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Varicose Veins: Expectations vs. Reality

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.

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Can not treating your varicose veins lead to health concerns later in life? Video

Dr. Rivard answers a very common question that many patients ask when coming to our office - can waiting to treat your veins cause health issues later in life? Outlining the important reasons to seek treatment early rather than waiting. The answer is absolutely yes, in fact, patients with untreated varicose veins can suffer from venous ulcerations, deep vein thrombosis, and even congestive heart failure.

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Why Spider Veins May Mean Something More than a Cosmetic Concern

Spider Veins May Be a Sign of Underlying Vein Disease

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Many people (and Doctors) often think of Spider veins as simply a cosmetic issue. They tell themselves they will get treatment if they have time in the future and don't really think about them as a health concerns. This may not always be the case. Many don't understand that spider veins in the legs are frequently associated with underlying venous hypertension (varicose veins).

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Common Myths about Varicose Veins


There are many common misconceptions or myths about varicose and spider veins. The reasons for many of these misconceptions stem from a number of factors including antiquated treatments as well as a lack of specialization. However, with recent advancements in technology over the last decade and the adoption of the newest medical Board Speciality (Phlebology-2008), the truth behind many of these common myths have come to light. 

This article focuses on many of those common myths about varicose and spider veins and truth behind them. They are not listed in order of popularity and are not meant to be exclusive, but rather contain the more common or frequently told:

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How are Veins Treated?  Varicose Vein Removal

As most may know, not all of our veins are created equally, and thus the treatments for removing varicose or spider veins may be different. In fact there are many forms of treatment for removing chronic venous hypertension (varicose veins) ranging from both surgical to non-surgical outpatient procedures. However, while removing varicose and spider veins is not entirely new, there have been some significant technological advancements in recent years. 

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