New research has revealed that varicose veins could quadruple your risk of developing blood clots. Referred to as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), these clots which develop in the legs, can prove fatal if they travel up towards the lungs and the heart.
Here, we’ll look at the link between varicose veins and blood clots, and why it’s worth seeking treatment as soon as possible.
Understanding the link between varicose veins and blood clots
A team of researchers from the Taoyuan Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, have discovered a potentially deadly link between varicose veins and blood clots. After following over 425,000 people, half of whom had varicose veins, it was discovered those with the condition had a 5.3% higher chance of developing DVT.
This has led the team to advise patients who do suffer with the condition, to closely monitor and assess the problem. However, leader of the team, Dr Shyue Chang, has insisted more research needs to be carried out to determine whether varicose veins cause the clots. So, while they are shown to increase the risk of blood clots, there is no evidence to suggest they actually cause the problem.
The importance of seeking early treatment
It’s common for people suffering from varicose veins to simply put up with them, rather than seek help, whether that is due to fear of the treatment itself or because they don’t think it’s serious enough to warrant intervention. However, as the research clearly shows, varicose veins can become a real problem and pose a real danger to your health.
The range of treatment options available these days is impressive. Many of the treatments are non-invasive and virtually painless and the earlier you seek help, the less traumatic the treatment will be.
If you’d like to eliminate your varicose veins once and for all, contact us today. You may just be surprised how easy and painless the required treatment is.