Think You Know About Varicose Veins?

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varicose veins tampa floridaNearly 40 million Americans suffer from varicose veins.

That’s nearly half of the population over age 50. With so many afflicted you might be surprised to learn just how little is known about varicose veins within the general public including those living with vein issues.

Common misconceptions:

Men do not get varicose veins – Incorrect. While varicose veins are more prevalent in women, men are not immune. It’s expected that 43% of men will have vein disease in some form by the time they reach their mid 60’s. Varicose veins are often the first sign.

Varicose veins are a cosmetic problem – Incorrect. Varicose veins may be unattractive, but just because they don’t cause pain does not make them a strictly visual problem. Varicose veins are often a sign of a deeper problem. They can signal Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) which can lead to ulcers and even blood clots. Treating varicose veins in the early stages can be extremely beneficial and helpful in improving the long-term vein health of the patient.

It’s too expensive to get treated – Also Incorrect. Remember, varicose veins are a valid medical condition with the potential for dangerous progression. Nearly all insurance companies will cover their treatment.

At Home Cures will work – Incorrect. Yes, there are things that you can do to help alleviate symptoms, but varicose veins cannot be cured once present. TIPS: Maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy diet, elevate your legs when sitting or laying down, exercising regularly, stop smoking, avoiding high heels, and wear compression stockings.  All of these suggestions contribute to better overall vein health but if you develop varicose veins see your doctor – the sooner the better the outcome.

Varicose veins and spider veins are the same things – Also Incorrect. Both spider veins and varicose veins are caused by damaged valves, however, spider veins are typically seen as a strictly cosmetic problem, while varicose veins can be a health issue.


Educating yourself about varicose veins and venous disease is the first step towards improving your vein health. For more information about vein disease, treatments, and prevention, please visit Dr. Zuzga at West Florida Vein Center of Safety Harbor, Florida. Serving the greater Tampa Bay area. (727) 712-3233.

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