More than 30 million Americans suffer from venous disease. If left untreated, varicose veins can progress to become a more serious form of venous disease, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), with the potential to develop into more long term, serious health issues. In our quick varicose vein self assessment, consider your medical history and symptoms—including leg pain, swelling, aching or cramping—to see if you should speak with a healthcare professional.
Am I At Risk For Varicose Veins?
Family history and pregnancy can raise your risk of varicose veins. Living a sedentary lifestyle prohibits blood flow, and being overweight also puts added pressure on your veins. Your veins work hard to help regulate blood flow and as you age, normal wear and tear puts you at risk for varicose veins. What is most important to recognize is that resources are available to you to treat existing varicose veins, and The Vein Center can work with you to relieve symptoms, prevent complications and improve appearances.
Varicose Veins Symptoms
If you’ve experienced the following varicose veins signs and symptoms in your legs or ankles, it may be time to speak to a specialist.
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Leg pain, aching or cramping
- A heavy feeling in the legs; restlessness
- Open wounds or sores, such as above the inner ankle
- Skin discoloration or texture changes
- Burning or itching of the skin
Detecting and treating varicose veins halts the progression of the disease. If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms or have a family history of varicose veins, please contact us today.