The video explains the newest options for treating varicose veins, a condition that affects 40 million Americans. The unsightly veins often cause aches and night cramps.
“Stretched and weakened, varicose veins can cause blood clots,” said Dr. Grimsley. “Compression stockings are often an initial treatment for varicose veins. Advanced cases may require vein injections known as sclerotherapy, surgically tying off vein branches known as vein stripping, or ablation, a newer, less-invasive procedure that can be completed in the doctor’s office.”
The cause of varicose veins is high blood pressure inside the superficial (closest to the skin) leg veins. Persons between the ages of 30 and 70 are most affected by varicose veins.
Factors that increase the risk of developing varicose veins are:
- family history
- lack of exercise
- prolonged standing or sitting
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing varicose veins. A year after childbirth, the veins often return to normal. Women who have multiple pregnancies may develop permanent varicose veins.
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