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About Venous Disease

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Evans, GA
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If left untreated, venous disease can lead to:

  • An increased risk of blood clots
  • Skin discoloration
  • Hardening of the skin
  • Ulcer formation on the lower leg

Venous disease also can lead to the following conditions:

  • Varicose Veins
  • Lipodermatosclerosis
  • Phlebitis
  • Spider and Reticular Veins
  • Ulcers

Symptoms of venous disease include:

  • Aching
  • Fatigue, heaviness in legs
  • Pain — throbbing, burning, stabbing
  • Cramping, especially at night
  • Swelling
  • Itchiness around the lower calf and ankle
  • Restless legs
  • Numbness

Vein Disease Risk Factors

  • The primary risk factor for venous disease is heredity. If both your parents had vein problems, there's an 89 percent chance you will, too.
  • Age is another factor. Though venous disease can develop in your teens, it does become more prevalent as you age.
  • Women are three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men due to hormonal factors.
  • The chance of developing varicose veins increases with each pregnancy because of the fluctuating hormones and also because the growing baby puts pressure on the mother's pelvic veins.
  • Obesity is a factor, but only raises the risk slightly.
  • Standing and sitting professions also increase the likelihood of developing venous disease. Without proper muscle contractions, blood can pool in the legs and cause varicose veins.
  • Trauma from an accident or from a medical procedure that damages the vein can eventually lead to varicose veins.
  
     
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