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Video: Varicose Veins, Much More Than a Cosmetic Issue, Can Prove a Health Risk
Date:6/15/2009

Left Untreated, They May Enlarge and Worsen Over Time

CHICAGO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Many Latinas who suffer from varicose veins often dismiss the enlarged leg veins as a cosmetic issue without recognizing they can lead to pain and discomfort. As many women often postpone visiting their doctors for other health symptoms, Vein Clinics of America is encouraging women to listen to their legs to keep varicose veins from affecting their everyday routine.

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"As a Latina, my family is my priority and I tend to leave my own needs for last. My work as a nurse has taught me to look for signs from my body, and in the bodies of patients, and to keep special track of the hereditary diseases such as varicose veins," said Iliana Portela, Registered Nurse with Vein Clinics of America. "To be the strong support our family needs, women need to pay special attention to their bodies and speak with a doctor if they experience any pain, swelling, and fatigue in the legs as these can be symptoms of varicose veins."

Varicose veins occur when blood vessels have trouble carrying blood from the legs back to the heart. This is the result of faulty valves and weakened vein walls and can lead to pain swelling and fatigue in the legs.

While surgical treatments have traditionally been used to treat varicose veins, newer non-invasive treatments are now available that have largely replaced surgery. New treatments include:

  • Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy: An advanced form of sclerotherapy where a foam solution is injected directly into the varicose vein, causing it to close off. A physician visually monitors the vein and injection on an ultrasound screen, allowing considerable control over the vein area being trea
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