Should You Be Concerned About Your Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins have become so common, they’re now seen as normal. Yet, while varicose veins aren’t usually the most pressing of medical threats, they shouldn't be ignored.

Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Sarasota County can help you get rid of varicose veins for good. Our vein and heart experts are the go-to doctors for varicose vein treatment in South Florida. 

It’s worth knowing the basics about varicose veins, whether or not you have them. To that end, our experts put together this article that explains what varicose veins really are and the problems they could signify. 

What exactly are varicose veins? 

Though varicose veins are common, not many people understand what they are or why they happen. Those bulky, bulging blood vessels appear when something goes awry in your veins, specifically when something goes wrong with a valve. 

All of your veins have valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. Visualize the circulatory system: With every beat, your heart sends nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood to all of your organs and tissues. Simultaneously, your heart “sucks” back in blood that has already circulated your body. This blood is nutrient-poor and deoxygenated, and it must travel against gravity to get back to your heart. 

If a vein valve malfunctions, blood pools in that area and leads to swelling of the vein. Because veins are so close to the surface of the skin, they bulge out and create what we see as varicose veins. 

Do varicose veins cause health problems? 

In most cases, varicose veins are harmless — but there are exceptions to every rule. Varicose veins can, in fact, be a sign of underlying health problems. 

These twisted, enlarged veins might indicate cardiovascular issues, including deep vein thrombosis, a serious blood clotting condition that requires medical treatment. Deep vein thrombosis describes a condition in which blood clots form inside deep veins, and it can lead to a pulmonary embolism, which occurs when a blood clot breaks and travels to the lungs. 

Poor circulation in your legs (where varicose veins most often form) can also lead to skin ulcers, sores that don’t heal, and general pain.

Additionally, varicose veins can cause discomfort in the affected areas, sensations such as tingling, and a feeling of “heaviness” in the legs, which can discourage exercise. Sedentarism (inactivity) is a leading cause of chronic diseases worldwide, so continuing an exercise program is important for your health. 

Wondering whether your varicose veins present a medical problem? Contact Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Sarasota County, Florida, to schedule a consultation and review. Call 941-404-7958 or use our messaging platform to request information or to schedule an appointment.

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