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Three Frequently Asked Questions About Varicose Veins

by April Maguire

If you suffer from vein problems, you're far from alone. In fact, chronic venous disease is one of the most common afflictions in the United States, with nearly half of the adult population experiencing symptoms of some kind. Of these sufferers, tens of millions of people have enlarged, unsightly veins that rise up beneath the surface of the skin, commonly known as varicose veins.

But what causes varicose veins? And what can you do to get rid of them? These are among the most common questions asked when it comes to these annoying veins, and we've got the answers.

Why Do Varicose Veins Form?

Naturally, if you're worried about getting varicose veins, this is the first question you'd ask. Unfortunately, however, there is no quick and easy answer. For most varicose vein sufferers, heredity plays a key role. One of the biggest contributing factors for varicose veins is genetics, so if members of your immediate family suffer from the condition, then you're at a higher risk.

But being at a higher risk doesn't necessarily mean that you're destined to get these unsightly veins. Lifestyle factors are also incredibly important. In particular, excessive weight, a sedentary lifestyle, and spending too much time on your feet can all lead to an increased risk of developing varicose veins.

How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Fortunately, doctors nowadays have a number of different methods for getting rid of varicose veins. Currently, one of the most popular methods is endovenous ablation therapy, wherein a small wire is inserted into the vein that emits heat, either in the form of laser or radiofrequency waves. This heat seals of the vein from inside, which stops the blood flow and destroys the vein. Alternatively, doctors can also use a sealing adhesive or an abrasive solution to close off the vein. Regardless of the method used, the goal is to stop blood flow to the damaged vein in order to alleviate symptoms.

Should Varicose Veins Be Removed?

In a word, yes. You may think of varicose veins as simply an unsightly nuisance, but they can actually lead to a wide array of problems, including limb fatigue, pain, swelling, skin discoloration and the development of blood clots. If left unchecked, these issues could dramatically affect your quality of life.

But the good news is that most vein-related procedures are covered by insurance, so your out-of-pocket costs should be kept to a minimum. So if you're suffering from varicose veins, be proactive about it. Find a vein specialist in your area and get an idea of your treatment options.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about vein treatment, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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