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Jody Bolton-Smith
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St. Cloud
Varicose Vein Treatment
The Vein Center
1990 Connecticut Avenue South Suite 100
Sartell
MN
56377

What causes varicose veins?             

The most common cause of varicose veins is an inherited weakness of the vein wall. Leg veins contain one-way valves that facilitate the flow of blood back to the heart. When the valves fail to function normally, blood pools in the legs and varicose veins can be the eventual result. Varicose veins are seen at the skin surface but the underlying cause of them is deeper within the leg. Additional risk factors for varicose veins include obesity, pregnancy, increasing age, and standing occupations.

 Are varicose veins dangerous to my health?           

Varicose veins can be associated with a variety of symptoms including leg pain and swelling, restless legs, a heaviness in the legs, and muscle cramps. The symptoms are due to venous congestion (pooling of blood) within the legs and, if left untreated, may lead to phlebitis (vein inflammation), hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), and skin ulceration. The symptoms associated with varicose vein disease are typically progressive over time. The risk of a life-threatening blood clot is low.

I have varicose veins and have been told I need an ultrasound exam of my legs. Why do I need that?                        

Varicose veins can be seen thru the skin surface but their underlying source is deeper within the leg. An ultrasound machine is needed to locate the source of the varicose veins. The anatomy of the veins and the direction of blood flow within them can be easily seen. The information obtained from the ultrasound exam will be used to precisely plan your treatment.

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