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Myths about Varicose Veins

When it comes to varicose veins, Valley Vein Center has found that there’s a lot of misinformation circulating. Many people with varicose veins, for example, think that their condition is just a cosmetic issue, when in actuality it’s a serious medical condition that could lead to chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Test your knowledge about these common varicose vein myths and misunderstandings.

Myth 1: Varicose veins and spider veins are the same thing.

False. Though varicose veins and spider veins are both caused by malfunctioning valves, they are not the same thing and the medical risks associated with varicose veins are much higher. Spider veins are broken veins just below the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are deep veins that bulge out.

Myth 2: Varicose veins are a result of sitting at a desk job or standing for a prolonged time.

Truth. While prolonged sitting or standing alone may not lead to varicose veins, there is a connection between these activities and varicose veins/CVI. If you spend a lot of time sitting or standing, you should rest each day for 15 minutes or more with your feet above your heart.

Myth 3: Crossing your legs contributes to varicose veins.

False. There has been little to no correlation found between varicose veins and crossed legs.

Myth 4: Dehydration can lead to varicose veins and CVI.

False. Insufficient hydration does not cause varicose veins.

Myth 5: Varicose veins may be caused by pregnancy.

Truth. Increased pressure on veins in the pelvic region may lead to the development of varicose veins in the legs.

Myth 6: Genes and aging can contribute to the development of varicose veins.

Truth. These two factors can contribute significantly to the development of varicose veins and CVI. Women over 50 are most likely to develop CVI. Also, if you have a family member with symptoms of CVI or varicose veins, you are at a greater risk for developing varicose veins.

Myth 7: Varicose veins are a cosmetic issue and they don’t need to be treated.

False. Because chronic venous insufficiency is a progressive disease, symptoms will worsen if left untreated. Many people don’t take symptoms seriously until they start experiencing painful swelling, skin damage, or stasis ulcers.

Myth 8: Varicose vein treatment is a painful surgical procedure.

False. Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy is a minimally invasive treatment option with a quicker recovery time and less pain than vein stripping or endovenous ablation. Patients have been shown to have little to no bruising, scarring, or swelling. Learn more.

Myth 9: The cost of treatment for varicose veins is too high to consider.

False. Most insurance plans consider varicose vein treatment a necessary procedure because symptoms can lead to the development of chronic venous insufficiency, a serious medical condition. View a list of insurance plans affiliated with the Valley Vein Center.

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