Flower Mound Vein’s Tips to Reduce Chances of Developing Varicose Veins
Varicose veins, which can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins, affect 50-55% of women and 40-45% of men.
May 15th, 2015. Flower Mound, TX. Flower Mound Vein Center is publishing a new article about pregnancy, and how the profound changes women’s bodies go through can increase their likelihood of developing vein disease. According to these experienced Flower Mound vascular doctors, approximately 30% of women develop varicose veins during their first pregnancy, and 55% develop them during their second and successive pregnancies.
One of the things that always surprises us in our practice as vascular doctors in Flower Mound is when new patients tell us that their general practitioners recommended that they see a vein doctor months or even years ago, and that they didn’t do it. When asked why, some say that they considered it unnecessary, because after all varicose veins are a “normal part of aging,” and they figured they could “live with them.”
As experienced vascular doctors in Flower Mound, naturally we’ve noticed the extent to which many of our patients go to hide their varicose veins. They tell us that they wear long pants and dark stockings, and manage to come up with a seemingly endless string of excuses to avoid playing sports or going to the beach, and thus having to reveal their legs, because they’re embarrassed by how they look. While this is understandable, one thing that surprises us is that many of these patients seem to be embarrassed to even talk about their varicose veins, even with us, their vein doctors. It’s as if some of these folks have been trying to “live with” their varicose veins by pretending they don’t exist for so long that they feel the need to do so even when talking to a specialist. In this article we’d like to discuss this reluctance to talk about varicose veins, and bring the subject into the open.
One of the most common symptoms we encounter in our practice is from patients who complain of chronically swollen legs and ankles. At first they didn’t pay much attention to them, believing that the swelling must have been due to overexertion or a sprain or something similar, but then the swelling didn’t go away. It grew worse, became painful, and started to interfere with their ability to walk and perform everyday tasks, so they are finally seeking advice from a Flower Mound vascular doctor to find out what’s wrong.
If your legs are covered with varicose veins, you don’t have to be told that they look a little scary.
“Quality of life” is a phrase that means many things to many people.
If you have varicose veins, you already know how unattractive they are. You are reminded of this every time you look into a mirror, sigh, and reach for long pants or dark stockings to cover them up.
It’s a new year, and you’ve decided that this year you’re finally going to do something to get rid of your varicose veins and stop allowing them to rob you of the joy of life.
Stroke is serious. It is the third-largest cause of death in the U.S., and the first-largest cause of long-term disability. Someone in America has a stroke every 40 seconds, and worldwide the statistics are even more dire – over 15 million have strokes each year, of whom 1/3 die and another 1/3 become permanently disabled. And you’re probably aware of these facts, having read them in the media or having heard them from your doctor. But chances are you’ve never heard a related fact, that a leading cause of stroke is – surprisingly – vein disease.