If you despise shorts season because of the dark twisted veins that protrude from your legs, you are probably pretty familiar with the characteristics of this venous disease. In some cases, varicose veins are nothing more than an unsightly appearance. It’s important to note, however, that a handful of medical conditions can arise if these veins are left untreated. Because veins are vessels that transport blood back to the heart and lungs, it’s no wonder many patients are concerned about their link to heart issues. Thankfully, there is no known association between varicose veins and heart disease, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still seek medical treatment.
Varicose veins can become dangerous over time, so it’s important to get them checked out before they result in secondary conditions. If you have blue and purple cord-like veins that ache, swell, itch, throb or cramp, our specialists at Advanced Vein and Laser Centre can evaluate and treat them before they become any more serious. When left unevaluated, varicose veins can result in dangerous consequences, including:
Bleeding varicose veins can result from mild trauma to the area, causing the veins to burst or tear. Something as minor as bumping into the corner of a table or scrubbing the affected areas too hard in the shower can result in bleeding varicose veins.
If the skin is not broken, the bleeding will stay internal and only cause a bruise. If, however, the skin breaks at a varicose vein, there can be a serious amount of blood loss and may even result in a trip to the emergency room to stop the bleeding. Seeking vein treatment on your trouble spots can prevent you from having to deal with an emotionally traumatizing, expensive hospital visit.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Also known as DVT, this is a blood clot that can become deeply lodged within a leg or thigh vein. While some sufferers experience pain and swelling, many people have no symptoms at all. With the ability to travel upward to the lungs and block entire blood vessels, DVT can be extremely dangerous. If you have dark varicose veins, it’s important to have them monitored by a specialist before they result in anything more serious.
When varicose veins are left untreated, they can become inflamed from fluid buildup and lead to open sores and infections. Most ulcers in the lower leg occur near the ankle and are caused by varicose veins. For this reason, and because they are difficult to treat and heal, getting a vein treatment sooner rather than later can save you time, money and suffering.
At Advanced Vein and Laser Centre, we specialize in managing and treating spider veins and varicose veins before they become too problematic. Under the direction of Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, our staff will work to minimize the appearance of unsightly veins and decrease your chances of secondary conditions. Schedule your consultation with us today by calling us directly at 847-367-4040.