If you have varicose veins, you don’t have to be told that they look scary. One of our patients actually commented that the main reason she had finally sought a vein clinic in New Orleans was that she was tired of looking in the mirror and “seeing her legs look like something out of The Walking Dead.” We all laughed, but as New Orleans varicose veins specialists, we also knew that varicose veins are scary in many other ways, so we pointed out of the other symptomsshe had been complaining about. We reminded her that she came to see us because her swollen legs and ankles had become so painful she could no longer walk to the corner market. Most days, all she could do was sit on her sofa feeling depressed because she no longer had the energy to do anything else. Now THAT is scary.
Varicose veins are the surface symptoms of something scarier – vein disease
The most common cause of varicose veins is a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency. CVI has many potential causes, including age (the older you are, the more at risk you are), gender (you’re more at risk if you’re female, for hormonal reasons), weight (your risk is higher if you’re overweight or obese), and genetics (you’re more at risk if family members had vein disease). But whatever caused the CVI, as Louisiana vein doctors we know what the effects are.
If you have developed CVI sufficiently to have varicose veins, the tiny valves in your veins that control the flow of blood have become “leaky.” Instead of closing properly when blood flows through them on its way back to your heart, they remain open, allowing the blood to flow back into the veins and collect there. This causes them to swell and turn purplish-blue, taking on the color of deoxygenated blood. It also severely impairs your circulation and immune system.
The scariest part of varicose veins is what they do to your overall health
As unattractive as varicose veins may be on the surface of your skin, it’s what they are doing beneath the surface that is really scary. Having CVI cripples your circulation, so your legs can become so weak and tired you can hardly walk. Left untreated, this impaired circulation can become so severe that the skin on your legs becomes discolored, tough, and covered with open, bleeding sores.
And that’s just the start of the horror movie. CVI impairs your immune system so much that it doubles your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity. On a psychological level, having varicose veins has been shown to be linked to loss of self-esteem, severe depression, and social isolation.
The good news – you can ‘wake up’ from the scary nightmare of varicose veins
All of these scary symptoms and side effects of varicose veins are very real, but you don’t have to keep living with varicose veins. They can be permanently eliminated in about an hour in the comfort of our vein clinic in New Orleans. Once the varicose veins are gone, so is the vein disease that caused them, and so are all the scary symptoms and side effects.
To find out how quickly, easily, and painlessly this can happen, go online or just pick up your phone and call the best vein clinic in New Orleans. Talk to Dr. Randall S. Juleff and schedule an initial consultation with him. He will examine your varicose veins, explain the different treatment options available to remove them, and help you to select the treatments that best suit your personal goals. Within a few days you can be enjoying life without varicose veins. And there is nothing scary about that.
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