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Top 10 Things Every Doctor Should Know about Varicose Vein Disease


When I first began my wonderful journey in medicine 30 years ago, emergency room medicine was new to the field and initially discredited by the majority of medical professionals. In a similar fashion, phlebology was also first disregarded as solely pertaining to aesthetic and cosmetic issues. However, as I started making my transition from ER doctor to the field of varicose and spider veins, there were a number of findings I really never knew, and it became readily apparent to me that phlebologists treat more than just symptoms, they treat the underlying source of the disease.  Fascinated with my findings I wanted to share them with all the doctors out there, so here is a collection of the top 10 things I have learned since becoming a vein doctor.

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Can Children and Young Adults Have Varicose Veins?

varicose_veins_young_adultsVaricose vein disease is extremely common with nearly 80 million people suffering from the disease. These damaged veins often causes symptoms of discomfort, pain, swelling, restless legs, and much more, yet most people do understand the source of the disease. Truth be told, varicose veins are mainly the cause of heredity.

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When Do Varicose Veins Begin to Develop?

Varicose_veins_both_legsWhile varicose vein disease affects nearly 25% the entire U.S. population, many people often associate them with something that only occurs among older patients. This common misconception is in actuality a harmful vein myth.  In fact, the primary cause is heredity, which accounts for about 80% of incidence, not aging.

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Does Running Cause Varicose Veins?

running_varicose_veins_2While varicose vein disease affects nearly half of the entire adult population, it is important to understand the there are many myths about the disease that often deter people from participating in certain activities.  For instance, as the weather gets nicer many people find themselves getting back into outdoor activities and exercise programs.  Often this includes walking, biking and running. However, many people are often mislead to believe that some of these activities, like running, may cause varicose veins.  But is that really true? Let’s get down to it and separate fact from fiction.

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Can Crossing Your Legs Lead to Varicose Veins?

Common Varicose Vein Myths. Can Crossing Your Legs Lead to Varicose Veins?

While you may have heard a few reasons, whether medically or in religious idioms, why you should not cross your legs, the fact remains that most of these are simply myths. One in particular is the common myth that crossing your legs will cause varicose veins. The truth is, that this is simply not true. Crossing you legs will not lead to varicose veins no matter how frequently or often you do so.

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