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Varicose Veins Tied to Higher Odds for Blood Clots

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Those tangled blue varicose veins that can pop up on your legs as you age may be more than unsightly: New research suggests they might quintuple your risk of dangerous blood clots. Known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT), these clots in the legs can be life-threatening if they travel to the lungs or heart, Taiwanese researchers said. "Varicose veins are not merely a ...

Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by

-- Varicose veins are unsightly, swollen vessels that typically affect the legs. The Mayo Clinic mentions these warning signs: Blue or dark-purple veins. Veins that twist and bulge, resembling electric cords beneath the skin. Pain or a heavy sensation. Veins that itch or bleed. Swelling, cramped muscles, throbbing or burning in the affected area. Pain that worsens when you stand or sit for an ...

Health Tip: Ease Varicose Veins

Posted 28 Mar 2017 by

-- Varicose veins are swollen, bulging blood vessels that usually form in the legs. And while you may not be able to prevent them, you may be able to stop them from getting worse. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests: If you must stand or sit for long periods, take frequent breaks. Don't cross your legs when you sit. And when possible, raise your legs above your heart. Get ...

Health Tip: Identifying Varicose Veins

Posted 31 May 2016 by

-- Varicose veins occur when blood pools in the lower leg because vascular valves don't work sufficiently to promote blood flow back to the heart. The Society for Vascular Surgery says varicose veins: May bulge. Could be painful or cause a burning sensation, or a feeling of heaviness or tiredness in the legs. May itch. Could change color, and feel hard or hot. May cause no symptoms.

Health Tip: Managing Varicose Veins

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by

-- Varicose veins are swollen, visible veins that pop up in the legs and elsewhere. They are commonly triggered by veins that don't support adequate blood flow, allowing blood to pool. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: Taking frequent breaks if you'll be standing or sitting for long periods. Don't cross legs when sitting, and elevate your legs when possible. Getting plenty of ...

FDA OKs New Varicose Vein Treatment

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – A new system to permanently treat varicose veins in the legs by sealing the affected veins with adhesive was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many people with varicose veins experience no symptoms, while others have mild to moderate pain, blood clots, skin ulcers or other problems. The VenaSeal system is meant for treatment of varicose veins that ...

FDA Approves VenaSeal Closure System to Permanently Treat Varicose Veins

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

February 20, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the VenaSeal closure system (VenaSeal system) to permanently treat varicose veins of the legs by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent. There are two types of veins—deep veins and superficial veins. Superficial veins are those that are close to the skin. Veins contain one-way valves that open to l ...

Varicose Vein Treatments All Work, but Aren't Quite Equal

Posted 24 Sep 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 – Three common treatments for painful varicose veins all ease symptoms, though there may be small differences in quality of life months later. That's the conclusion of a clinical trial that compared the three treatments – surgery, laser ablation therapy and injections of a chemical foam (sclerotherapy). British researchers found that among nearly 800 patients they ...

Health Tip: Could I Develop Varicose Veins?

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by

-- Varicose veins are bulging, sometimes painful veins often found on the legs. Spider veins are smaller and less pronounced. The website explains these common risk factors for varicose and spider veins: Getting older. Having weak veins or having a family history of vein problems. Having hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, puberty, menopause or use of birth control ...

FDA Approves Varithena (Polidocanol Injectable Foam) for the Treatment of Patients with Varicose Veins

Posted 27 Nov 2013 by

LONDON, November 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – BTG plc (LSE: BTG), the specialist healthcare company, today announces that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Varithena(TM) (polidocanol injectable foam) for the treatment of patients with incompetent veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein (GSV) system.(1) Varithena(TM) (formerly known as Varisolve(R) PEM) is a ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Varicose Veins

Posted 12 Jun 2013 by

-- Varicose veins are painful, swollen veins that usually affect the legs. While you may not be able to keep them from forming, you can take steps to prevent them from worsening. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute mentions these prevention tips: Do not stand or sit for long periods without interruption. Don't cross your legs while seated. Elevate your legs when sitting or lying ...

Health Tip: When Varicose Veins Are a Problem

Posted 7 Jan 2013 by

-- Varicose veins are enlarged, bulging veins often found on the thighs, calves or inside the leg that can cause significant pain when standing or walking. They are rarely serious but sometimes warrant evaluation by a doctor. The website lists these signs that varicose veins should be seen by a doctor: When varicose veins are tender to the touch, warm, swollen and red. If a rash ...

Varicose Veins Keep Some in Long Pants All Year

Posted 18 Mar 2012 by

SUNDAY, March 18 – Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue for most people, but they can be a sign of a serious medical problem for others, an expert says. "Twenty to 25 percent of Americans have varicose veins, and about 6 percent have more advanced venous disease including skin changes or, occasionally, ulcerations," Dr. Peter Gloviczki, a vascular surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ...

Surgeons Offer Advice on Avoiding Varicose Veins

Posted 13 Jan 2012 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 13 – An estimated 50 percent to 55 percent of pregnant women in the United States develop varicose veins, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery. "More than just a cosmetic issue, varicose veins can be painful and can lead to more serious health problems," Dr. Eva Rzucidlo, chair of the group's Women's Leadership Committee, said in a society news release. "The first line of ...

Two Varicose Veins Treatments Equally Effective

Posted 19 Sep 2011 by

MONDAY, Sept. 19 – Although laser treatment and surgery are both effective in treating varicose veins, it appears that recurrence of one form of the problem is more common with the laser treatment, German researchers report. Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins that usually occur in the legs. As many as 35 percent of adults suffer complications from varicose veins, usually when the ...

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