How Varicose Veins Affect Different People's Lives

You might remember seeing your Grandmother’s varicose veins. The fact is, the progressive medical known as venous insufficiency or venous reflux affects about 40 million Americans.

Of those 40 million people, by age 60, about 70% of women and about 40% of men will have painful, swollen legs, a “heavy” feeling in their legs, tired legs, or even restless leg syndrome – and varicose veins or vein disease is most often the underlying medical condition.

But, varicose veins can affect just about anyone at any time, so they don't just affect Grandmothers. At Vein Institute of Utah, we’ve treated high school and college age patients who are athletes… young mothers who got varicose veins during pregnancy… even lots of male patients between 20 and 50 years old who work on their feet all day, which puts excessive pressure on their legs.

Remember, varicose veins aren’t always visible to the naked eye. In about a third of the cases that I see, the varicose veins are visible as blue-green, swollen, ropey, and painful on one leg or both. But in (the other two-thirds of my patients), the damaged superficial veins are subcutaneous – or just beneath the surface of the skin.

They can still cause pain, make your legs feel heavy, give you a burning sensation, or they can also cause aching or tiredness.

So even if you DON’T physically see varicose veins, you could still have them. A diagnostic ultrasound exam in my offices is the best way to determine if you have vein disease.

Vein Institute of Utah
Thursday, May 8th, 10 am to 5 pm
909 E. 9400 South, Suite C, Sandy
(801) 285-0340

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