Blood Clotting in the Legs Can Cause Sudden Death

Varicose and spider veins are often seen as an “aesthetic” inconvenience; in actuality, they can be a serious medical condition that should not be left untreated. Those who experience bulging veins in the legs often complain of pain, cramping, or itching due to a rash. What many individuals do not know is that if there is a blood clot in the deeper veins, it has the potential to break off and travel to the lungs. This is called pulmonary embolism, which may lead to severe illness or sudden death.

Risks Of Varicose Veins

Fortunately, those who visit my practice concerned about varicose veins are thoroughly examined; mapping of the veins helps identify blood clots or reflux, where the blood is pooling in the legs due to damaged venous valves. In my experience, out of 300 to 400 patients I have treated with varicose veins, three initially presented with blood clots and two of the patients had deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The latter were more serious cases, which required anticoagulant therapy and eventually laser treatment of their varicose veins. In addition to varicose veins, other causes of blood clots in the legs include prolonged bed rest, use of oral contraceptives, childbirth, obesity, cancer, stroke, heart attack, and heart surgery. The common result of these disorders is poor blood flow in the legs and this stagnant blood is prone to clotting.

If you show signs of varicose veins, or have a family history of them, I encourage you to browse my website for more information. Additionally, I welcome you to my practice to learn more regarding your options in treating varicose and spider veins. We offer free consultations for you to learn more about laser treatment of varicose veins.