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Are Varicose Veins The Same As Having A Blood Clot
Varicose veins are dilated, elongated, winding, tortuous veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins usually have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to te heart. Varicose veins have dysfunctional valves so blood moves forward and back which causes the enlarged vessels. These varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for a ...Read more
Veins vs. clots: Blue worms that are not painful are most likely to be varicose veins. Pain and swelling, with or without varicose veins, is more liekly to be a blood clot. Regardless, if you have varicose veins that are painful, you should definitely get it checked out by a vein specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vein specialist: Spider veins look like spider legs and are usually blue or red and very tiny(1-2 mm) and are several mm to cm long. Varicose veins are large bluish colored veins that are grape-like in appearance. Clots can be superficial on the skin , tender and easy to feel or deep below the skin requiring ultrasound to see associated with pain and swelling. You should see a vein specialist for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How would you know if blood clots formed in your leg? Are varicose veins more susceptible to clots?
Blood clots: The classic signs of blood clots in the legs include pain and swelling. Sometimes there is redness and warmth. Unfortunately, on occasion there are no signs or symptoms at all. Varicose veins are more likely to develop superficial thrombophlebitis (clot) and about 20% of the time those clots have been shown to extend into the deep venous system and cause a deep vein thrombosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have varicose veins. In one leg, there is a hard, hot and very painful lump. Is it a blood clot? Can I die from this?
Yes and probably not: Sounds like superficial venous thrombphlebitis, which can spread to become deep venous thrombophlebitis, a condition which can cause pulmonary embolism and death. If you have no calf tenderness or swelling, DVT is not likely. More concerning is skin erosion, which can lead to bleeding and infection. Have your doctor look at it. ...Read more
What are the main symptoms of a blood clot in the leg? I have painful leg & i'm not sure if it's my varicose veins & spider veins. Walk 6 days a week
See your doc: If you have concerns about a blood clot of your leg, you should see your physician. Blood clots of the legs can cause pain and swelling, and discoloration. The concern with leg blood clots is that they potentially pass to your lung which can be dangerous. Your doctor may order an ultrasound of your leg veins to rule out a blood clot as the cause of your pain. Your pain may be due to varicosities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it safe to take a birth control pill that has risks of blood clots when you have varicose veins?
I'm 20 years old. I'm on birthcontrol and have been on it for years. I have varicose veins. If i had a blood clot, would majority of my leg be swollen or red?
Swelling sometimes: You are female, 20 years old and have vericose veins. You are taking birth control pills and are concerned about deep vein thrombosis (dvt). If you have a DVT sometimes the leg gets swollen and/or may become tender. Your doctor can order a noninvasive test to look at the deep veins of the legs for a dvt. Vericose vein are in the superficial veins so are not dvt. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very different: Varicose veins are defective veins that have weakened walls. Blood clots can form in varicose veins, a condition known as "thrombophlebitis, " but the majority of varicose veins do not have blood clots. Blood clots can also form in the deep veins, a condition known as dvt. This is a serious condition occurs more commonly after surgery, trauma, long plane/car rides, during pregnancy, among others. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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