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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Varicose Veins and Heart Disease - Part I

I am often asked by patients if their varicose veins are a signal that there is underlying heart disease. The concern is that these varicose veins mean that circulation to the heart is, in some way, abnormal.

The short answer is that there is no relationship at all between varicosities and heart disease, often known as "coronary artery disease."  The presence of bad veins does not increase the risk that heart problems will occur.

The venous system is distinct from the arterial system, though they are connected through small capillaries. When patients have coronary artery disease, there is damage to the small arteries supplying the heart muscle with blood. This is essential to heart function, and if it is interrupted (as with a blockage), a heart attack can ensue.

Varicose veins in the legs occur due to backward flow in the veins that lead to the symptoms of aching, heaviness and pain. Treatment of the varicose veins, with either VNUS Closure or phlebectomy, is very effective in eliminating the symptoms of varicose veins, and can improve overall blood flow in the legs. There is no change in heart function after varicose vein treatment.


Heart and Vein Center said...

Veins carry blood from the body back to the heart, and have one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. If the valves become weakened, some blood can remain in the vein, causing the vein to enlarge and bulge. Larger congested veins found mostly in the legs are commonly called varicose veins.

Varicose Veins St. Paul said...

Really? There's indeed a correlation between the two. This should be quite alarming now.

Anonymous said...

had a friend that had viens that he had at a young man. He soon had bypass sugery on his heart.4 bypasses I think. He died in sleep. would the viens stopped a blood clot through his body because of bad blood circulation.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious if there is any research on people with hemochromatosis and a pre-disposition to varicose veins?

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