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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Do Supplements Have a Role in Varicose Vein Treatment?


A question was posted on the Terry Talks Nutrition site by Kathy D. from Allentown, PA. Kathy has several large varicose veins that are painful and unsightly. She describes her legs as “tired and very heavy,” which makes it difficult for her to go on walks.  Kathy’s doctor recommended surgery to remove the varicose veins and she was looking for other recommendations.

Terry’s recommendations include supplements that are supposed to be beneficial for blood vessel health, as well as improving the pain and leg swelling associated with varicose veins. 

Kathy is describing symptomatic venous insufficiency complicated by pain, leg fatigue and difficulty with exercise.  The enlarged veins raise her risk for blood clots, as the veins are permanently altered by valve failure leading to vein enlargement, which will not be changed by dietary supplements.   Kathy needs to seek an evaluation from a vascular surgeon specializing in modern vein care.  The Venefit procedure (formerly known as VNUS Closure) and microphlebectomy are both virtually painless in office procedures performed under local anesthesia.  Because symptomatic venous disease is a medical problem, care is covered by medical insurance.  Contact any of our Virginia, Maryland, or West Virginia vein centers to learn more.

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