Varicose Veins Aren't Just a Cosmetic Issue

The look of enlarged, twisted veins in your legs may be your first motivation to address them, but varicose veins can cause more than aesthetic concerns. Almost 1 in 4 adults in the United States will deal with the bulging veins at some point, making them extremely common. Thankfully, they’re also quite treatable. 

If you would like to do away with varicose veins, IYA Medical in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help. Read on to learn more about varicose veins as well as the potential health risks. 

Varicose vein basics

Varicose veins usually stem from increased pressure on your leg veins, brought on by movement and long periods of standing throughout your life. The more you move or spend time on your feet, valves that usually allow blood to circulate in only one direction grow weak, causing blood to pool up in particular veins instead. 

While most anyone can develop varicose veins, certain factors increase your risk, such as:

Varicose vein complications

While varicose veins aren’t typically dangerous, they can cause bothersome symptoms that detract from your overall well-being and lifestyle over time. Left untreated, varicose veins may cause or raise your risk for:

If you experience persistent leg pain or swelling, seek medical attention because you may be dealing with the blood clot condition thrombophlebitis. Call 911 if you experience severe pain and swelling, shortness of breath, or chest pain, or are coughing up blood. Breathing and chest issues may indicate that a blood clot has traveled to your lungs. While uncommon, these complications can become life-threatening. 

Varicose vein treatments

At IYA Medical, our specialists use the most up-to-date, minimally-invasive treatments whenever possible to treat varicose veins, saving you from the hassle of surgery. Treatment options we provide include:

Whether you’d like to get rid of your varicose veins for cosmetic or health reasons, our team is here to help. Call IYA Medical or email us through our website to schedule an appointment. 

 

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