8 Myths About Vein Disease
North Georgia Vein & Wellness
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Did you know that varicose veins are incredibly common? They affect one in four U.S. adults, or about 22 million women and 11 million men between the ages of 40 and 80. To help you learn the facts about vein disease, we’ve set the record straight on eight confusing pieces of information and myths of the disease.
Myth 1: Varicose Veins Are Only a Cosmetic Issue
The most harmful misconception about vein disease is that it is a cosmetic concern rather than a legitimate disease. This misconception lends itself to the idea that there is no need to seek treatment unless they cause physical pain. If vein disease goes untreated, you are likely to experience continued pain, fatigue, and swelling of the legs and ankles. In more serious situations, patients can develop edema, a blood clot (DVT) and even venous ulcers.
Myth 2: Insurance does not cover vein treatment.
Because varicose veins and chronic venous disease can lead to more serious medical conditions, most insurance plans will cover treatment. The earlier vein disease is treated, the more successful it is. The insurance coverage is determined by a diagnostic ultrasound.
Myth 3: Crossing your legs causes varicose veins.
No, crossing your legs does not cause varicose veins. While increased pressure can cause blood to pool inside a vein and make the vein bulge, it’s not external pressure that does it. It’s more likely due to defective valves in your veins or weakened vein walls.
Myth 4: Running Can Cause Varicose Veins
Exercise — including running — is usually a good thing for your veins. Exercise is always good for the circulation. Walking or running can lead to more calf-muscle pumping and more blood returning to the heart. Being a runner doesn’t cause varicose veins. Compression stockings can help prevent blood from pooling in your lower legs during exercise.
Myth 5: Compression stockings cure vein disease.
Although compression stockings that provide graduated compression from the ankle up to the knee or thigh help to reduce pain and swelling, they only help to manage symptoms and do not provide a cure. They are required to be worn after most vein procedures.
Myth 6: Ulcers only need wound care.
Venous skin ulcers are slow to heal and often come back if you don’t take steps to prevent them. Treating the underlying vein disease has proven to increase ulcer healing rates and decrease recurrence rates.
Myth 7: Varicose veins always reoccur.
The recurrence of varicose veins after treatment is a myth born from the prior inadequate care. Treatment methods in the past, while done with best intentions, actually caused recurrence of varicose veins. Once veins are successfully treated by a qualified physician, the recurrence rates should be below 5%.
Myth 8: Men do not get varicose veins.
It is reported that 42% of men will suffer with CVI by the time they reach their 60s. Though men are less likely to seek varicose vein treatment, they are at risk for more severe venous diseases if they ignore the symptoms.
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