With such a large portion of the population afflicted with varicose veins or spider veins, it’s important to know about the full range of problems they can cause if left untreated. While many people believe they are strictly aesthetically displeasing, varicose and spider veins can have further serious conditions that can be extremely dangerous. The following article explores how venous insufficiency relates to deep vein thrombosis. To learn more about both of these conditions, read on:
- Venous Insufficiency: The blood in your legs has to work against gravity in order to circulate back to your heart and become infused with oxygen. While some people have naturally excellent circulation in the legs, others are born with weak veins or have injured the venous valves that facilitate the flow of blood. If your veins are weak, then blood will sit still and pool, creating a spider vein or varicose vein. This condition will remain until you seek treatment from a vein doctor.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis: Untreated varicose veins and spider veins will continue to worsen. The vein will undergo clogging, which can cause a deep vein thrombosis, otherwise known as a blood clot. While about half of patients have no visible symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis, signs can include swelling in the area infected or pain and tenderness to the touch.
- Further Problems: A blood clot anywhere in the body is dangerous. A clot in the leg is capable of traveling to the lungs, where it will block the heart and lungs from functioning properly. Additionally, the skin tissue around the area of the clot may not receive proper nourishment, resulting in sores or skin ulcers.
Treat your varicose veins or spider veins before they develop into a more severe medical condition. For more information on vein treatments, contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan at (212) 204-6501. With one consultation, we can help determine which method is right for eliminating your venous problems.