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.
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.
If your legs are covered with varicose veins, you don’t have to be told that they look a little scary.
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.
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.
If someone were to ask you, “What is the worst side effect of your varicose veins?” chances are you’d focus on how unattractive they make your legs look.
Any discussion of vein disease treatment has to cover a lot of ground, because there is such a range of treatment options.
As a Flower Mound vein specialist, I often encounter patients whose varicose veins have gotten so bad that they can barely walk. They have chronically swollen legs and ankles, have stopped exercising and doing things they enjoy like playing sports or dancing, and instead sit around much of the time saying “My legs hurt.” When I ask why they haven’t sought vein disease treatment in Texas earlier, they often respond, “Well, I didn’t want to have cosmetic surgery.”
Let’s face it…no one wants to end up in the hospital. So when your doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure and high cholesterol or other signs of arterial disease and that if you don’t do something about it you’ll end up in the hospital, you listen, right? But strangely enough, when people are told that they have signs of disease in their veins – the other blood vessels critical for good health – they often do nothing about it, ignore the problems, and avoid seeking the treatment they need.
To some extent, you can imagine what the world would be like without modern treatments for varicose veins by simply looking back a few years, to what things were like in the “bad old days.” Women and men with varicose veins would in most cases just try to “live with them,” because the prospect of having them treated was worse in their minds than the varicose veins. The only treatments were surgical, performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. The doctors literally had to open each vein and then “scrape it clean” with a scalpel. Recovery was long and painful, and often the scars left after the varicose veins were “removed” were as unattractive as the varicose veins.