Can Varicose Veins Pose a Health Risk?

August 7, 2023
By United Vein & Vascular Centers®

Are varicose veins dangerous? 

Varicose veins are veins that most often appear on the backs of the legs in the form of large, swollen tracts of veins that have risen close to the surface of the skin. They can be blue, purple or reddish in color. They can be mostly asymptomatic and cause no physical discomfort for some people; for others, varicose veins can be a constant source of pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins can indicate large underlying issues with your circulatory health, like chronic venous insufficiency. Here’s what else you should know about varicose veins and how they can affect your general health. 

Can varicose veins be dangerous to my health? 

Most often, the answer is no, varicose veins aren’t dangerous and usually don’t pose a risk to your health — if they’re appropriately treated by a vein specialist. Most concern stems from the physical appearance, but in some cases, this condition can cause uncomfortable and even painful symptoms. Even so, it’s usually not dangerous. Some of the symptoms of this condition may include swelling, heaviness, tingling, cramping, itching and skin discoloration, to name a few. If your symptoms aren’t treated, you may have an increased risk of experiencing complications that could become potentially life-threatening. Getting treated by a specialist is the best way to avoid complications and keep your symptoms manageable. 

Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for your varicose vein treatments 

You don’t have to continue worrying about symptoms of vein conditions that are making your life more difficult. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each of our team members understands the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to, and that’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.  

Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition and include it in a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:  

  • Reduce your symptoms. 
  • Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.  
  • Increase your overall quality of life.  

Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment. 

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