Varicose veins are those unsightly blue and purple veins that show just beneath the surface of the skin, more often on our legs or arms, and are typically nothing to worry about. While these unsightly veins are common and often associated with age, there are times where varicose veins may be more than just annoying blemishes. Here are just a few links that studies have found between varicose veins and other serious health conditions.
1) As shown by this Taiwanese study by Shyue-Luen Chang, MD, Yau-Li Huang, MD, Mei-Ching Lee, MD, et al, varicose veins are often associated with an increased risk for venous thromboembolism or deep vein thrombosis, possibly leading to other health problems. There was an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis among adults diagnosed with varicose veins, the study found.
2) If you have varicose veins and are also pregnant, this may increase your risk for potentially life-threatening issues, such as pulmonary embolisms, otherwise known as blood clots in your lungs. Pulmonary embolisms are a potentially fatal condition where blood clots can stop oxygen and blood flow in your lungs.
3) Venous thromboembolism risks are significantly higher postpartum, particularly if combined with varicose veins that suddenly pop out on your body out of nowhere.
4) Obesity in combination with varicose veins, is also a risk factor for venous thromboembolism, according to David Green, MD, PhD, who is a professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. These blood clots can break off and go to our lungs, heart, or brain, possibly causing heart attack, stroke, or death.
5) If you live a sedentary lifestyle, do not get enough exercise, or have been unable to move around due to travel or work, your risk for venous thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis is going to be higher than those who regularly exercise and move about. Add those unsightly veins to this already catastrophic mix, and your risk is going to be even higher.
6) Dr. Green also states that risks increase significantly if you have had recent surgery and if you already have or develop additional varicose veins. This may mean you have a blood clot somewhere throughout your body, as surgeries or routine C-sections may cause a person’s blood to clot while the body works to heal the wounds from surgery.
Varicose veins are relatively common. However, if you are obese, pregnant, postpartum, or have had any type of surgery recently, it would be wise to watch out for any other symptoms of venous thromboembolism if you have them because the proven correlation cannot be ignored. Keeping tabs on your varicose veins will ensure that anticoagulants may be administered by your healthcare provider if necessary.
If you have varicose veins and are worried about whether they may be connected to other diseases, contact Rejuveination today to schedule an appointment at our office in Cincinnati.