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A 45-year-old member asked:

are varicose veins deadly?

7 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul McNeill
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
No: Varicose veins alone are not deadly. However complications of varicose veins can be significant and in rare cases lead to potentially life threatening circumstances. Blood clots and venous stasis ulcerations are rare but real complications of venous disease. Without proper management or treatment, morbidity is a possibility. Early treatment intervention is recommended to avoid complications.
Dr. Craig Schwartz
Phlebology 34 years experience
No: In and of themselves, varicose veins are not fatal or deadly. However, left untreated, the underlying venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins, can lead to long term complications, some of which can be quite severe, including chronic limb swelling, skin thickening/discoloration/ulceration, infections, clots, or even bleeds. Early treatment can easily avoid these end-stage complications.
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
Phlebology 30 years experience
Yes, long term complications can lead to thrombophlebitis or deep vein thrombosis. Please use medical compression stockings everyday with prolonged sitting, standing, and long airline flights or car rides. Seek treatment with a vein specialist: american college of phlebology ( www.phlebology.org) and (AVF) american venous forum.
Sep 11, 2012
Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Rare: Few cases of bleeding to death reported. This is very very very rare.
Dr. Ted King
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Die of embarrassment: Fortunately, the worst thing that might ever happen to many varicose veins sufferers is that they don't like the appearance of their legs. Still symptoms from varicose veins are very real and can affect your ability to get through your normal day without difficulty. Their can be significant complications related to have varicose veins, as the others have said, but they are rare.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
No, but.: The short answer is no because varicose veins usually are easily seen and many people seek treatment both for symptoms and cosmetic reasons. However, varicose veins do have the potential to have serious consequences including leg swelling, severe venous stasis leading to chronic venous insufficiency and even leg ulcerations. Potentially deadly issues would be bleeding, clotting and infection.
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Not ususally: They are generally only a medical or cosmetic nuisance. They can be treated easily in this day with either medical or surgical methods. Only superficial phlebitis or a superficial clot that extends into the deep system, i.e a DVT can become a serious or life threatening issue and can sometimes, yet rarely, be the result of superficial venous disease.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Usually No: It would be extremely unusual for varicose veins to lead to a lethal complication, although it is potentially possible. For example, if you formed a blood clot in one of your varicose veins it can spread into a larger deeper vein (DVT) & then the clot could float to the lungs / heart causing a cardiac arrest (pumonary embolism). Also, rarely severe bleeding can occur from varicose veins. But rare

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to get varicose veins?

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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Varicose veins are common during pregnancy. If they are bothersome, i recommend compression stockings.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between arteries and veins?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
High vs low pressure: Arteries take blood from the heart to the tissues of the body under high pressure. Veins take blood from the tissues back to the heart under much lower pressure. Arteries are thicker and have muscle in the walls, veins are thinner.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is there a quick fix for varicose veins?

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Dr. Robert Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
No: Depending on their size they can be injected with a sclerosing agent or lasered, but there is no quick fix.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there any homeopathic remedies for varicose veins?

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Dr. Paul McNeill
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
No: A number of natural supplements and herbal products such as horse chestnut, venotonic agents, vitamin k, vitamin c, gingko and wich hazel claim to help with common symptoms of varicose veins. Unfortunately there is no evidence reported to support this. I recommend support hose, leg elevation and exercise to manage symptoms of varicose veins if treatment such as vnus closure is not an option.
Dr. Ted King
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For the most part, Dr. McNeill is right. There are no homeopathic medicines that will change the appearance of abnormal veins. Horse chestnut and, especially, certain phlebotonics have been shown to decrease swelling due to varicose veins but that is only a temporary solution. If you have varicose veins and swelling, you should see a phlebologist and be evaluated for more definitive treatment.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Who needs blood vessel dilator?

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Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
Cardiology 36 years experience
Blood Pressure: In general blood dilators are prescribed as antihypertensive medications. Nitroglyceryn in its different forms is a vaso dilator, although mostly for the ehart arteries (coronaries).

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