What Can I Do About My Varicose Veins?

If you’ve noticed bulging, twisting veins on your legs, then you’re not alone. Over 40 million Americans currently suffer from varicose veins. Luckily, these days there are solutions. You don’t have to cover up your varicose veins with long clothing. 

At Metroview Vascular and Surgical, in Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina, we’re here to provide you solutions for all of your vascular and surgical needs. That’s why our doctors have compiled this helpful guide to varicose veins, what they are, and what you can do to effectively treat them. 

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins form when the walls and valves of your veins become weak and damaged. This usually happens as a result of gravity, and so they are commonly found on the legs. However, they can show up on other parts of your body as well. 

Varicose veins typically impact people who have high blood pressure, are overweight, or those who have a family history of the condition. Other risk factors include:

You may also develop varicose veins over time as you get older. So, even if you don’t have them now, they could show up later.

Preventing varicose veins

A good way to avoid varicose veins is to keep your circulatory system strong by getting enough exercise and keeping to a heart-healthy diet. If you have a job where you’re required to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, it can help to take small breaks throughout your day. 

Complications of varicose veins

While we understand that for most people, the concern with varicose veins is a cosmetic one, it’s also important to note that they can have an impact on your health. Varicose veins are a sign the valves that keep your blood flowing toward your heart aren’t functioning properly. This can possibly lead to heart disease. 

Research even indicates that varicose veins can lead to an increased risk of developing blood clots and even deep vein thrombosis, a condition where blood clots form in your deep veins, where they can travel to your lungs.

How we treat varicose veins

When it comes to treating varicose veins at our office, you have a couple of different options, ranging from the minimally invasive to the more invasive. Your options include:

Your treatment will depend on your individual needs and preferences. To make an appointment, call us or schedule a time right on our website today.

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