Varicose veins in Lake Forest patients form when there is a weakening in the vessel wall and the vein enlarges. The vein expands because blood that normally heads up the leg toward the heart and lungs begins to leak backwards and pools in the damaged vein. Many patients are left to wonder what really becomes of these defective veins besides their unappealing appearance. Can they really lead to a serious threat like blood clots? Unfortunately, they can.
Because varicose veins in Lake Forest’ adults are such a common problem, many suffers tend to think these ugly veins aren’t a serious medical issue. Residents of Lake Forest ignore leg pain not realizing it could be a warning sign of worsening circulation or possibly that a blood clot has formed as a result of their varicose veins.
Blood clots usually form in one of two ways when it comes to varicose veins. The body either mistakes the varicose vein as an injury or the diseased vein actually sustains an outside injury. Both scenarios can result in the blood’s protein and platelets coagulating (forming a blood clot) at the point of injury to prevent excess bleeding. The formation of a blood clot is not in and of itself the problem. The situation becomes dangerous should the clot break loose and begin moving through the bloodstream, toward the heart or lungs. This can lead to a dangerous and potentially fatal condition known as a pulmonary embolism.
Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent blood clots from forming. The first and most effective is to have varicose vein treatment performed to rid yourself of venous insufficiencies and lessen your chances of clot formation. Other preventive techniques include:
- Compression therapy
- Elevating legs during sleep or prolonged periods of sitting
- Exercising on a regular basis
If you are experiencing leg pain or other abnormal symptoms please visit http://avlc.com/contact/ Advanced Vein and Laser Centre, your local vein clinic in Lake Forest. Our minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments can quickly and safely rid patients of leg pain in Lake Forest. Don’t wait! Call Advanced Vein & Laser Centre today at 847.367.4040 for treatment of spider or varicose veins in Lake Forest and the surrounding communities.