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Monday, May 2, 2011

Varicose Veins and Heart Disease - Part II

As a follow up to the last blog post about varicose veins and heart disease, another issue arises.  Many people are aware that the primary cause of most varicose veins is reflux in the saphenous vein in the leg. This vein runs down the inner thigh to the calf, normally carrying blood upwards against gravity. When reflux occurs, the saphenous vein is not working properly so that blood actually flows downwards towards the ankle.

Treatment of venous insufficiency involves closing this saphenous vein using VNUS Closure. This will permanently seal the vein as it shrinks to a small strand of tissue in the leg.

Under normal circumstances, a normal saphenous vein can be used for heart bypass if this is ever needed. However, when the saphenous vein is not normal and has reflux (as it does with varicose veins), it cannot be used for heart bypass since it does not function well.

Fortunately, under these circumstances, heart surgeons are able to use other veins and even arteries (such as the radial artery in the forearm) to perform their surgery, with excellent results.

In sum, when varicose veins are due to saphenous vein reflux, the best option is to treat the condition with thermal ablation (as with VNUS Closure). There should be no concern that this will reduce options if, in later years, heart surgery is necessary.


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.

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