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In a Serious Vein – Part 1

Apr 8th 2012 at 10:58 PM

Arteries, veins and capillaries do their job silently. Dependable and out-of-sight, we don’t think much about them until a medical issue brings it to our attention…or the vein finds a way to ‘get our attention’.


One of the ways a vein (or set of them) finds its way into our consciousness is to appear in a very visible way. A bluish or twisted-looking vein signals a problem. Veins become “varicose” when their valves stop functioning properly and allow blood to flow backward. Though they do appear elsewhere, the knotted, inflamed veins generally occur in the legs and feet. When you step down, you’re forcing blood down your leg.  Symptoms include tingling, burning and swelling, and they can worsen. Since most people assume it is because they are on their feet too much, and that it is ‘normal’ to expect the veins to appear if they are – they do not realize that the appearance of these veins is a symptom of a possible medical issue. Not all enlarged veins are symptomatic of a grave problem – but, they are still indicative that something is not ‘right’.


When to seek help for a problematic vein:

If a vein is causing discomfort or distress, or bulges, it should be checked out. If it /they aren’t bulging or uncomfortable, you may not need treatment – but, you should monitor the area and have it checked at the first sign of changes.  Or, you could simply have a checkup, to rule out the possibility. An ultrasound examination reveals the distribution of the veins and whether they’re working properly. Left unchecked, or untreated, some veins  can lead to more serious problems like leg ulcers or blood clots; and in a few cases, the veins can actually bleed internally, or (in very rare cases) externally.


If anything you have read here sounds familiar, or causes concern – do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with a vascular or plastic surgeon to have them checked.  Join us next week for Part 2, where we will discuss who gets them, and how they are treated.


NOTE : This article is originally published by plasticsurgeryblog.

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