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Do varicose veins only surface during menopause?

Do varicose veins only surface during menopause?

Absolutely not: The most common age group is 30-60, but I have treated patients from age 17-93. Most common causes of varicose veins are family history or genetics, pregnancy, trauma, occupations or activities with prolonged standing or sitting, and hormonal influences, which is where menopause would play a role. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more


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Why do varicose veins throb during menopause?

Pressure in Veins: The throbbing is most likely from worsening venous insufficiency (leaky valves in veins) and not necessarily related to menopause itself. Below-knee compression socks are a good way to start controlling the pain. ...Read more

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How could you have venous insufficiency in both legs/thighs when there is no discoloration no swelling no varicose veins no ulcers only spider veins ?

How could you have venous insufficiency in both legs/thighs when there is no discoloration no swelling no varicose veins no ulcers only spider veins ?

Terminology: It's unclear why you may have been told you have venous insufficiency. True "chronic venous insufficiency" implies some of the following: leg swelling, discoloration, eczema to hardening of the skin of the lower leg , and/or a leg ulcer, all because of veins with poor valve function leading to increased pressure in your veins. One can have spider veins without "chronic venous insufficiency. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have painful superficial veins in penis skin killed? Will new veins grow? Will the existing good veins cope? Mine look varicose & sting

Is it safe to have painful superficial veins in penis skin killed? Will new veins grow? Will the existing good veins cope? Mine look varicose & sting

Have it Checked: While it is not unusual to have visible superficial veins under the skin of Penis.But these are not painful.Since these are painful in your case,let your Physician look at it to answer your questions Get it checked by your Doctor ...Read more

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Several veins in forearm sting. Veins are soft & skin is normal color. Veins engorge when hands by sides and constrict when raised. Thrombophlebitis?

Several veins in forearm sting. Veins are soft & skin is normal color. Veins engorge when hands by sides and constrict when raised. Thrombophlebitis?

Not thrombophlebitis: It is normal for veins to expand and contract in relation to their relative position to the height of the heart. Throbophlebitis is a clot in the vein and such a vein would not change with the height of the arm ...Read more

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Many large, bulging surface veins on feet. NO reflux/insufficiency/varicose. Will they become worse and will I develop more bulging veins over time?

Many large, bulging surface veins on feet. NO reflux/insufficiency/varicose. Will they become worse and will I develop more bulging veins over time?

Treatments options.: Bulging foot veins are a common complaint in the world of venous disease. There are several options for treatment including leaving them alone or removing them through tiny micro incisions (microphlebectomies). This is strictly a cosmetic procedure. There probably is a hereditary component to your veins and there is no way of telling if they will worsen over time or stay the same. ...Read more

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What happens to blood in the leg after varicose veins are treated? Will there be scars?

What happens to blood in the leg after varicose veins are treated? Will there be scars?

Improved Circulation: Blood flow with varicose veins is stagnate with venous pools. 90% of venous flow in the lower limbs is completed by the deeper veins. Vv closure by rf or laser forces the blood flow into deeper veins away from the skin surface. Thus decreasing superficial vein pressures. With new micro stripping, laser/radiofrequency ablation--scars are minimal punctures and simple stab incisions-minimally. ...Read more

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In evlt, laser on the varicose veins, can any bad things happen?

In evlt, laser on the varicose veins, can any bad things happen?

Rarely in Good Hands: If you are being treated by a board-certified vascular surgeon who has extensive training & experience in using EVLT laser, the risks of complications are very low. The most common risks including blood clots, phlebitis, thermal nerve injury, skin discoloration, skin burns, or damage to deeper veins. All of these risks can be kept very low by using proper and careful technique. ...Read more

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Vascular surgery: How likely is it that spider veins on legs can become varicose veins if not treated with sclerotherapy or laser?

Vascular surgery: How likely is it that spider veins on legs can become varicose veins if not treated with sclerotherapy or laser?

