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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Avoid the Risk of Blood Clots and Varicose Veins


It may be time to rethink varicose veins treatment.   Most physicians that treat vein disease feel that the presence of varicose veins increases the risk of blood clots. This is known as phlebitis in surface veins and DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in deeper leg veins. Varicose veins cause elevated pressure in the venous system and cause sluggish blood flow. Both of these conditions are known to be risk factors for blood clots. Simple treatment of your varicose veins with the Venefit Procedure can minimize these risks.

Surface blood clots are usually rather benign, though they do cause tenderness, pain and take many weeks to resolve. Treatment typically involves either ice or heat, anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen) and compression hose. Unfortunately, a portion of surface clots progress to involve the larger deep vein system, leading to significant health risk. Clots in these veins can break off and migrate to the heart of lungs, causing a medical emergency.

Symptoms of DVT are sudden leg pain and swelling. When such a problem occurs, you need to see your physician immediately so evaluation and treatment is expedited. The only way to confirm a blood clot in the leg is a venous ultrasound (duplex scan). This painless test images the vein flow very nicely and can identify either a surface or deep vein clot.

If you have varicose veins, we advise you to have them treated to avoid the unnecessary risks of both phlebitis and DVT.  A board certified vein specialist is most qualified to advise you and lead you through your treatment plan.

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