8 Myths and Misconceptions About Varicose Veins

21350406_sEverydayHealth.com recently ran an article about varicose veins and the most popular misconceptions about them.

After all, varicose veins affect about 25% of U.S. adults, or about 22 million women and 11 million men between the ages of 40 and 80.

So if you have bulging, visible, painful blood vessels in your legs –– which are known as varicose veins — you should know that they’re a sign of venous insufficiency. Also known as progressive vein disease, this is a medical condition, not a cosmetic issue, which can lead to blood clots or other medical concerns like bleeding, skin discoloration, skin thickening, and ankle/ foot ankle ulcer formation.

To educate you about enlarged, unsightly veins, here are some myths and misconceptions you should know from Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center.

Myth #1: Varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue
False. Vein disease is a progressive disease, so most patients with varicose veins will most likely develop more visible symptoms such as swollen, bulging veins, pain, throbbing, cramping, tired or “heavy” legs, and restless legs at night.

Myth #2: Varicose veins are a sign of aging
True. Varicose veins do get worse with age, though not everyone you know will get them and younger people in their teens and 20s can get them, too. The point is, if your parents have vein disease, or if you have changes in your hormone levels because of pregnancy, you have an increased chance of getting varicose veins.

Myth #3: Only women are affected by varicose veins
False. While approximately 25% of women are ultimately affected by varicose veins, about 10 – 15% of men are affected.

Myth #4: Varicose veins are caused by running
False. Exercises like running are typically good for your veins and your circulation because exercise pumps more blood to and from your heart.

Myth #5: Standing all day causes varicose veins
True and false. Bartenders, waiters, teachers, flight attendants, policemen, and hairdressers are among the types of jobs where you spend long hours on your feet, day after day. If your legs ache, feel “heavy” or restless at night, you may have varicose veins. But prolonged standing may or may not cause the symptoms to occur for everyone.

Myth #6: Changing your lifestyle won’t help
False. Eating too much food and not exercising often enough can cause a weight problem, which is a scenario that may add to your chances of developing varicose veins. So your lifestyle does make a difference and changing your lifestyle can help lessen the effects of varicose veins.

Myth #7: Vein surgery is your only option
False. For decades, your only option was traditional vein stripping which involved a hospital stay, general anesthetic, a few days of recovery, and permanent scars. Now, Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center offers minimally invasive procedures using advanced techniques by Dr. David Calcagno and Dr. John Rossi. These include the VenaSeal Closure System, VNUS Closure, Microphlebectomy, ClariVein and Sclerotherapy as the preferred methods of treatment for resolving varicose vein and spider vein issues.

Myth #8: Varicose vein treatment recovery is difficult
False. With these types of quick, in-office procedures, recovery is actually much quicker than you might expect. In most cases, patients have minimal to no downtime, are back on the feet immediately, and back at work or play by the next day.

For more information about varicose vein symptoms or treatments, contact Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center today by calling 717-921-1412 to make an appointment for a free vein screening on April 26th and 27th.