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Are Varicose Veins a Risk Factor for DVT?

Are Varicose Veins a Risk Factor for DVT?

Posted on November 6, 2019 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Varicose veins affect a large number of people in the United States. They appear just under your skin as swollen, enlarged, and often twisted veins. While a lot of people merely see them as merely a cosmetic annoyance, people with varicose veins have a greater risk for developing more serious conditions. To avoid these conditions, it’s important to get your varicose veins treated by a specialists like those at Illinois Vein Specialists.

When left untreated, varicose veins increase your likelihood of developing a condition called thrombophlebitis. This can occur in either the superficial (SVT) or deep venous systems (DVT). DVT is a type of blood clot that forms deep inside of your body, often due to continual reduction in blood flow in an area. Most commonly, DVT occurs in a patient’s lower leg or thigh, but they have been documented as occurring in a patient’s arms or neck. While people with varicose veins are more likely to experience superficial clots, severe cases of varicose veins are associated with a higher rate of DVT.

Regardless of your risk factor, the most pressing problem with DVT is that if it breaks loose, it can lead to a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolisms occur when a blood clot enters your lungs and blocks on of the arteries. They are very serious and can be fatal, which is why reducing your likelihood of DVT is so important.

While there are many treatments for DVT, it’s always better to take whatever precaution possible to reduce the chances of developing them in the first place. If you have already developed DVT, talk to your doctor about what you can do to break up the clots and reduce your chances for pulmonary embolisms.

To reduce your likelihood of developing DVT, we recommend getting your varicose veins treated. Even if you just think they’re cosmetic, avoiding treatment is not the best course of action. Seeking a specialist, like the ones at Illinois Vein Specialists, will ensure that you tackle the problem and reduce your risk factors for developing DVT or other serious health conditions. When left untreated, serious instances of varicose veins can be extremely dangerous, even fatal. At Illinois Vein Specialists, a board-certified vein specialist with years of experience will treat your varicose veins. Using a small laser, your veins are targeted and reabsorbed into your body. This allows your healthy veins to re-establish blood flow, thus reducing varicose vein symptoms alongside the risk of developing DVT.


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