Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Varicose veins affect both men and women.


Although they can appear at any age, they become more common as you age. Varicose veins usually look like swollen or twisted veins that are visible on your legs, arms or on another area of your body. They often appear blur or purple, making them very obvious under your skin.

Your first concern may be about the way they look. These bulging veins can make you feel embarrassed and self-conscious in public. But sometimes varicose veins can be painful or be accompanied by heavy, itchy, and burning sensations. Whether you feel pain and other symptoms or not, you’re advised to have your varicose veins checked out by a trained New Jersey medical professional.

Don’t Self-Diagnose!


Along with twisted or bulging veins, you may have other vein problems at the same time, such as spider veins. The smaller, milder cousin of varicose veins, spider veins are small, thin veins that look like spiderwebs or tree branches on the surface of your skin. You’d be doing yourself a disservice to conclude that your vein problems:

   Are simply cosmetic

   Aren’t dangerous to your health

   Don’t represent anything to worry about

   Because visible veins may signal a deeper medical issue, you shouldn’t ignore them or self-diagnose their cause. Left untreated, varicose veins can develop medical consequences that do demand attention. Get a professional opinion from the experienced vein specialist at Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey.

Complications That Develop from Varicose Veins


It’s possible that practicing self-care may help prevent possible complications that can develop from untreated varicose veins. Wearing compressions stockings, elevating your legs while you’re sitting or lying down, exercising to lose weight are all actions that help improve your condition. Still, it’s always best to first undergo a consultation with an doctor to ensure that you don’t have any underlying diseases causing your bulging veins.

If you practice self-care methods on your own, without the watchful care of an experienced vein specialist, you may inadvertently trigger serious health-related complications. Possible complications of untreated damaged veins include:

   Bleeding. Bulging veins near the surface of your skin sometimes start to bleed. The leaked blood seeps into the surrounding tissue, causing discoloration and swelling, among other symptoms. This condition requires medical attention.

   Chronic venous insufficiency. When your damaged leg veins can’t pump the blood back to your heart efficiently, it often pools in your lower legs. This condition causing swelling in your legs, ankles and feet. Signs of venous insufficiency occur most often in your legs because that’s where the fight against gravity is strongest.

   Venous stasis ulcers. When your leg or legs swell too much, it can put much more pressure on your skin. As a result, ulcers develop on your skin. You notice the darkened skin before the sores appear. Seek a medical specialist for treatment.

   Blood clots. Varicose veins affect veins that are close to the surface of your skin, making them more noticeable. But when veins deep within your leg become enlarged, you can’t see them, but they’re more dangerous. A blood clot, also called thrombophlebitis, can form, blocking your blood flow. What makes them dangerous is that if a large blood clot comes loose, it can travel all the way to your heart and lungs, causing damage there.

Because of the possibility of these complications, varicose veins are sometimes dangerous. Even if complications don’t develop, when vein problems cause discomfort and pain. Additionally, they can affect your quality of life. And yet, varicose veins are relatively easy to correct.

New Jersey Varicose Vein Treatment


Unsightly or painful veins are treatable, sometimes with lifestyle changes and self-care practices done at home, as recommended by your New Jersey vein doctor. Staying active with regular exercise such as swimming or cycling helps to improve your circulation, which strengthens your veins. Stronger veins help you avoid health problems by preventing serious complications or new bulging veins from forming.

There are several different treatment options available at Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey. If you’re experiencing discomfort, have cosmetic concerns or your doctor is concerned about possible complications, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Minimally invasive and non-invasive treatment options are painless and may include:

   Endovenous laser ablation

   Endovenous radiofrequency ablation

   Sclerotherapy for varicose veins

   Ulcer treatment

   Ambulatory phlebotomy

Come to the Experts in Varicose Veins


Whether you have concerns about varicose veins, spider veins, venous insufficiency or any other vein problems, schedule an appointment. A consultation with Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at one of his three northern New Jersey offices in Parsippany, Old Bridge or Sayreville provides more information about your current condition, as well as the options for your next steps.

Dr. Gorelik goes over the best options for treatment, usually removal of your problem veins, and ensures you’re out of danger. Most procedures are done at the doctor’s office on an outpatient basis. Recommended treatments lead to visible results within a few weeks. Don’t postpone seeking expert advice for your problem veins. They may be dangerous!

Call for an appointment today!

212.389.1326

 

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