Can Varicose Veins Cause Health Problems? When To Seek Medical Attention
Varicose veins are a common condition that affects many people, especially as they get older. They occur when the veins in your legs become enlarged and swollen, leading to pain, discomfort, and a visible bulging of the veins under the skin. While varicose veins are often considered a cosmetic concern, they can also cause health problems if left untreated. In this blog, we will discuss the potential health risks associated with varicose veins and when to seek medical attention.
One of the most serious health risks associated with varicose veins is the formation of blood clots. When blood pools in the enlarged veins, it can become stagnant and clump together, forming a clot. This can be dangerous because the clot can break off and travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body, including the lungs, where it can cause a pulmonary embolism. Symptoms of a blood clot include pain, swelling, warmth, and redness in the affected area. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Another potential health risk of varicose veins is the development of ulcers. When the veins become enlarged and swollen, they can cause skin damage and ulcers to form. These ulcers are typically found on the lower leg and can be painful and difficult to treat. If you have varicose veins and notice any skin changes, such as redness or darkening, or if you develop a sore that does not heal, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Varicose veins can also cause bleeding, especially if they are close to the surface of the skin. The skin over the veins can become thin and fragile, making it more prone to cuts and bruises. If you experience any bleeding from your varicose veins, it is important to apply pressure to the area and seek medical attention if the bleeding does not stop.
When to seek medical attention
While varicose veins are often considered a cosmetic concern, they can cause serious health problems if left untreated. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention:
- Pain or swelling in your legs
- Skin changes, such as redness, itching, or darkening
- Ulcers or sores on your legs
- Bleeding from your veins
- Difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a vascular surgeon can help. They can perform a thorough evaluation and recommend the best treatment options for your specific condition. Treatment options may include minimally invasive endovascular surgery, which uses advanced technology to treat varicose veins without the need for open surgery.
Varicose veins can cause serious health problems if left untreated. If you are experiencing any symptoms of varicose veins, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. At Sonoran Vein and Endovascular, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you achieve healthy, beautiful legs.