Many people assume that the worst part about varicose veins is worrying about how their legs look in shorts. In reality, varicose veins carry serious health risks. If left untreated, you could face a number of issues, from painful ulcers to dangerous blood clots. If you’re suffering from varicose veins, take a look at these reasons why you should call Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center today:
Varicose veins are caused by blood that pools in the veins in your legs. This pooling occurs when the venous flaps that force your blood towards your heart fail, allowing the blood to flow backwards. When this happens, oxygen-rich blood doesn’t reach your legs in sufficient amounts. In the long-term, this can lead to ulcers along your varicose veins. These ulcers can be extremely painful, and because of the reduced circulation, they are difficult to heal and treat. Sometimes, these ulcers will not heal until your varicose veins have been treated and circulation can be improved.
As your varicose veins bulge, the skin on top of them becomes thinner and thinner. Eventually, that skin becomes so susceptible to injury that you can bleed even when your clothes rub against your legs. This kind of bleeding isn’t usually painful, but blood loss is messy and dangerous.
Varicose veins are associated with two kinds of blood clots: superficial thrombophlebitis (ST) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). ST is characterized by inflammation just below the skin level and usually resolves in a few weeks. DVT is a serious condition that involves a blood clot deep within the vein. If one of these clots breaks away and travels to the heart or lungs, the complications can be life-threatening.
Make today the day you start taking your varicose veins seriously and call Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. Our board-certified venous surgery team will devise a treatment plan specific to your case. Learn more about us by calling (407) 293-5944.