Varicose veins are a common problem affecting around 30 percent of adults in the United States. The common consensus is that they are harmless, nothing more than a cosmetic issue. However, they are a symptom of vein disease and can have some serious implications. Vein disease treatment can change that though, and make your life better. Here are some ways that vein disease can negatively impact your life and health. This makes a strong case from seeking treatment.
Vein disease can be a symptom of serious circulation problems.
While certain types of vein disease can be serious, even something as seemingly innocuous as varicose veins can be an indication of a much more serious problem with your circulation such as chronic venous insufficiency. It can mean that your veins no longer function as they should. This can have a significant impact on your health, leading to serious health conditions.
Vein disease can worsen to become painful and even crippling.
Varicose veins and other types of vein disease can develop symptoms that are very painful, even crippling. It can lead to swelling of the ankles and legs, chronic tiredness, and pain that can make walking and exercise difficult. This lack of mobility can cause your overall health to deteriorate as you become more sedentary.
If left untreated, vein disease can lead to ulceration.
When the blood in the legs doesn’t flow properly, it begins to starve the skin cells of your arms and legs. This causes the tissues of your ankles, feet, and legs to break down and the result are open sores called ulcers. These ulcers are often very painful and they may even bleed. Treatment of the ulcers alone is ineffective because the underlying issue (vein disease) is still present. They will just continue to return.
Vein disease increases your risk for more serious vein diseases like DVT.
Varicose veins can lead to more serious vein diseases like DVT or PE. The problem with DVT is that you usually cannot see it like you can varicose veins. The condition occurs deep in the larger veins of the legs and can lead to blood clots. These blood clots can break free and travel through the body via the ciuculatory system where they could end up in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. They can also cause a stroke if they end up in the brain.
Vein disease increases your risk for chronic diseases.
Vein disease has been linked to obesity which can lead to chronic health issues like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Part of this is due to the potential for a loss of mobility which means you cannot exercise due to pain and discomfort.
These five issues can all be remedied with vein disease treatment. It can truly make your life better. At Metro Vein Centers we offer a variety of treatment options for vein problems so don’t let your varicose veins, DVT, or other vein conditions hold you back any longer. Call today and make an appointment to speak with one of our vein doctors – and take back your life.