Varicose veins affect a huge portion of our population, especially those over the age of 50. While many people are primarily concerned with treating these unsightly veins for cosmetic reasons, few people see them as a genuine health concern. Left untreated, there are a number of adverse consequences that range in severity from person to person.
Varicose veins look like swollen, twisted cords, which bulge above the surface of the skin because of their inability to pump blood. Venous valves are responsible for reducing pressure in the vein by creating a one-way flow of blood. There is a problem with these valves when they allow blood to leak backwards and create blood pools, which are depleted of oxygen and nutrients, and cause the swelling that you see at the surface of your skin. Over time, varicose veins will enlarge and put you at risk for developing severe pools of blood that significantly slow the return of blood to one of the most vital organs: your heart.
If left untreated, many health problems can occur including the following:
- Blood clots can travel from the legs to the lungs and prevent proper function of the heart and lungs
- A gradual decrease in blood circulation
- Development of sores, skin ulcers, painful leg rashes and other ongoing irritation
- Red blood cell and fluid leaks into tissues causing swollen ankles
- Deep vein thrombosis
The vein specialists at Advanced Vein & Laser Center in Libertyville, IL are experts in treating your venous disease with minimally invasive procedures, which have few side effects. It’s time to gain control over your varicose veins before the disease progresses and creates discomfort and other health problems. Contact us today at 847-367-4040 or
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