What Are the Health Risks of Varicose Veins?

Many people believe that varicose veins are just a vanity issue, and they don’t look into laser vein removal because the aesthetic doesn’t really bother them. However, there are some very serious health risks to varicose veins.

Causes of Varicose Veins

When the valves in veins do not close correctly some of the blood being pumped back to the heart falls back down the leg. This wrong-way blood flow, also known as “reflux,” causes an increase in pressure, which pushes on the walls of the veins. This pressure results in the enlarged and tortuous vessels that we recognize as varicose veins.

Health Risks of Varicose Veins

Aside from issues like Restless Leg Syndrome, and discomfort in the form of aching, cramping or frank pain, this increased pressure can also cause the contents of the blood to be pushed out into the soft tissue around the damaged vein. If this process goes on long enough skin damage occurs and eventually ulcers can form. These ulcers tend to be very difficult to treat and commonly cause chronic infections.

Treat Varicose Veins

If you have varicose veins, or any other type of veins you are concerned about, contact your physician. There is a good chance that your physician will recommend varicose vein removal. CoolTouch Laser vein removal is one of the top treatments for varicose veins, and Colorado Skin and Vein is a leading a provider.

For more information, call our office at 303-683-3235, or request a consultation online.

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