Not Going to Happen: Spider veins & varicose veins are 2 very different conditions. Spider veins are very small dermal veins. They can enlarge & increase in number, but they never become varicose. Spider veins are cosmetic only. Varicose veins also become larger & more numerous with time & are more serious. Varicose veins can increase the tendency to form more severe spider veins, as they increase skin pressure. ...Read more

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As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

Sort of: An aneurysm is sort of like a varicose artery, but we don't tend to refer to it in that terminology. Just like varicose veins that weaken & bulge, artery walls can also weaken and bulge, leading to an artery aneurysms. Aneurysms of arteries are dangerous because arteries are under much higher pressure than veins so when they rupture it can be life threatening. The HTN med should not increase vein ...Read more

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My vein visibility in my wrists changes dramatically throughout the day from invisible to extremely visible spider veins that are bright blue. why?

My vein visibility in my wrists changes dramatically throughout the day from invisible to extremely visible spider veins that are bright blue. why?

Light wavelength: The source and intensity of light makes blue lines more or less visible. Incandescent light bulbs make blue less visible. Fluorescent tubes make blue veins more visible. LED lights vary according to the types of light emitted. The time of day effects the type of sunlight. etc etc etc ...Read more

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If you are blowing out varicose veins in legs are hemorrhoids next?

If you are blowing out varicose veins in legs are hemorrhoids next?

Not necesssarily: Lower extremity varicosities and hemorrhoids are different disease processes. Having one does not mean you will or will not develop the other. ...Read more

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What can be done for large varicose veins on legs & even arms?

What can be done for large varicose veins on legs & even arms?

Many options: Varicose veins can be treated -- in addition to compression socks, minimally invasive techniques exist including laser, sclerotherapy, and micro-phlebectomy. These are office based procedures. In my practice, i see and evaluate every patient personally and perform an ultrasound on the spot. The options are carefully explained to you and i devise a treatment plan we are both happy with. ...Read more

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What percentage of women who develop varicose veins while pregnant keep the veins?

What percentage of women who develop varicose veins while pregnant keep the veins?

All of them: Varicose veins have lost their normal function and carry blood the wrong direction. Once veins become abnormal, they are never able to "heal" and fully achieve normal function again. This is true, regardless of the cause--even pregnancy. After delivery, many of these veins shrink, often to the point of being unapparent, but they are never fully normal again. They are just much smaller. ...Read more

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Why are the lower legs vulnerable to varicose veins?

Why are the lower legs vulnerable to varicose veins?

Leg Veins: Varicose veins occur most commonly in the lower legs because when we are standing the pressure will increase in the veins of the legs if the valves in these veins are not functioning properly (reflux). The result is that the blood will back up and the veins will enlarge to cause varicose veins. This does not happen in the arms. ...Read more

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Are all veins supposed to be straight? Or can normal (non varicose) veins curve?

Are all veins supposed to be straight? Or can normal (non varicose) veins curve?

Humans are not...: Humans are not made of straight lines, perfect circles, or right angles. We are a collection of all sorts of shapes and lines. Veins lead from one place to another, sometimes directly, sometimes curving here and there, before getting back to the heart. ...Read more

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Will sclerotherapy permanently erase all signs of the veins? I have not been able to wear shorts in public for years because of unsightly varicose veins. If I have the sclerotherapy, will it completely get rid of the veins on my legs or will you still be

Most: No vein treatment is likely to completely get rid of every single, visible vein on your legs, although you certainly can get rid of most of them. The key to successful treatment is to have a proper evaluation and make sure that your visible veins aren't being caused by underlying vein trouble that you don't see. It could very well be that the best treatment for you is actually a combination. ...Read more

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Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?

Yes: Spider and varicose veins are extremely common in the legs. Varicose veins are not uncommon in the groin/pelvis, but would be rare elsewhere. Spider veins are commonly found on the face, and can be seen on the trunk as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more