Don’t let the fear of vanity stop you. Varicose veins can be a health hazard.
Some think varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue. Others may have been told they cannot afford medical help. Still others believe swelling, aches, leg cramps and tiredness are a natural part of aging.
But none of those are true, said Dr. Stephen Rivard, founder and medical director of Illinois Vein Specialists.
“Whatever the reason, this means vein disease (varicose veins) is a major undertreated medical condition and generally misunderstood,” he said.
When veins do not work properly, several things happen, according to Rivard. They do not efficiently return blood back to the heart for oxygenation; cell function may be impaired, wounds may heal more slowly; cells may even die.
Vein disease also complicates other medical conditions such as wound healing in general and in recovery from hip, knee and ankle surgery.
Where do varicose veins come from?
Heredity is a primary factor in more than 80 percent of varicose vein cases. Other contributing factors may include pregnancy, obesity, hormone therapy, and standing or sitting for long periods of time.
Have a parent with varicose veins? Then you have a 40 percent chance of developing them yourself. If both parents have varicose veins that number jumps to 90 percent.
Treatments can range from injection sclerotherapy to laser treatments. The procedures, which take about 45 minutes, are done in the office under local anesthetic.
But treatment is a must.
“Vein disease will not get better if it is ignored,” Rivard said. “It will likely become worse.”
See how the experts at Illinois Vein can help treat your veins today.
Illinois Vein Specialists | 22285 N Pepper Rd, Lake Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.277.9100 | www.illinoisveinspecialists.com