Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are bulging, twisted veins that often appear on the legs. They occur when the valves in the veins stop working properly, causing blood to pool in the veins without returning to the heart. Not only is the appearance of varicose veins unsightly, but they can sometimes also cause discomfort and put you at risk for other more serious conditions, such as venous ulcers or blood clots.

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Varicose Veins

What Causes Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are common, affecting about one in every three adults. They tend to run in families, and contrary to popular belief, they occur frequently in both men and women.

Varicose veins can be caused by standing or sitting for long periods of time, an injury to the leg, obesity, pregnancy, menopause, smoking and other risk factors.

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How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

Varicose veins are generally treated with a closure procedure using laser or radiofrequency energy, or a procedure called an ambulatory phlebectomy. Smaller varicose veins and spider veins are usually treated with sclerotherapy injections. In many cases, a combination of treatments works best.

Tow medical professionals administering treatment for varicose or spider veins
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