Millions of people suffer from varicose veins, but they can manifest and present themselves differently from person to person. While some people may find discomfort with varicose veins, others only deal with aesthetic irregularities. In both regards, varicose veins pose a dangerous threat to your health. What many people don’t realize is that varicose veins are caused from a medical condition called venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is when your vein is damaged or weakened and the valves aren’t working properly, which can cause a myriad of health problems and lead to deep vein thrombosis. Most people who have serious varicose veins will also experience some sort of accompanying leg pain, swelling, aching, a feeling of heaviness or throbbing in the legs, itching, redness, overall fatigue, or worse. However, it’s important to understand that there are a lot of expectations when it comes to varicose veins—many of which aren’t true.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition where blood clots form deep in the veins of your circulatory system. Usually, DVT occurs in the veins on lower extremities and is primarily caused by either a lack of circulation or the inability for blood to clot normally. Close to one million people are affected by blood clots each year and up to 100,000 people die from complications related to DVT. if a DVT blood clot breaks loose, it can result in pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. The problem is that blood clots often remain undiagnosed and many people don’t realize the problem until it’s too late. To better understand DVT blood clots and keep yourself protected, it’s important to know what the risks are, how to reduce them, and the signs and symptoms to watch out for.
While many of us look forward to the joys of becoming a parent, there are several conditions that have a strong correlation with motherhood that are not quite so joyful -- stretch marks, swollen feet, constant worry, and varicose veins to name a few.
While you are getting the kids ready for the upcoming school year – buying school supplies, making sure immunizations are up to date, and getting sports physicals – take a moment to check on their circulatory health. While it is more common among older adults, children can also develop varicose veins.
Have you ever felt like you had pulled a muscle in your lower calf about 5-10 minutes into a run? Maybe you have experienced pain, heaviness, aching, or swelling during or shortly after your runs. If you also have dark blue and purple veins that become curvy and bulge at the skin’s surface, your mysterious pain may be connected to varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency.