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Suddenly my chest and arm veins are very visible?

Suddenly my chest and arm veins are very visible?

Not concerning.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration and dehydration, body temperature as well as outside temperature, medications and even levels of stress. Fair skinned people tend to have more easily visible veins than darker individuals and hereditary plays a strong role also. In a healthy person, visible veins are usually not of any concern. ...Read more

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I just noticed my chest and arm veins are very visible but no pain?

I just noticed my chest and arm veins are very visible but no pain?

SEE PCP ASAP: Prominent veins in arms and chest are a very serious concern.Should be checked for blockage of veins draining blood from these areas of body like blood clots or some mass pressing on large veins in the chest. ...Read more

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My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females and they may be related to hereditary factors or even pregnancies. See a vein specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my veins become very visible and green on one arm/chest? There appears to be a bug bite as well.

What does it mean if my veins become very visible and green on one arm/chest? There appears to be a bug bite as well.

Superior vena caval: This should be looked at by a doctor. It suggests that the veins in the upper portion of the body may be obstructed, and that raises the question of why? Go and get seen and evaluated by your pcp. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Keep getting dull aches and tightening pains up my left arm and have now noticed a large vein from my chest to the arm is visible, any ideas?

Arm pain: I suggest you mention it to your doctor and take this seriously, especially if you have risk factors for heart disease, such as a family history, high cholestreol, etc. The vein is superficial and is normal. ...Read more

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Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt, concerned why they look so dramatic ?

Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt,  concerned why they look so dramatic ?

Not concerning.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration and dehydration, body temperature as well as outside temperature, medications and even levels of stress. Fair skinned people tend to have more easily visible veins than darker individuals and hereditary plays a strong role also. In a healthy person, visible veins are usually not of any concern. ...Read more

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I had severe pain between my shoulders then chest pain last night tonight all the veins across my chest and down my arms are very visible should I be?

Very worrisome: I would have great concern that your blood return from the veins in your chest and arms has been compromised. Your should seek urgent help as this could even be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Veins very visible in chest and arms, now painful in calf inside of knee. About a year.Should I worry about this?

Veins very visible in chest and arms, now painful in calf inside of knee. About a year.Should I worry about this?

Painful Veins: I would see a physician about this. There several medical disorders associated with this presentation. It appears to be a phlebitis which is inflammation of the veins. So rather than just worry, I would see a physician right away. I won't give the list of conditions associated with these symptoms... Let your provider take a look. ...Read more

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I know blue veins on chest, boobs, pelvic etc is normal findings but in all my 19 years they where never visible like that i could not even see arms one?

I know blue veins on chest, boobs, pelvic etc is normal findings but in all my 19 years they where never visible like that i could not even see arms one?

Veins can be ok: As long as it's not painful or red and you have them equally on both sides of you it's likely nothing. You'll see them more if your hot as the body tried to cool itself. ...Read more