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Survey Shows People With Varicose Veins Unaware of Health Risks; Most Never Consider Treatment
Date:7/29/2008

Sufferers Consider Veins a Cosmetic Issue Despite Experiencing Leg Pain and

Discomfort

CHICAGO, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Varicose veins -- unsightly bulging veins in the legs -- force many embarrassed sufferers to cover up, even on the hottest summer days. While often dismissed as a cosmetic issue, varicose veins actually can develop into serious health problems. According to a new survey, many who suffer from varicose veins aren't aware of this and are not seeking treatment for their condition. The survey, sponsored by Vein Clinics of America, found that one in five people reported having varicose veins, and half (48 percent) also experienced aching pain in the legs. Surprisingly, most people (87 percent) reported they have never sought treatment and nearly half (42 percent) do not consider varicose veins to be a serious health issue.

"Many people don't make the connection between varicose veins and leg discomfort, when in fact, varicose veins may be the outward symptom of an underlying problem that could potentially lead to serious health complications," said Ted King, M.D., Medical Director of the Vein Clinics of America network. "Severe varicose veins put people at risk for a number of conditions, from leg ulcers, bleeding, and phlebitis to blood clots which can be life-threatening, thus treatment can be critical."

Varicose veins, or twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin, are most commonly seen in the legs and ankles. Varicose veins occur when veins have trouble carrying blood from the legs back to the heart due to faulty valves and weakened vein walls. Many people with varicose veins also experience pain, swelling, numbness, and fatigue in the legs. Varicose veins and related leg symptoms can have an impact on daily life, especially for people with occupations requiring long periods of standing or walking.

"Varicose veins and leg pain are thought to be a normal part of aging, but pe
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