Common Myths About Varicose Veins

While many people develop varicose veins, many are unaware of the many health risks that can come with the condition. Very few people understand how varicose veins work and how they can impact a person’s overall health. Despite the prevalence of the condition, varicose veins aren’t well understood by many. Here are some of the most common myths about varicose veins.

Myth: It is best to wait until after pregnancy to treat varicose veins.

Varicose veins are very common in pregnant women. While many have advocated that women get their varicose veins treated after they’ve had all of their pregnancies, it is still recommended that the problem be completely resolved as early as possible. Venous problems should be aggressively targeted earlier to prevent discomfort among pregnant women. Nearly 100 percent of people can see the problem eliminated with venous treatment.

Myth: Only women get varicose veins.

Varicose veins are more likely to occur in women; however, varicose veins can also occur in men. It is estimated that 25 percent of men between ages 30 and 40 can get the condition. Nearly 50 percent of men age 70 or older have venous deficiency. Men can experience pain and even develop skin ulcers as a result of the condition. Varicose veins in men have the same characteristics and symptoms displayed in women.

Myth: Varicose veins are harmless.

Many people who have developed varicose veins can expect pain and swelling. While many endure the pain, others can see long term chronic health conditions get out of control if the problem is left untreated. The varicose veins cause blood to back up in the veins and can even cause clotting. People who have varicose veins are also likely to have circulatory issues like vein clots. In fact, it is estimated that up to 40 percent of people with vein problems can develop a deep vein clot or the condition commonly known as deep vein thrombosis. If the clot becomes loose, it can cause blockage in the lungs and become potentially life-threatening. Chronic venous hypertension can create added stress on the organs.

Myth: Varicose veins are age-related.

There are numerous factors that can determine whether or not a person can develop the condition. One with a family history of the problem is more at risk for developing varicose veins. Being overweight is another common risk factor. Variations in hormonal activity can also lead to varicose veins. Pregnant women, menopausal women and those who take birth control are also at greater risk of developing the condition. Occupations that require extended periods of standing also increase the risk of getting the condition.

Varicose veins should always be screened in the event that there are significant health problems that may need to be treated. Regardless of age, sex or family history; any person should get their vein issues resolved earlier on to prevent serious health complications from ever occurring. Scheduling a varicose vein screening is always recommended as soon as the problem is detected.