serving Chicago and the neighboring areas, the physicians of Illinois Vein Specialists are board-certified in venous and lymphatic medicine. They have helped more than 10,000 patients, over the past decade by identifying, treating, and eliminating the effects of vein disease. Schedule a consultation with Illinois Vein Specialists today.



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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us.  That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. 

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.



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