Varicose veins, much more than a cosmetic issue, can prove a health risk. Left untreated, they may enlarge and worsen over time.
Many Latinas who suffer from varicose veins often dismiss the enlarged leg veins as a cosmetic issue without recognizing they can lead to pain and discomfort.
Varicose veins occur when blood vessels have trouble carrying blood from the legs back to the heart. This is the result of faulty valves and weakened vein walls and can lead to pain swelling and fatigue in the legs.
While surgical treatments have traditionally been used to treat varicose veins, newer non-invasive treatments are now available that have largely replaced surgery. New treatments include:
An advanced form of sclerotherapy where a foam solution is injected directly into the varicose vein, causing it to close off. A physician visually monitors the vein and injection on an ultrasound screen, allowing considerable control over the vein area being treated.
Endovenous Laser Treatment (ELT)
A minimally-invasive procedure that uses heat from a guided laser to close varicose veins. A small optic fiber is inserted through a needle into the varicose vein under ultrasound guidance. The laser is then activated and as the optic fiber is removed from the vein, it heats and closes the vein. This procedure does not require hospitalization or complicated surgery and typically takes less than an hour.
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are purple, blue or dark green in color and may appear twisted and bulging. Common related symptoms include: pain, fatigue, itching, burning, swelling, cramping, restlessness and throbbing. Varicose veins may enlarge and worsen over time and, if untreated, could lead to serious complications, such as leg ulcers or blood clots.
There are many factors that can increase a person´s chances of developing varicose veins, including heredity, age, gender, and sitting or standing for long periods of time. (SOURCE: Hispanic PR Wire)
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