We appreciate your interest in learning more about varicose veins. In this blog today, we have attempted to answer some of the most common questions that our patients often ask us during their consultation visits.
We have tried to answer in simple terms for you to make the most of this blog post. Read till the end to become aware of this venous disorder as timely diagnosis through early symptoms is the key to effective treatment and faster recovery.
Question : Does my diet affect my varicose veins?
Answer : The single word answer to this question is “Yes”.
In general, what you eat decides your overall health and well-being, the same
is the case with varicose veins. Eating a high-fibre diet that includes a lot
of fresh vegetables and fruits is known to not only result in a healthier body
but also improve vein health for people of all age groups.
Whereas, eating salty and/or fatty food leads to water retention and thus places a lot of additional pressure on the veins. Also, diary and red-meat consumption can cause constipation and hinder the optimal blood flow. Thus, the diet has a major contribution to your overall vein health.
Question : Who is most probable of developing varicose veins?
Answer : Although anyone can develop varicose veins at any age, women are slightly more likely to complain of these swollen and enlarged veins. Pregnant women are also at high risk due to a change in hormones and sudden weight gain during pregnancy.
As many as 62% of men over 60 years of age suffer from varicose veins but not all of them are aware of their medical condition. Also, irrespective of gender and age, people with a family history of venous disorders are at a high risk of developing varicose veins as compared to others.
Question : Can spider veins develop into varicose veins?
Answer : Spider veins and varicose veins are often confused with each other but these are two different medical conditions. Spider veins, like varicose veins, are also a venous disorder and signal towards a problem in blood circulation but spider veins are thinner and accompanied by much milder swelling.
Although more visible and darker than normal veins, spider veins do not significantly protrude from the skin surface and cause much less pain and discomfort as compared to varicose veins.
Question : Can regular use of compression stockings cure varicose veins?
Answer : Compressions stockings, also known as support stockings apply direct pressure to the damaged veins and stimulate the blood flow. These prevent the blood from pooling and thus help reduce inflammation in the affected area.
These are helpful in offering relief from pain and discomfort to patients with varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. However, you must always consult your doctor before wearing them and learn about its recommended usage for your medical condition.
These are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. You must always ask the doctor about the types of stocking that are best for you before actually making a purchase.
Question : If I have varicose veins, should I change the way I exercise?
Answer : Although people who have varicose veins must exercise as physical activity is known to help improve blood circulation but not all forms of exercise are suitable for patients with venous disorders.
Gentle and low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and others are best suited for people who have varicose veins. These exercises place the least pressure on the veins as opposed to strenuous exercises such as running on hard surfaces and heavy weight lifting that are more likely to stress the veins.
Question : Will one procedure eliminate my varicose veins?
Answer : Yes, all varicose veins can be treated in a single sitting of the painless and minimally invasive endovenous laser ablation treatment procedure. It is a brief process usually performed as an outpatient procedure with local anaesthesia. Patients can go back home on the same day and join their office from the next day itself.
But as varicose veins are known to be a genetic disorder, there are slight chances of recurrence which can be considerably reduced by maintaining a healthy lifestyle characterized by eating a nutritional diet, following an exercise regime, giving up on alcohol and tobacco, and avoiding long stretches of sitting or standing in the same posture.
Question : What will happen if I leave my varicose veins alone?
Answer : It is not wise to leave the varicose veins untreated. Delay or lack in proper medical care can worsen the condition and lead to other health complications such as venous ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, and blood clots in deep veins i.e. DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis which can result in the life-threatening medical complication known as pulmonary embolism which occurs when the blood clot breaks free from the legs and moves up to the lungs and heart.
What to do next?
As many as 25% of adult Indians have been reported to be complaining of varicose veins. It is due to the limited understanding of this medical condition, lack of awareness of the symptoms, and delay in seeing a vascular expert that the venous disorders progress to potentially life-threatening health conditions such as DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot in lungs).
You must always keep a close eye on the symptoms and seek medical assistance at the earliest to prevent health complications. Visit Avis Vascular Centre, the best vascular healthcare medical institute, and book a consultation with the renowned vascular expert Dr. Rajah V Koppala for unmatched treatment in the least time and most affordable cost! Schedule your consultation visit today!