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Myths about varicose veins- How to dissect and dispel them

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Misconceptions and myths about varicose veins, its occurrence, treatment, and recovery are many. When lot of inaccurate and misleading information is spread, people tend to delay the treatment which could have negative impact on their health. In this blog we wish to dispel few of the most common myths surrounding varicose veins and its treatment.

Myth 1: Varicose veins will always recur after treatment

The truth is, varicose veins may always not recur after treatment. You can expect complete cure and the best outcomes once you choose your doctor judiciously. Fortunately, with all recent technological advancements, very effective minimally invasive procedures are available which can help you walk out of the clinic after treatment and resume normal activities with the lowest downtime.

Getting your veins treated by experienced and appropriately trained board-certified vascular surgeons will ensure that the condition will not recur.

Myth 2: Varicose veins need treatment only for cosmetic reasons

Are you thinking of a cosmetic surgery to remove those unsightly, bulging veins? Varicose veins may have a cosmetic component to it; however, it can make you uncomfortable and can have a significant impact on your health. 

Many people are unaware of the complications that may arise if varicose veins are left untreated. It can be a sign of venous insufficiency which worsens over time. In many people with varicose veins, blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis may be present and the condition may be asymptomatic.

Getting varicose veins treatment can restore blood circulation, reduce venous insufficiency, and prevent the disabling chronic pain.

Myth 3: Varicose veins affect only elderly people

It may be true that we more often hear about older people with varicose veins than younger people and this myth can partially be true. However, you need to understand that varicose veins and venous insufficiency are progressive diseases which can be mild in the initial stages and worsen over time. 

In a study conducted across few major cities in India more prevalence of chronic venous disease was reported at an average age of 43 years. Since patients seek treatment for venous problems only when they experience severely restricted limb functions affecting their quality of life, many incipient cases may go unidentified and unreported.

Myth 4: Only women get varicose veins

There is a truth behind this myth that women are more susceptible to developing varicose veins at a younger age than men. This is attributed to two factors: pregnancy and hormones. While pregnant, your blood volume doubles to supply your baby with the required oxygen and nutrients. This along with the extra few pounds you tend to gain may lead to more stress on your veins causing them to swell.

Female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, are found to relax the muscles that control the blood movement thereby disturbing the blood flow and leading to its pooling. 

Now, with these myths debunked, if you are keen on receiving the right treatment for your veins, call Avis vascular Centre and discuss your treatment options.

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