In our vein practices on Maui, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island…overarchingly one of the most common complaints we hear is from people who have had varicose veins for months or even years, but who never sought treatment for them. When the side effects and complications of varicose veins finally become too overwhelming for them to ignore and they finally come to us, we ask why they waited so long, and they all say essentially the same thing: “Nobody told me that varicose veins could cause this.”
Well, if you have been putting off visiting a Hawaii vein specialist for your varicose veins, in this article we’re going to explain exactly the kinds of problems they can cause. So don’t say that no one ever told you.
Five problems you don’t think your varicose veins will cause…but they will
Painfully swollen legs & ankles. The underlying disease that causes your varicose veins cripples your circulation and keeps it from processing fluids properly, which causes swelling. Left untreated, it can become so bad that you become disabled, unable to walk or stand for more than a few minutes.
Skin changes and inflammation. Left untreated, your impaired circulation will cause the skin on your legs to turn brown and leathery, become brittle, and be more prone to injury. At its worst, your legs will become covered with open, bleeding sores that do not respond to normal treatment and won’t heal.
Emotional problems and loss of self-esteem. Poor circulation affects your mental state as well, as does having to start every morning by looking in the mirror and then reaching for long pants or dark stockings to hide your legs. Untreated varicose veins increase your risk of clinical depression.
Higher risk of a much worse vein disease: DVT. Varicose veins indicate a weakness in your circulatory system that also put you at high risk for deep vein thrombosis, a disease that causes blood clots to form in the large veins of your legs. Untreated DVT is so dangerous that 300,000 Americans die every year from pulmonary embolisms or strokes caused by it.
Increased risk of other serious conditions. Varicose veins greatly increase your risk of becoming obese, and of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Sorry if you found this shocking, but it’s the truth about varicose veins
They’re NOT just a cosmetic problem. They’re the surface symptoms of a disease that doesn’t go away or “get better on its own,” and that – left untreated – can result in any or all of the above serious medical problems.
So don’t put your overall health at risk by putting off or avoiding treatment for your varicose veins. Pick up the phone and call the varicose vein treatment specialists today or go online and set up an appointment for a venous health screening. You’ll be happy you did.