Are Varicose Veins a Warning Sign of Something Worse?

October 12, 2020 Dr Zil

Varicose veins are one of the most common venous issues that affect the human body. With over a quarter of all people developing the vein disorder, it’s virtually guaranteed that you or someone close to you, has them. While varicose veins themselves may seem like a relatively mild issue, are varicose veins a warning sign of something worse?

The development of varicose veins is often advanced by lifestyle factors such as weight, diet and fitness. If you have varicose veins, it’s important to speak to your doctor to check if there is anything more sinister causing them. While there is a range of issues that can be the cause, there are two particular issues that can be more serious, CVI and DVT. While these might seem like generic medical acronyms, these conditions can be very serious and, in some cases, fatal. As a result, they should not be taken lightly.

To help decrypt the ambiguity, we’ve outlined each condition, how it can affect you, and how to prevent it occurring.

Are varicose veins a warning sign of:

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

DVT occurs when blood clots form in larger arteries of the limbs. It’s most often exacerbated by injury, smoking, extended periods of inactivity, pregnancy and obesity. When these clots form, there’s a risk of the clot dislodging and travelling up the veins, causing damage in critical parts of the body. One of the major risks here is a pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot travels to the lungs and causes life-threatening damage.

To reduce the risk of DVT causing problems, it’s best to speak to a doctor and look at blood-thinners and other medications, as well as using compression stockings.

Learn more: Why do blood clots form?

Progression of deep vein thrombosis

CVI (Chronic Venous Insufficiency)

CVI is the most common underlying issue that causes varicose veins. While many people who suffer from it develop varicose veins and other relatively milder issues, if untreated, it can cause much more serious issues, including recurring varicose veins, active ulcers, and an increased risk of permanent damage to the soft tissue. This is a degenerative condition, and with the right treatment and action, you can prevent it getting worse, manage it as it is, and in some cases, reverse at least part of the damage.

To treat it, it’s best to use compression stockings and speak to a veins specialist about what can be done to help your particular case.

Seek expert advice

The doctors at The Vein Institute specialise in varicose vein treatment. We offer patients a comprehensive treatment program to treat varicose veins, with non-surgical laser treatment techniques. The benefits of laser treatment to patients are;

  • Walk-in walk-out treatment
  • 98% success rate
  • Extremely effective
  • Can be performed at a clinic (no hospitalisation)
  • No general anaesthetic
  • Medicare rebates apply
  • No downtime or time away from work

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