Varicose Veins
Friday, Sept. 12, 2008

Nearly 50 percent of the adult population in the United States suffers unsightly and sometimes painful varicose veins. In todayís 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Hill discusses the cause of varicose veins and possible treatment options.

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They most commonly develop in the legs and ankles.

Varicose veins develop when you have faulty valves in your veins and weakened vein walls.

Some people may be more likely than others to develop varicose veins because of inherited characteristics and the aging process. Varicose veins may also result from conditions that increase pressure on the leg veins, such as being overweight or pregnant or standing for long periods of time.

People with varicose veins often do not have symptoms but may be concerned about the appearance of the veins.

Varicose veins are common and are usually not a sign of a serious medical problem. But in some cases varicose veins can signal a blockage in the deeper veins. This condition, called deep vein thrombosis, requires evaluation and possibly treatment.

Self-care measures such as wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs and exercising regularly may relieve symptoms and keep varicose veins from getting worse. Sclerotherapy, endovenous laser or radiofrequency treatment or surgery may be considered when symptoms persist.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Ed Hill.