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Facts About Venous Disease

  • Chronic venous disease of the legs is one of the most common conditions in the United States, present in up to 60% of the adult population.
  • Of the 60% adult population with chronic vein disease, 20 to 25% of the women and 10 to 15% of the men will have visible varicose veins.
  • High risk factors for individuals with chronic vein disease include age, family history, female gender, previous pregnancy and occupancy requiring prolonged sitting or standing.
  • Common Symptoms associated with enlarged veins in the legs include aching, itching, throbbing, night cramps, heaviness, restlessness, fatigue and swelling.

What are Varicose Veins?

Healthy veins consist of one-way valves that keep the blood flowing continuously in one direction towards the heart. If these valves fail or leak the blood will flow backwards increasing the pressure within the veins. Varicose veins are prominent veins that have lost their valve effectiveness, often times resulting veins that are dilated under pressure, elongated, rope-like, and thickened.

Varicose vein treatment is usually considered medically necessary and covered by insurance.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are small-dilated veins located near the surface of the skin. They are visible red, blue or purple veins that resemble spider webs or tree branches on the thighs and lower legs. Spider veins can sometimes cover large areas of skin and cause discomfort, particularly after prolonged standing.

Spider veins can be treated for cosmetic improvement with sclerotherapy.

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