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Do varicose veins increase your risk of DVT?

November 15, 2018 • • Vein Disease

Do Varicose Veins Increase the Risk of DVT?

Vein problems can occur at any time of life. Those large, gnarled, raised purple or blue veins on your legs are called “varicose veins.” Because they can have a detrimental effect on the body’s ability to pump blood efficiently through the body, individuals may develop a more serious vein condition called “deep vein thrombosis” or “DVT.” You may wonder if having varicose veins predisposes you to develop DVT problems. At the Kimmel Institute in Boca Raton, FL, we offer information and varicose vein treatment options.

Understanding Varicose Veins

Arteries have the job of carrying blood and nutrients throughout the human body. This blood must return to the hearts through a wide network of veins that contain one-way valves. Sometimes, these valves become weakened, and blood becomes pooled in the veins, causing pressure and weakness in the vein walls. These veins begin to bulge above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins can also develop deep within the body, causing pressure and discomfort. Clots can develop within the veins, which can dislodge and travel through the bloodstream. Varicose vein treatment can help to reduce the unattractive appearance of these veins, by diverting the blood flow to adjacent blood vessels and can prevent more serious complications from occurring.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Poor vein function can lead to deep vein thrombosis deep within the body, often in the legs. The individual may experience no symptoms or may have swelling and pain in the leg. Redness or warmth in the leg can also occur. These clots can also break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, where it can block blood flow and threaten your life. According to a National Institutes of Health study, data suggest that individuals who have varicose veins are at higher risk of developing DVT.

Complications of DVT

DVT can lead to a life-threatening embolism in the lungs, with symptoms of shortness of breath, pain on breathing, chest pain or coughing up blood. Individuals may become dizzy or faint. This condition is a medical emergency that requires immediate care. If you have vein problems or a family history of these problems, good vein treatment can help to reduce your risk of developing more serious health issues.

Contact The Kimmel Institute in Boca Raton FL for Vein Treatment

Dr. Richard D. Kimmel and his skilled team provide quality care for their patients in Boca Raton, FL, and surrounding communities. We offer a number of treatments, including both surgical and non-surgical procedures, to ensure individualized care and effective results. Call the Kimmel Institute today at 561-948-5560 for an appointment to learn about the options for treatment of your varicose vein problems.

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