Frequently Asked Questions for Venous Insufficiency

What type of doctors provide treatments for varicose and spider veins?

Doctors providing vein treatments include dermatologists, angiologists, plastic surgeons, general surgeons and vascular surgeons. Only the vascular surgeon is familiar with all treatment alternatives thus can offer you an unbiased treatment plan.

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Can varicose veins be prevented?

Steps that may prevent or slow down the progression of varicose veins include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and elevating the feet while sitting. Avoid clothing that constricts your waist, groin, or legs; high heels and crossing the legs.

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Can my varicose veins lead to Deep Venous Thrombosis?

Varicose veins may lead to superficial vein thrombosis (superficial thrombophlebitis) that is usually benign. Varicose veins are not generally linked to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) since they occur in superficial veins. However, with severe varicose veins, there is a very small increased chance of developing DVT.

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Are there athletic activities that I should avoid because of my varicose veins?

Following intense exercise some people with varicose veins may feel their legs more swollen, more tired and painful. In these cases the problem is the varicose veins and not the exercise. An insufficient venous system cannot respond to the increased circulatory demands during exercise.

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Should I avoid high heels?

High heels on a daily basis for several hours are not recommended for women with varicose veins. High heels keep the calf muscles in contraction reducing their pumping effect on the veins.

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Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.

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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA

E-mail: info@vascularhealth.gr